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GAR 100 - 4th Edition

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

18 February 2011

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.

Recent events

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”.



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