Rafael Bernal holds a law degree from Del Rosario University, Colombia, where he was recognised for academic excellence for his outstanding performance in national and international moot court competitions. He went on to specialise in commercial law at the same university.

Mr Bernal is a member of the infrastructure and public utilities practice group at Brigard & Urrutia and focuses his practice on advising national and international clients, including both public and private entities, in structuring and developing infrastructure projects and project finance transactions.

At Brigard & Urrutia, Mr Bernal has participated in the structuring of private initiative PPPs for the construction of health centres in the city of Bogotá – one of the first PPP initiatives in the healthcare field in Colombia. He has also provided assistance in connection with the structuring of a public infrastructure PPP for the design, construction and maintenance of two urban highways in Bogotá. He is currently involved in the contractual management of the Perimetral del Oriente de Cundinamarca 4G road concession project (estimated investment of US$339 million) and providing legal advice to a potential bidder on the renewal of the buses fleet for the bus rapid transit system ‘TransMilenio’ in Bogotá (estimated investment of US$500 million).