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Rafael Baleroni

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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Partner in the areas of Project Finance, Banking and Finance, Infrastructure, and Insolvency and Restructuring


Represents foreign and domestic financial institutions and companies, private and publicly-held companies, foreign and domestic sponsors and foreign investors in major offshore transactions in the industries of oil and gas, shipping and energy.


Partner at Souza Cescon since 2013.


Portuguese and English.


Bar Admission: Brazil.


He holds a degree in Law from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, where he held a scholarship from the Brazilian Oil Agency to specialize in Oil & Gas Law. He also holds a Master’s degree in Law (LL.M.) by the University of Chicago Law School, a Master’s degree in International Law by University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and he is a Specialist in Regulatory Law in the area of electric energy by Fundação Getulio Vagas (FGV).

Mr. Baleroni is associated to AIPN - Association of International Petroleum Negotiators and to IBP – Brazilian Institute of Oil, Gas and Biofuels, vice-chair of the Legal Committee of the Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) and a member of the Commission of Oil and Derivatives of the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association. Mr. Baleroni has authored several articles about topics of International Law, Oil and Gas Law, Project Finance and Foreign Investment.


Bankruptcy and restructuring

Within: Bankruptcy and restructuring

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados strengthened its litigation and restructuring capabilities with the hire of Fábio Rosas from TozziniFreire Advogados in 2016. He and Tiago Schreiner Lopes acted for Bratel, Oi’s biggest shareholder, in relation to Oi’s judicial reorganisation and related litigation. In another significant matter, Rafael Baptista Baleroni represented Pacific Exploration and Production and its Brazilian subsidiary in its reorganisation and DIP financing following insolvency filings in Canada, the US and Colombia.

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Transport and shipping

Within: Transport and shipping

With a focus on the financing of ships, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has seen an increase in ship mortgage instructions. Rafael Baleroni led advice to Mitsui on the acquisition of a multi-purpose offshore vessel.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources


Within: Hydrocarbons

Swift and efficient’, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has ‘in-depth industry and practical knowledge’, combining its experience in the oil and gas sector with its banking and finance expertise. Rafael Baleroni led advice to Pacific Brasil on ceasing activities in Brazil, including farm-out negotiations of eight offshore blocks. In addition to further farm-out matters and financings, the group also assisted a number of clients in unitisation negotiations. Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are also recommended.

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