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 > Transport and shipping

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados comes highly recommended for its ship finance and transactional work. The team acts for both borrowers and lenders, and has advised on capital raisings involving over 100 vessels in the past decade. The firm also advises on contractual issues and charterparty agreements. Rafael Baleroni and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are very well regarded.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados possesses a strong track record in innovative project financing structures, and is also well equipped to advise on project development, assisting clients with bidding, project structuring, negotiations with suppliers and related tax issues. Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, the practice is able to cover a wide range of projects, including those concerning airports, railway, roads, ports, as well as renewable energy, oil and gas, mining and sanitation. Leading the practice is Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, who is experienced in all aspects pertaining to infrastructure projects, ranging from financing issues and tender offers to M&A transactions, development and restructuring. Karin Yamauti Hatanaka has in-depth knowledge of structured and project finance in the energy, sanitation and logistics sectors; Rafael Baleroni regularly assists with administrative and regulatory issues. Since publication, the department was further strengthened by the arrival of Mario Saadi from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, in June 2021.