Brazil’s Pinheiro Neto opens in Japan

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Brazilian law firm Pinheiro Neto opened an office in Tokyo in a rare international foray for a top-tier Latin American firm.

The firm is the first full-service Brazilian firm to open in Japan, and one of the few Latin American law firms of any size with a presence there.

The office is the 100-partner firm’s second international base after Palo Alto in California, and will be staffed by newly promoted partner, Yuka Ono.

Ono takes on the role of office head after leading the firm’s banking desk in Sao Paulo since October 2013, when she joined the firm after two years at Gibson Dunn’s New York office.

She kicked off her career as a trainee and junior consultant in KPMG Brazil’s tax department and has also enjoyed a spell at Morgan Stanley in Tokyo as a tax analyst. In 2017, she spent two months at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu’s Tokyo office as a visiting attorney.