Ella Richards

Ella Richards


Ella advises on a wide range of insolvency and restructuring matters, as well as general corporate lending.
Her clients include banks, distressed debt funds, large corporates, facility and security agents, and insolvency practitioners. As part of her time in the Global Restructuring Group, Ella has also spent time in Hong Kong, as part of IFLR’s Restructuring Team of the Year 2020.

Published Work

  • Philip Wells and Ella Richards, 2023, “Navigating the Rule in Gibbs in Cross-Border Restructurings: Alternatives to a Solely English Process”, London: International Corporate Rescue (volume 20 issue 6)
  • Jane Jiang, Viola Jing, Joanne Lau and Ella Richards (2020), “Cross-border Restructuring Involving Assets in the PRC – Are Onshore Assets Still out of Reach?”, INSOL World First Quarter 2020

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Law Society of England and Wales


  • IFLR Europe Restructuring Deal of the Year 2023 (ED&F Man)
  • IFLR Asia-Pacific Restructuring Team of the Year 2020



Solicitor, England and Wales, 2020


Legal Practice Course, BPP University, 2018

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University, 2017

BA (Hons), English, University of Oxford, 2012-2015

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.