Settling in another country does not mean that our ties with our home country are broken. People often continue to be subject to the law of their home country even when they are resident abroad.

In various situations involving private law, foreigners may be subject to the law of the country where they settle, or they may need to understand it and abide by it if they decide to invest in that country. It then also becomes necessary to understand the socio-cultural environment in they are investing.

This is why national legal professionals are fundamental in advising people on managing and understanding such issues, which may also relate to foreign law.

This website aims to offer legal advice to individuals and / or legal entities in matters relating to private rights regulated essentially by Brazilian law and also by foreign law.

Having been admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association of Bahia under No. 12,724, I have more than ten years’ experience as a practicing lawyer in the south of Bahia, and as a lecturer in the field of International Law. During this time, I also held the post of Municipal Attorney of the Municipality of Ilhéus.

In Geneva, Switzerland, where I have been living for more than ten years, I have completed a Master’s degree in Development Studies, specializing in International Cooperation, at the prestigious Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) of the University of Geneva, and have worked as Junior Legal Adviser for the ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work of the International Labour Organization (ILO). In addition, I have worked as interpreter and translator; I am a member of the Board of Directors and teacher of Portuguese as a foreign language at the Raízes Association for Brazilian language and culture in Geneva; and I act as a commercial consultant at the Cartório Mais de Mogi das Cruzes – SP.

My working languages are Portuguese, French and English.

If you require legal advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch! It will be my pleasure to help you.


Marta Serafim
Rua Quatorze de Agosto n ° 70
CEP 45652-474
Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil
Email:  marta@advogadabrasil.com


Marta Serafim
3 rue de la Faïencerie
1227 Geneva
Email:  marta@advogadabrasil.com