Ruairi Rynn


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Ruairi is a Partner in William Fry's Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and Corporate Restructuring and Insolvency Group with expertise in corporate restructurings (solvent and insolvent), insolvency (contentious and non-contentious) and commercial litigation. He frequently advises clients on large scale transactions and reorganisations that are implemented with the sanction of the Irish High Court and as part of his litigation practice acts for parties in complex commercial litigation and contentious insolvency matters. Ruairi's insolvency expertise also includes advising the various stakeholders in insolvency scenarios including office holders (receivers, liquidators, examiners), directors, shareholders and creditors.

Recent significant work includes advising:

  • Ballantyne Re plc on an Irish law scheme of arrangement to restructure US$1.65bn of New York law governed notes;
  • Skillsoft Group on the Irish law aspects of its restructuring through a US Chapter 11 proceeding;
  • the Investor Compensation Company DAC as a key stakeholder in the ongoing liquidations of Custom House Capital Limited and Money Markets International Stockbrokers Limited;
  • CBL Insurance Europe DAC on the liquidation of its principal reinsurer and its consequent administration under Irish law;
  • PK Airfinance SARL in the share enforcement avainst certain Irish entities in the Alitalia group structure;
  • Airplanes Group on its long term wind down and the appointment of liquidators following the conclusion of litigation in New York;
  • Afilias plc on the successful implementation of a scheme of arrangement to restructure the holding of its share capital;
  • King Digital Entertainment plc and Innocoll Holdings plc on the successful implementation of High Court approved takeover schemes of arrangement; and
  • Debenhams Retail (Ireland) Limited in its restructuring through examinership 

Ruairi lectures on the Law Society of Ireland's professional training courses and is a member of the Law Reform Sub-Committee of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners.

Listen to Ruairi as he joins the Debtwire Europe podcast to discuss if Dublin's dream to become a European restructuring hub could become a reality. Listen to the podcast here.

"Ruairi is an excellent insolvency solicitor. Very commercial, focuses on the key issues quickly and very responsive. He has the ability to explain and deal with complex issues and to develop innovative solutions." says one satisfied client. Another says Ruairi is a "consummate professional in his role, exhibiting skill, diligence and client awareness." Legal 500 2020

Sources describe Ruairi as "an up-and-coming lawyer with very strong knowledge and experience in insolvency matters." Chambers Europe 2020

In IFLR1000 2020 one client said "Ruairi is truly a gem in the international restructuring community. One of the best cross-border lawyers I have worked with.”

“Ruairi is a leading insolvency and restructuring lawyer. He has extensive experience of restructuring company through examinership and company law scheme of arrangement.” IFLR1000 2020

According to IFLR1000 2020 Ruairi is "a very competent restructuring advisor with a wealth of experience to draw on. Commercial and technically strong yet approachable and adept at providing practical solutions."  

Ruairi is valued by clients as "a very astute and capable solicitor who is technically very strong and commercial." Chambers Europe 2019

Euromoney Legal Media Group‘s Europe Rising Stars Awards 2019 awarded Ruairí Rynn in the ‘Rising Star Ireland’ category. 

Ruairi is described by clients as an "excellent adviser" who "has terrific judgement". Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Clients describe Ruairi as "a very competent restructuring advisor with a wealth of experience to draw on. Commercial and technically strong yet approachable and adept at providing practical solutions." Another says: "The insolvency team at William Fry provided outstanding advice and help to my company in a very difficult situation. The firm's strength lies in its people including Ruairi Rynne who was engaged, proactive and prompt in his advice." IFLR 1000 2019

Ruairi is singled out for praise by market commentators, who note: "He is commercial, practical and technically quite strong," adding that "clients find him very good to deal with."  Chambers Europe 2018

“A very talented associate who handles matters efficiently. IFLR 1000 2018 

IFLR Notable Practitioner 20IFLR Rising Star 20IFLR Highly Regarded 20

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