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 in focusing on the practice of construction law and engineering contracts (including the use of FIDIC standard forms), project finance, public procurement, as well as on arbitration and mediation proceedings, and dispute boards. He represents some of the world’s largest organisations (owners, multilateral agencies, financial institutions, contractors and developers) in global infrastructure and construction projects in Brazil, the rest of Latin America and Africa. He assists clients across the entire project spectrum, including gas facilities, power plants (nuclear, coal-fired, gas-fired, combined cycle and hydro), wind farms, steel manufacturing facilities, copper mining facilities, coal mining facilities and ports.
He is Chair of the Society of Construction Law, Brazil and President-Elect of the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation Region 2, and a former officer of the International Bar Association’s Latin American Forum and the International Construction Projects Committee. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, coordinator of the Dispute Board Commission of the Center for Arbitration and Mediation (CAM/CCBC), a co-coordinator of the Brazilian Arbitration Committee’s working group dealing with arbitration in infrastructure contracts, a board member of the International Construction Law Association, and a member of the Mediation and Arbitration Chamber of the Institute of Engineering of São Paulo and the Brazilian Institute of Civil Procedure Law.
He holds a law degree and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (LLB, 1991; PhD, 2001) and a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM, 1995). He has published several articles on matters relating to civil procedure law, energy, engineering contracts, infrastructure and construction law.
Project financing and construction law are highly specialised areas of legal practice. Although there is an increased perception that project financing and construction law are global issues, the local knowledge offered by leading experts in 19 countries has shown us that to understand the world, we must first make sense of what happens locally; to further advance our understanding of the law we must resist the modern view that all that matters is global and what is regional is of no importance.
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