Latin Lawyer 250, regards Pinheiro Neto as “without question, one of the region’s best” as an all round practice. The firm is credited with being the first Brazilian firm to introduce a meritocratic partnership structure.
- People in Who’s Who:
- Pending cases as counsel:
- Value of pending counsel work:
- US$0.5 billion
- Treaty cases:
- Current arbitrator appointments:
- 4 (of which 2 are as sole or chair)
- No. of lawyers sitting as arbitrator:
It was also one of the first firms to commit resources to developing a high-calibre international arbitration service. In pursuit of that, it hired Renato Grion, an assistant general counsel at the ICC Court of Arbitration and began hosting an annual arbitration colloquium.
A team of six lawyers – led by Gilberto Giusti in São Paulo, a member of the LCIA Court – now cover international arbitration. In 2007, the team represented Paraná state power company Copel in a highly publicised US$850 million arbitration with US company El Paso over a thermoelectric plant. The dispute has since settled but was listed for Latin Lawyer’s Dispute of the Year award. Giusti sits regularly as an arbitrator.
A number of major international energy companies have sent the firm arbitration work recently, as have domestic players in the biofuel and construction sectors. Three matters are said to be “bet the company cases”.
Founded in 1942, Pinheiro Neto Advogados is one of the largest law firms in Latin America and one of the most well-established in Brazil. It is a full-service, 370-lawyer firm, with offices in the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. The firm’s practice is divided into four major areas: Corporate, Litigation, Tax, and Labor.
The firm’s conduct has always been guided by an absolute commitment to ethical principles, by quality in human relations, and by the duty to contribute to the social development of the community.
With its constant concern for the highest ethical standards, the firm continuously strives to be at the forefront, be it in solving legal problems or meeting the community’s interests: Pinheiro Neto Advogados participates in a great variety of socially-oriented projects and is the first Brazilian law firm to be certified as carbon neutral, further evidencing its commitment to future generations.
Since 1970, the firm has been Brazil’s representative at Club de Abogados, an organization that brings together premier law firms in Europe, Latin America and Japan for the purpose of offering their clients the assistance they need within an increasingly global practice.
Recently, the firm was named “Latin American Firm of the Year” in 2010 by Chambers&Partners. It was also recognized as “Brazil Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal for the fifth consecutive time (2006 through 2010), among other national and international legal awards.