OlgaGidalevitz Ph.D.

Associate

Chicago + 1.312.269.1517

Olga Gidalevitz represents public and private companies, financial institutions, and banks in connection with banking and finance transactions, LIBOR transition preparedness, and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Olga gained over a decade of experience on the international circuit, having worked in Dubai, Egypt, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Most notably during this time, Olga was the first woman to receive an award from the Saudi National Lawyer Committee for initiating vast reforms of legal education in Saudi Arabia while serving as a university law department chair in Jeddah.

Olga has worked as a law professor in Saudi Arabia and in the United States, where she taught courses on international trade and Islamic law. She has also developed and taught courses on trade, energy, and climate change at the United Nations Institute for Training & Research (UNITAR), with a focus on capacity building and public officials training.

Olga's Ph.D. and post-doctoral research focused on climate change and ESG matters, a topic she has published and lectured on extensively.

Olga is a qualified lawyer in Russia and in Illinois.

Experience

  • Agriculture company obtains $2 billion credit facilityJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with a $2 billion credit facility.
  • Agriculture company obtains $200 million credit facilityJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with a $200 million credit facility with major national bank, as administrative agent.
  • Agriculture company obtains $250 million credit facilityJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with a $250 million credit facility with major national bank, as administrative agent.
  • Follett Corporation acquired by private investor groupJones Day advised Follett Corporation in the sale of its corporate entity as well as Follett Higher Education, the company’s collegiate retail and Follett ACCESS business, to a group of private investors led by Jefferson River Capital LLC, a private investment company controlled by the James family.
  • Diversified global manufacturer of industrial components obtains $1.2 billion senior secured credit facilityJones Day represented a diversified global manufacturer of industrial components in connection with its $1.2 billion senior secured credit facility.
  • Asbury Automotive Group acquires Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Total Care Auto for $3.2 billionJones Day advised Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., in its acquisition of Larry H. Miller Dealerships, and Total Care Auto, Powered by Landcar for $3.2 billion.
  • Riverside acquires PFB Corporation for CA$178 millionJones Day advised The Riverside Company on its take-private acquisition of PFB Corporation (TSX: PFB), a North American vertically-integrated manufacturer of proprietary insulating building products based on expanded polystyrene technology, for a cash payment of CA$24.10 per share (CA$178 million on a fully diluted basis), as well as the transaction's financing.
  • Solmax acquires U.S. geosynthetics manufacturer PropexJones Day served as antitrust and financing counsel to Groupe Solmax Inc. (Solmax) in the acquisition by Solmax of Propex Operating Company, LLC, a leading geosynthetics manufacturer with a long track record in the construction, transportation, mining, and automotive industries.
  • Agriculture company reissues certain industrial revenue bondsJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with the reissuance of certain industrial revenue bonds.
  • Follett Corporation divests Baker & Taylor division to private investor groupJones Day advised Follett Corporation in its divestiture of its Baker & Taylor division, the world's premier distributor of physical and digital books and services to public and academic libraries, which will now operate as an independent, privately-owned entity group led by Baker & Taylor's President and CEO Aman Kochar.
  • Leading provider of education technology, services, and print and digital content amends $350 million secured credit facilityJones Day represented a leading provider of education technology, services, and print and digital content in connection with an amendment to its $350 million secured credit facility.
  • Solmax acquires TenCate GeosyntheticsJones Day advised Groupe Solmax Inc. (Solmax), the global leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ), in connection with Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V., a global provider of geosynthetics and industrial fabrics, from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate (Royal Ten Cate, the Netherlands), and advised on the related senior secured financing to support the acquisition.
  • Financial institution provides $125.4 million syndicated credit facility to family-owned businesses specializing in creating custom-developed productsJones Day advised a financial institution in connection with a $125.4 million syndicated credit facility provided to a family-owned businesses specializing in creating custom-developed products for national restaurant chains and foodservice industry.
  • CITGO completes $650 million Senior Secured Notes offeringJones Day represented CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a North American refiner of complex crudes and producer of high-value petrochemicals, in connection with a Rule 144A offering of $650 million aggregate principal amount of 6.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2026.
  • Agriculture company makes second amendment to $1.65 billion credit facilityJones Day represented an agriculture company in connection with its second amendment to a $1.65 billion credit facility with U.S. Bank National Association as administrative agent, including a new $250 million incremental term loan.
  • A large national bank forms joint venture to acquire Spring Creek Gardens Condominiums in Brooklyn, New YorkJones Day advised a large national bank in its joint venture with a local operating partner for the acquisition and related financing of the property known as Spring Creek Gardens Condominiums in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Vantage Data Centers forms $3.5 billion strategic partnership with Colony Capital to advance data center growthJones Day advised Vantage Data Centers, a leading global provider of hyperscale data center campuses, on forming a strategic partnership with Colony Capital, Inc. valued at $3.5 billion to accelerate the expansion of Vantage’s best-in-class, wholesale data centers throughout North America and Europe.
  • Global systemically important bank (GSIB) conducts risk assessment to determine impact of LIBOR transition on enterprise-wide portfoliosJones Day is advising a GSIB with respect to enterprise-wide portfolios impacted by the LIBOR transition, including conducting portfolio-wide risk impact assessments, analyzing various consumer products, and developing litigation contingency plans.
  • CITGO completes $1.125 billion Senior Secured Notes offeringJones Day represented CITGO Petroleum Corporation, a North American refiner of complex crudes and producer of high-value petrochemicals, in connection with a Rule 144A offering of $1.125 billion aggregate principal amount of 7.00% Senior Secured Notes due 2025.
  • Additional Publications

    Select Publications Prior to Jones Day

    2014
    The Potential of Tariff Policy for Climate Change Mitigation: Legal and Economic Analysis, 48 Journal of World Trade, Issue 5, pp. 1007–1037

    2009
    International Trade Regulation and the Mitigation of Climate Change: World Trade Forum, Cambridge University Press 2009

    2008
    Article XXI and XXV in Wolfrum, R., Stoll, P., & Feinäugle, C. (Eds.),  WTO - Trade in Services. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill | Nijhoff.