José Augusto Martins joined the firm in 1999 and became a partner in 2001. Chambers and Partners has recognised him as a “leading practitioner with experience in structured finance transactions”. Prior to joining Trench Rossi Watanabe Advogados, Mr Martins advised Brazilian and foreign banks on a wide range of banking and capital markets activities, and represented banks and project sponsors in domestic and international financing for infrastructure projects. He also managed the legal department of the Brazilian subsidiary of an international bank. Mr Martins focuses on banking and finance law, corporate law, agreements, mergers, acquisitions, capital markets and project finance. He has extensive experience representing lenders and borrowers in domestic and international finance transactions.