This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2012
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Firm of the Year – Brazil
Established in 1942, Pinheiro Neto Advogados has built up an international reputation of excellence and is widely recognised as one of the leading full-service law firms in Brazil. This year marks the seventh consecutive year in our research that we name Pinheiro Neto as our Law Firm of the Year in Brazil. With 350 lawyers the firm has a commanding presence its native market, operating out of three offices: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. The firm’s clients are of the highest calibre including international banks such as JPMorgan and Santander and corporates like Carrefour, Kraft and Chevron. The firm’s prominent position in the legal market is reflected in the expertise of its lawyers, whose names appear 38 times across 22 practice sectors.
|PINHEIRO NETO ADVOGADOS|
|TOTAL LAWYERS LISTED IN WHO’S WHO LEGAL: 38|
|Practice Area Breakdown|
|Capital Markets||1||Private Funds||1|
|Corporate Governance||3||Public Procurement||2|
|Labour & Employment||1||Tax||2|
The firm’s corporate department is “second to none” and fields representatives in the chapters of corporate governance, corporate tax and mergers and acquisitions. Henrique Silva Gordo Lang, a “great talent”, features in both the capital markets and corporate governance chapters and is praised for his “astute mind”. Fernando Alves Meira features prominently in our corporate governance research and sources commented on his “wealth of expertise”. Completing the trio of names in the corporate governance chapter is Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima: a “first-rate” lawyer. In the M&A chapter, Alexandre Bertoldi stands out for his “significant experience” acting in high profile deals, including the Lan-Tam airline merger. Bertoldi is also recognised in the private funds chapter where he is hailed as a “leading light”. Luciana Rosanova Galhardo features in the corporate tax chapter and is known for her “great technical abilities”.
Banking and finance emerges as another of the firm’s strong suits. Bruno Balduccini is an “eminent figure” in the banking bar with “extensive knowledge” in the field. His counsel is “highly sought after” and his recent experience includes advising Western Union in acquiring its commercial bank and foreign exchange brokerage firm licence from the Brazilian Central Bank. José Luiz Homem de Mello also features in the banking chapter and is a “definite inclusion” according to our sources. Júlio César Bueno appears in three chapters: construction, product liability and project finance. His construction expertise makes him a “favourite” among construction clients involved in new projects.
The firm’s dispute resolution practice garners listings across a host of chapters. Featuring across both the commercial arbitration and commercial litigation chapters, Gilberto Giusti has a “very active” practice and receives “international acclaim”. Renato Stephan Grion “stands out” for his arbitration practice while Celso Cintra Mori, head of the litigation department, is a dispute resolution “expert” and one of the finest litigators in the country. Sérgio Pinheiro Marçal features in the product liability chapter and is “very highly regarded” by sourcess.
Further recognition goes to Ricardo Vieira Coelho who appears in the aviation and public procurement chapters, and Esther Donio Nunes who features in internet, e-commerce and data protection and regulatory communications.
The impressive number of listings that the firm receives across a full range of services demonstrates the firm’s presence both in Brazil and worldwide.
Credibility, innovation and a commitment to excellence are the hallmarks of Pinheiro Neto Advogados. Since 1942, the firm has played a prominent role in shaping the Brazilian legal and economic landscape.
With a network of 800 professionals, including around 400 lawyers, and offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, along with correspondents throughout Brazil, the firm maintains a solid relationship with major law firms in Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia.
The firm continuously strives to be at the forefront, whether solving legal problems or meeting the community’s interests. Our legal practice is marked by an unyielding commitment to ethical conduct, the quality of human relations and the duty to contribute to the development of society. For this reason, since its very inception, the firm has contributed to several charitable bodies while playing an active role in social responsibility programmes in different areas. Since 2009, Pinheiro Neto’s pioneering pro bono programme has compensated professionals for their involvement in social causes. Furthermore, Pinheiro Neto is the first Brazilian law firm to be certified as carbon neutral, further evidencing its commitment to future generations.
Named by Chambers & Partners as Latin American Firm of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and Brazilian Firm of the Year in 2009 and 2011, Pinheiro Neto Advogados was also elected for the sixth consecutive year (2006 to 2011) as Brazil Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal. It is also the only Brazilian firm to appear in the Who’s Who Legal 100.
Pioneering stands and world-class services have made Pinheiro Neto Advogados one of the leading full-service law firms in Latin America, highly proficient in the four major areas of law – corporate, tax, labour and litigation – and their branches. Our practice areas include:
Arbitration & Mediation
Banking & Finance
Civil and Commercial Litigation
Climate Change and Sustainability
Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Family and Estate Planning
Insolvency & Restructuring
Intellectual Property, Copyrights and Trademarks
International Trade & Customs
Internet & IT
Mergers and Acquisitions
Oil & Gas
On-the-job Accident & Occupational Disease
Public & Administrative Law
Water & Sanitation
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