José Prado is a partner in the M&A and Project finance practice. He is highly experienced in banking and corporate law, cross-border, financial transactions, PPPs, administrative law and M&A related to regulated sectors and regulatory matters.


  • Brazilian Bar Association (OAB)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • São Paulo Lawyers Association (AASP)

Recent acknowledgments

  • Recommended by Latin Lawyer 250, 2020 and 2021 edition, in the areas of Project and Infrastructure Finance, Energy, Banking & Finance, and Administrative Law.
  • Recognized by the Leaders League, 2020 and 2021 editions, in Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas, and Power Law.
  • Recognized by Who's Who Legal, Thought Leaders Brazil 2021 edition, in Project Finance.
  • Ranked in Chambers Global, 2020 and 2021 editions, in Projects.
  • Recognized by The Legal 500, 2021 edition, leading lawyer in Projects and Infrastructure.
  • Ranked by Chambers Latin America 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021, in Projects.
  • Recognized by the publication Análise Advocacia 500, 2020 edition, in the area of Business Contracts, listed among the most admired lawyers.
  • Recognized by Latin Lawyer National, 2020 edition, in Administrative Law, Banking and Finance, Energy and Project Finance and Infrastructure.
  • Recognized by  the guide IFLR1000, 2019 and 2020 editions, in the area of Project Development and Banking, as Highly regarded.
  • Recommended by Who’s Who Legal, 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions, in Project Finance and Banking.
  • Recommended by Lacca Approved in Banking & Finance, 2019 and 2020 editions.
  • Ranked by Chambers Global, 2017 and 2018 edition, in Energy and Natural Resources (Mining and Power) and in Projects.
  • Recognized by Legal 500, 2017 edition, leading lawyer in Projects and Infrastructure and recommended in Banking and finance, Bankruptcy and restructuring, Corporate and M&A, Projects and infrastructure and Public law.


  • Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (Bachelor of Laws, 1994).
  • King’s College London, University of London, England (Master, 1997).

Experience abroad

  • Cameron McKenna, London (1998 –1999).