Mr Rafael Baleroni > Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados
15º ANDAR – A
22250-906 RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ

Work Department

Infrastructuring & Project Finance, Banking & Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring, Oil & Gas, Shipping, Energy.




He 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.


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, a member of the Commission of Oil and Derivatives of the Rio de Janeiro Bar Association, founding member of the Brazilian Institute of Maritime Law (IBDMar), associated to the Brazilian Association of Maritime Law (ABDM), director of the Brazilian Association of Consulting Engineers (ABCE) and a member of the Legal Committee of the Norwegian Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), where he has also been chairman and vice-chairman. Mr. Baleroni has authored several articles about topics of International Law, Oil and Gas Law, Project Finance and Foreign Investment.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Banking and finance

At Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados, the ‘partners are always available and fully involved in deals‘, according to sources. The practice, which is traditionally best known for its expertise in project finance and complex debt restructuring transactions, had an impressive year on the sovereign front. Most notably, Rio de Janeiro-based Maurício Teixeira dos Santos advised BB Securities and BNP Paribas on the local aspects of Rio Oil Finance Trust’s $600m notes offering, which allowed the State of Rio de Janeiro to repay debts incurred to fund its employees’ pension fund. In Sao Paulo, high-profile figure Ronald Herscovici, whose ‘knowledge and behaviour towards counter parties are an asset to any client‘, paired up with Daniel Laudisio, who has ‘an eye for detail’, to advise Suzano Papel e Celulose on a $6.9bn bridge loan facility to fund the acquisition of Fibria – a transaction that represented the largest unsecured acquisition-financing in Brazil to date. In a significant cross-office collaboration, Sao Paulo’s Alexandre Gossn Barreto acted alongside Rio de Janeiro-based project finance specialist Rafael Baleroni to act for Deutsche Bank on a $130m loan to GTB-TBG Holdings. Other names to note include Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira and Ana Paula Calil in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro-based Eduardo Kuhlmann Abrantes.

Brazil > Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons

A historically strong performer in oil-and-gas deals, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados also attracts praise for its non-transactional practice, with sources commending its ‘breadth of expertise across the oil-and-gas life cycle, including regulatory and antitrust issues’. In a recent example of its growing regulatory prominence, the firm was engaged to advise BNDES on both the structuring of the privatisation of MSGÁS and on the restructuring of the gas distribution regulatory framework in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. The team, which ‘combines genuine industry specialists with a practical approach’, is led jointly by Rafael Baleroni, who demonstrates ‘in-depth knowledge of key issues throughout the oil-and-gas chain, from downstream to upstream and offshore assets’, and the ‘very responsive and collaborative’ Maurício Teixeira dos Santos.

Brazil > Transport and shipping

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados offers ‘clear communication‘ when advising on shipping finance and transactional matters. For example, the team assisted ABN Amro, as agent to the senior lenders, with the financing for the construction and acquisition of five open hatch general cargo vessels. Rafael Baleroni is ‘smart and capable‘.