segunda-feira, 11 de fevereiro de 2013

Power of Attorney for setting up a company in Brazil



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Dear Mr. Adler 

I have read your blog "List of documents for setting up a company in Brazil" dated 19 November 2012 on the website
For an assignment at my university in the Netherlands (setting up a LDTA and I have chosen Brazil as country of corporation) I would much appreciate if you could forward me the "power of attorney to a Brazilian representative" referred to in your blog for information, and if possible, please advise which "powers" are mandatory according to Brasilian law.
To my understanding two power of attorney's (PoA's) need to be granted to a legal representative resident in Brazil:

·    one for corporate purposes; and
·    one for tax identification number purposes (CNPJ/MF). 

Is this correct?

If so, could you please provide both PoA's?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,


Hello Lieke, 

Thank you for your contact. 

I don't usually provide models.

Regardin the PoAs, there are two contractual relationships that need attention. The first is the more general one, where the grantor gives the agent powers to incorporate a company. 

Since incorporation of a company involves several agencies in Brazil, this PoA will usually be explicit about powers to represent the grantor before many agencies, including the Brazilian Revenue Service (Receita Federal), where the CNPJ is granted. 

The second Power of Attorney (which is usually granted within the same document) may or may not be given to the same person that receives the first one.

It is mandatory, for the law states that any foreign investor in Brazil must have, permanently, a local representative with powers to receive court summoning. This is mainly to avoid delays in summoning should the foreign investor be actioned in any lawsuit here in Brazil. 

Please draft a template and I will review it for you. 

Good luck in your studies. 



Hello Adler,

Thank you for your responding to my email!

Your help is much appreciated, thank you for clarifying.

I hope you don't mind me asking you some more questions.

While searching the internet I came across another PoA - please refer to the following:

This other PoA seems to be more broadly written, e.g. to attend and vote for, in the name of Grantor, in all and any meetings + appoint officers + etc.

The differences between it and your mail are a bit confusing. 

Should I indeed assume many sorts of PoA templates are used in Brazil?

If so, how do I know which one should be used in practice?

More importantly; how many and which absolute powers should a legal representative be given (in accordance with Brazilian law)?

OR - do the differences between the two templates relate to:

a) there being PoA's which only relate to powers to incorporate a company; and
b) there being PoA's which relate to powers to incorporate a company AND to grant powers once the company has been incorporated?

If this is stretching your kindness too far, I will completely understand!

Kind Regards,



Dear Lieke, 

Basically, there is no standard template for a Power of Attorney. You will find hundreds of models, covering from very specific acts to virtually all possible powers.

(Actually, it is funny you ask. Only a foreigner would make such a question. In Brazil we are used to not having anything standardized. Not that this is good. In fact, it is very bad for business. But it is a reality.)

I'm forwarding this email to Mr. Nuno, my colleague, who will help you with your other doubts. 

I'd like to ask your permission to post those messages in my blog, since the discussion is getting interesting. 




Dear Adler,

Thank you for your response and for forwarding my message to Mr. Nuno.

I would certainly not mind if you post the messages in your blog.

Best Regards,

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