Brazilian Corporate Business Lawyer Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo

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At the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo Business department of the ALVES JACOB LAW FIRM, we specialize in dealing with the legal implications clients face in the operational phases of their business. Our aim here is to ensure the growth and success of our client’s business. We are dedicated in working closely with our clients, understanding their goals and the particulars of their business to place the appropriate legal structure, documentation and contractual protections. We assist our clients in contracts and negotiations-related matters. We also assist our clients in matters related to transfers through the Brazilian Central Bank and preparation and submission of applications for foreign capital registration.

The Law 4131/62 defines foreign capital as “any goods, machinery, equipment, cash and financial resources that enter Brazil for the production of goods or services or for investment in economic activities, provided that in either case they belong to individuals or legal entities resident, domiciled or headquartered abroad.” The entity in charge of the registering, monitoring and following up on foreign investments is the Brazilian Central Bank, while the Federal Revenue Secretariat is encumbered with the eventual taxation of these foreign investments. Also, foreign investors must translate their foreign currencies into Brazilian currency by entering into a foreign exchange contract. Foreign investments in Brazil are usually made through the incorporation of a company, the opening of a branch or subsidiary, or through direct investments on the capital or financial markets, among others. Foreign capital is granted equal treatment to domestic capital and the law prohibits any discrimination.

Business formation

There are many factors that depend on the success of a business; a legal entity is one of them. A legal entity helps to determine the most suitable form to achieve business goals, such as management style and business structure tax exposure and consequences, client exit strategies and risk management goals.


We represent every kind of matter and transaction that is an essential part of the daily and ongoing operations of a business. We handle every sort of business related legal query effectively, such as:

  • Strategic contracts
  • Commercial arrangements
  • Employment contracts
  • Employee benefit packages
  • Equity and debt financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Divestitures
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Leases
  • Loan agreements
  • License agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • Stock option programs

We believe in taking preemptive actions to secure the areas where the legal situations are more likely to occur. We consistently assist clients in making and preparing written business plans that present their business ideas in better communicative formats. Our business formats appeal to the investment communities and invokes investor interest.

We also assist our expertise to clients in negotiating the best available transaction structure and financing terms. Our main focus is on increasing the business evaluation and developing avenues of liquidity for the owners and early stage investors.

Our Business Lawyer

The Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo Business, Energy, Oil and Gas Lawyer Mr. Alessandro Jacob advises and represents clients regarding all business transactions to maximize the significance of the business, and minimize trial exposures. In case of any disputes, he uses his commendable experience and practical judgment to represent clients through settlement negotiations or litigations.

Along with Mr. Jacob, our lawyers undertake appointments of directors, transfers of shares and the preparation and filing of all required companies' forms and advice on partnership law and supply agreements and any other documentation for partnerships.

Brazil - Country Information
Key Facts
Local Time: GMT-4
Language: Brazilian Portuguese
Local currency: Real (BRL)
Dialling code: + 55

Rio de Janeiro – The Commercial Centre of Brazil

Accountable for 80% of oil production in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo is the commercial hub of Brazil. It attracts many oil and gas companies like Shell, Esso, BG, BP, Chevron etc. due to its inherent nature of producing oil goods along with extensive gas production.

Economic Overview of Brazil

Brazil is a country of continental size and potential. It has largely transformed its economic performance over the last 15 years and is now one of the most rapidly emerging economies in the world. Brazil is responsible for almost half of Latin America’s GDP, the Sao Paulo economy alone is bigger than Argentina and Chile combined. The Brazilian business environment is modern and sophisticated with a broad domestic industrial base and many larger multinational investors. Strong balance of trade figures in the last three years led to a US$60 billion record surplus in 2007.

What are the opportunities? Brazil has a broad and sophisticated industrial base and the government continues its program of privatization and deregulation. There is also a growing middle class in Brazil who have real spending power and who appreciate high quality merchandise. If a product or service is generally competitive in world markets it is also likely to be so in Brazil.

Commodities in particular have been strong performers. Domestic demand has also begun to pick up, with a rapid expansion in consumer credit, lower interest rates and a healthy trade surplus as the main drivers.


Mr. Alessandro Jacob speaking about Brazilian Law on "International Bar Association" conference

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Rio de Janeiro

Av. Presidente Wilson, 231 / Salão 902 Parte - Centro
CEP 20030-021 - Rio de Janeiro - RJ

+55 21 3942-1026

São Paulo

Travessa Dona Paula, 13 - Higienópolis
CEP -01239-050 - São Paulo - SP

+ 55 11 3280-2197