Brazilian Law Services
Sophisticated Brazilian Legal Advice through the Fidelis Network
The Fidelis Law Group operates in Brazil though The Fidelis Law Group do Brasil Consultoria Empresarial, Ltda., which has created a network of boutique Brazilian law firms and experienced Brazilian lawyers. Through the Fidelis Network, we able to offer foreign clients planning to do business in Brazil or enter into a Brazil-related transaction, with the legal advice and services needed to effectively structure and successfully negotiate their Brazil-based transaction.
The Benefits of the Fidelis Network to Foreign Clients
The current trend in the Brazilian legal market is a movement towards the boutique law firm, often formed by former large firm attorneys. Because of their expertise and size these boutique firms are able to offer high-quality legal advice that is delivered in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner that specifically meets the clients’ needs, rather than the “one size fits all” approach you often find at the larger Brazilian law firms.
In our experience, foreign clients involved in Brazil-based transactions are often better served by smaller, boutique law firms or independent Brazilian legal advisors working along side the clients’ non-Brazilian legal team. For this reason, The Fidelis Law Group created the Fidelis Network to give foreign clients involved in Brazil-based transactions an option, by facilitating their access to alternative legal service providers outside the large firm context.
The Brazilian lawyers that are part of the Fidelis Network are experienced professionals with an in-depth knowledge of Brazilian law. They are accustomed to working with foreign clients doing business in Brazil and experienced in working on U.S./Brazil-related transactions. Our unique model assures clients that they have access to the Brazilian lawyers they need to maximize their business opportunities while minimizing their legal risks.
An Integrated Approach to Brazilian Legal Advice and Services
In addition to indicating Brazilian lawyers to foreign clients, The Fidelis Law Group also offers clients access to U.S. lawyers experienced in working on Brazil-based transactions. These lawyers are familiar with the legal system in Brazil and how comparable legal requirements under a common law legal system are satisfied under a civil law legal regime. As a result, Fidelis lawyers are able to guide the foreign client and its outside legal counsel through the often complex and confusing landscape of the Brazilian legal system. Such lawyers are also able to guide the Brazilian legal team toward innovative legal solutions that best meet the client’s legal and business needs.
With an office in São Paulo, Brazil, The Fidelis Law Group is uniquely situated to provide clients involved in Brazil-related transactions with the legal expertise and professional advice they need to navigate the Brazilian legal system and compete in the Brazilian business environment. Our unique model gives the client access to U.S. lawyers who are able to work seamlessly with Brazilian lawyers to provide the client with integrated representation of the highest quality, consistent with local practice and current market standards.
Assisting U.S. Law Firms Whose Clients are Involved in Brazil-Related Transactions
In addition to offering a broad range of sophisticated Brazilian legal advice and services to clients through the Fidelis Network, The Fidelis Law Group also assists U.S. law firms whose clients are involved in Brazil-related transactions to provide their clients with the legal advice they need. Often such law firms do not have an office in Brazil, may not have experience working on Brazil-based transactions, or simply wish to take advantage of the efficiencies the come from outsourcing a Brazil-based transaction to The Fidelis Law Group, which will act as its representative office in Brazil.
In connection with such representations, the law firm becomes our client, with a Fidelis lawyer representing the firm in Brazil, acting exclusively on the firm’s behalf in connection with such matter. The law firm’s client remains the client of the law firm, but benefits from The Fidelis Law Group’s unique capacity to function as such firmís representative office in Brazil.
Translations and Localization Services
The Fidelis Law Group also offers translation and localization services. We work with a team of professional translators with in-depth experience translating legal agreements and documents from English to Portuguese and from Portuguese to English. In cases where such documents or instruments are required to be translated by a certified or “sworn translator”, The Fidelis Law Group works with a team of highly qualified sworn translators to provide our clients with the translation services they need.
Often an agreement translated from English to Portuguese must also be “localized” so that it functions as an equivalent agreement under, and complies with Brazilian law. In such cases, an experience Brazilian lawyer will review the translated agreement, making the necessary modifications and changes required to localize the agreement so that it complies with and will be enforceable under Brazilian law.
The Fidelis Law Group also provides localization services in connection with transactions governed by Brazilian law, which transaction documents are in English. In such cases, an experience Brazilian lawyer will review the agreements, localizing them so that such agreements comply with, and will be enforceable under Brazilian law. In situations where the final agreements must be translated into Portuguese and registered with the applicable government agency, The Fidelis Law Group also arranges for such translation and registration.
Our Areas of Practice
The Fidelis Network is composed of skilled legal professionals, experienced in rendering sophisticated legal advice, preparing and negotiating a broad-range of transactional documents and agreements and working with clients to achieve their specific business objectives while minimizing their legal risks.
Our network of Brazilian lawyers offers legal advice in the following areas:
- Administrative Law
- Antitrust Law
- Arbitration and Mediation
- Banking and Credit Law
- Bankruptcy and Restructuring
- Business and Commercial Law
- Capital Markets and Securities
- Consumer Law
- Corporate Governance
- Corporate and Fiduciary Services
- Corporation Law
- Derivates, Structured Finance and Structured Products
- Family and Probate Law
- Financial Services
- Foreign Investment
- Formation of Brazilian Legal Entities
- Franchising Law
- General Counsel Services for Small and Start-up Companies
- Immigration Law
- Intellectual Property and IP Transactions
- Leveraged Buyouts
- Joint Ventures
- Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures
- Not-For-Profit Law
- Offshore Legal Structures
- Private Equity
- Project Finance
- Real Estate
- Tax and Custom
- Venture Capital
- Visa Applications and Related Services
Our clients include domestic and international corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, as well as law firms whose businesses we seek to impact favorably with each matter entrusted to us. The Fidelis Law Group is also committed to working with not-for-profit organizations and other tax-exempt entities, having assisted several clients establish not-for-profit corporations and obtain tax exempt status.