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  • University of Leeds, B.A. (1994) honours
  • Leeds Metropolitan University, Post Graduate Diploma in Law (1996)
  • The College of Law, York, Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (1997)


  • Solicitor, England and Wales
  • Solicitor, Hong Kong

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Regulatory Forecast 2018

Michelle J. Linderman, Partner London
Phone: +44.20.7413.1353
Tower 42
25 Old Broad Street
London, EC2N 1HQ
United Kingdom

Michelle J. Linderman is a member of Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Group in the firm’s London office.

An English qualified solicitor with nearly 20 years of experience, Michelle advises clients – such as international businesses, traders, ship owners, charterers, insurers, financial institutions, and energy companies – on U.K.-specific and cross-border sanctions, including matters that concern national and international trade and financial sanctions.

This work includes counseling on due diligence and compliance procedures; advising on the impact of sanctions on operations and transactions; drafting and advising on sanctions clauses in contracts and insurance policies; advising on the effect of sanctions on loans, investments, and payment issues; making applications to relevant authorities for licenses and authorizations; and, advising clients in relation to sanctions-related enquiries made by United Nations Panels of Experts.

Michelle is experienced in handling disputes for a wide cross-section of clients including ship owners, charterers, P&I insurers, traders, insurers, and others in relation to shipping and commercial disputes, including fraud. Her litigation capabilities extend to issues arising from maritime casualties, including collisions, groundings, fires, engine failures, salvage incidents, pollution, and unsafe ports, as well as charter party and bill of lading disputes. She has considerable experience in High Court litigation and London arbitration and has also handled litigation in a number of international jurisdictions including Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, South Africa, New York, Miami, Nevis, Jersey, and Guernsey.

Michelle regularly publishes articles on the impact of EU sanctions, both in traditional media and online. She also speaks at industry events on sanctions and shipping issues.

Before joining Crowell & Moring, Michelle was a partner and the Global Head of Sanctions at Ince & Co’s London office. Michelle has been at Ince & Co since her graduation from law school in 1997. In 2001, she was seconded to the Hong Kong office until 2004.

Representative Matters

  • Advice to various ship owners / managers regarding compliance with sanctions; legality of proposed orders and how to protect their positions.
  • Advising client regarding participation in LNG project in Russia and impact of sanctions on chartering and construction of vessel for the project.
  • Advice to shipping company in relation to feeder operations and compliance with sanctions.
  • Advising Asia-based banks on sanctions risks and potential issues during the course of ship finance transactions, including drafting and advising on appropriate sanctions clauses.
  • Advising ship owners and managers preparing to re-enter the Iranian market on their commercial contracts and risk issues arising pending the lifting of EU sanctions and following the lifting of EU sanctions.
  • Conducting compliance audits, advising on compliance policy and procedure best practice for various clients.


Admitted to practice: Solicitor, England and Wales; Solicitor, Hong Kong

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, South African Maritime Law Association

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Sanctions in Year Two of the Trump administration: Russia, Iran, North Korea, and beyond," Trade in 2018 - What's Ahead?, Webinar (April 19, 2018). Presenters: Cari N. Stinebower, Michelle J. Linderman and David (Dj) Wolff.
  • "Supply chain risk management: blockchain, forced labor, the U.K. Modern Slavery Act, and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)," Trade in 2018 - What's Ahead?, Webinar (April 19, 2018). Presenters: Michelle J. Linderman, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Maarten Stassen and Aaron Marx.
  • "Europe: Brexit, the EU’s 4th AML Directive, and the EU/U.K. AML enforcement," Trade in 2018 - What's Ahead?, Webinar (April 19, 2018). Presenters: Michelle J. Linderman and Charles De Jager.
  • "Investigations 201: Protecting the Attorney Client Privilege in Cross-Border Investigations," Crowell & Moring Webinar (September 26, 2017). Presenters: Janet Levine, Michelle J. Linderman, and Gail D. Zirkelbach.


Client Alerts & Newsletters

  • "The Month in International Trade – December 2017," International Trade Bulletin (January 12, 2018). Contacts: John B. Brew, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Robert Holleyman, Melissa Morris, Evan Yu, Michelle J. Linderman, Charles De Jager, Amanda M. Simpson, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Erik Woodhouse
  • "The Month in International Trade — September 2017," International Trade Bulletin (October 9, 2017). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Robert Holleyman, Melissa Morris, Evan Yu, Amanda M. Simpson, Michelle J. Linderman, Gordon McAllister, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Eduardo Mathison, Charles De Jager, Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, Cherie Walterman, Christopher Monahan
  • "New U.S. and UN Sanctions Increase Pressure on Non-U.S. Persons Transacting with North Korea," International Trade Bulletin (September 26, 2017). Contacts: Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, Michelle J. Linderman, David (Dj) Wolff, Christopher Monahan
  • "The Month in International Trade — July 2017," International Trade Bulletin (August 8, 2017). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Robert Holleyman, Melissa Morris, Michelle J. Linderman, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Gordon McAllister, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Carlton Greene, David (Dj) Wolff, Mariana Pendás, Jenny E. Cieplak, John B. Brew, Aaron Marx
  • "The Month in International Trade — June 2017," International Trade Bulletin (July 10, 2017). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Michelle J. Linderman, Gordon McAllister, Edward Norman, John Laird, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Melissa Morris, Ian A. Laird, John B. Brew, Daniel Cannistra, Eduardo Mathison, Robert Holleyman, Robert L. LaFrankie

Firm News & Announcements

Jun.06.2017 Leading Cross-Border Sanctions Lawyer Michelle Linderman Joins Crowell & Moring