Julio César Rivera (h)

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Julio César Rivera (Jr) graduated Summa Cum Laude from Universidad Católica Argentina in 1997 and obtained an LL.M in Harvard law School (2000). He obtained his Ph.D in law in 2008 from the Universidad de Buenos Aires

His expertise focuses on Complex Commercial Litigation, International and Domestic Commercial Arbitration, Insolvency Law (Reorganization Procedure, Bankruptcy, Debt Restructuring and Pre-pack Agreements) and Constitutional Law. 

His litigation experience focuses on advising foreign and domestic companies in complex commercial issues. He has represented Chevron Argentina in the matter of the enforcement of a preliminary measure issued by an Ecuadorian court, ordering the embargo of its assets for an amount up to USD 19.021.552.000. The Supreme Court denied the enforcement of the order in Argentina on public policy grounds. Currently, he represents BankBoston and Banco de La Pampa in several class actions filed by consumer associations and has written and given several lectures on this subject. 

In arbitration, he currently represents two multinational companies in two ICC arbitration procedures and has advised Argentine companies in arbitration proceedings at the Bolsa de Comercio de Buenos Aires and at the US Chamber of Commerce in Argentina. He is also a member of the Capítulo Rioplatense del Club Español del Arbitraje and the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. 

In the area of insolvency law, his experience includes the representation of Club Atlético Huracán and Azurix Buenos Aires in their reorganization proceedings. He has advised foreign creditors such as International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Indenture Trustees (The Bank of New York and The Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas) in the recognition of theirs credits in the reorganization proceedings of Aerolíneas Argentinas, Southern Winds, Supercanal Holding and Alpargatas. The judicial decisions obtained in representation of IATA and The Bank of New York became significant leading cases in insolvency law. H

In the area of constitutional law, he has vast experience in the drafting of federal extraordinary appeals before the National Supreme Court. He has published two books and several articles on matters of constitutional law; especially about freedom of the press.

He also does pro bono work. In this regard, he counsels, as requested by the Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS), a person who demands in the reorganization proceedings of “Trenes de Buenos Aires” the recognition of a judicial decision ordering the company to ensure the access to trains for people with disabilities. The decision rendered by the insolvency Judge represents an important leading case on the subject. He also advises the Asociación de Derechos Civiles (ADC) in a case related to the adaptation of subway stations and execution of works to ensure access for disabled people to subway stations. 

In the academic field, Mr. Rivera (h) is Professor at the Law School of Universidad de San Andrés. He teaches the courses “Constitutional  rights and freedoms” and “Commercial Arbitration”. He is also Global Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law where he teaches a course on “Dispute Resolution in Latin America” in the framework of NYU’s program in Buenos Aires. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Universidad de Valpariso (Indiana, USA) and at Université Panthéon-Assas París II (France).