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Vanessa Abernethy

Vanessa Abernethy

General Counsel at Emirates International Investment Company  

Vanessa Abernethy is the General Counsel at Emirates International Investment Company, which she joined in 2015 to manage legal, governance and regulatory compliance issues.

Abernethy’s two decades of legal experience includes corporate transactional and advisory projects, advising on M&A transactions, joint ventures, securities offerings and IPOs. In addition to her extensive work in the UAE since 2005, including as Partner with international law firms, Abernethy’s legal background includes two and a half years working for the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

In 2019, Abernethy was included in the Financial News’s list of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Middle East Finance. She was also involved in the establishment of the UAE Chapter of 100 Women in Finance, and has regular involvement with initiatives related to women in the UAE’s finance sector.  

Abernethy holds a LLB and B.Com from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. She is admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

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