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

Questions and Answers:

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Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of construction law and engineering contracts, project finance and public procurement, as well on arbitration and mediation proceedings, and dispute boards. He is the president of the Brazilian Society of Construction Law and president-elect of Region 2 of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM, 1995) and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD, 2001).

Describe your career to date.

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. It was April 1989. Then I just got motivated by Pinheiro Neto’s teamwork structure and broad opportunities for an international clientele relationship. I became a partner in 2001 and I work mostly with contentious (litigation, arbitration and dispute boards) and non-contentious matters related to projects, construction law, engineering contracts and project finance.

What attracted you to a career specialising in construction law?

The practice of construction law requires a multidisciplinary approach to the case and a special client care focus. It is also important to have a solid academic background, in both civil law and civil procedural law.

What do you enjoy most about working in the construction industry?

I enjoy being close to the client and acting as a trusted adviser, designing the strategy for a complicated case. Most of the work done in construction law is very challenging. The same applies to disputes related to large infrastructure that are quite often complex and require a devoted attention as counsel or arbitrator.

How does the team at Pinheiro Neto Advogados ensure it stands out among competitors in the market?

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 are the main challenges currently facing those looking to develop infrastructure projects
in Brazil?

Brazil has an unprecedented opportunity to root out the culture of corruption ingrained in the country. Public opinion, political pressure and the media are helping push these factors forward. Brazil has been facing a special situation that involves, first, a change in the political sphere with a new presidency starting in 2019; second, members of society playing a prominent role, instigating a wave of street demonstrations to apply pressure; and third, a shift in power towards a wide array of government institutions, including first-instance judges, the Federal Budget Oversight Board, the Federal Public Prosecutor Office and the federal police – all of which are subject to less extraneous political controls. Concerted action is necessary to change the culture and the system, and to restore the construction industry’s credibility as it operates on new terms, in a more open, transparent and competitive market.

What impact has the fallout of the “Car Wash” scandal had on infrastructure and projects investment 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 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.

How would you like your practice to develop over the next five years?

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.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have received?

I learned as a trainee at Pinheiro Neto Advogados that to succeed in the legal services market client care is of utmost importance. In this context, we must be prepared to deal with the constant challenges of Brazil’s economy and politics. There are also five golden rules for any lawyer. One, always strive to learn. Two, never miss an opportunity to anticipate your client’s needs and expectations. Three, continuously improve your work and make each case better than the last one. Four, learn several languages – the more, the better. And five, always be ethical and respectful towards everyone. Avoid arrogance at all costs.

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Construction

Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He has considerable national and international experience focusing on the practice of construction law and engineering contracts, project finance, public procurement, as well on arbitration and mediation proceedings, and dispute boards. He is the president of the Brazilian Society of Construction Law and president-elect of Region 2 of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM, 1995) and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD, 2001).

What drew you to a career in law?

I left the Brazilian Air Force Academy Preparatory High School for Law School, aiming to prepare myself to become a diplomat. But at 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.

Which construction case has been your most fascinating so far?

Most of the work done in construction law and project finance is very challenging. The same applies to disputes related to large infrastructure that are quite often complex and require a devoted attention as counsel or arbitrator. The negotiations of the contracts for the large Santo Antonio, Jirau and Belo Monte hydropower plants were extremely innovative, as well as the first alliancing contracts among Brazilian companies in Brazil.

What qualities make for a good construction lawyer?

Good construction lawyers are the ones who understand the importance of, one, always being available and ensuring that clients are treated with the highest levels of professionalism (“client care”); two, devoting themselves to understanding the client’s business (“not afraid to get their boots dirty”); three, pursuing constant technical improvements; four, always negotiating in good faith; and five, developing excellent project management skills, especially in large, often cross-border transactions and disputes.

Which aspect of your role do you currently enjoy the most?

I enjoy being close to the client and acting as a trusted adviser, designing the strategy for a complicated case.

What are the most challenging aspects of being a construction lawyer in Brazil?

The need to understand the client’s need to adapt to the constant challenges of the Brazilian economy and politics.

How do you expect the Brazilian construction industry to develop over the next five years?

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. 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. Also, the widening Petrobras “Car Wash” scandal continues to radically impact business in Brazil. Not only has this put a significant dampener on petrochemical projects, but it has also had a national impact on the economic, political and business landscape. Notwithstanding, several important infrastructure projects are expected to be launched soon, creating an unprecedented opportunity for infrastructure investors and international contractors.

What advice would you give to younger practitioners hoping to one day be in your position?

Always strive to learn. Never lose an opportunity to anticipate your client’s needs and expectations. Continuously improve your work so that each performance on a case is better than the last. Learn several languages; the more, the better. Always be ethical and respectful towards anyone; avoid arrogance at all costs.

What is your secret to success?

I have been blessed with the opportunity to work in a great law firm for the past 30 years. I was given a chance to pursue my academic goals, develop an international practice and strive to achieve constant technical improvement. Nevertheless, I believe client care is the primary driver for anyone’s success. My mantra is, “You never have a second chance to make a good first impression!” Always be grateful for the opportunity to be close to the client and act as a trusted adviser.

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: Júlio César Bueno is frequently sought for his expertise in construction law and engineering contracts. One respondent says, “Júlio is one of the brightest in our industry”.

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 is an“extraordinary” construction specialist and “one of the best-recognised lawyers” in the field.

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 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), a 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, and 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 construction lawyer with phenomenal expertise in project financing matters.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Project Finance 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 “a very strong name in construction” according to sources who consider him “a great lawyer” when it comes to complex procurement and project financings.

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

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