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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...

The International Trademark System Soon to Become a Reality in Brazil

On 30 May 2019, Legislative Decree 49/2019 was published by the Brazilian Senate. The Decree provides for Brazil to accede to the International Trademark System (commonly known as...

Updated: Brazil’s Data Protection Law

Quick Read: Brazil’s first general law addressing personal data protection has come into force. Law 13,709/2018 (the General Data Protection Law or “GDPL”) is...

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...

Appointing a Distributor in Brazil

When companies staring looking at entering the Brazilian market, they generally seek to sell their goods or services. The appointment of agents can be tricky, as mandatory...

Blockchain Adopted by Brazil’s Tax Authority

On 21 November 2018 Brazil’s Federal Revenue Department published an amendment to Regulation RFB 1,384/2016 bringing blockchain technology to the Federal tax compliance system...

Agents Targeted for Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism

On 9 May 2018 the Brazilian Council of Control of Financial Activities (known as “COAF”) issued a new resolution (Resolution COAF 30/2018) targeting persons who act in the...

Brazil updates double taxation agreements with India, South Africa and South Korea

On 15 October 2013 the Brazilian and Indian governments signed the amending Protocol to the Brazil–India Double Taxation Agreement. The Protocol amends the Agreement’s article...

São Paulo to charge Services Tax to SaaS, Online Ads and Streaming Services

On 15 November 2017 the Municipality of São Paulo published Law 16,757/2017. The Law addresses, among other issues, the taxing of software as a service (“SaaS”), the online...

Withholding income tax on foreign educational, scientific or cultural services

On 21 November 2017, the Brazilian Federal Revenue Department (Receita Federal do Brasil, “RFB”) published Private Ruling 519/2017 which addresses the charging of...