What the team is known for
Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a market leader that responds to increasing competition by doubling up its capabilities and will. Its prime M&A team frequently leads some of the most sophisticated deals in the country. The firm keeps a longstanding recognition for advising prominent international clients with key business in Brazil. Its self-bred team invites admiration across the board. The team is particularly skilful at handling sensitive reorganisations following acquisitions and is also noted for taking a long-term strategic approach to matters. Pinheiro Neto's multidisciplinary capabilities also mean companies relying on the team for strategic deals will find one of Brazil's better-equipped firms to handle a wide array of matters, from disputes to key regulatory issues. SOL - Fundo de Investimentos em Participações Multiestratégica, Linx and Azul Linhas Aéreas are new client wins.
A client says: "It is the best firm in Brazil, it is a large and sophisticated team," and adds: "They have a very hands-on approach, and are very quick and available."
Another client states: "The services provided were outstanding. They had a very skilled team that managed to overcome the difficulties of the transaction."
Pinheiro Neto advised Localiza on its merger with Unidas, which resulted in a company valued at USD10 billion.
Eminent practitioner Alexandre Bertoldi
is highly acclaimed by market commentators for his outstanding practice as well as his managing role at the firm. He continues to be involved in strategic decisions in some of the most high-profile transactions handled by the firm. An interviewee says: "Bertoldi is fantastic, he is smart and understands business,"
and adds: "He led a turnaround in the firm which put them as the main law firm in Brazil."
Another source notes: "He is extremely capable in the M&A area, he is a remarkable lawyer."
Carlos Alberto Moreira Lima Jr
is a distinguished partner with a longstanding experience in complex M&A transactions. He represents an impressive client roster, including high-profile companies from the insurance and car rental industries. His practice includes high-value deals involving public listed companies and strategic joint ventures. A client says: "Carlos is very skilled,"
and adds: "Above all, he is extremely experienced in negotiations."
Another source notes: "He is a first-rate practitioner."
Fernando Alves Meira
is widely admired by clients and peers alike. A client says: "He is the best M&A lawyer I have worked with. In addition to his technical knowledge, he has creativity, negotiation and mediating skills to close a deal like few others."
Meira holds an impressive track record leading sophisticated cross-border transactions, including recent high-end deals involving foreign investment in key sectors in the country. Another client states: "He has a very hands-on approach, he identifies the risks while bringing solutions."
is well regarded by the market especially for his recent involvement in highly complex M&A transactions. He is active representing publicly held companies in high-end mergers, including involving a cross-border corporate reorganisation. A market commentator says: "Henry is great, a fantastic lawyer who has been working on large transactions."
Joamir Muller Romiti Alves
joins the ranking this year after impressing clients, with one of them highlighting that "he has great experience."
Alves advises significant clients, including publicly held companies, on high-profile M&A transactions as well as corporate matters. Another client says: "I really liked the work he provided."
Marcelo Viveiros de Moura
draws upon over 30 years of experience to assist clients from the telecommunications and oil and gas sectors with significant M&A mandates. He handles complex transactions, including high-value joint acquisitions in the context of a judicial reorganisation. An interviewee says: "He stands out in the market."
has well-established experience in complex M&A deals involving large corporate groups and private equity transactions. A client says: "He is highly organised, patient, and has experience dealing with counterparties that are hard to handle. He is tough when needed, but in a polite and constructive way."
Another client notes: "He is a great M&A lawyer."
Clients further benefit from his expertise in corporate disputes and corporate reorganisations.