To meet the demands of the world's growing population, large-scale investment is needed across a broad spectrum of basic industries, including oil and gas, minerals and other natural resources, telecommunications, petrochemicals, transportation and power. Neither governments nor the private sector on their own can meet fully the demand for investment on this scale. To be successful, investment projects may need to amass funding and other commitments from a combination of public and private sector participants and involve ever more sophisticated financing arrangements.
As the pace of investment has accelerated, so has the scale of individual projects. Notably, with exploration for resources being driven to increasingly remote locations, the cost of extracting those resources has risen, resulting in ever larger financings. There is, therefore, a growing need for lawyers capable of structuring innovative and complex transactions.
Although there is an increased perception that project financing and construction law are global issues, the local flavour offered by these leading experts in 29 countries show that in order to understand the world, we must first comprehend what happens in our own communities; to further advance our understanding of global law, we must acquire local knowledge.
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 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 Latin America Society of Construction Law and 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 international construction law committee and the International Bar Association’s Latin American regional forum). He is also a member of the São Paulo Engineering Institute Arbitration and Mediation Chamber and the Brazilian Institute of Civil Procedure Law.
He holds a law degree from the University of São Paulo Law School (LLB 1991); a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge (LLM 1995); and a doctorate from the University of São Paulo Law School (PhD 2001). He has published several articles on matters relating to civil procedure law, energy, engineering contracts, infrastructure and construction law.
He is recommended in Who's Who Legal (for construction, project finance, public procurement and defence product liability); Chambers Latin America (for construction and projects, dispute resolution and defence product liability); 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).
The publisher acknowledges and thanks the following for their learned assistance throughout the preparation of this book: