Olyana Gordiyenko is an Associate Director in the Governance and Political Affairs pillar of the Economics, Policy and Governance department at EBRD.
Olyana’s background includes 15 years of experience as a corporate/M&A lawyer with the top-tier international law firm Baker&McKenzie. In her capacity of Baker&McKenzie partner, Olyana was advising local Ukrainian and international clients on M&A transactions, including English law governed cross-border deals and private equity transactions. Olyana also specialized in joint ventures and reorganizations and provided sound counsel on general corporate matters to blue chip companies, including state-owned enterprises in Ukraine.
Following the Ukrainian revolution of 2014 (also known as Revolution of Dignity), Olyana has been focusing on various policy projects, including advising various state authorities (including the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, State Property Fund of Ukraine) and international financial institutions on the legislative reforms in Ukraine, including the reform of the corporate governance of the SOEs in general and NAK Naftogas, UkrEnergo in particular, as well as the reform of privatization framework.
In September 2016 Olyana has been appointed by the President of Ukraine as the Commissioner with the National Securities and Stock Market Commission. As the Commissioner, Olyana was leading the policy dialog vis-à-vis issuers of securities, including discussions around the principles of the corporate governance for joint-stock companies, registration of securities issuances, and public enforcement in these areas. Olyana continued to be involved in the reform of the corporate governance of the SOEs, contributed to the reform of the corporate governance in the banking sector and was the main driver behind recent corporate law developments in Ukraine, including implementation of Take Over Bid EU Directive.
Olyana joined EBRD in April 2017 as Associate Director, Governance to enhance EBRD’s role in policy dialogue and EBRD’s contribution to the investment climate and policy reforms in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.