Álvaro Silas Uliani Martins dos Santos has been a partner since 2006 in the corporate area of Pinheiro Neto Advogados. He specialises in venture capital transactions, being one of the leading practitioners of the market. Álvaro holds an LLB degree from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and between 1999 and 2000, he was a foreign associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, in New York. In 2009 and 2010, Álvaro attended the Program on Leadership Development (PLD) at Harvard Business School and in 2011 became an HBS alumnus. Álvaro is a founding member of the HBS Alumni Angels of Brazil.