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Rafael Vanzella

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Rafael Vanzella

Vanzella is specialist in regulated contracts, structured acquisitions and financings, complex guarantees, and public administration business conducted in the sectors of transports and logistics, energy, urban mobility and cities, basic sanitation, and solid waste. He provides legal assistance to investors, main contractors, suppliers of capital goods, financial institutions, and governmental agencies on a range of steps of an infrastructure project, such as private-public partnerships modeling and concessions, negotiation of joint venture agreements, participation in tenders, establishment of special purpose companies and of their shareholders’ agreements, structuring construction contracts, supply and off-takes, paying in of capital structure, and disvestiture transactions. He also engages activities in expression of interest procedures, pre-litigation procedures of administrative contracts, regulatory analysis and diagnosis, and drawing up studies on sectors and public policies.

Recent acknowledgments

  • Chambers & Partners Brazil: Public Law (2023)
  • The Legal 500: Public Law as "Next generation partners" (2017-2023)
  • Leaders League: Public Law (2020-2023)
  • Latin Lawyer 250: Administrative Law (2021-2023)
  • Análise Advocacia 500: Regulatory and in the Construction & Engineering sector (2020); Regulatory (2021)
  • IFLR1000: Banking as "Notable Practitioner" (2019-2023)


  • Universidade de São Paulo, Law School (Doctorate degree in Civil Law, 2009)
  • Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht, Germany (Guest researcher, 2008-2009)
  • Fakultät der Rechtswissenschaft an der Universität Hamburg, Germany (Guest researcher, 2007-2008)
  • Universidade de São Paulo, Law School (Bachelor of Laws, 2003)

Other qualifications

  • Professor in the Executive Training Program of Fundação Getulio Vargas, Escola de Direito de São Paulo

Relevant experience

  • Kim&Chang, South Coreia, 2012


  • Brazilian Bar Association
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Alumni
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