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Ted Rhodes

Partner
Office Managing Partner

Contact
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
Consultores em Direito Estrangeiro
Praia de Botafogo 501
Bloco A – 1º andar, sala 148 -
Rio de Janeiro - RJ - CEP 22250-040
Brazil
Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish

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, energy, mining, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.  He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and investments into and out of Brazil. 

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.

With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of excellence such as London and Aberdeen, the practice works across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience advising on power, oil & gas and renewables through to energy disputes, emerging areas and Energy Transition, CMS is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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"Ted Rhodes is noted for energy and infrastructure, particularly oil and gas."

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

Relevant experience

  • PetroRio in the financed acquisition of an 80% operated interest in the Tubarão Martelo mature offshore oil field and the associated oil production platform (FPSO).
  • Amplio Group in coordinating due diligence and tax structuring advice for the potential acquisition of up to 3GW of wind and solar projects in Brazil, and on the acquisition of four ready-to-build solar projects totalling 238MWp of installed capacity and various licensing and project development issues.
  • Aviagen on the acquisition of a multinational chicken business from Groupe Grimaud, including hive out and transfer of Brazilian subsidiaries.
  • Brazilian Sellers on the sale of a 494MWp solar power project in Minas Gerais, Brazil, to a major European infrastructure fund, including SPA and option agreement, shareholders’ agreement, development services agreement, land use deeds and ancillary documentation.
  • 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 Music Entertainment for other ticketing operations.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Co-Chair of Lex Anglo-Brazil
  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
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Education

  • 2000 – BA, University of Nottingham, Nottingham
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Law and reg­u­la­tion of force ma­jeure in Brazil
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