Rodrigo Guimarães Colares

Rodrigo has more than 15 years of experience providing legal advice on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), venture capital transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructuring to companies from different industries and of varied sizes. He worked in Madrid, Spain, for 4 years and negotiated international deals in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Angola and the Netherlands. He frequently represents shareholders and investors in strategic conflicts.

He is one of the pioneers in Information Technology and Innovation Law in Brazil. Since 2001, he advised dozens of companies with innovative business models on several different legal matters, from tech startups, fintechs and marketplaces to traditional organisations going through digital transformation. In 2019, Rodrigo was a guest lecturer on Law and Regulation of Sharing Economy Platforms in the Master of Laws and Business in Telecommunications, Internet and Media at the Universidad Europea de Madrid (Madrid, Spain).

Rodrigo provides mentoring in important entrepreneurship programs and organisations, such as Endeavor, CESAR Labs, Jump Brasil (Porto Digital) and Liga Ventures. He is a regular speaker at events in Brazil and abroad, such as the Brazil Tech Award at Digital Catapult, in London, UK, and the World Jurist Association Congress at Teatro Real de Madrid, in Madrid, Spain.

  • Master of Laws (LL.M) in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, United Kingdom)
  • Program on Negotiation, Advanced Negotiations (Deal Design, Setup and Implementation), Harvard Law School (Cambridge, USA)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Law, Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV (Brazil)
  • Degree (experto) in Spanish Law, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Brazil)
  • Represented dozens of founders in venture capital and private equity transactions in several industries, including technology, big data, education, energy, health, transportation, manufacturing and commerce
  • Advised an educational group with more than 600 franchised units on its corporate, assets and technological restructuring throughout the process of digital transformation
  • Represented the contracted company in a project valued at US$ 470 million to reconstruct the national identity system of an African country, including in international contracting and citizens’ data protection
  • Represented the entrepreneur on alliance structuring, strategic conflict resolution and operation of a multi-purpose arena valued at over R$ 500 million
  • Represented the investors in the legal and contractual structuring of investment vehicles, including investment fund, business accelerators and incubators
  • Represented the investors in venture capital transactions into several startups

Portuguese, English and Spanish