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Litigation in Brazil: Unusual Features

Litigating in Brazil is very different from litigating in common law jurisdictions. Below I address some of the more usual features that you are likely to face in litigation in...

Brazil’s Federal Revenue Department

A brief introduction to Brazil’s all powerful tax department. What does it do? The Brazilian Federal Revenue Department (Receita Federal do Brasil, “RFB”) is part of the...

Appointing an Agent (Sales Representative) in Brazil

Quick Read: Agents under Brazilian law: An agent under Brazilian law is a person or legal entity that brokers commercial deals on a regular basis. Mandatory rules: There are court...

Brazil’s Economic Freedom Law

On 21 September 2019, Law 13,874/2019 came into force. Nicknamed the Economic Freedom Law, it marks a major move towards greater economic freedom and a more...

Cost Contribution Agreements in Brazil

Quick Read: Cost contribution agreements (“CCAs”) allow for the sharing of costs among companies of the same corporate group. Brazil adopts the OECD definition of CCAs....

Setting Up a Company in Brazil: a Checklist

Setting up a company in Brazil is not as simple as in developed common law countries. The process of registration (and deregistration) contains various procedural steps that are...

The International Trademark System (Madrid Protocol) is now Law

On 2 October 2019, Decree 10,033/2019 was published. The Decree was the last step to be taken for making the International Trademark System (commonly known as the “Madrid...

Translation of Declaration of Rights of Economic Freedom

Below in italics is my translation of Chapter II of Law 13,874/2019, together with links. This Law marks a major shift in the way business law is to be interpreted in Brazil, so...

State of São Paulo Approves Arbitration for Government Contracts

Well-regarded arbitration institutions may be chosen to resolve disputes with the State. On 1 August 2019, Decree 64,356/2019 was published in the São Paulo Gazette and came into...

Brazil-Norway Double Tax Agreement Amended

More power to the authorities and less secrecy for taxpayers. On 9 August 2019, Decree 9,966/2019 was published. This was the last step required for the Protocol amending the...