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G+T special counsel joins Squire Patton Boggs as a partner

Global law firm Squire Patton Boggs has appointed a new partner for its Australia-based financial services team, who comes across from fellow BigLaw practice Gilbert + Tobin.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 12 December 2023 Big Law
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Rachel Jones has moved across to Squire Patton Boggs and has joined the global firm’s financial services practice in Sydney.

She brings, the firm said in a statement, more than two decades of experience in leveraged, acquisition and project finance, structured asset finance and corporate finance, and 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.

Prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs, Ms Jones served as a special counsel at Gilbert + Tobin for six and a half years and has also worked as a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Buddle Findlay in Auckland.


She is admitted in NSW, the High Court of Australia, and as a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

The news follows a partner returning to Squire Patton Boggs from PwC in September and its opening of offices in Amsterdam in the same month and in Ireland in May.

This time last year, the firm’s Perth managing partner, Tony Chong, appeared on The Lawyers Weekly Show to discuss the bamboo ceiling and promoting diversity in firms, how much lawyers can contribute to their communities, and leaving a legacy as a firm leader.

Speaking about the hire, the firm’s Sydney managing partner, Graeme Slattery, said: “Rachel is a versatile lawyer with a track record in complex financing arrangements, including market-leading acquisitions and debt restructuring transactions.

“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.”

Squire Patton Boggs global financial services practice lead James Barresi 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.”

Ms Jones noted: “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.”