Luiz Fernando Valente de Paiva is a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados and focuses his practice on corporate reorganisation, bankruptcy and extrajudicial reorganisation; debt recovery and renegotiation; and litigation in general. Mr Paiva was a member of the Joint Ministerial Committee that helped draft the final wording of the Brazilian Bankruptcy Law. He holds an LLB degree in Commercial Law from the São Paulo Catholic University (2009) and an LLM from Northwestern University (2016). He taught at Brazilian universities and co-coordinated courses on insolvency for members of the judiciary branch and of attorney-general’s offices. Mr Paiva is board member of TMA Brasil (founder and current chairman). Mr Paiva was awarded as the Best Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyer in Brazil by the Client Choice Awards 2018 held by Lexology. Mr Paiva is recommended by publications such as Chambers and Partners (Band 1), PLC Which Lawyer, The Legal 500 (Leading Lawyer), Best Lawyers (Lawyer of the Year 2018) and was referred as ‘one of the world’s leading practitioners’ by Who’s Who Legal (2011) and recommended by Expert Guides.