Olexander Olshansky has extensive experience in banking and finance, capital markets, bankruptcy and debt restructuring. He has worked on multiple cross-border and domestic financings of every type available in the Ukrainian market. Olexander has handled the most innovative products as they have appeared in Ukraine, including Ukraine’s first cross-border securitisations, first MTN programme by a Ukrainian bank, and first public placement of subdebt in Ukraine.

Olexander has advised borrowers and lenders on secured and unsecured cross-border and domestic debt transactions and handled all types of collateral, including mortgages of real estate and construction in progress, pledges of equipment, inventory, shares, bank accounts, accounts receivable and intellectual property. He has advised on a broad range of issues related to investing in and doing business with Ukraine, including Ukrainian corporate governance, currency controls, public procurement and securities regulation.

In the past 5 years, Olexander has worked extensively on capital markets legal reforms in Ukraine. During this time, he has led teams that developed the Ukrainian legislation on derivatives, revised a draft law on bondholder meetings, and significantly contributed to the legislation that facilitates the issuance of local currency bonds by international financial institutions. In 2014-2015, he was on secondment with the Financial Law Unit/Legal Transition Team of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, where he coordinated the Bank’s legal reforms in the capital markets area in multiple jurisdictions, including Morocco, Turkey and Ukraine.


  • Recognized among leading lawyers in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets in Ukraine by Best Lawyers International 2019


  • New York, admitted to the New York State Bar (NYSB) since 2013
  • Ukraine


  • LL.M., with honours (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), from Columbia University School of Law
  • Master of International Law, with honours, from the Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

Professional membership and involvement

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
  • European Business Association
  • Ukrainian Bar Association
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