Denise Raytis


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Denise Raytis is on the cutting-edge of infrastructure financing, designing public-private-partnership deals that are redefining the industry. She has worked with clients on a variety of project finance and development transactions for universities, museums, and landmark commercial buildings.

Denise focuses on infrastructure financing, tax-exempt financing, and project finance and development transactions. She has represented underwriters, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and state and local agencies in a wide range of financings and development projects. Denise also has experience in various aspects of U.S. securities law, securitizations, and mergers and acquisitions.

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked by Chambers Global for Projects: PPP (2023)
  • Ranked by Chambers USA for Projects: PPP (2022-2023)
  • Recognized as “Up & Coming” by Chambers Global for Projects: PPP (2021-2022)
  • Recognized as “Up & Coming” by Chambers USA for Projects: PPP (2020-2021)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US for Project Finance (2020-2023)
  • Ranked by IFLR1000 for Project Finance, Project Development and Transport (2019-2021)
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars in a survey conducted by Law and Politics Media Inc. (2011)


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Harvard University, J.D., 1997: cum laude, Editor, Harvard Law Review, Volumes 109-110
  • University of California, Berkeley, A.B., History,1993: with high distinction; Phi Beta Kappa; Chancellor’s Scholar; E.F. Kraft Scholar

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2000)

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