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Linda El Halabi


Linda maintains a diverse practice in banking and finance. 
She is a multilingual and dually qualified civil law and common law lawyer who advises clients on the laws of the UAE, including the laws of the UAE’s financial free zones, the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Abu Dhabi Global Market. Linda’s practice includes advising global financial institutions on enforceability matters relating to the entry into derivative transactions with regional counterparties. She also acts for both lenders and borrowers in the context of regional and cross-border lending transactions.


Representative matters

A global financial institution on the enforceability of netting and collateral arrangements with counterparties established in the UAE free zones. 
A global financial institution on the enforceability of the close-out, netting and set-off provisions of New York law futures and options agreement in the ADGM. 
A global financial institution on the enforceability of futures and options clearing agreement with entities established in the DMCC.

Pro bono

Contributed to the World Bank’s 2022 Report on Women, Business and the Law.

Published Work

Adam Banks, Abdelhak El Kinany, Paridhi Poddar, Linda El Halabi, (2023) “ESG in Restructuring – United Arab Emirates”, England: INSOL International.

Speaking Engagements

Co-Speaker, “Key Things Every Lawyer Should Know”, Middle East Academy: Allen & Overy LLP, May 2023.

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

Solicitor and Barrister, Canada, Ontario, 2018

Lawyer, Canada, Quebec, 2018



Ontario (Canada), 2018 
Quebec (Canada), 2018


BCL LLB, Law, McGill University, 2016 
BA, Political Science and East Asian Studies, McGill University, 2012


English, French, Arabic
Allen Overy Shearman Sterling LLP (practicing in the Emirate of Dubai as “Allen & Overy RLLP” pending the registration completion of the new name with the relevant UAE local authorities) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC306763.
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.