Rachel Hawkins


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Rachel Hawkins is a counsel in O’Melveny’s London office and a member of the Tax Practice.  Rachel is a knowledgeable and skilled adviser on UK and international tax aspects of restructurings, mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and investment funds, particularly those focusing on private equity.

Rachel works with both private equity firms and investors (including institutional investors, sovereign wealth funds, international organizations, and fund of funds) on a range of matters, including fund formation, co-investments, primary and secondary transactions and the structuring of management incentive arrangements for the funds.



Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales


  • College of Law at Guildford, Legal Practice Certificate (LPC)
  • College of Law at Guildford, Post Graduate Degree in Law (PGDL)
  • Durham University, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Professional Activities


  • Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation


  • Holiday Gifts for the Creative Sector -- From the UK Government (Entertainment, Sports & Media)
  • UK Government Issues Consultation on Partnership Taxation – Possible Impact for Asset Managers and Investment Funds (Tax Practice)
  • Provided tax and structuring advice on the largest Africa-focused fund ever raised
  • Represented client on a number of complex multi-million dollar transactions with investments into assets across  Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe and Australia, including various secondary acquisitions, direct investments, real estate assets and non-performing loans and the use of derivative financial instruments to grant indirect participations in portfolio investments
  • Advising a sovereign wealth fund on a £2bn managed account investment with a leading private equity fund
  • Advising a first-time English private equity fund manager on the establishment of its £90 million maiden investment fund, structured onshore as an English limited partnership
  • Provided tax advice for a Mauritius resident fund, formed to make equity and quasi-equity investments in companies that operate primarily in Nigeria and Ghana