Dr Alvaro Pereira


I teach and write about corporations, entrepreneurship, and sustainability. I am particularly interested in how corporate law reforms shape startup and venture capital ecosystems, and the development of sustainable economies.

Before joining the School of Law, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, where I led a multilingual research team on an empirical research project awarded with the Early-Stage Research grant. I also taught in undergraduate and graduate programs in business and law schools in California and Latin America. Aside from academia, I worked as a corporate and bankruptcy litigator, and served as director of business development at a pre-seed startup company based in California.

I studied law at the University of California, Berkeley (JSD, LLM), Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (LLM, LLB), and Universidad Carlos III, Madrid (Erasmus). Within this period, I was executive editor at the Berkeley Business Law Journal and associate editor at the Oxford Business Law Blog. I was also a student fellow at Startup at Berkeley Law and the Miller Institute-American Society of International Law, and a junior academic visitor at the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

Research interests

  • Comparative corporate law
  • Venture capital
  • Bankruptcy law
  • Empirical legal studies
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  • J.S.D., LL.M., University of California, Berkeley
  • LL.M., LL.B., Universidad de los Andes

Student education


  • Contract law
  • Company law


  • Company law
  • IBL: Capital Markets

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice