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Raphael Zono

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Zono is specialist in banking transactions of debt in capital markets, such as debentures issue, project finance, syndicated transactions and debts restructuring with national and international banks. His practice encompasses preparing, reviewing and negotiating credit instruments, as well as structuring guarantee packages within the scope of financing transactions. Zono also engages activities in the identification of the different models adopted in infrastructure projects and provides legal assistance to international clients initiating activities in Brazil. He has previous experience in the areas of knowledge of banking, energy, paper and cellulose, and general infrastructure (urban mobility, motorways and airports).

Recent acknowledgments

  • Chambers & Partners Brazil: Projects (2021-2022) and Project Finance (2023)
  • Chambers Latin America: Projects as "Up and coming" (2021)
  • Chambers Global: Projects (2021-2023)
  • The Legal 500: Banking and Finance (2019, 2021); Projects & Infrastructure (2023)
  • Latin Lawyer 250: Banking and Finance (2019)
  • Análise Advocacia 500: Concessions (2016-2020); Food, Beverage & Tobacco and Financial Transactions and in São Paulo (2021)
  • IFLR1000: Capital Markets (Debt) as a "highly regarded" (2021-2023)
  • Latin Finance - Infrastructure Finance Awards: acted in the debentures issue, winner of the "Best Transport Financing", "Best Road Financing" and "Best Local Currency Infrastructure Financing" categories (2014)
  • Project Finance - Euromoney: worked on a financing transaction that won the "Latin America Airport Deal of the Year" award (2013)


  • Northwestern Law School, United States (LL.M, 2011)
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica of São Paulo (PUC-SP), Brazil (Postgraduate in Corporate Law, 2008)
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica of São Paulo (PUC-SP), Brazil (Bachelor of Laws, 2006)


  • Braziian Bar Association
  • New York State Bar
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