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Elizabeth Leckie


New York

Leckie Elizabeth
Elizabeth Leckie


New York

Elizabeth specializes in U.S. finance and restructuring with over 30 years of experience on a broad range of finance transactions for financial institutions and corporations through all phases from origination through workout, restructuring and bankruptcy. Her experience covers syndicated secured and unsecured lending, asset-based lending, acquisition finance, subordinated debt, structured finance, letters of credit and other bank finance transactions. 

In addition to acquisition, working capital and other corporate financings, she has deep experience in cross-border margin loan financings, especially those involving security over ADRs and GDRs, and regularly advises on complex cross-border structured finance transactions involving derivatives and repos, with a particular emphasis on issues relating to loans, loan participations and security interests. She is also actively involved in our strategic IBOR remediation advice for a number of leading US and global banks.

Elizabeth served as lead partner in our U.S. Covid-19 response, coordinating our local and global practices to deliver market-leading thought leadership and advanced delivery solutions to our clients at the onset of the pandemic. She is a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Counsel and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and is noted for her contributions to understanding and education on cross-border issues in the loan market and with respect to legal opinions.

Elizabeth is also Regional Diversity and Inclusion Partner for the Americas, active locally and globally on matters affecting diversity, equity and inclusion at a policy and management level, and with hands-on experience advising and directing our many U.S. initiatives. 



Banking and Finance





New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Admitted: Solicitor in England & Wales, 1987

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 1990


LL. M program, University of Illinois, 1988

M.A., Law, Oxford University, 1984

Published work

  • ‘Commercial Lending in the Developing Global Regulatory Environment: 2017 and Beyond,’ The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance 2017, 5th Edition, April 2017, with Bill Satchell
  • 'Brexit: The View into 2017," 2017 Loan Market Chronicle, March 2017, with David Campbell
  • ‘Commercial Lending in the Developing Global Regulatory Environment: 2016 and Beyond,’ The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance 2016, 4th Edition, April 2016, with Bill Satchell

News & insights

Publications: 10 DECEMBER 2020

Charting a course for greater inclusion in a year of accelerated change

A&O’s five new Regional Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) partners reflect on their first year in the role and the impact events of 2020 have had on D&I at the firm.

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Publications: 27 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: an overview of U.S. federal legislation phases 1 and 2

This note summarizes the important legal changes for U.S. businesses to come out of the two Covid-19 coronavirus relief laws enacted in March 2020.

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The progress we have made with gender can be a roadmap

Publications: 10 MARCH 2020

The progress we have made with gender can be a roadmap for other areas of diversity

To mark International Women’s Day, our new regional diversity and inclusion partners take a look at our progress on gender balance.

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Publications: 28 NOVEMBER 2019

Allen & Overy Hosts third Annual Leveraged Finance Training Camp in New York for 30 Major Financial Institutions

The one-day accelerator convened junior and mid-level bankers to provide an in-depth look at the legal underpinnings of leveraged finance transactions

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