Firm Profile > Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados > Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Capital markets Tier 1

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados offers its clients a comprehensive capital markets service and is regularly called upon to advise on the country's largest debt and equity listings. The firm regularly acts for major domestic and international underwriters and issuers, and also has strong expertise in securitisations and other related areas. Several of the firm's partners have a strong track record in capital markets, including Joaquim De Oliveira, Alexandre Gossn Barreto, Ronald Herscovici and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, who is based in Rio de Janeiro. The team also has a strong flow of talent coming through the ranks, including highly rated partner Daniel Laudisio and senior associate Mariana Borges.


‘The capital markets team is very hands-on, experienced and has deep knowledge of regulations and keen negotiation skills.’

‘One of the key things that sets them apart from competitors is the level of partner involvement in the transactions. The partners are heavily involved in the transactions and always know what is going on.’

‘Daniel Laudisio’s ability to foresee and anticipate potential problems in the transaction is off the charts. He also has an unique ability to explain complex concepts and bring parties together towards a common goal. His is my go-to lawyer for complex capital markets transactions.’

‘Associate Mariana Borges’ knowledge of Brazilian capital markets regulations are the best I have seen from an associate in a long time.’

Key clients

Banco Bradesco BBI

Banco Santander (Brasil)

BofA Merrill Lynch

Açucareira Quatá




Banco BTG Pactual

Credit Suisse

CPFL Energia

Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP

BB Banco de Investimento

Alesat Combustíveis

Localiza Rent a Car


EDP Energias do Brasil

S.A. Usina Coruripe Açúcar e Álcool

Norte Brasil Transmissora de Energia

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Under the leadership of founding partners Maria Cristina Cescon and Marcos Rafael FleschCescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' corporate and M&A practice continues to thrive, as evidenced by the promotions of former senior associates Fernanda Montorfano GibsonLuciana de Castro Mares Torres and Isabela Leal Coelho to partner in 2019. The department's client base - which includes a number of household name companies - has also seen recent growth, with several new clients in the manufacturing, chemicals and consumer goods sectors. The firm's capital markets expertise is another draw, and the firm stands out for its expertise in public M&A. Other partners regularly leading on the firm's key deals include Darkson Delmondes GalvãoFernanda Bastos BuhatemAna Carolina Castro Reis Passos and Ronald HerscoviciMarina da Silva Prado is also recommended. Since publication, the firm has announced it's opening of an office in Toronto (Canada), as of January 2021.


The cost/benefit ratio of engaging them is tough to beat. Very efficient, smooth and knowledgeble teams. Really like to work with them, even during challenging transactions and discussions.’

Ana Carolina Passos is recommended.

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Enel Brasil



Suzano Papel e Celulose

Warburg Pincus


Saint Goban

EDP Energias do Brasil


Leading firms Tier 1

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ busy Salvador office is led by experienced partner Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and comprises local lawyers from the state of Bahia; while benefiting from the firm’s other offices, the Salvador office is also equipped to assist its clients independently. The full-service, São Paulo-headquartered firm is traditionally known in corporate and M&A, and in Salvador, similarly, it stands out in this space. Acting for a broad client base of local and international companies across a range of industries, the Salvador team advises on sales, acquisitions, restructurings and a range of commercial agreements. Dispute resolution is another standout area. Recent work on the contentious side includes construction cases, tax litigation and commercial disputes. Associate Marcos Flávio Lago Lopes is another key contact, with experience in arbitration and judicial proceedings on behalf of large and mid-sized companies.

Mining Tier 1

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados further bolstered its mining practice with the incorporation of specialist firm Mendo de Souza Advogados Associados; its broad service offering, which already excelled in finance, was strengthened in terms of regulatory matters and litigation. The team is now equipped to advise key mining companies in complex litigation proceedings before judicial and arbitral courts, as well as before regulatory agencies in relation to administrative proceedings. Working closely with other practice areas, the Belo Horizonte-based department is also adept at assisting with corporate and contractual matters, as well as cross-border transactions. The practice is under the joint leadership of Frederico Viana Rodrigues, who focuses on regulatory mining matters, M&A and project financing, and Marcelo Mendo Gomes De Souza, who demonstrates particular expertise in mining litigation and environmental issues.

Key clients

Vale Group


Anglo American



Kinross Gold Corporation


Votorantim Group (Nexa Resources)

CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração

InterCement (Camargo Correa Group)

Natural resources and regulation Tier 1

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' Belo Horizonte office is a go-to destination for natural resources regulation matters arising from domestic and cross-border M&A, capital markets transactions and financing matters. The department is jointly led by Frederico Viana Rodrigues and Marcelo Mendo Gomes De Souza, who stands out for transactional work involving mining companies. Mauricio Pellegrino has a strong background in mining and environmental law, while Paula Azevedo is noted for advising on the regulation of tailing dams.

Key clients

Alesat Combustíveis



Companhia de Saneamento Básico do Estado de São Paulo – SABESP




Anglo American

Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração

Nexa Resources



Kinross Brasil Mineração


Banking and finance Tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is popular with borrowers and institutional lenders. The firm has good expertise in sovereign and quasi-sovereign financings to state and government entities, as well as acquisition and trade finance and debt capital markets, where it regularly advises on major cross-border transactions. Ronald HerscoviciJoaquim De OliveiraAlexandre Gossn Barreto and Rio-based Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are well regarded. Ana Paula Calil and Rio-based Eduardo Kuhlmann Abrantes are also names to note.


‘This team does an incredible amount of work and are always available. Rates are very reasonable. Interject themselves into the transaction as required.’

Key clients

Açucareira Quatá

Bank of America

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Citigroup Global Markets

Itaú Unibanco

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan Chase Bank

Bank of Nova Scotia

ING Capital LLC

Copagaz Distribuidora de Gás

Banco do Brasil

ING Bank

Deutsche Bank AG

FirstRand Bank Limited

SPC Grafeno Registradora / Grafeno Digital

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados advises on high-value corporate and commercial matters, with particular strength in capital markets transactions, debt renegotiations, M&A and corporate restructurings. The department has an impressive track record in cross-border transactions. In addition, it attracts instructions from local state-owned companies and enterprises with significant activities in the Minas Gerais region. The 2018 merger with Mendo de Souza Advogados Associados strengthened the firm's offering in the field of corporate legal consulting and transaction advisory to mining companies. The group is under the joint leadership of Frederico Viana Rodrigues, whose expertise covers acquisition financing, asset sales and joint ventures, and Marcelo Mendo Gomes De Souza, who combines in-depth knowledge of the mining sector with a strong corporate practice. Alice Brandão regularly advises banks, private equity firms, public corporations and foreign companies.


‘The team is one of the most technically skilled in the country, able to deliver prompt responses to clients and provide solid and accurate advice. Moreover, the team is commercially-wise, very well organised and works well with foreign law firms when required.’

‘The team understands clients’ needs and delivers the final product with high quality. Frederico Viana and Alice Brandão stand out for their technical quality, availability and friendly relationship, which make them different from competitors for sure.’

‘Personalised assistance from lawyers. Maurício Pellegrino and Paula Azevedo have great knowledge.’

‘Alice Brandão (Associada) e Frederico Vianna (Sócio) are always available and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of legal issues.’

‘The team has great expertise in mining and environmental law. Marcelo Mendo, Paula Azevedo and Mauricio Pellegrino are noteworthy.’

Key clients

Banco Mercantil do Brasil and Banco Mercantil de Investimentos

Instituto Hermes Pardini

Samarco Mineração

Afya Participações

Localiza Rent a Car

Localiza Fleet

Alesat Combustíveis


Companhia de Locação das Américas and Unidas

Banco Inter


Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Benefitting from the firm's strong M&A practice, the busy competition department at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados continues to handle a high volume of merger filings, including complex, non-fast-track cases. It is also notable for its knowledge of gun-jumping provisions. Clients include well-known Brazilian and multinational companies, which the team advises on domestic and multi-jurisdictional transactions as well as conduct- related issues, where the team has experience in cartel investigations and leniency applications. Joyce Midori Honda and Ricardo Lara Gaillard lead the department, which includes key associate Leonardo Mansur Lunardi Danesi.

Key clients

M&G Fibras e Resinas

Edenred Group

BNP Paribas


Brookfield Brazil Capital Partners




Ferrous Resources


Hydrocarbons Tier 2

Showcasing particular strength in complex financing structures in the oil and gas sector, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is adept at handling all types of matters in the industry, from upstream to downstream, encompassing gas transportation, distribution and LNG projects. The team provides legal assistance in relation to M&As, farm-in/outs, project development, capital markets transactions and commercial and financing contracts. Transactions involving offshore drilling assets are another area of expertise for the department. The practice is jointly led by Rafael Baptista Baleroni, who undertakes work in all segments of the oil and gas sector, and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, who stands out for his thorough knowledge of project development.


‘Experts in both oil and gas and complex financial structures. Rare combination. Also very commercial, practical and responsive. One of the best teams in the market.’

‘They have always demonstrated a sound knowledge of the local regulation as well as bringing up ideas to drafting discussion of the documentation. The firm also has a multidisciplinary team, which allows them to provide educated opinions on several fields.’

‘Client-dedicated approach: constantly thinking outside the box to create innovative solution to client’s needs. Delivery: always focusing on delivering sophisticated legal work in a timely and efficient manner. Legal knowledge: huge experience in transactions involving the entire O&G chain leading to a business-oriented approach, which helps clients in making business decisions.’

‘Roberto Pary combines interpersonal skills with his great technical legal skills are key during contractual negotiations.’

‘Rafael Baleroni has in-depth knowledge of the entire O&G chain with huge experience in project financing in this sector.’

Key clients

Shell Brasil

Magni Partners

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

GeoPark Brasil Exploração e Produção de Petróleo e Gás Ltda.

Seadrill Limited

CEXIM – The Export-Import Bank of China

ING Bank

Societé Generale

Deutsche Bank AG

JP Morgan

Labour Tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' Belo Horizonte office advises on hiring and termination processes, collective bargaining agreements and compensation plans. The practice is also engaged in class actions and labour claims, acting for clients from a range of sectors, including construction, entertainment, investment funds, pharmaceutical and telecoms. São Paulo-based Gisela da Silva Freire heads the national labour and employment group. Lucas Caldas is a name to note in Belo Horizonte; he excels in labour litigation.

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Projects and infrastructure Tier 2

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.


Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is a very seasoned lawyer.’

Rafael Baleroni is one of the most technical lawyers I know. It is very good to have him on a deal.

Karin Yamauti Hatanaka is a very good lawyer in the infrastructure space.

Key clients

Magni Partners

BNDES – Brazilian Development Bank

IDB- Inter-American Development Bank

Societé Generale

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Itaú Unibanco

ING Bank

Deustche Bank

JP Morgan Stanley and Barclays Bank

Cymi Masa

Compliance Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is noted for having a 'very good blend of antitrust, government relations and criminal lawyers working together in the practice'. In recent developments, white-collar criminal law specialist Yuri Sahione joined from his former boutique firm. He and co-practice head Luciano Inácio de Souza handle a range of compliance consultancy and investigations work.


Cescon was one of the first Brazilian firms to understand that compliance work should be connected to other practices. They have a very good blend of antitrust, government relations, criminal lawyers working together in the practice.

Luciano Inácio de Souza – he has a great government relations background and know all the nuances of Brasilia. He is very good with clients on public-private dialogue. Luciano Inácio de Souza also has tremendous experience on compliance training for multinationals. Ricardo Gaillard and Joyce Honda – fantastic competition lawyers with a heavy compliance component. The three of them are great in promoting client development initiatives and we also have efforts together in this sense.

Key clients

Copagaz Distribuidora de Gás

HalexIstar Indústria Farmacêutica

Naturgy Group

World Wildlife Fund – WWF

Localiza Alugue um Carro



Alibaba Group (Alipay)


Reservas Votorantim

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados advises foreign and Brazilian clients in litigation related to corporate, tax, labour, public law and M&A disputes. Other notable areas of practice include mining and environmental litigation, as well as commercial arbitration. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo, who sits in Salvador, oversees the team with Belo Horizonte-based Frederico Viana Rodrigues and Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza. Luiz Nardy combines expertise in mining, restructuring and recovery claims with a solid track record in litigation and arbitration.


‘The team understands your needs, the dynamism with which it must be done and delivers the final product with high quality.’

‘Luiz Nardy stands out for their technical quality, availability and friendly personality.’

‘Luiz Nardy is an engaged leader and always willing to support the demands.’

Key clients

Associação Nacional de Empresas de Aluguel de Veículos e Gestão de Frotas


Anglo American Minério de Ferro Brasil

Nexa Recursos Minerais

Grupo Herculano

RHI Magnesita Uber do Brasil Tecnologia

Intercement Brasil

Bela Vista Investimentos

Hipolabor Farmacêutica

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados provides support to Brazilian and foreign companies, investment funds and financial institutions in arbitration proceedings throughout the country. The practice has solid experience in complex contractual and corporate disputes involving M&A issues, joint ventures, construction matters and infrastructure projects, as well as international contracts, public procurement and environmental law. Carlos David Albuquerque Braga stands out for his expertise in corporate disputes, while Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo demonstrates strength in contentious contractual and M&A matters. Helena Abdo focuses on procedural law. Maurício Pestilla Fabbri was promoted to partner in 2019.

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' litigation team attracts instructions from Brazilian and foreign companies, investment funds and financial institutions in complex disputes. Of particular note is the team's expertise in M&A-related and contractual disputes. Practice co-head Carlos David Albuquerque Braga specialises in commercial litigation, as well as shareholder disputes and contentious M&A matters. Cases involving bankruptcy, shipping and M&A are strengths for Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo in the Salvador office, while Helena Najjar Abdo’s key areas of practice include class actions and mediation. Fábio Rosas is highly skilled in restructuring and insolvency claims.


‘The team is very detailed and discusses the strategies and possibilities given the context of each case they advise on.’

‘Professionals stick to the details of each matter, not letting the possibilities of each step pass without an intense analysis.’

‘I believe the team is so strong/professional because of their partner, Helena Abdo.’

‘Helena Abdo is unique. I believe she is the best litigation attorney nowadays in Brazil. She is flexible, well-oriented and hard-working.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Galvani Participações e Empreendimentos

Even Construtora e Incorporadora

Diebold Lafarge


Grupo JTB – Japan Tourist Bureau

Valeant Farmacêutica do Brasil

Visa do Brasil Empreendimentos

Grupo Bunge

Boehringher Ingelheim

Electricity Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados handles a wide range of transactional matters taking place in the power sector, providing legal assistance in project finance, M&A and capital market deals. The practice is also well equipped to advise on energy generation, transmission, distribution and trading companies in relation to regulatory concerns. Roberto Mario Amaral Lima Neto, who is regularly retained by domestic and international development banks and multilateral institutions, leads the department alongside Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, whose areas of expertise include renewable energy and infrastructure projects.


‘The team is very talented and client oriented, able to provide swift and precise solutions meeting 100% the clients needs.’

‘Roberto Amaral is a partner that has a deep knowledge of the complex energy sector and his insights helped our company in building up a robust legal framework in the sector.’

‘Julia Lobo is an extremely thoughtful senior associate, fully involved in deals, client-oriented and likely to be among the most experienced, sharp and talented practitioners in the Brazilian capital markets nowadays.’

Key clients

Enel Group


BNDES – Brazilian Development Bank

Terna Plus S.r.l.


Brasil PCH

Banco Santander (Brasil)

IFC – International Finance Corporation

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco ABC Brasil

Government relations Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has an impressive government relations consultancy practice, advising clients on a broad range of public policies and legislative proceedings. Promoted to partner in February 2019, the highly regarded Luciano Inácio de Souza leads the practice; he also covers compliance, white-collar matters and investigations. Associate João Paulo Dornelas often has an active role in the department's cases.


The team is very knowledgeable, ethical and hard-working.

Luciano Inácio de Souza is a very dedicated lawyer, with great expertise in lobbying and public relations.

Key clients

World Wildlife Fund – WWF

Movimento Down

Proteste (Consumer Organization)

New Motors

Instituto Identidades do Brasil

Labour and employment Tier 3

The well-regarded team at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is regularly instructed by major companies on sensitive employment matters. Practice head Gisela da Silva Freire is noted for her wide experience in labour law, which includes non-contentious matters such as senior level recruitments and redundancies, collective bargaining agreements and stock option plans. The team is also noted for its strong litigation experience, including class actions and more controversial areas including child labour. Senior associate Viviane de Azevedo Rodrigues has established a good name.

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‘The attorneys are very knowledgeable of their area of expertise and practical in solutions offered to me when I need their assistance in counseling and union matters, including negotiations.’

‘Gisela Freire is very responsive, practical and has the expertise needed to work in complex cases.’

Real estate Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has a noteworthy transactional practice and represents investors in sales and acquisitions across a wide range of assets. Shopping centres, commercial office blocks, agribusiness plots, industrial properties and residential developments all feature heavily. Recently, the firm was involved in several construction projects in the hospitality and commercial office space. Practice head Marcos Lopes Prado has made a good name for himself.

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Key clients

Goldman Sachs and Alianza Negócios Imobiliários

VR Empreendimentos

General Shopping & Outlets do Brasil

BR Properties

Fibria Celulose

Hemisfério Sul Investimentos


Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados regularly represents creditors and debtors on major bankruptcy and restructuring proceedings, particularly in the energy, transportation, construction and telecoms sectors. This includes advice on distressed sales and acquisitions, and related disputes. The team also has good expertise defending the interests of equity shareholders in judicial reorganisations. Fábio Rosas heads the team and is one of the main contacts for related litigation. Banking partner Alexandre Gossn Barreto is also very experienced in this area.

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Key clients

Bratel B.V. – PHAROL

Seadrill Limited

Caixa Econômica Federal

IFC – International Finance Corporation

Queiroz Galvão Energia

Polo Capital

Swiss Re

Livraria Culturaa

Tax Tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has built a quality tax team, offering a good balance of youth and experience. The advisory side has expanded following the partnership promotions of Renato Batiston and Rafael Santos. The tax litigation arm was also strengthened through the recruitment of Aldo de Paula Junior and Rio-based André Alves de Melo from Azevedo Sette Advogados and Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados, respectively. The versatile Roberto Barrieu leads the practice, which includes litigation head Hugo Barreto Sodre Leal and indirect tax and trade expert Sarah Mila Barbassa. Clients from across several key sectors, including energy, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods, trust the firm on their most complex contentious and non-contentious tax issues.

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‘The firm has some very strong points that makes them unique and reliable.’

‘Cescon’s tax team stands out for its seriousness and good judicial technique. The office has an excellent administrative structure. They are young professionals with a lot of desire.’

‘Renato Batiston is a very experienced lawyer with deep knowledge of income and accounting. His experience and technical abilities associated with a strong knowledge of current and past precedents makes him able to provide solid income tax advice. His ability to discuss high complex income tax matters with singular simplicity and with interlocutors of different backgrounds makes him a person that anyone would want in the room discussing complex tax planning alternatives.’

‘André Alves de Melo is a young lawyer, but with a lot of experience in the courts. A lawyer committed to giving a service always close to the client.’

Key clients

Hypera Pharma


EDP Energias do Brasil



Indorama Ventures Polímeros

Whirlpool do Brasil

State Grid


Valeant do Brasil

Tax Tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados provides tax advisory and litigation services, and has particular strength advising clients in the mining sector in connection with CFEM matters (the Brazilian mining royalty). André Alves de Melo and Renato Batiston, based in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo respectively, oversee the tax group alongside Marcelo Mendo Gomes de Souza in Belo Horizonte. Paula Azevedo de Castro and João Raso are also active in this field.

Key clients

Kinross Brasil Mineração

Ferrous Resources

InterCement Brasil

Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional – CSN

Sul Americana de Metais – SAM

Gold X




Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais – BDMG

TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 4

The technology department at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is active in advising domestic and international companies on technology transfer agreements, digitally-driven business models and data protection issues. Luiz Felipe Di Sessa oversees the practice group, and possesses a strong track record in assisting start-ups with investment contracts.

Environment Tier 5

The environmental team at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has a proven track record in performing environmental due diligence in connection to M&A, financing and capital markets transactions. In addition, the practice handles environmental lawsuits and administrative proceedings, liaising with environmental agencies on behalf of clients from the oil and gas, mining, biofuels, ports and energy sectors. Practice co-head Rebeca Stefanini Pavlovsky has in-depth knowledge of lenders' liability and suppression of special vegetation. Marcelo Mendo and Maurício Pellegrino de Souza co-ordinate the team in Belo Horizonte alongside Pavlovsky in São Paulo.


‘The team has great knowledge and knows how to apply it to the daily lives of companies.’

‘Maurício Pellegrino has great knowledge and is always friendly and available.’

Key clients

Bunge Group

RUMO Malha Sul

RUMO Malha Paulista

Even Group

Sany Indústria do Brasil

Usina Açucareira Ester

Panasonic Devices

Tirreno Group

Atlas CopCo

VIX Logística


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.


‘Smart and capable, they are well informed about all aspects of Brazilian shipping and offshore transactions.’

‘Very good technically. Proactive and energetic. Their English is excellent and their explanations are clear and digestible.’

‘Rafael Baleroni gives prompt and thorough advice and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.’

‘Mauricio dos Santos and Rafael Baleroni are highly responsive and clear in their advice, which whilst being very good technically and also very well founded commercially.’

Key clients

Bourbon Offshore Marítima

Magni Partners

Eksportkreddit Norge AS (EKN)

Societé Generale

Seadrill Limited

Technip FMC

Credit Agricole Asia Shipfinance Limited

Aegean Baltic Bank

ING Bank, Singapore Branch

The Korea Development Bank, Seocho Branch

Nonghyup Bank and Kookmin Bank

ING Bank, Singapore Branch

ABN Amro Bank

ING Bank

Cescon Barrieu is one of Brazil’s leading law firms. The lawyers stand out for their strong commitment to the representation of clients’ interests and for their work in highly sophisticated, groundbreaking matters. The firm’s goal is to be the clients’ law firm of choice for their most complex legal matters and most strategic transactions and disputes.

Main areas of practice
Corporate law and governance, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity: the firm is often retained by potential targets and boards of directors for representation in connection with mergers, acquisitions, tender offers, de-listings and other corporate transactions, as well as matters involving antitrust and anti-corruption laws. The M&A and private equity practices are recognized as Brazil’s leading practices by any measure. The clients come to the firm whenever the scope of a transaction, no matter how large or small, is strategic and the stakes are high.

Capital markets and investments funds: the capital markets team is recognized as Brazil’s most experienced and far-reaching. It represents the world’s leading financial institutions, public and private corporations, hedge funds, asset managers and entrepreneurs, in connection with their most complex domestic and cross-border securities transactions, including IPOs and other equity offers, tender offers, debt-offerings, derivatives, structured products, mutual funds, receivables funds and securitization.

Its vast experience with the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) provides the firm with insight into important regulatory aspects of registered offers in Brazil that may be critical in successfully completing a transaction.

Banking and finance: the firm advises a wide range of clients in the roles of lenders, borrowers, trustees, rating agencies and others in connection with syndicated bank facilities, trade financing, leveraged investments, structured financing, DIP financing and derivatives. The firm also regularly represents clients who trade in banks and other financings in the secondary market, such as hedge funds and other asset managers.

Insolvency and restructuring: the team has wide-ranging experience in assisting clients in connection with complex debt workouts, corporate restructurings and bankruptcy proceedings, with a particular focus on representing financial creditors. The firm has vast experience in credit recovery, enforcement of collateral and other court-assisted proceedings in a wide range of industries.

Litigation and Arbitration:  the disputes team is recognized for its breadth of experience and talent at simplifying even the most complicated cases. We are retained by clients from all industries to litigate their most critical cases.

Our lawyers are specialized in high-stakes litigation involving M&A transactions, commercial contract disputes, environmental cases, and technology and IP litigation. We represent clients in international and domestic arbitrations. We have handled several landmark corporate arbitration cases and some of the most complex arbitrations in construction, infrastructure, M&A, technology, and other matters. Our lawyers are also retained to act as arbitrators, expert witnesses, and co-counsel in multi-jurisdiction arbitrations.

Our client list includes multinationals, private and public corporations, investment funds, financial institutions, and entrepreneurs who come to us for assistance with a variety of disputes.

Project finance: the project finance practice is recognized as a market leader in Brazil. The firm’s team has advised on groundbreaking transactions, such as the first greenfield limited recourse, cross-border project finance, the first non-recourse oil production-based project finance, the first cross-border project bond and the first cross-border oil royalty-backed bonds.

Infrastructure and project finance: the firm has a first-class practice in the development of infrastructure projects across all its sectors, such as energy, telecom, oil and gas, water and wastewater, ports and navigation, airports, railways, mining and toll roads. The firm provides advice on all phases of a project, from its conception to its financing, assisting companies in structuring projects, participating in bidding procedures and in claims with the regulatory agencies and granting authorities. The firm has a multidisciplinary team specialized in drafting and negotiating project contracts, such as EPC contracts, off-take contracts and O&M agreements, as well as in EPC contract management, assisting clients with managing claims during the construction.

Mining:  the team has a comprehensive knowledge of the sector’s entire production chain and in-depth expertise in dealing with its main players. We provide regulatory and negotiation counsel to mining and financing companies, in addition to regulatory and business advice to mining companies within M&A, project finance and capital markets transactions. The Cescon Barrieu team also advises autonomously on regulatory matters and contracts with joint venture partners, suppliers, or service providers.

The expertise of our mining lawyers, as well as their integration with all of our practice areas, enables our partners and associates to have a broader view of their projects, identifying possible structures and tailor made solutions for our clients and deals, always adhering to the highest quality standards.

Government relations: the firm combines corporate experience and strategic location in Brasilia to provide legal advice to clients in the dialogue between companies and the public sector. The firm’s objective is to translate to clients the main legislative issues and public policies and their respective impact over the economy and on the business sector. Clients include multinationals, domestic and foreign corporations, investment funds, financial institutions and entrepreneurs in several sectors such as health, pharmaceutical, mining, fertilizers and technology.

Antitrust: the firm combines broad experience in strategic corporate transactions with complex cartel investigations to form one of Brazil’s leading antitrust practice groups. The firm works closely with its M&A, private equity and litigation groups to represent clients in a wide variety of domestic and cross-border matters across all industries.

Compliance and anti-corruption: the firm advises on a wide range of compliance and anti-corruption matters, including investigations involving anti-corruption and anti-money laundering laws. The compliance and anti-corruption lawyers help the firm’s clients identify and anticipate tendencies in regulatory standards that may be critical to their business.

Technology and intellectual property: the firm’s practice is recognized for advising clients in connection with complex IP and technology transactions. The team is also active in advising clients in a wide variety of regulatory matters faced by companies in the tech sector, including related to data protection and the legal framework for fintechs. Clients include technology and media companies, startups, retailers, venture capital and private equity funds, financial institutions, electronic platforms, serial investors and entrepreneurs.

Tax: tax has been the cornerstone of the firm’s practice since its inception. The team of experienced tax lawyers advises on a broad range of domestic and international tax matters in financings, acquisitions, mergers, investment funds and international trade, as well as financial products.

Labor: clients come to the firm’s labor law department for complex labor law issues rather than their day-to-day labor claims. The firm has over the years assisted clients with strategic and complex lawsuits, created compensation and incentive programs and assisted them in dealing with trade unions.

Real estate: the real estate practice is at the forefront of the marketplace. The firm advises a myriad of clients on some of the most complex and innovative real estate transactions, including land acquisitions, development, financing, joint ventures and restructurings.

Other areas of practice: Environmental, agribusiness, insurance and reinsurance, regulated industries such as power, oil and gas, renewable energy, maritime, transportation, logistics and shipping.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust Ricardo Gaillard
Antitrust Joyce Honda
Litigation and Arbitration Carlos Braga
Litigation and Arbitration Helena Abdo
Litigation and Arbitration Gabriel Seijo
Banking and finance Alexandre Barreto
Banking and finance Ronald Herscovici
Investment funds Igor Rego
Investment funds Eduardo Herszkowicz
Capital markets Joaquim Oliveira
Capital markets Eduardo Kuhlmann Abrantes
Capital markets Ana Paula Calil
Capital markets Daniel Laudisio
Compliance and anti-corruption Luciano Inácio de Souza
Corporate law and governance Marcos Rafael Flesch
Corporate law and governance Maria Cristina Cescon
Corporate law and governance Carlos Augusto Junqueira
Corporate law and governance Fernanda Bastos Buhatem
Corporate law and governance Roberto Pary
Corporate law and governance Ana Carolina Passos
Corporate law and governance Marina Prado
Corporate law and governance Darkson Galvão
Corporate law and governance Cristina Bueno
Infrastructure and Project Finance / Energy Roberto Lima
Infrastructure and Project Finance / Energy Rafael Baleroni
Infrastructure and Project Finance Maurício Santos
Infrastructure and Project Finance Fernando Gomes
Insolvency/restructuring Fábio Rosas
Labor Gisela da Silva Freire
Infrastructure and Project Finance Karin Yamauti
Real Estate Marcos Prado
Tax Roberto Barrieu
Tax Hugo Leal
Tax Rafael Santos
Tax Aldo de Paula Junior
Tax Renato Batiston
Tax André Alves de Melo
Tax Sarah Barbassa
Mining Marcelo Mendo
Corporate M&A / Capital Markets / Mining Frederico Rodrigues
Technology and IP Luiz Felipe Di Sessa
Of Counsel Alécia Bicalho
Of Counsel Mauricio Pellegrino
Corporate law and governance Fernanda Cirne Montorfano Gibson
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Marcelo Mendo  photo Mr Marcelo Mendo Partner
Mr Mauricio Pellegrino  photo Mr Mauricio Pellegrino Of Counsel
Mr Frederico Viana Rodrigues  photo Mr Frederico Viana Rodrigues Partner
Other fee-earners : 185
Partners : 44