Alexei Barrionuevo joined the firm after two decades in daily newspaper journalism, including 14 years as a staff reporter at The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, where he specialized in energy coverage. He is based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. While at the Times, Mr. Barrionuevo served as an international correspondent in Brazil, overseeing economic, business and political coverage of five countries in South America. While there, he led the paper’s coverage of the rescue of 33 trapped miners in Chile, reported on battles between drug gangs and police in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and broke stories on Brazil’s business and economic boom. Mr. Barrionuevo also served as a national business correspondent for the Times, based in Chicago, where he reported on the rise of the ethanol industry, covered the criminal trial of Enron Corp. executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling and gave national prominence to the mystery of disappearing honey bees. While at the Times in New York, he wrote a column about global high-end real estate. At the Journal, Mr. Barrionuevo served in Brussels as an international correspondent, where he wrote about European anti-trust and regulation. Prior to his European posting, he worked as a correspondent in Houston from 1999 to 2003, where he reported on the global energy industry, including the merger of ConocoPhillips and meetings of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, and he participated in the Journal’s award-winning coverage of the dramatic fall of Enron. Mr. Barrionuevo also lived in Caracas, Venezuela, for two years, where he covered the 1998 election of Hugo Chavez for USA Today. He began his professional career as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News, where he reported on schools and police. Most recently, Mr. Barrionuevo directed and produced a documentary film about the world of electronic dance music called, Waiting For The Drop: Rise of the Superstar DJs. A native of Chicago, Mr. Barrionuevo is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.