Rafael Perez has extensive experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, trustee’s counsel and borrower’s counsel in the full spectrum of public and project finance matters. His clients include investment and commercial banks, higher educational institutions, state and local government entities and their agencies and authorities, nonprofit organizations, healthcare organizations and for-profit corporations. Ray serves as Chair of Connell Foley’s Public Finance Practice Group.
Ray offers strategic advice regarding the financing of transportation infrastructure and diverse energy projects, including power plant construction. He also advises corporations and financial institutions in major transactional and general corporate matters in the United States and around the globe.
Ray is the chairman of the board of trustees of New Jersey City University and a member of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey’s board of trustees. He received the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey's 2013 Attorney of the Year award for his exemplary business achievements empowering the state’s Hispanic community. Ray has also served as regional president of the National Hispanic Bar Association and as president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. He was a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Prior to joining Connell Foley, Ray practiced public finance law in an international law firm and co-chaired the public and project finance practice group of a national law firm. He was executive director of the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority, where he oversaw the financing and development of various facilities for the state’s public and private colleges and universities.
Professional and Community Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey
- Hispanic National Bar Association
- National Association of Bond Lawyers
- New Jersey State Bar Association