Managing Partner: Alexandre Bertoldi
Number of partners worldwide: 97
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 380
Pinheiro Neto Advogados is a Brazilian, independent, full-service firm specialising in multi-disciplinary deals and in translating the Brazilian legal environment for the benefit of local and foreign clients. Founded in 1942, Pinheiro Neto Advogados was one of the first Brazilian law firms to serve foreign clients as well as the first Brazilian law firm to specialise in corporate clients. With clients in almost 60 countries, the firm was recognised in 2014 by the Brazilian government as the number one exporter of legal services from Brazil. The firm has grown organically, and developed a distinctive, tight-knit culture, with a low associate-to-partner ratio. Its unique, democratic governance structure promotes transparency and consensus-building among the partners.
With a focus on innovation, the firm has kept its competitive edge throughout the years, and is widely hailed as an institution of the Brazilian legal market. Pinheiro Neto Advogados is the Brazilian institutional partner of Harvard Law School Center for the Legal Profession’s groundbreaking GLEE (Globalisation, Lawyers and Emerging Economies) program. The firm is one of only a handful of firms partnering worldwide with Thomson Reuters and Samsung’s legal technology innovation research project. Finally, Pinheiro Neto is also an affiliate of Stanford Law School’s Program in Law, Science & Technology (LST), which supports cutting-edge research, teaching and program development.
In order to maintain its status as a valued strategic partner to its clients, the firm invests heavily in professional development, not only through strong on-the-job training, but also by means of the highly structured Pinheiro Neto Professional Development Program, the first of its kind in Brazil. A significant portion of the firm’s lawyers hold graduate degrees from top local and international law schools, and have spent time working in high-ranking international law firms. In addition, the firm’s lawyers can take advantage of the largest and most complete private legal library in Brazil.
Pinheiro Neto Advogados was the first Brazilian law firm to be certified as carbon neutral; the first Brazilian law firm to join the country’s largest social investors in the Group of Outreach Institutions, Foundations and Companies (GIFE); and the first Brazilian law firm to be recognised by the state of São Paulo diversity accreditation body (Selo Paulista da Diversidade). The firm’s pioneering pro bono program has compensated professionals for their involvement in social causes since 2009.
The firm advises and represents both local and international clients in a broad range of sectors, including automotive, banking and financial services, construction and materials, energy and natural resources, environment and waste management, health care, oil and gas, real estate and technology.
The firm has correspondents throughout Brazil, and has developed close and solid working relationships with first-tier law firms around the world.
Main Areas of Practice:
Pinheiro Neto groups its extensive range of practice areas into four broad categories.
Includes general corporate, M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, derivatives, structured finance, information technology, real estate, infrastructure, project finance, insurance and reinsurance, regulatory (energy, mining, oil and gas, power, telecommunications), aviation and agribusiness.
Arbitration, civil and commercial litigation, competition and antitrust, environment, climate change and sustainability, criminal law, consumer relations, family and succession, insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property, life sciences, construction, public and administrative law, sports and entertainment.
Includes litigation and tax-related advice on corporate transactions and foreign investments; international trade and customs, pensions.
Counsel and complex strategic litigation.
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese.
■ Brazil Client Service Firm of the Year – Chambers (2017)
■ Brazilian Firm of the Year- Latin Finance (2017 and 2016), IFLR (2016), Who’s Who Legal (2006 through 2018), Chambers (2009, 2011, 2014).
■ Latin American Firm of the Year- Chambers (2009, 2010, 2013).
Corporate: Fernando Meira
Litigation: Luiz Fernando Paiva
Tax: Sérgio Farina Filho
Labour: Luís Mendes