Diego Rodríguez > CMS Carey & Allende > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile
CMS Carey & Allende Offices
Avda. Costanera Sur 2730, Piso 9
Parque Titanium, Las Condes
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TMC | Corporate/M&A | Banking & Finance
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.
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
2011 Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law
2013 Master Degree in Corporate Law, New York University
CMS Carey & Allende‘s four-member group advises on the applicable data protection legislation in Chile on an ongoing basis; and its advisory work recently increased as a result of a National Congress bill that will establish a new legal framework. The team also assists international clients with the adaptation and implementation of GDPR in Chile. Co-head of the office’s TMC team, Diego Rodríguez predominantly focuses on the IT industry; however, associate Rodolfo Leiter moved in house at Mercado Libre in August 2021.
CMS Carey & Allende has advised in relation to the start-up industry (and its regulation) since 2013; in October 2019, the firm, along with CMS‘ other LatAm offices, launched a first-of-its-kind global legal accelerator programme (equIP), which is designed to nurture the development of tech start-ups across the region (and beyond). Focused on the VC space (particularly in relation to the technology and fintech sectors), Diego Rodríguez is part of the legal committee of the Association of Fintech Companies of Chile, which represents important start-ups in the fintech industry; Fernando De Cárcer has a longstanding track record in VC transactions. The practice of associate Ricardo Celedón (who re-joined in June 2020 after completing his LLM at Berkeley University) includes advising breakthrough start-ups on their development.
The experience of CMS Carey & Allende‘s seven-strong group ranges from hardware and software contract negotiations to IT service solutions, TMT-related M&A, financing and capital markets. The practice also fields experts in telecoms and IT service operators’ strategic alliances, as well as telecoms-related regulatory compliance. The principal figures are corporate/M&A group co-head Ramón Valdivieso, who has substantial technology, media and communications sector knowledge; and IT specialist Diego Rodríguez, who assists with outsourcing agreements and software as a service (SaaS) contracts. The second line of advisers comprises highly regarded partner Ignacio Errazquin, who advises on telecoms-related merger control procedures; experienced senior associate Alejandro Celedón; and associate Ricardo Celedón, who rejoined in June 2020 from Berkeley University (after his LLM).
The 12-member department at Guerrero Olivos covers the full range of capital markets work, including regulatory and transactional matters; debt and equity issuances; the structuring of investments funds and management of their transactions; and assisting mutual and public investment fund managers with the registration and placement of private and public funds. Jorge Delpiano has longstanding experience advising on day-to-day capital markets matters; Miguel Coddou advises on local debt offerings, international securities issuances and regulatory matters; and Pedro Lyon is an investment funds specialist. At non-partner level, senior associate César Gálvez and associate Diego Rodríguez are names to note. Former partner Roberto Guerrero V left for Cuatrecasas in December 2020. Since publication, Gálvez has been raised to the partnership – effective as of March 2022.
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