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:

  • Kieran Wallace as Examiner of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, Arctic Aviation Assets and other Norwegian Air companies on the multi-billion euro, cross border restructuring of the Norwegian Air group 
  • 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 against 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; and
  • CPL Resources plc, King Digital Entertainment plc and Innocoll Holdings plc on the successful implementation of High Court approved takeover schemes of arrangement.

Ruairi lectures on the Law Society of Ireland's professional training courses, is a member of the Law Reform Sub-Committee of the Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners and is a member of the Insolvency Sub-Committee of the Company Law Review Group and contributed to recent reports resulting in the Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Covid-19) Act 2020 and proposals for a small company administrative rescue scheme. 

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 excellent technically with sound commercial judgement. Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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

"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

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.” Another says 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 firm's strength lies in its people including Ruairi  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