Practice Areas

Core Services

We assist our clients in operations involving the most varied sectors of the economy both on the domestic and international front, in various areas.

Brazilian Administrative law is governed by the public interest. Tenders and procurement have especial rules also later applying to the granting of the contract and concession of public services. PNST assists its clients preparing them to comply with Brazilian Law and especially with new regulation from Anti-Corruption law.
PNST advises the antitrust impact a given transaction may cause under Brazilian Law. The latter received a recent law amendment in 2012 and is of importance when either investing and/or restructuring company's structure.
Public and private issue of shares, debentures, commercial papers, euronotes and DRs; project finance; foreign direct investment in the Brazilian financial and capital markets, including the Brazilian stock exchanges; foreign direct financing and relending; assignment of credits and assumption of obligations; international transfers in Brazilian currency; trade-finance; securitization of assets.
Pre-litigation assistance (prevention of litigation) and practice on all judicial levels, including in Higher Courts in the following areas: claims of diffuse collective and individual uniform rights (environment, consumer relations, good and rights of artistic, aesthetic, historic, touristic and scenic value), examinations and public civil actions, recuperation of credits (foreclosure and presentation of credits in bankruptcy and composition of creditors), possession and property of real estate, family and succession, collection, execution, among others.
Analysis, elaboration, revision and opinion about all kind of commercial contracts, such as task work, EPCM, turn-key, agency, representation, distribution, use of image, loan, expense allotment, construction, construction by commodate (loan for use), supply, rendering of several services, consignment, insurance, including D&O, guarantee, bonds, bank surety, confidentiality (NDA), bank loans in general, inclusively with the BNDES, purchase and sale of mobile items, commercial lease, cooperation, partnerships, non-competition, comfort letters, among others.
Planning and implementation of organization and corporate reorganization, incorporation, split-off, transformation and liquidation. Formation of new societies, either Ltd. or S/As. Assistance with regard to the Central Bank of Brazil regulations (BACEN) and Commission of Securities and Exchange (CVM). Assistance in private equity of own capital or of investors, venture capital, joint-ventures, agreements between shareholders, inbound and outbound of capital, operations, cross-borders and corporate restructurings. Practice in the remittance abroad of foreign investment credit conversion proceeds, exchange rules, registry of foreign investment at Central Bank of Brazil and constitution of subsidiaries of foreign societies in Brazil, in an independent form or through associations with local partners.
PNST also advises diverse issues in the field of Brazilian environmental law, from licensing and needed authorizations up to litigation and compliance matters. Penalties can be very high and proper advice is very relevant.
Consulting assistance and litigation in family questions and successions, such as estates, testaments, separations, divorces, pre-nuptial contracts, partner contracts, contracts of stable union, guardianship questions and visiting rights of children, alimentation pension, partition of a succession, succession planning and adoption, including international.
Planning and implementation of organization and corporate reorganization, incorporation, split-off, transformation and liquidation. Formation of new societies, either Ltd. or S/As. Assistance with regard to the Central Bank of Brazil regulations (BACEN) and Commission of Securities and Exchange (CVM). Assistance in private equity of own capital or of investors, venture capital, joint-ventures, agreements between shareholders, inbound and outbound of capital, operations, cross-borders and corporate restructurings. Practice in the remittance abroad of foreign investment credit conversion proceeds, exchange rules, registry of foreign investment at Central Bank of Brazil and constitution of subsidiaries of foreign societies in Brazil, in an independent form or through associations with local partners.
Consultancy and judicial assistance in questions with regard to brands, patents, payments of royalties, business secrets, technology transfers, copyrights, software protection, domain registry, licensing, cessions, industrial designs, Know-how.
The labor department is active in the preventive consultation and litigation and represents clients in labor processes, previous conciliations, negotiations with syndicates and with lawsuits with regards to wages and individual contracts and collective conventions. The department is active in the consultation for the prevention of judicial labor claims and in the minimization of risks of labor debts resulting from actually considered employment relations and from the inspections of the Ministry of Labor and of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Security.
Assistance to companies and individual persons with alternative solutions in controversies, such as the mediation and arbitration, domestic and international, public and private, elaboration of opinions, assistance with the drafting of commitment clauses and arbitral commitments.
PNST also advises M&A transactions in cross cultural context, considering among other at least labor, tax, corporate and commercial issues.
Broad assistance to individuals and legal entities in real estate transactions. Assistance to the client in classic transactions of purchase and sale, exchange, donation in payment, constitution of mortgages and leases, as well as, in more structured transactions, such as, built to suit (BTS), lease back, retrofittings, rights in rem on surfaces, (DRS), joint ventures, SPEs (Special Purpose Entities) for the real estate sector, establishment of real estate holdings, removal of industrial plants, securitization of real estate receivables, creation of investment funds, structuring of real estate enterprises in general, such as allotments, incorporations, hotels, flat services, residential, commercial, industrial and technological condominiums and malls. And further, activity in definition of expansion strategies, performance of due diligences for the acquisition of land and restatement of registrations.
Brazilian administration set up many agencies in energy, telecom and oil, among others. PNST shares with its clients most of the substantial issues depending on its clients areas of activities.
Preventive consultancy and administrative and judicial litigation with regard to all taxes, at all levels, regardless whether at federal, state, or municipal level including tax planning, preparation of opinions and/or administrative consultancy, preventive defense of tax demands, which are considered illegal or unconstitutional; defense of the taxpayer against records of violation and evaluation and reinstatement of taxes and contributions.