Sion Richards will lead the Firm's Global Disputes Practice.
Based in the London Office, Mr. Richards has been a partner in the Firm since 2003. He has advised clients worldwide on complex multijurisdictional investigations and litigation, with an emphasis on large-scale judgment or award enforcement cases as well as asset tracing, money laundering, and corruption investigations. Recent highlights include successfully representing a listed European corporate on an asset tracing investigation spanning more than 20 countries arising out of the largest recorded "romance scam" in history.
Mr. Richards succeeds Gregory M. Shumaker, who led the Firm's Global Disputes Practice for seven years. Mr. Shumaker became Managing Partner of Jones Day, effective January 1, 2023.
"Sion has been a major contributor to the success of our Global Disputes Practice, leading worldwide teams of lawyers who have counseled our clients on high-stakes matters involving fraud, bribery, corruption, and contentious insolvency and restructuring issues," said Mr. Shumaker. "He is globally recognized for his excellence as a disputes lawyer and is well-respected by his colleagues at Jones Day, which makes him the ideal person to step into this new leadership role of one of our leading practices. I look forward to working with him as we build on this track record of client service excellence."
Mr. Richards has been profiled as a "tour de force" with "unparalleled experience and superb judgment" (The Legal 500, 2022) and an "excellent lawyer" with "a single-minded focus on achieving the client's objectives" (Chambers, 2021). He attended The College of Law, Guildford (Legal Practice Course 1994); and earned an LL.B. from University of Exeter.
Jones Day's Global Disputes Practice consists of an integrated team of more than 200 lawyers who are located in over 25 business centers worldwide. These lawyers provide clients with the global protection they need and help successfully resolve high-value disputes wherever they arise whether through arbitration or litigation. They have the depth of experience necessary to manage multijurisdictional and multifora disputes being decided under common law, civil law, or even international law.