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Ellen Hayes

Of Counsel – Legal & Risk Americas, New York


Member of the New York Bar, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Barrister and Solicitor of the Law Society of Upper Canada


Ellen is a seasoned finance lawyer with 20+ years of experience as a partner at two top tier international law firms. She currently leads a team in New York responsible for advising Linklaters LLP on risk management issues related to the Americas and U.S. lawyers worldwide, including professional responsibility issues. She has diverse experience leading multi-lawyer teams in complex and sophisticated transactions, including for leading international investment banks. Ellen has been recognized in Legal 500 and the IFLR as a leading structured finance lawyer. She is a former member of the New York City Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and is a regular speaker at events.

Professional experience

2012 to date Of Counsel – Legal & Risk Americas, Linklaters, New York
2003 - 2012 Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, New York
1999 - 2003 Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, Washington, DC
1998 - 1999 Of Counsel, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP, Washington, DC
1995 - 1998 Principal Counsel, International Finance Corporation, Washington, DC
1992 - 1995 Partner, Torys LLP, Toronto, Canada
1990 - 1991 Foreign Associate, Freehills, Sydney, Australia
1988 - 1992 Associate, Torys LLP, Toronto, Canada
1985 - 1988 Associate, McMillan LLP, Toronto, Canada


1992 - The University of Sydney, LL.M.
1985 - Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, J.D.