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Júlio César Bueno
Office:
Rua Hungria 1100
01455-906
City:
São Paulo
Country:
Brazil
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+55 11 3247 8667
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+55 11 3247 8600

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Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Construction

Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He is based in São Paulo and has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of construction law and engineering contracts (including the use of FIDIC and NEC standard forms), project finance, public procurement, crisis management, as well on dispute resolution (arbitrations, mediations and dispute boards).

What motivated you to enter the legal profession?

I left the Brazilian Air Force Academy Preparatory High School for Law School, aiming to prepare myself to become a diplomat. But in the beginning of my third year at the University of São Paulo I joined Pinheiro Neto Advogados as a trainee. Then I just got motivated by Pinheiro Neto’s teamwork structure and broad opportunities for an international clientele relationship.

What is the most memorable construction matter that you have worked on?

Most of the work done in construction law and project finance is very challenging. The negotiations of the contracts for the large Santo Antonio, Jirau and Belo Monte hydropower plants were extremely innovative. I also appraised the structure for the first alliancing contracts among Brazilian companies.

What is the defining feature of your firm’s project finance practice?

Pinheiro Neto’s “tradition to innovate” approach has led us to create a combined construction and project finance team that can put forward the required legal knowledge in the areas of financing, construction and engineering contracts, socio-environmental challenges, guarantees and dispute resolution.

What is the greatest challenge currently facing the construction and project finance sector in Brazil?

The widening Petrobras “Car Wash” scandal continues to radically impact business in Brazil. Not only has this put a major dampener on petrochemical projects, but it has also had a nationwide impact on the economic, political and business landscape. Nevertheless, several important infrastructure projects are are expected to be launched soon, creating an unprecedented opportunity for infrastructure investors and international contractors. Other participants in the infrastructure sector – notably pension funds and the government itself – may even look to sell existing projects which opens the door to new (national and international) players.

Over the past few years which have been the main sectors driving construction activity in the country?

In energy, it’s hydro, thermal and wind power plants. The focus in the medium term is expected to be on: sewage projects and highways, often using the PPP or concession models; air transport and airport facilities, often using the concession model; and upgrading and expanding port facilities, often tied to modernisation and/or expansion of railway facilities.

Where in your opinion does the future of the construction industry lie?

Public and private owners should encourage new competitors into the local markets, including international contractors, designers, architects, engineers and so on. Barriers to entry in the engineering design and service market, including long-standing cartel practices, must be identified and eliminated. The process of increasing arm’s-length competition, in keeping with universal technical standards and work quality, is based on the premise that companies wishing to operate in a specific country can do so by using domestic and foreign resources, and by taking responsibility for the process. Opening up the market, and creating change in the regulatory framework – especially in the public sector – must happen in tandem with sweeping public procurement system reform.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Construction: Lawyers

Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He is based in São Paulo and has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of construction law and engineering contracts (including the use of FIDIC and NEC standard forms), project finance and public procurement, as well as on arbitrations, mediations and dispute boards.

He represents some of the world’s largest organisations (owners, multilateral agencies, financial institutions, contractors and developers) in their global infrastructure and construction projects located throughout Brazil and the rest of Latin America, as well as in Africa. He assists clients across the entire project spectrum; some recent examples include gas facilities, power plants (nuclear, coal-fired, gas-fired, combined cycle, hydro), wind farms, steel manufacturing facilities, copper-mining facilities, coal mining facilities and ports.

He is the president of the Brazilian chapter of the Latin America Society of Construction Law. He is also a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, and acts as officer of the International Bar Association’s Latin American regional forum and is a former officer of the International Bar Association’s international construction law committee.

He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FRICS), a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (FIACL), member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), and a member of the São Paulo Engineering Institute Arbitration and Mediation Chamber.

He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo Law School (LLB 1991); a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM 1995); and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD 2001).

Júlio César Bueno was a member of the committee responsible for the translation of the FIDIC Red Book and FIDIC Silver Book editions to Portuguese. He has published several articles on matters relating to civil procedure law, energy, engineering contracts, infrastructure and construction law.

He has been listed among the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Construction Law”, by Who’s Who Legal. He is recommended in Who’s Who Legal (for construction, project finance and public procurement); Chambers Latin America (for construction and projects, dispute resolution); Practical Law Company (for construction and projects); IFLR1000, the International Financial Law Review (for project finance) and Brazilian directory Análise da Advocacia (for construction and projects, dispute resolution and contracts).

WWL says: The "internationally prominent" Júlio César Bueno is "one of the best construction lawyers in Brazil" according to commentators.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Construction which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Brazil - Construction

Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He is based in São Paulo and has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of construction law and engineering contracts (including the use of FIDIC and NEC standard forms), project finance, public procurement, as well on arbitrations, mediations and dispute boards.

He represents some of the world’s largest organisations (owners, multilateral agencies, financial institutions, contractors and developers) in their global infrastructure and construction projects located throughout Brazil and the rest of Latin America, as well as Africa. He assists clients across the entire project spectrum; some recent examples include gas facilities, power plants (nuclear, coal-fired, gas-fired, combined cycle, hydro), wind farms, steel manufacturing facilities, copper-mining facilities, coal mining facilities and ports.

He is the president of the Brazilian chapter of the Latin America Society of Construction Law. He is also a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, and acts as officer of the International Bar Association’s Latin American regional forum and is a former officer of the International Bar Association’s international construction law committee.

He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FRICS), a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (FIACL), member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), and a member of the São Paulo Engineering Institute Arbitration and Mediation Chamber.

He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo Law School (LLB 1991); a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM 1995); and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD 2001).

Júlio César Bueno was a member of the committee responsible for the translation of the FIDIC Red Book and FIDIC Silver Book editions to Portuguese. He has published several articles on matters relating to civil procedure law, energy, engineering contracts, infrastructure and construction law.

He has been listed among the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Construction Law”, by Who's Who Legal. He is recommended in Who’s Who Legal (for construction, project finance and public procurement); Chambers Latin America (for construction and projects, dispute resolution); Practical Law Company (for construction and projects); IFLR1000, the International Financial Law Review (for project finance) and Análise da Advocacia Brazilian directory (for construction and projects, dispute resolution and contracts).

WWL says: Júlio César Bueno continues to be regarded as one of Brazil's leading lawyers in the construction space on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Brazil which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Government Contracts

Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He is based in São Paulo and has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of construction law and engineering contracts (including the use of FIDIC and NEC standard forms), project finance and public procurement, as well as on arbitrations, mediations and dispute boards.

He represents some of the world’s largest organisations (owners, multilateral agencies, financial institutions, contractors and developers) in their global infrastructure and construction projects located throughout Brazil and the rest of Latin America, as well as in Africa. He assists clients across the entire project spectrum; some recent examples include gas facilities, power plants (nuclear, coal-fired, gas-fired, combined cycle, hydro), wind farms, steel manufacturing facilities, copper-mining facilities, coal mining facilities and ports.

He is the president of the Brazilian chapter of the Latin America Society of Construction Law. He is also a member of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation, and acts as officer of the International Bar Association’s Latin American regional forum and is a former officer of the International Bar Association’s international construction law committee.

He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FRICS), a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (FIACL), member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), and a member of the São Paulo Engineering Institute Arbitration and Mediation Chamber.

He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo Law School (LLB 1991); a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM 1995); and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD 2001).

Júlio César Bueno was a member of the committee responsible for the translation of the FIDIC Red Book and FIDIC Silver Book editions into Portuguese. He has published several articles on matters relating to civil procedure law, energy, engineering contracts, infrastructure and construction law.

He has been listed among the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Construction Law”, by Who’s Who Legal. He is recommended in Who’s Who Legal (for construction, project finance and public procurement); Chambers Latin America (for construction and projects, dispute resolution); Practical Law Company (for construction and projects); IFLR1000, the International Financial Law Review (for project finance) and Brazilian directory Análise da Advocacia (for construction and projects, dispute resolution and contracts).

WWL says: Júlio César Bueno is a renowned figure in the Brazilian market and is highly respected for the depth of his procurement expertise.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Government Contracts which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Brazil - Government Contracts

Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He is based in São Paulo and has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of projects, construction law and engineering contracts (including the use of FIDIC and NEC standard forms), government contracts, as well as arbitrations, mediations and dispute boards.

He represents some of the world's largest organisations (owners, multilateral agencies, financial institutions, contractors and developers) in their global infrastructure and construction projects located throughout Brazil and the rest of Latin America, as well as Africa. He assists clients across the entire project spectrum; recent examples include gas facilities, power plants (nuclear, coal-fired, gasfired, combined cycle, hydro), wind farms, steel manufacturing facilities, copper-mining facilities, coal mining facilities and ports.

He is the president of the Brazilian chapter of the Latin America Society of Construction Law. He sits on the board council of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (Region 2), acts as officer of the International Bar Association's Latin American regional forum and is a former officer of the International Bar Association's international construction law committee.

He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (FIACL), a member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), a member of the Brazilian arbitration committee (CBAr) and a member of the São Paulo Engineering Institute Arbitration and Mediation Chamber.

He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo Law School (LLB 1991); a master's degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM 1995); and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD 2001).

Júlio César Bueno was a member of the committee responsible for the translation of the FIDIC Red Book and FIDIC Silver Book editions to Portuguese. He has published several articles on matters relating to civil procedure law, civil law, energy, engineering contracts, infrastructure and construction law.

He has been listed among the "Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Construction Law", by Who's Who Legal. He is recommended in Who's Who Legal (for construction, project finance and public procurement); Chambers Latin America (for construction and projects, dispute resolution); Practical Law Company (for construction and projects); IFLR1000 (for project finance) and Análise da Advocacia, a Brazilian directory (for construction and projects, dispute resolution and contracts).

WWL says: Júlio César Bueno receives wide-ranging endorsements for his expertise in construction and engineering contracts and project finance.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Brazil which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Brazil - Project Finance

Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He is based in São Paulo and has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of projects, construction law and engineering contracts (including the use of FIDIC and NEC standard forms), government contracts, as well as on arbitrations, mediations and dispute boards.

He represents some of the world's largest organisations (owners, multilateral agencies, financial institutions, contractors and developers) in their global infrastructure and construction projects located throughout Brazil and the rest of Latin America, as well as Africa. He assists clients across the entire project spectrum; some recent examples include gas facilities, power plants (nuclear, coal-fired, gas-fired, combined cycle, hydro), wind farms, steel manufacturing facilities, copper mining facilities, coal mining facilities and ports.

He is the president of the Brazilian chapter of the Latin America Society of Construction Law. He seats at the board council of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (Region 2), acts as officer of the International Bar Association's Latin American regional forum and is a former officer of the International Bar Association's international construction law committee.

He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (FIACL), member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) and a member of the São Paulo Engineering Institute Arbitration and Mediation Chamber.

He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo Law School (LLB 1991); a master's degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM 1995); and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD 2001).

Júlio César Bueno was a member of the committee responsible for the translation of the FIDIC Red Book and FIDIC Silver Book editions to Portuguese. He has published several articles on matters relating to civil procedure law, civil law, energy, engineering contracts, infrastructure and construction law.

He has been listed among the "Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Construction Law", by Who's Who Legal. He is recommended in Who's Who Legal (for construction, project finance and public procurement); Chambers Latin America (for construction and projects, dispute resolution); Practical Law Company (for construction and projects); IFLR1000, the International Financial Law Review (for project finance) and Análise da Advocacia Brazilian directory (for construction and projects, dispute resolution and contracts).

WWL says: Júlio César Bueno is widely recognised as a prominent player in the space thanks to his significant experience advising clients on major projects.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Brazil which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Project Finance

Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He is based in São Paulo and has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of projects, construction law and engineering contracts (including the use of FIDIC and NEC standard forms), government contracts, as well as on arbitrations, mediations and dispute boards.

He represents some of the world's largest organisations (owners, multilateral agencies, financial institutions, contractors and developers) in their global infrastructure and construction projects located throughout Brazil and the rest of Latin America, as well as Africa. He assists clients across the entire project spectrum; some recent examples include gas facilities, power plants (nuclear, coal-fired, gas-fired, combined cycle, hydro), wind farms, steel manufacturing facilities, copper mining facilities, coal mining facilities and ports.

He is the president of the Brazilian chapter of the Latin America Society of Construction Law. He seats at the board council of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (Region 2), acts as officer of the International Bar Association's Latin American regional forum and is a former officer of the International Bar Association's international construction law committee.

He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (FIACL), member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS), member of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee (CBAr) and a member of the São Paulo Engineering Institute Arbitration and Mediation Chamber.

He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo Law School (LLB 1991); a master's degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM 1995); and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD 2001).

Júlio César Bueno was a member of the committee responsible for the translation of the FIDIC Red Book and FIDIC Silver Book editions to Portuguese. He has published several articles on matters relating to civil procedure law, civil law, energy, engineering contracts, infrastructure and construction law.

He has been listed among the "Most Highly Regarded Individuals in Construction Law", by Who's Who Legal. He is recommended in Who's Who Legal (for construction, project finance and public procurement); Chambers Latin America (for construction and projects, dispute resolution); Practical Law Company (for construction and projects); IFLR1000, the International Financial Law Review (for project finance) and Análise da Advocacia Brazilian directory (for construction and projects, dispute resolution and contracts).

WWL says: Julio Cesar Bueno is “a leading name” in the Brazilian market and wins praise for his top-tier work on construction and infrastructure projects.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Project Finance which can be purchased from our Shop.

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