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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Júlio César Bueno is one of the world’s foremost construction specialists. Peers laud him as “a great lawyer” with “deep knowledge of construction law” who is “particularly good in transactional work”.

Questions & Answers

Júlio César Bueno has been a partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados since 2001. He has national and international experience focusing on the practice of construction law and engineering contracts, project finance and public procurement, as well as on arbitration and mediation proceedings, and dispute boards. He is the president of the Brazilian Society of Construction Law, and 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). He is a founder fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers and officer of the Latin American & Caribbean Users’ Council for the London Court of International Arbitration.

What attracted you to a career in construction law?

The practice of construction law requires a multidisciplinary approach to the case and a special client-care focus. I enjoy being close to the client and acting as a trusted adviser, designing the strategy for a complicated case. The same applies to disputes related to large infrastructure, which are quite often complex and require my devoted attention as counsel or arbitrator.

What technological developments do you see most impacting the construction profession at present? 

I believe building information modelling (BIM) is the most important technology development to have an impact the construction industry. BIM is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.

How has the regulatory landscape covering construction changed since you started practising?

The regulatory framework has become more efficient and focused on the development of construction, and is no longer necessarily related to administrative law.

How do you see the PPP market developing in Brazil over the next few years?

The international experience was reviewed and taken into account when the PPP legal framework was developed in Brazil. Nevertheless, public support is a requirement for the success of any PPP project, and a clear means of communication is therefore essential. It is essential that the entities implementing a PPP project in Brazil establish a clear communication strategy, with special attention to politically sensitive areas.

What are the main challenges of conducting cross-border construction deals?

An important cross-border construction deal requires the practitioner to understand and deal with the challenges of distinct legal cultures. They carry additional risks and challenges, as the parties may have very different business cultures and practices.

How does Pinheiro Neto distinguish itself from 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 has been your greatest achievement to date? 

Having been able to organise the international congress of the Society of Construction Law in São Paulo, in 2016, with more than 450 attendees from 35 countries. It was the most important event to date for the development of construction law in Latin America.

What is the best piece of career 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.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Júlio César Bueno is one of the world’s foremost construction specialists. Peers laud him as “a great lawyer” with “deep knowledge of construction law” who is “particularly good in transactional work”.

Questions & Answers

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 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). He is a founder fellow of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.

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 at 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.

Global Leader

Construction 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Júlio César Bueno is "one of the best" and "very knowledgeable" according to impressed sources.

Biography

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 Ranking: Recommended
Project Finance 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

The "very well-known" Júlio César Bueno is acclaimed as "incredibly cooperative" on major projects and a "specialist in EPC contracts".

Biography

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).

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Júlio César Bueno is highly esteemed by market commentators who consider him a go-to name in Brazil for sophisticated construction and procurement disputes. 

Biography

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).

Brazil - Construction

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Júlio César Bueno is an "excellent lawyer" in the Brazilian construction space. He works with clients on a broad spectrum of projects, including those relating to power plants, mining facilities and wind farms.

Biography

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).

Brazil - Project Finance

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Júlio César Bueno is a distinguished figure in the project finance arena, where he possesses extensive experience advising clients across the construction and engineering sectors. 

Biography

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).

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