Pinheiro Guimarães was established in 1922 and, with offices in Rio de Janeiro and in São Paulo, represents a vast array of clients in Brazil and abroad. The firm boasts fluency in several languages, and many members of its legal staff hold LLM degrees from the law schools of major universities in Brazil, the United States and Europe. A significant number of its lawyers have worked at top-tier law firms abroad and in international organisations.
Main areas of practice
Banking and finance: Pinheiro Guimarães has widely recognised experience in local and cross-border financing transactions, acting as counsel to both lenders and borrowers in connection with syndicated loans, refinancing transactions, import financing, export prepayment and other trade-related debt transactions, local and cross-border financial leases, securitisations, credit-linked debt and acquisition financings.
Capital markets: Pinheiro Guimarães provides legal advice on public securities’ offerings in both the Brazilian and international capital markets, in carrying out filings and cancellations of public company registrations; securities listings and delistings; administrative proceedings and consultations with the CVM and B3 SA – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão; investments in the Brazilian capital and financial markets; and structuring stock option plans. It is also actively involved in developing and setting up investment funds, as well as in different derivative transactions and products.
Corporate and M&A: Pinheiro Guimarães provides legal assistance in the incorporation of companies and other entities for the development of business activities in Brazil. Such assistance includes drafting corporate documents, and counselling on all corporate issues involving different corporate entities in Brazil. Pinheiro Guimarães handles securities repurchase transactions; foreign investments structure and divestments; transactions involving asset sales and debt assumptions; turnaround investments and investments in overleveraged or distressed Brazilian companies; transfers of control, corporate restructuring transactions and designing and negotiating private equity investments and private equity funds.
Tax: Pinheiro Guimarães advises clients in developing and carrying out integrated tax strategies with respect to their activities in connection with capital markets, M&A, corporate and structured finance, asset restructurings, among others. The firm has expertise in cross-border transactions and international tax treaties, being well positioned to provide its clients with sophisticated advice on structured tax transactions, tax planning and the most effective use of tax credits and tax sparing rules.
Litigation and arbitration: Pinheiro Guimarães has a competent and growing number of lawyers dedicated to handling complex commercial and financial matters under litigation or subject to arbitration proceedings. In the area of credit recovery, it has seen its practice grow in recent years, to a point where it includes a significant number of clients in Brazil as well as many offshore creditor groups.
Project procurement: Pinheiro Guimarães is a leader in the development and implementation of projects in various industries, such as energy, oil and gas, and pulp and paper. It provides legal advice on all aspects of the development and implementation of projects, including devising the most appropriate structure for the project, participation in public auctions, joint ventures, project agreements and financing regulatory, among others.
Rio de Janeiro
Av. Rio Branco 181, 27th floor
20040-918 Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Tel: +55 21 4501 5000
Fax: +55 21 4501 5025
Av. Brigadeiro Faria Lima 3064, 14th floor
01451-000 São Paulo, SP
Tel: +55 11 4501 5000
Fax: +55 11 4501 5025
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