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Fernando Ruiz de Almeida Prado, Tiago Araujo Dias Themudo Lessa, Caroline Guazzelli Queiroz Gomes
From: Set-Off Law and Practice: An International Handbook (3rd Edition)
Edited By: William Johnston, Thomas Werlen, Frederick Link
This chapter provides an overview of the law of set-off in Brazil. The Brazilian Civil Code, enacted on 10 January 2002, contains the necessary provisions for set off regarding credit and debts. Set-off differs from the concept of netting. Netting refers to an indirect discharge of obligations and must meet certain requirements before it can automatically apply, namely: debts must be certain and liquid, matured, and comparable. After discussing the distinction between set-off and netting in Brazil, the chapter considers set-off between solvent parties. In particular, it explains statutory set-off, contractual set-off, and the principle of manifestation of will. It then examines set-off against insolvent parties, focusing on bankruptcy and judicial or out-of-court reorganisation proceedings. It also describes bank insolvency and civil insolvency proceedings before concluding with an analysis of issues arising in cross-border set-off.