José Carlos Meirelles became a partner at the firm in 1996. He focuses his practice on corporate finance, especially in securitisation of receivables; capital markets; project finance; privatisation; M&A; structured finance; investment funds; private public partnerships; and banking and corporate law. He has an LLB from the University of São Paulo (1986) and an LLM from the University of Illinois College of Law (1989), where he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2008. He is also a guest faculty member of Duke University School of Law and was a foreign associate at McDermott, Will & Emery in Chicago (1989). He is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Since 2012, at the invitation of the African Development Bank, he has participated in several projects throughout the African continent, lecturing on private–public partnerships and giving legal support to the government of these countries on infrastructure contracts.