Alvaro Pereira ’20

Alvaro Pereira


Dissertation Committee: Robert D. Cooter, Steven Davidoff Solomon (co-Chairs), Stavros Gadinis, Barry Eichengreen

Dissertation Topic: Essays on Corporate Law and Governance in the Pacific Alliance

Research Interests: Comparative Corporate Governance, Sustainability, Empirical Legal Studies


Alvaro Pereira is a doctoral candidate at Berkeley Law, an associate editor at the Oxford Business Law Blog and a research associate at the Ibero-American Institute of Law and Finance. His research explores the relationship between corporate governance, economic growth, and society, from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective.

Alvaro’s practice focused on corporate and bankruptcy litigation. He also has experience in commercial arbitration, trusts, and in structuring real estate projects involving foreign investments. More recently, he served as director of business development at a startup firm based in California.

Before joining the J.S.D. program, he was a lecturer at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, where he taught “Foreign Direct Investment and Multinational Corporations” and “Business Associations,” and supervised undergraduate theses. At UC Berkeley, he has been a Graduate Student Instructor of Principles of Business (Haas School of Business) and Law and Development (Legal Studies Department).
At Berkeley Law, Alvaro served as executive editor of the Berkeley Business Law Journal, coach of the team participating in the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, and J.S.D. elected Delegate to the Graduate Assembly for two consecutive terms.

He has been a fellow at the Miller Institute-American Society of International Law and FORM+FUND (Startup@BerkeleyLaw), and an Academic Visitor at the Commercial Law Centre at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford.

Previous Degrees: 

LL.M., Berkeley Law (2016)
LL.M., Universidad de los Andes (2012)
LL.B., Universidad de los Andes (2011)


Pereira, A., ‘The Pacific Alliance: An Opportunity for a Sustainable System of Corporate Law and Governance in Latin America’, in Sjåfjell, B. and Bruner, C. (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance, and Sustainability. Cambridge University Press (2019).

Pereira, A., ‘Legal Stability Contracts in Colombia: An Appropriate Incentive for Investments?
Historical Causes and Impact Analysis of Law 963 of 2005’, Richmond Journal of Global
Law and Business, Volume 12, Issue 2, Spring 2013.