How to Incorporate a Company in Brazil?

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Brazil has gone through a difficult economic period in the last few years and it’s slowly rebuilding its economy again. According to the OECD, inflation dropped in 2017, the GDP is growing again and special policies are being introduced by the Brazilian government to support the economic recovery of the country. The economic growth of Brazil makes the country attractive again for foreign investments which can also support further economic developments. In this article, we tell you everything that you need to know if you are interested in starting a Limited Liability Company (Sociedad Limitada: Ltda) in Brazil!

FAQ’s About Incorporating a Company in Brazil

  • The most used legal entity in Brazil for foreigners is a Limited Liability Company
  • There is no minimum start-up capital
  • Starting a company in Brazil will take around 20-45 days
  • A company can be formed remotely
  • A company can be administered remotely
  • The company needs a domestic address
  • Partners need a legal representative
  • Partners have to name an administrator (which is not necessarily a partner but needs to have residency in Brazil)
  • Minimum of 2 shareholders which can be foreigners, Brazilian individuals or a Legal Organisation.

Which Documents Are Required to Incorporate a Company in Brazil?

To incorporate a company in Brazil, your documents must be notarized, registered or apostilled at a Brazilian consulate.

The following documents are required when you want to incorporate a Ltda company in Brazil:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A Power of Attorney (POA), which is a document that allows you to nominate a person or organization to run your business if you become unable to do it.
  • The Articles of Incorporation (AOI), which is a document that secures the existence of the company.
  • A Company letter.
  • Provision of a Curriculum Vitae/legal entity brochure which is sometimes mandatory.

What is the Process for Incorporating a Company in Brazil?

Brazil has a long incorporation process which involves at least 40 steps. To make this process clearer, we will outline some of the most important aspects:

  1. All the required documents for the incorporation must be translated by a public sworn translator (in Brazil).
  2. All the required documents and translations must be registered in Brazil.
  3. Obtain an identification number (CNPJ: Cadastro Nacional da Pessoa  Jurídica) and a taxpayer identifiation number (CPF: Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas).
  4. Draft the Articles of Incorporation.
  5. File the Articles of Incorporation with the Commercial Registry or the Civil Registry Office.
  6. Enrol the Articles of Incorporation with the Legal Entities Taxpayers Registry of the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service (CNPJ)

Source: Biz Latin Hub

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