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Louise Shelford

Louise Shelford

Senior Associate

Louise is a senior lawyer in the firm’s finance division.



Louise regularly acts for both borrowers and lenders across a broad range of Islamic and conventional financing transactions in both  the Middle East and globally including acquisition finance, leveraged and corporate lending, real estate finance (in particular development financings), mezzanine finance and general banking matters.  
Louise has been with Herbert Smith Freehills for over 12 years, spending 6 years in the London office before moving to the United Arab Emirates in 2011.  She routinely advises clients on some of their most strategic and highly complex financings, often of a cross-border and multi-source nature.  Her clients trust her to provide commercial and practical advice.  Louise is rated as a "Rising Star" by IFLR1000.
Louise's experience includes advising:
  • Shapoorji Pallonji Group in relation to the financing and development of a luxury residential project in Downtown Dubai
  • Gulf Related LP in relation to the AED 3 billion financing (senior, mezzanine, subordinated debt and equity) of the development of a luxury mall on Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi
  • Standard Chartered Bank in relation to a US$250 million commodity murabaha facility for a Middle Eastern government entity
  • Al Salam Bank-Bahrain in connection with the financing of the acquisition of prime real estate in Mayfair, London, as part of a joint venture through a conventional and Shari'ah compliant financing package including senior debt, mezzanine debt, a Guernsey listed Eurobond and equity
  • HSBC, Goldman Sachs and a syndicate of international and local lenders in relation to the financing of Etisalat's c.US$6 billion bid for Vivendi's stake in Maroc Telecom



Louise holds a MA and BA (Hons) in law from the University of Cambridge.  She obtained a distinction in her Legal Practice Course from Nottingham Law School.