Brazil (BR)

Jurisdiction Overview

475 *LO Online: Are companies' legal owners available on a public online record (up to 10 €/US$/GBP)? No, information on legal owners is not always available online (up to 10 EUR/GBP/USD).
 Data Date: 2019


Updated ownership information is not guaranteed in all cases (see above note on bearer shares). In order to access company information from the Federal Registry of Legal Persons (CNPJ), the CNPJ number of any legal persons must be known (there is no search by name). Then, information includes only the names of shareholders and directors, but no other identity detail. It is possible to obtain the CNJP number of an entity after a search by name in some of Brazil's States Registers (Juntas Comerciais). Additional information from the Juntas, requires a CPF (Brazilian Resident Tax number) from the user, so it is not clear what information may be available. Not all local Registers offer company information online (for example the State of Minas Gerais requires a user to personally go to the Register).