Rafael A. Aguilar is a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen, where he is a member of the Real Estate Practice Group.

Rafael brings more than 20 years of experience representing real estate developers, home builders, financial institutions, private equity funds, and other investors in sophisticated commercial transactions throughout the United States and Latin America, with an emphasis on acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. He also has extensive experience in the formation of real estate investment funds, distressed investments and loan restructurings, transportation infrastructure and public-private partnerships (P3s). A native Spanish speaker, Rafael regularly represents Latin American investors in business transactions.

Rafael serves on the board of directors of the Salvadoran-American Humanitarian Foundation, which provides medical supplies and equipment and administers an extensive nutrition-based program to combat malnutrition throughout El Salvador.



  • New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 1996
  • New York University, J.D., 1995
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • New York


  • Spanish (native proficiency)
  • French (limited proficiency)
  • Italian (limited proficiency)

Professional and Civic

  • Board of Directors, Salvadoran-American Humanitarian Foundation

News & Insights


  • The Legal 500 Latin America, 2015
  • “Top Dealmaker,” Daily Business Review, 2014

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