OlgaGidalevitz Ph.D.


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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.


  • 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.
  • 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

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

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

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