Start a Company in Brazil

Foreigners considering Brazil business setup have two options to enter the Brazilian market. They may enter Brazil directly (subsidiary or branch) or through third parties such as distributors or sales representatives. The commonly used entities by foreign entrepreneurs is the Brazil limited liability company (LLC).

See also:
Legal Representation of Foreign Companies in Brazil
List of documents for setting up a company in Brazil
How to incorporate a Brazilian company through foreign direct investment

Limited Liability Company/Wholly foreign owned entities

  • A Brazil LLC can be setup with a minimum of 2 shareholders and 1 director, who can be of any nationality. However, a Brazilian permanent resident must be appointed as a legal representative of the company. The minimum share capital required will be US$1 and the company can be set up within 20 weeks. Furthermore, a Brazilian LLC faces no restrictions on the type of business activities it can pursue;
  • Each Brazil entity must have at least one individual representative ordinarily resident in Brazil. Most of our Clients appoint one of the local staff members as registered local representative. If required, CKSA will be pleased to provide your firm with a professional nominee for your Brazil business setup.

Prices:
a) Without nominee professionals + Bank Account: US$ 5,000.00
b) With Nominee Directors + Bank Account: US$ 15,000.00
c) With Nominee Shareholders AND Directors + Bank Account: US$ 30,000.00

The Brazilian public limited company (SA)

  • The Brazilian public limited company requires at formation at least 2 shareholders and 3 directors, who both can be of any nationality and do not need to be resident in Brazil. However, if no resident director is appointed, the company must have a resident company representative, whom CKSA will be pleased to provide if needed. Brazilian PLCs must also go through an annual audit and must appoint an audit board for that purpose;
  • A Brazilian PLC does not need to be listed on a stock exchange. For our Clients interested by this option, CKSA recommends choosing BM&FBOVESPA as it i) is largest in Brazil and 13th largest in the world, enabling listed businesses to raise massive amounts of capital and ii) does not require companies to publicly trade more than 25% of their share capital, allowing henceforth their initial owners to keep majority control.

Price:
a) Without nominee professionals + Bank Account: US$ 50,000.00
b) With Nominee Shareholders OR Directors + Bank Account: US$ 55,000.00
c) With Nominee Shareholders AND Directors + Bank Account: US$ 60,000.00

Branch and representative office

  • In accordance with Brazil corporate law, all foreign company branches and representative offices may be 100% foreign owned, provided a local agent or sponsor is appointed;
  • Branch Offices are allowed to invoice Brazil resident customers, sign local sales contracts and receive income from customers. However, prior to incorporation an authorization from the Brazilian Government must be obtained and the branch will be subject to local laws;
  • While the Brazil law allows 100% foreign ownership and control of the representative office, it does not allow the entity to make direct sales within the country. Such an office will only engage in activities such as i) promoting the business of the parent company and ii) market research. A permanent resident agent or distributor must be appointed;
  • In order to register a branch or representative office of a foreign company, the incorporation forms of the parent company must be translated to Portuguese by specialist government approved company;
  • A foreign company can register a branch in Brazil to invoice Brazilian customers, sign local sales contracts and receive income from local customers. However, a Brazilian agent must be appointed.

Price: US$ 25,000.00

No Red Tapes

With CKSA Consulting Services, it’s easy to start a Brazilian Company and make business in Brazil. You manage your investments while we deal with the bureaucratic part for you.

SEE ALSO:
List of documents for setting up a company in Brazil
How to incorporate a Brazilian company through foreign direct investment