Rachael McDonald

Rachael McDonald

'An excellent lawyer to deal with'


I’m a Consultant with extensive experience in BVI-related corporate and banking and finance transactions, and in regulatory and governance, including deep experience in the area of economic substance.

My corporate practice involves advising on areas such as mergers and acquisitions, private equity structures, private placements, corporate governance, corporate reorganisations, directors' duties, IPOs (including SPAC listings), joint venture arrangements, regulatory matters, continuations and voluntary liquidations.

In banking and finance, I advise on all aspects of finance transactions, including acquisition and leveraged finance, asset finance, debt repackaging, debt restructuring, insolvency and security enforcement, project finance, real estate finance and securitisation.

I work closely with boards, shareholders, family offices and administrators of companies which are in scope of the BVI laws in relation to substance, and can assist in navigating compliance with these.

I act for leading arrangers, originators, issuers, financial institutions and various corporates, including borrower groups. I regularly advise BVI companies, their directors and shareholders and international parties using BVI entities involved in corporate matters and investment transactions all over the world in a multitude of industry sectors.

Before joining Mourant Ozannes, I worked for Chapman Tripp in New Zealand and Clifford Chance in London.

Professional qualifications

  • Solicitor, British Virgin Islands
  • An Attorney-at-Law in the Cayman Islands (currently non-practising)
  • Solicitor, New Zealand and England and Wales (currently non-practising)

What the directories say

'Rachael McDonald comes highly recommended by sources, who describe her as "a very good lawyer: technically sharp and good at co-ordinating deals." Peers state she is a "very organised" practitioner.' Chambers Global, 2019.

'She was praised highly by one client, who said: "She is efficient, very effective and breaks down all the legal jargon, making me feel I am in very safe hands."' Chambers Global, 2019.

Rachael is listed on Citywealth's 2018 Leaders List.

She has been described by clients as 'so approachable and flexible when trying to find the right solution. Her advice is to the point and incredibly efficient.' One of Rachael's peers has described her as 'extremely well prepared. Her guidance on key matters is always insightful and she provides sound advice. Rachael has a great reputation within the financial services industry and is often called on to give her advice or opinion on changes in legislation.'

Chambers Global, 2018, describes Rachael as 'a very good lawyer: technically sharp and good at co-ordinating deals'. Peers state she is a 'very organised' practitioner.

'Very commercial and reactive. Technically sound', IFLR 1000, 2017.

Rachael is 'very bright and very commercial – she takes a very in-depth approach to things', Chambers Global, 2017.

'Rachael McDonald is an 'excellent lawyer to deal with',' Chambers Global, 2016.

Rachael is listed as a Ranked Lawyer for Corporate & Finance, Chambers Global, 2016.

Rachael is listed in Citywealth's IFC Power Women Top 200 List 2015.

Rachael is 'very sharp from a corporate point of view' and is listed as Recommended by Legal 500 Caribbean, 2015.

'Rachael McDonald impresses clients, who say: 'She is very timely and always anticipates our next questions, which is really efficient, and she's very client-friendly',' Chambers Global, 2015. Rachael is ranked in Corporate & Finance.

'McDonald has repeatedly shown fluency with cross-border financing,' IFLR1000, 2015.

Chambers Global states that Rachael has been 'highlighted for her ability to handle complex deals with tight deadlines' and that she is 'frequently praised… efficient and responsive'.

Legal 500 states that Rachael 'does a great job'.

According to IFLR, Rachael has been singled out for 'the strength of her banking and corporate work and competitors regard her as a very experienced, good efficient lawyer'.

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Recent publication | 20 August 2020

Mourant Global Funds Update - August 2020