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Chapter 27: Brazilian alternatives to the corporate form of organization
Before doing business in any country, business people need to have some understanding of the local environment, including economic, cultural, and legal aspects. Investors need to have information, confidence, and at least a basic idea of the hurdles and risks of doing business in a different scenario. In addition, each jurisdiction presents a list of options to accommodate business projects providing different pros and cons depending on many different factors. Doing business in Brazil is no different from any other country. An interested investor needs to consider many options and alternatives before making an investment decision. The aim of this chapter is to provide a broad view of the Brazilian alternatives to the corporate form of organization. This task is challenging, we can already advance, since the number of corporations in Brazil is extremely low in comparison with other business association forms. Therefore, I will be presenting to the reader the choices of most Brazilian and foreign investors in the following pages. This chapter is structured in the following manner. After this brief introduction, I will discuss the main characteristics of doing business in Brazil, a necessary step before venturing into the local environment. Then I will analyze the most important contractual forms that an investor may consider as a first move into the Brazilian market, which I believe is a relevant way to learn more closely the specific hurdles and opportunities with a local party.
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