An Overview of Brazil’s Legal System

The Brazilian law system derives from the Roman law which was implemented by the Portuguese during the colonial era. The system is based on statutes, codes, and legislation enforced by the federal legislature. Brazil is a federal republic formed by the indissoluble union of states, the Federal District, and municipalities. The 1988 Constitution organizes the country into 26 federate states that have the autonomy to implement their own laws and Constitutions. Their power is however restricted by the principles stipulated in the Federal Constitution.

The Brazilian government is of made of the Judiciary, the Legislative and the Executive; which are harmonious and independent among themselves. The Executive is headed by the President of the Republic, who is directly elected by the citizens and is both the Head of Government and the Chief of State. The Legislative consists of two houses: the Federal Senate (upper house) and the Chamber of Deputies (lower house). The Legislative is made of representatives who are elected by the citizens. The powers of the Judiciary are vested upon the Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Supreme Court, the Regional Federal Courts and Federal Judges. The judiciary also has special courts that handle labor, military and electoral disputes.

Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados

Leite, Tosto e Barros is a Brazilian law firm that is highly specialized in litigation. The firm focuses on the business area especially corporate restructuring, bank contracts, credit recovery, judicial recovery, bankruptcy and acquisition review. The firm has built a great reputation in the field of law thanks to its co-founder Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho.

Ricardo Tosto is a prominent Brazilian lawyer who has represented prominent figures, renowned organizations and the government. He has combined his knowledge of the financial sector and his expertise in the litigation area to represent his clients. Mr. Tosto’s dedication, agility, and expertise have assisted him to tackle even the most complex cases.

Mr. Tosto is a Mackenzie Presbyterian University alumnus who holds a bachelor’s degree in law. He also studied Extension Business Administration at the Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation. He started his career in a local law firm in his home area and advanced to working at major law firms in Brazil. He later co-founded Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados in April 1991.

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