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Rachael O'Grady

Rachael O'Grady

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"develops an impressive understanding of clients' business"

Legal 500 2018

Rachael O'Grady is a senior associate in the international arbitration practice at Mayer Brown International LLP. A solicitor advocate, she focuses on international commercial and bilateral investment treaty arbitration and public international law.

Rachael has acted as counsel and advocate for claimants and respondents in both investment treaty and commercial arbitrations across a wide range of industries, including the satellite, telecommunications, taxation, mining, oil and retail sectors. She has particular experience in large-scale investment disputes in Africa and the Middle East.

Rachael has conducted arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, LMAA, CAS and ad hoc rules. As well as advising on complex international and domestic legal issues in such disputes, she has been commended by clients and peers for her "rock-solid case management".

Rachael publishes regularly on international arbitration and public international law. In relation to the latter, she has a special interest in the laws of outer space. She is frequently asked to speak at arbitration conferences and universities (including the University of Manchester and Queen Mary University of London). Topics she has addressed have included policy objectives in international investment law and the future of international arbitration. In addition to her native English, Rachael speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Rachael currently serves as an ICC YAF (Young Arbitrator Forum) representative for Europe and Russia.

Rachael joined Mayer Brown in 2011 and was based in the firm's Paris office before moving to London in 2014. Prior to this, she was deputy counsel at the ICC in Paris for the UK and Commonwealth Team. She completed her legal training at a magic circle firm in London.

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