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Edana Richardson

Senior Knowledge Lawyer

Edana advises on a broad range of debt capital markets transactions.
 She focuses primarily on general debt capital markets matters and has a range of capital markets experience. She is involved in keeping the internal standard form precedents and knowledge resources up to date and delivers sessions on both internal and external training programmes. Edana has a particular focus on the United Kingdom's securities regulatory framework and digitalisation.
Prior to taking on a knowledge role Edana worked as an associate at the firm gaining experience of a wide range of international capital markets transactions, including Islamic finance, liability management and emerging market. She acted for both managers and issuers across a range of regions and industry sectors with a focus on straight debt (including Rule 144A and Regulation S standalone bond issues, MTN programme establishments, updates and drawdowns).
Edana has also worked as an associate professor lecturing on capital markets law and Islamic finance law. She has spoken and published widely on these subjects.

Published Work

Edana Richardson (2021), "The UAE and responsible finance – can responsible finance ṣukūk help the UAE in fulfilling its sustainability ambitions?", Arab Law Quarterly


Edana Richardson (2021) "Financing Pandemic Response and Recovery with Social and Sustainability Sukuk", Journal of International Banking Law & Regulation


Edana Richardson (2019) "Responsible finance sukuk—can they bring societal value to a value-neutral market?", Capital Markets Law Journal


Aisling McMahon and Edana Richardson (2021) "Patents, healthcare and engaged shareholders: A pathway to encourage socially responsible patent use?", Legal Studies


Edana Richardson, Atif Hanif, Julian Johansen (2020), "Sukuk" in: Islamic Finance: Law and Practice, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press


Edana Richardson and Atif Hanif (2013), "Sharia-Compliant Microfinance" in: Microfinance: A Practitioner's Handbook, London: Globe Law and Business 




Admitted as a Solicitor (England and Wales), 2013


LLB (ling. franc.), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2006 LLM (commercial), University of Cambridge, 2007 PhD, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, 2012


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.