Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce the appointment of Financial Services partner Rachel Jones, who has joined the firm in Sydney from Gilbert & Tobin.
Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in leveraged, acquisition and project finance, structured asset finance and corporate finance. Prior to joining Gilbert & Tobin in 2013, she spent seven years at Freshfields in London. Rachel also has extensive in-house experience gained from secondments at The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Barclays Capital, GE Money and GE Commercial Finance.
Rachel brings expertise in bilateral and syndicated loan transactions across a range of structures including tax-driven structured finance arrangements, debt restructuring, asset-backed and inventory facilities. Notable transactions include advising Telstra in connection with the financing of the US$1.6 billion acquisition of Digicel Pacific, and advising the syndicate of lenders on the financing of the A$2.35 billion acquisition by Aurizon of One Rail Australia.
“Rachel is a versatile lawyer with a track record in complex financing arrangements, including market-leading acquisitions and debt restructuring transactions,” commented Graeme Slattery, Sydney office managing partner. “She is regarded by her clients as one of the top finance lawyers in Sydney and with her strong profile in the Australian finance market, Rachel will help us to continue to develop our practice, strengthening our existing relationships and establishing new ones.”
James Barresi, global leader of the Financial Services Practice, added: “With experience gained from her career at other top-tier law firms in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, Rachel will add depth and scale to our existing strong finance capability in Australia, while complementing the work of our global practice.”
Commenting on her move, Rachel said: “I am very excited to join Squire Patton Boggs. Its dynamic Financial Services team and cross-border practice make the Firm the ideal platform for me to continue to deliver market-leading results for clients.”
Rachel is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia and has also been admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.