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Brazil: Banking 2016

In this chapter, 26 banking specialists are recognised.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Francisco Pinheiro Guimarăes Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados, São Paulo
José Luis Leite Doles Barcellos Tucunduva Advogados, São Paulo
Donald E Baker White & Case, São Paulo

Brazilian Independent full service firm Pinheiro Neto Advogados leads our research this year with four inclusions. In the firm’s São Paulo office, co-head of the firm’s banking and finance department José luiz Homem de Mello is a key player in the Brazilian market with a strong practice focusing on banking and corporate finance. The “prominent” Bruno Balduccini specialises in regulatory matters. Clients praise his “outstanding knowledge” and “ability to navigate difficult problems with ease”. Fernando de Almeida Prado is a veteran with fantastic working knowledge of the financial markets. His impressive practice focuses on derivatives and corporate finance transactions. Tiago Lessa is noted for his banking law expertise, including regulatory and finance matters.

Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados is home to three outstanding candidates, including one of the most highly regarded individuals in this year’s research: Francisco Pinheiro Guimarăes. The “pre-eminent” Guimarăes is described as a “luminary in the field” with “vast experience and knowledge informing his counsel.” Marcelo Lamy Rego is commended by interviewees for his “solutions-oriented advice” and “proactive, intuitive response to problematic situations”. Respondents also praise Ivie Moura Alves for her “professionalism and efficiency”.

Demarest Advogados garners two entries in the following pages. António Manuel França Aires is regarded as a “distinguished veteran” with over 30 years of experience in banking law. He has an “enviable client roster” including the likes of Santander, Safra, Banco do Brasil, HSBC, Credit Suisse and Banco Espírito Santo de Investimento. The “fantastic” Eduardo Amaral Gurgel Kiss is also noted as a “longstanding fixture in banking law with a devoted client base”.

Full-service firm Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is home to two exceptional practitioners. Name partner José Roberto Opice is regarded as one of Brazil’s premier practitioners in the sector and maintains a senior statesman-like role at the bar. He is joined by Nei Schilling Zelmanovits, who is recognised for his expertise in regulatory matters and “tireless dedication on behalf of his clients”.

At White & Case’s São Paulo office, head of the Latin America practice Donald Baker is “held in high esteem” by peers and clients alike. He advises Brazilian companies and financial institutions, as well as multinationals investing in Brazil and Latin America. He is a “stellar practitioner with an acute awareness of the Brazilian and wider Latin American market”.

At Barcellos Tucunduva Advogados, the “hugely respected” José Luis Leite Doles is a highly visible presence in the market. Clients praise his “responsive and perceptive approach” claiming that “he knew what we needed before we did”.

Campos Mello Advogados’ Roberto Vianna do Rego Barros is “a technically astute practitioner” with considerable experience representing a range of investment and commercial banks.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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