Diego Rodríguez > CMS Carey & Allende > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

CMS Carey & Allende
Avda. Costanera Sur 2730, Piso 9
Parque Titanium, Las Condes
7550000 Santiago
Chile

Work Department

TMC | Corporate/M&A | Banking & Finance

Position

Diego is partner and head of the Venture Capital and Fintech Groups at CMS Carey & Allende. His practice is focused on M&A, private equity, financing rounds and regulatory matters in Chile and abroad, which he complements with joint ventures, flips, negotiation of different types of agreements, advice on corporate governance matters and design and implementation of corporate structures for the materialization of businesses. He also provides legal advice and mentoring to start-ups at different stages of development.

He is commended for advising and keeping clients informed on how trends and new legislation may affect their business, particularly the Fintech industry, and the opportunities such changes represent.

Diego is also the partner in charge of the CMS equIP program in Chile, a global legal accelerator of CMS to promote the development of start-ups, which are carefully selected, to support their growth, helping them become strong candidates for Series-A, either in local and/or international markets.

 

Career

2009 Joined Carey & Allende (since 2017 CMS Carey & Allende) as associate
2013-2014 Worked at Becker, Glynn, Melamed & Muffy LLP as international associate
2014 Promoted to senior associate
2018 Promoted to partner
2019 Appointed as co-head of TMC group

Languages

Spanish, English

Education

2011 Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law
2013 Master Degree in Corporate Law, New York University

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Venture capital

(Next Generation Partners)

Diego RodríguezCMS Carey & Allende

The 10-strong venture capital practice at CMS Carey & Allende routinely advises clients at each phase of their growth, through to exit stages; its expertise covers seed capital and financing rounds, due diligence, vesting plans, and regulatory analyses to determine businesses’ viability. The group also fields specialists in data protection, corporate governance and tax planning; clients additionally benefit from CMS‘ global legal accelerator programme, equIP, which nurtures the development of tech start-ups  in Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. Increasingly focused on VC matters, practice leader Diego Rodríguez routinely acts for start-ups in the technology and fintech sectors. Providing further partner-level support, Fernando De Cárcer‘s VC transactions practice includes advising entrepreneurs and investors on securing agreements that focus on growth for stakeholders. Former associate Ricardo Celedón left the firm in December 2021.

Chile > Data privacy

Housing a three-member ‘multidisciplinary team that adds value‘, CMS Carey & Allende is experienced in advising both domestic and international clients on Chile’s data protection legislation. The practice is also sought out by international clients to adapt and implement their data protection policies in Chile (further to the implementation of GDPR in Europe). Co-heading the firm’s TMC team, Diego Rodríguez‘s practice covers complex IT and commercial contracts, as well as regulatory matters concerning the telecoms and fintech industries.

Chile > TMT

The seven-member practice at CMS Carey & Allende‘s seven-strong group handles a broad range of IT and telecoms matters, including infrastructure deployment, the procurement of licences and concessions, and regulatory compliance. It also has notable payments-sector expertise, while TMC-related M&A, data protection and fintech are additional key areas. The group is jointly led by managing partner and co-head of the firm’s corporate/M&A group, Ramón Valdivieso, a former general manager for telecoms company Telex Chile; and Diego Rodríguez, a go-to adviser for fintech work. Telecoms specialist Ignacio Errazquin is also integral to the team. Former senior associate Alejandro Celedón left the firm in October 2021 for Chilean multinational IT company, SONDA.