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Ted Rhodes

Office Managing Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna
Consultores em Direito Estrangeiro
Travessa do Ouvidor 50
5 Andar - Centro
Rio de Janeiro - RJ - CEP 20040-040
Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish, French

Ted Rhodes is Managing Partner of our Rio de Janeiro office, where he has been based since 2009.

Ted advises on international corporate transactions, investments and infrastructure projects, particularly in the oil and gas, mining, energy and infrastructure sectors and has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and investments into and out of Brazil across a number of sectors. He has also worked in the CMS Energy team in London and Aberdeen and on secondment to BP.

Ted has thorough knowledge of the energy industry and regulatory regimes in Brazil and globally; having also advised on matters across Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and the Americas. He understands his clients’ commercial drivers and concerns, negotiating and drafting agreements to protect their interests and mitigate operational risks. 

He regularly explains the particularities of the Brazilian business environment, its advantages and challenges, to international investors and companies who are looking to structure their businesses in the country.

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“a recognised oil-and-gas specialist… considered ‘responsive’, ‘practical’ and ‘commercial’”

Legal 500 Latin America

“Ted Rhodes is very committed to the client, he’s very technical, he really knows what he’s talking about, and he has all the contracts down in his head.”

IFLR1000 Latin America

“Ted is highly skilled, and he’s a good negotiator.”

IFLR1000 Latin America

Relevant experience

  • A Brazilian oil & gas company on general matters, including joint operating agreements, FPSO financing arrangements, insurance coverage, potential contractual disputes and the development of standard form vessel and drilling rig charter and operation agreements and other procurement contracts.
  • CTS Eventim, a leader in international ticketing and events management, on in its successful bid to provide ticketing services to the 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games; including acting as local representative, assisting in the negotiation of contracts with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, incorporating a Brazilian subsidiary and coordinating advice on taxation, immigration, importation and the leasing of commercial and residential properties. Also advising in the establishment of a joint venture with Sony for other ticketing operations.
  • OSX Leasing in relation to EPCI, shipyard and major procurement contracts for all their FPSO and wellhead platform projects, as well as related charter/lease and operation contracts.
  • Premier Oil on its successful participation in Brazil’s 11th licensing round for oil and gas concessions.
  • Intelig Telecomunicações on debt restructuring and USD 500m merger with TIM Participações telecommunications group.
  • An Asian service company on its participation in multiple tenders to supply oil and gas production platforms, support vessels and operation services to Petrobras.
  • A Brazilian oil company on the proposed acquisition of an oil company with multiple producing assets in the North Sea, as well as on contractual renegotiations and disputes arising from the charter of an FPSO and other vessels in Brazil and in relation to arrangements for the trading of crude oil.
  • OSX Construção Naval in relation to joint venture arrangements and procurement contracts for the development of a major shipyard in Brazil, as well as on contracts for the construction of vessels for the oil and gas industry.
  • Balmoral Offshore in relation to the establishment of a Brazilian subsidiary and development of a manufacturing facility for flotation equipment used in the oil and gas industry, as well as the negotiation and drafting of local supply contracts.
  • An Asian national oil company in relation to the proposed acquisition of a Brazilian oil and gas company with exploration, development and production assets offshore Brazil.
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  • 2000 – BA, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
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  • Chairman for Brazil, Lex Anglo, Brazil
  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
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Dec 2018
CMS Life Sci­ences & Health­care Sec­tor Group: An over­view...
Brazil: Res­ults Pub­lished for 5th Pre-Salt Bid Round
On 28 Septem­ber, Brazil held its sixth oil and gas bid round in just over a year, with sim­il­ar suc­cess to pre­vi­ous edi­tions; this time award­ing all four blocks on of­fer in the pro­spect­ive pre-salt area, and rais­ing R$6.
October 2018
E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment
E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment in a nut­shell
Brazil Min­ing Auc­tion Rounds
The Brazili­an gov­ern­ment has pub­lished a pre­lim­in­ary draft of the bid doc­u­ments for an un­pre­ced­en­ted auc­tion of two large min­ing areas. The areas on of­fer in­clude Can­di­ota (Rio Grande do Sul) which con­tains over 20 hec­tares of coal re­serves and Pal­meiró­pol­is.
Aug 2018
Au­gust 2018
Ter­min­a­tion Pro­vi­sions in Drilling Con­tracts
In Vant­age Deep­wa­ter Com­pany and Vant­age Deep­wa­ter Drilling, Inc. (to­geth­er “Vant­age”) v Pet­ro­bras Amer­ica Inc. ; Pet­ro­bras Venezuela In­vest­ments & Ser­vices, BV; and Pet­róleo Brasileiro S. A. (Pet­ro­bras Brazil) (to­geth­er “Pet­ro­bras”) an ar­bit­ral tribunal awar­ded.
June 2018
LATAM quarterly en­ergy up­date
June 2018
In­ter­na­tion­al PPAs: High Court pro­tects ar­bit­ra­tion pro­cess
In At­las Power Ltd v Na­tion­al Trans­mis­sion and Des­patch Com­pany Lim­ited [2018] EWHC 1052, the Eng­lish High Court gran­ted an anti-suit in­jec­tion to a group of in­de­pend­ent power pur­chasers in Pakistan (“IPPs”) to pre­vent a col­lat­er­al at­tack against an ar­bit­ral.
LATAM Quarterly En­ergy Up­date Au­gust 2017
Brazil’s 4th Pre-Salt Round Res­ults
Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Brazil’s re­cent oil and gas li­cens­ing rounds, the res­ults of the 4th bid round un­der the pro­duc­tion shar­ing re­gime, for areas loc­ated in the pre-salt re­gion, were re­leased this Thursday (7 June).
May 2018
CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Tool­box of Rem­ed­ies
Tool­box of rem­ed­ies in pub­lic award pro­ced­ures avail­able...
Oil & Gas: Im­plied con­tract for de­mur­rage out­side BP Terms
In Glen­core En­ergy UK Ltd v OMV Sup­ply & Trad­ing Ltd [2018] EWHC 895 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court de­cided that an ex­change of emails between parties to an ex­ist­ing crude oil sales agree­ment was cap­able of giv­ing rise to a sep­ar­ate im­plied con­tract.