Rafael has been recognized as a top lawyer in multiple fields by all the major publications (Chambers Global, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook, etc.). According to the 2012 edition of Who’s Who Legal, Rafael is considered by his peers as one of the world's leading banking lawyers. He is regarded as a leading lawyer in structured finance as well as restructuring and insolvency by IFLR 1000 in its 2013 edition.
- Law Degree, Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, 1976
- Economics and Business Administration Degree, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, 1977
- Ph.D. in Law, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, 2008
- Madrid Bar Association