Practice Areas

 Startups and Venture Capital

We advise founders as well as investors (angels, strategic, venture capital funds, corporate ventures) and our work covers the ecosystem investment throughout all its phases.

Our experience affords us the agility and assurance needed to establish startups, including the choice of the most effective models, orientation regarding initial contract models and legal requirements at the beginning of activities. We organize and restructure active startups to prepare for rounds of investment. We offer support in day-to-day corporate and contractual needs, as well as in drafting or reviewing policies for use, privacy and stock option plans.

Our experience with transactions in the corporate and financial spheres and our ability to absorb specific demands of the business place us in a unique position to draft and negotiate investment contracts (in the form of equity or debt – convertible mutual funds, convertible debentures, etc.), at all stages (seed, A, B, and C series). We offer support in the strategic outflow processes and events of liquidity through the sale of companies, as well as in IPO processes. We advise in the drafting and negotiation of partnership or shareholder agreements where we adopt strategies that protect minority or majority holdings. We have consolidated experience in the formation of investment funds during which we assist management and shareholders in the processes of both investment and divestiture.

Our legal team consists of experienced professionals using the latest technology in due diligence processes as well as in the incorporation and legalization of target companies.

 Data Protection and Privacy

About our data protection practice

Souza, Mello e Torres has specific practice focused on privacy and data protection aspects, having acted since the publication of the LGPD on several matters related to those issues, including general consulting, implementing compliance and data governance programs within the LGPD, drafting and reviewing policies and procedures, crisis management in cases of data breaches or leakage of information, defense and representation of clients with various bodies related to data protection matters.