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Table Of Contents

1. The Brazilian Legal System
2. Institutions for Economic Development
2.1. Ministries
2.2. Chambers of Commerce
3. Foreign Capital
3.1. General Features
3.2. Registration of Foreign Capital
3.3. Currency Investments
3.4. Investment via Conversion of Foreign Credits
3.5. Investment via Import of Goods without Exchange Cover
3. . Capital Market Investments
3.7. Remittance of Profts
3.8. Reinvestment of Profts
3.9. Repatriation
3.10. Transfer of Foreign Investments
3.11. Restrictions on Remittances Abroad
3.12. Restrictions on Foreign Investment
4. Brazilian Foreign Exchange Regulations
5. Forms of Association
5.1. General Aspects
5.1.1. Sociedade Anônima (S/A)
5.1.2. Sociedade Limitada (LTDA.)
5.1.3. Other Types of Companies and Forms of Association
5.1.3.1. Sociedade em Comandita Simples or Sociedade em Comandita por Ações
5.1.3.3. Sociedade em Conta de Participação - SCP
5.1.4. Consórcio
5.2. Registration Process
5.2.1. Registration of Companies
5.2.2. The Civil Registry of Legal Entities
. Public Companies
.1. General
.2. Securities Market
.3. Management
.4. Periodic Filing Requirements and Other Information
.5. Public Offers for the Buyback of Shares (POBS)
. . Primary and Secondary Public Offerings
7. Regulatory Framework of Local Capital Markets
7.1. Relevant Laws Affecting Local Capital Markets
7.2. Local Regulatory and Supervisory Authorities
7.2.1. The National Monetary Council
7.2.2. The Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM)
7.2.3. The Central Bank
7.2.4. Self-Regulation
7.2.4.1. Stock Exchanges
7.2.4.2. Organized Over the Counter Markets (OTCMs)3
7.3. Defnition of Securities
7.4. Offer and Distribution of Securities in Brazil
7.4.2. Registration Process
7.4.3. Registration of the Issuer as a Public Company
7.4.4. Requirements for a Public Distribution of Securities
Through Security Depositary Certifcate (BDR) Programs
7.5. Tender Offers for Acquisition of Shares of Brazilian Companies
7.5.1. Takeovers by Tender Offer
7.5.2. Going Private - Delisting Tender Offer
7.5.3. Voluntary Tender Offer
7. . Investor Protection Rules
7. .1. Disclosure by Public Companies
7. .2. Disclosure by Shareholders of Public Companies
7. .4. Insider Trading
7.7. The Money Laundering Law
7.8. Civil Remedies
7.8.2. Insider Trading
7.8.3.1. Excessive or Unfair Profts or Commissions
7.8.4. Class Actions
7.8.5. Waiver of Rights
7.8. . Procedural Requirements
7.8. .1. Jurisdiction
7.8. .2. Venue
7.8. .3. Statute of Limitations
8. Tax System
8.1. General Features
8.2. Federal Taxes
8.2.1. Income Tax
8.2.2. Tax on Industrialized Goods
8.2.3. Tax on Credit and Exchange Transactions
8.2.4. Tax on Large Fortunes
8.3. State (and Federal District) Taxes
8.4. Municipal Taxes
8.5. Social Charges
9. Anti-Trust Legislation
10. Brazilian Labor Law
11. Foreign Workers in Brazil
11.1. Short-term Business and Tourist Visas
11.2. Temporary Work Visas
11.3. Other Temporary Visas
11.4. Permanent Employment Visa
11.5. Registration Upon Entry Into Brazil
11. . Travel in Advance of Permanent or Temporary Employment
11.7. Employment of Spouses/Offspring
12. Acquisition of Real Estate in Brazil
12.1. Introduction
12.2. Possession and Ownership
12.3. Acquisition and Loss of Ownership
12.3.1. General Provisions
12.3.2. General Considerations and Requirements Upon Purchase
12.3.3. Acquisition of Rural Land by Foreigners
12.4. Taxation
12.5. Real Estate Investment Funds
13. Environmental Legislation
13.1. Brazilian Environmental Policy
13.2. The Federal Constitution
13.3. Criminal Sanctions
13.4. Administrative Sanctions
13.5. The Brazilian Environmental System
14. Privatization, Concessions and Partnerships
14.1. The National Privatization Program
14.4. Developments and Results of the Privatization Program
14.5. Public-Private Partnerships
15.1. Introduction
15.2. Procurement Modalities
15.3. Authorization, Concession, and License to Provide Public Services
15.4. Qualifcation
15.5. Tender Waivers
15. . Administrative Contracts
15.7. Guarantees
15.8. Inspection and Extinction of Administrative Contract
15.9. Other Contractual Features
1 . Telecommunications
1 .1. Telecommunications in Brazil – Brief Overview
1 .2. Development of Mobile Telephony
1 .3. The Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ANATEL)
1 .4. General Telecommunications Law
1 .5. Telecoms Services Regimes
1 . . Transfer of Control of Telecom Companies
1 .7. Taxes on the Telecoms Sector
1 .8. Incentives
1 .9. The Future of Telecommunication Services
17. Electric Power
17.1. Background
17.2. Electric Power Sector Model Adopted in the 2nd
17.2.1. Activities and Agents of the Electricity Sector
17.2.2. Electric Power Sector Agencies
17.2.3. Contracts in the Energy Sector
17.3. The Brazilian Electric Power Sector since 2003
17.3.1. Electric Power Sector Agencies
17.3.2. Electricity Sector Activities and Agents
17.3.4. Planning
17.3.5. Unbundling
17.4. Conclusion
18. Regulation of Financial Institutions and Leasing in Brazil
18.1. Financial Institutions
18.2. Principal Financial Institutions
18.2.1. Public Sector
18.2.2. Private Sector
18.3. Main Requirements for Financial Institutions in Brazil
18.4. Minimum Capitalization Standards
18.5. Foreign Investment in Brazilian Financial Institutions
18. . Leasing
19. Electronic Commerce
19.1. General Aspects
19.2. Legal Aspects
19.3. Brazilian Laws on Virtual Transactions
19.4. Tax Issues Relating to Electronic Commerce
19.5. Intellectual Property
19. . Domain Names
19.7. Electronic Documents as Evidence
19.7.1. General Theory of Evidence
19.7.2. Classifcation of Electronic Documents
19.7.3. Documentary Media
19.7.3.1. Types of Evidence
19.7.3.2. Evidence of the Existence of the Document
19.7.3.3. Provenience of Declarations and Electronic Signatures
19.7.3.4. Evidence of the Content of a Document
19.7.4. Legislative Responses
19.7.4.1. Executive Order (MP) 2.200-2 and Other Bills
19.7.5. Conclusions
20. Information Technology
20.1. National Information Technology Policy
20.3. Tariff Policy and MERCOSUR
20.4. Software Legal Protection
20.4.1. Taxes Applicable to Operations Involving Software
20.4.1.1. Taxes on Sales of Off-the-Shelf Software
20.4.1.2. Taxes on Customized Software
20.4.2. Software Related Remittances
20.5. Internet
20. . Bills of Law
20.7. Final Comments
21. Commercial Representation and Agency Agreements
22. Distribution Agreements
22.1. Commercial Distribution Agreements
22.2. Ordinary Distribution Contracts
23. International Intellectual Property Contracts
23.1. General Features
23.2. Patents
23.3. Trademarks
23.4. Technology Transfer Agreements
23.5. Franchising
24. International Treaties
24.1. Overview
24.2. Trade
24.3. Intellectual Property
24.5. Latin America
24. . MERCOSUR
25. Antidumping in Brazil
25.1. Introduction
25.2. Concept and Core Elements of Dumping
25.3. Anti-Dumping Investigations in Brazil
25.4. Conclusion
2 . Commercial and Civil Litigation
2 .1. Jurisdiction in Civil and Commercial Cases
2 .2. Litigation Costs
2 .3. Initial Proceedings
2 .4. Evidence
2 .5. Court Rulings
2 . . Provisional Remedies
2 .7. Appeals
2 .9. Collection Proceedings
27.1. General Defnition
27.3. Scope
27.4. Enforcement
27.5. Trends
28.2. Arbitration Proceedings
28.4. Foreign Sentences
29. International Aspects of Brazilian Jurisdiction
29.1. General Jurisdiction of Brazilian Courts
29.2. Choice of Forum
29.3. Judicial Cooperation
29.4. Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments in Brazil
29.5. Jurisdiction of International Arbitral Tribunals
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