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FDI: Entry and ownership rule
On 1 December 2010, the Brazil's Lower House passed a law that makes the state-owned Petróleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras) the sole pre-salt field operator in Brazil. On 22 December then, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva signed the regulations into law no. 12.351 which took effect with its publication in the Official Gazette the following day.
Besides Petrobras being the sole operator of pre-salt fields, the law requiers that Petrobras holds at least 30% of the ownership stakes in any consortia that will be formed to exploit the pre-salt fields. Currently, there are three pre-salt fields: Franco, Libra and Tupi.
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