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Rachael D. Kent

Partner

Vice Chair, International Arbitration Practice Group

Kent, Rachael D.

Rachael Kent is a partner and vice chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group at WilmerHale, based in Washington, DC. She joined the firm in 1998.

Ms. Kent has more than 15 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of commercial and investment disputes in arbitration proceedings seated in common law and civil law jurisdictions worldwide. Her experience includes ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, ICDR, WIPO, ICSID, UNCITRAL and others. She has recently represented parties in disputes in the energy, mining, aerospace, defense, pharmaceutical, construction, insurance, telecommunications, technology and retail sectors, among others.

Recent Highlights

Ms. Kent has recently represented a government in an arbitration seated in London involving disputes under a contract to provide gas processing facilities; a leading pharmaceutical company in an investment arbitration against a Latin American state; a leading technology company in an arbitration seated in New York involving disputes under a patent license agreement related to the semiconductor industry; a leading aerospace and defense technology company in a dispute under a contract to develop and supply military aircraft; a leading pharmaceutical company in an arbitration seated in Switzerland involving an intellectual property license; a leading global retail company in an arbitration seated in Hong Kong arising out of the acquisition of a subsidiary in China; a leading defense company in an arbitration seated in Brussels involving disputes under a software development agreement related to a military aircraft program; a leading mining company in an ICSID arbitration against an Asian state; a major global manufacturing company in an arbitration seated in Hong Kong involving disputes arising out of the acquisition of a computer business in Taiwan; a leading financial services company in arbitrations seated in Bermuda under excess coverage policies; and a large European telecommunications company in arbitrations seated in Vienna involving the ownership of an Eastern European joint venture company.

Professional Activities

Ms. Kent has taught International Commercial Arbitration at the Georgetown University Law Center and the Duke University School of Law. She also frequently speaks and writes on topics related to international arbitration.

Honors & Awards

  • Ranked in the 2013-2017 editions of Chambers Global for her international arbitration practice. In the 2017 edition, she is noted as "super-smart" and "knows the arbitration process backwards and forwards and makes really good strategic calls." In the 2016 edition, she is praised for "her ability to translate complex legal principles for her clients."
  • Recognized as a national leader in the international arbitration field in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, with sources calling her "superb" and "sharp, prepared and polished." 
  • Selected for recognition as a leading arbitrator in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration, including in the inaugural edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration - Future Leaders 2017—a guide profiling the foremost practitioners in the arbitration community.
  • Named to the Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2012-2017 "Best in Commercial Arbitration" shortlist by Euromoney Legal Media Group.
  • Named a leading practitioner in commercial arbitration in Expert Guides' Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law.
  • Recommended in the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Experts in International Arbitration and Global Arbitration Review's Who's Who in International Arbitration.
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 United States for her international arbitration practice.
  • Recognized by her peers as one of the world's leading experts in commercial arbitration in Legal Media Group's The Best of the Best.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2012-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of international arbitration.

Publications & News

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May 10, 2018

WilmerHale Counsels Braintree Laboratories in Acquisition by Sebela Pharmaceuticals

On May 1, 2018, Sebela Pharmaceuticals completed the acquisition of Braintree Laboratories Inc., a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company based in Braintree, Massachusetts. Braintree develops, manufactures and markets specialty pharmaceuticals in gastroenterology.

May 3, 2018

Infrastructure Series: NAFTA Renegotiation: Energy Infrastructure and Investor-State Disputes

Negotiations to reshape the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the United States, Canada and Mexico have recently intensified as various factors—upcoming elections in Mexico in July and in the United States in November; the prospects of a trade showdown between the United States and China—have the three nations pushing to reach an agreement in principle in the coming weeks (although talks are presently on hold until May 7). This client alert was also published by Law360.

May 3, 2018

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2018 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 95 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 16, 2018

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2018

In the 2018 edition of Chambers Global, 33 WilmerHale lawyers were named among “The World's Leading Lawyers for Business."

December 8, 2017

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Recognizes 18 WilmerHale Lawyers in 2018 Edition

The 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration has recognized 18 WilmerHale lawyers for their industry-leading experience in international arbitration.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

May 26, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2017 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers and Partners announced its rankings for the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with WilmerHale listed among the nation's best in 50 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

March 21, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized for Outstanding International Lawyers and Practices in Chambers Global 2017

Chambers Global has named 27 WilmerHale lawyers among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in its 2017 edition.

December 20, 2016

Who's Who Legal Names Seven Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr International Arbitration Practitioners as "Future Leaders of International Arbitration"

Who's Who Legal has ranked Rachael Kent, Franz Schwarz, Duncan Speller, Maxi Scherer, Michelle Bock, Sarah Ganz and Helmut Ortner in its inaugural listing of the "Future Leaders of International Arbitration."

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Education

JD, magna cum laude, Duke University, 1998, Order of the Coif

BA, Georgetown University, 1995

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia

Maryland

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