Pedro Romano Fragoso Pires

Foreign Legal Consultant | Not Admitted to Practice Law in Florida

Overview

Pedro Romano Fragoso Pires is a Foreign Legal Consultant who advises U.S. and foreign companies doing business in Brazil, as well as Brazilian companies doing business in the United States regarding issues that involve Brazilian law. As a Foreign Legal Consultant, Pedro is not admitted to practice law in Florida. With more than 25 years of legal experience at major Brazilian and U.S. law firms, Pedro coordinates and supervises legal work throughout Latin America, serving as leading counsel on corporate and international matters. For 20 years, he represented Brazilian and multinational oil companies (operators and service providers) on numerous issues, including employment and litigation.

Pedro has lived and worked in Brazil and the United States and previously served as chairman of the Energy Committee of an Iberoamerican alliance formed by several law firms. Pedro has also visited China on issues arising out of Chinese investments in Brazil. He is a member of the firm’s Transactions Practice within the Business Law Group.

Prior to joining Foley & Lardner, Pedro served as a Foreign Legal Consultant in the Miami office of a prominent global firm, where he assisted a number of Brazilian clients in navigating the US system and US companies doing business in LatAm. Before returning to Miami where he lived and worked from 1999 to 2001, he was a Partner of a Brazil-based law firm he founded and ran for 10 years.

Education

  • Candido Mendes University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Post-graduate in Corporate Administrative Law (2010)
  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, LL.M. in Comparative Law (2000)
  • Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro School of Law (PUC), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, LL.B. (Juris Doctor Equivalent 1996)

Speaking Engagements

  • Moderator, “Understanding Legal Aspects When Establishing a Company in Florida: Intellectual Propriety, Company Constitution and Immigration”, StartOut Brazil, Apex USA, Miami (September 10, 2018)
  • Panelist, “Pre-Immigration Tax Planning: Considerations for Brazilian Individuals and Companies”, Miami (February 28, 2019)

Recognition

Pedro has been ranked by Chambers Global. Clients say his commitment and flawless sector knowledge are the main reasons for his success: “He works incredibly hard to get the best result for you.”

Admissions & Professional Memberships

  • Foreign Legal Consultant, not admitted to practice law in Florida
  • Brazilian Bar Association, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (1996)

Languages

  • Portuguese (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • Spanish (intermediate)

Capabilities