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Ogier appoints new global senior partner

15 February 2021

April French Furnell

Award-winning dispute resolution lawyer Rachael Reynolds has been appointed global senior partner at Ogier.

Rachael has led the Cayman litigation team on some of the largest and highest profile cases in the Cayman Islands over the last decade, including acting for investors in respect of the collapsed Abraaj Group (previously the largest Private Equity structure in the Middle East), acting for the provisional liquidators in the Ocean Rig restructuring (one of the largest contested schemes of arrangement in the world), and she was also the advocate in several of the leading cases considering the meaning and effect of the Cayman 'firewall' legislation.

She was named Advisor of the Year in the Wealthbriefing European Awards 2020 and Litigator of the Year at the Citywealth IFC Awards 2020.

Rachael regularly speaks at international conferences and events representing women in industry, and is a member of IWIRC (the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation) 100 Women in Finance, 100 Women in Hedge Funds and Ladies in Trusts. She also co-chairs the annual ConTrA Trusts in Litigation conference.

In her previous role as global head of dispute resolution and head of trusts disputes at Ogier, Rachael oversaw exponential growth, with the Cayman team tripling in size in response to client demand.

'Ogier's priorities of fostering a culture of inclusion, investing in people, and helping them to thrive, are close to my heart. I'm proud that these aspects of our vision are lived, day to day, at all levels within Ogier. This inclusive culture means we continue to attract the best people, and it is with our talented and energetic people that our true success lies,' said Rachael.

'We have some way to go to achieve our diversity and inclusion ambitions, but we are motivated to get there, and I am keen to see us lead the way in this area in each of our jurisdictions. My personal goal is that everyone in the organisation feels heard, as a valued member of the team, and has room to grow and to meet their potential. So I'm excited and honoured to begin this new role within Ogier, and the opportunities it will give me to ensure we continue to foster a culture of inclusion, encouragement and support – in a firm where I have felt so supported and have learned so much over the years.

'I am also looking forward to being an ambassador for the firm, to engage with more of our clients and intermediaries, and to learn, in depth, about their needs and perspectives, so we can better serve them.

'To join the inspirational leadership team of such a great firm is one of the proudest moments of my career. I am very much looking forward to the opportunity that this new role presents to participate in  taking Ogier to the next stage of its continued growth and success.'

Ogier's global managing partner Edward Mackereth said: 'Rachael has made an exceptional contribution to Ogier since joining the firm in 2007. Specialising in high-profile, strategically complex litigation, she has played a pivotal role in the growth of the Cayman office and our dispute resolution and private wealth service lines and embodies the dynamic, people-first approach we pride ourselves on. I'm confident she will bring the same dynamism and strategic approach to the global senior partner role, and I'm looking forward to this next chapter in the life of the firm.'

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