Pinheiro Neto Advogados

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 foreign clients.

Pinheiro Neto was one of the first Brazilian law firms to serve foreign clients and 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.


Pinheiro Neto Advogados is the Brazilian institutional partner of Harvard Law School’s Center for the Legal Profession GLEE (Globalisation, Lawyers and Emerging Economies) programme and is one of only a handful of firms partnering worldwide with Thomson Reuters and Samsung’s legal technology innovation research project.

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.

Chevening and Pinheiro Neto

The UK and Pinheiro Neto have a historical link dating back to World War 2. In 1940, José Martins Pinheiro Neto arrived in the UK to work as Brazilian correspondent for the BBC. During his time in UK, he wrote for O Estado de São Paulo, signing as ‘P.Xisto’. He returned to Brazil and founded a small law firm that was to become the foremost law firm in Brazil in 1942. As the firm increased in size, it opened offices in Brasilia in 1974 and London in 1978, in association with J. Anthony Clare. Today the firm has 800 employees and 6,000 clients. In 1987, in recognition of his service to UK-Brazil relations, JM Pinheiro Neto was made a Knight of the British Empire by HM the Queen. He died in 2005.

Pinheiro Neto has been an active player in the development of Brazil, participating in the 1980s in renegotiating Brazil’s sovereign debt; in privatisations of state companies in the 1990s, and supporting Aracruz’s NYSE launch as the first Brazilian firm to be quoted on the New York Stock Exchange. In 2009, the law firm created a Commission for Female Lawyers (Comissão da Mulher Advogada) in order to encourage recognition of women in the profession. In 2013, it received the Americas Women in Business Law award for the best female mentoring programme in Latin America.

Of the almost 1,500 Brazilian Chevening Alumni, 181 have studied Law and 16 work or have worked for Pinheiro Neto.

Who do Pinheiro Neto support?

Pinheiro Neto supports applicants from Brazil, preferably from the cities where its offices are located (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Brasília), who wish to undertake studies in any area of law in which the firm has a practice. For more information on the firm, please refer to their website: