Born in Russia, Ms. Adler earned her LLB degree cum laude in
international private law from the elite Moscow State University of
International Relations (MGIMO) in 1995.
In 1998, she graduated from the London School of Economics having
earned her cum laude LL.M in international banking and finance law.
Ms. Adler began her career in 1995 as in-house counsel for Rossiysky
Kredit Bank, Moscow's major international commercial bank at the
From 1996 to 1997, Ms. Adler served as in-house counsel for ATON
Investment Bank, a major Russian investment house. There Ms. Adler
specialized in complex international agreements and alternative
From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Adler served as Counsel for the International
Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank) in
Washington, D.C. In that capacity, she oversaw World Bank's
client-countries, including Russian Federation, Ukraine, Lithuania,
Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Cyprus. Ms. Adler's responsibilities as
World Bank's counsel included negotiating, structuring and closing
sovereign loans to the client countries in Europe and Central Asia,
totaling billions of USD; state-guaranteed lending to financial and
industrial concerns in the power and energy sector; pension fund
management; capital markets; working with the International Monetary
Fund (IMF); European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD);
United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Financial Action Task
Force (FAFT) and the US Department of the Treasury in developing
sovereign lending policies, structural adjustment reform programs,
analyzing and writing of legal memoranda on the issue of corruption
and money-laundering activities in government and banking and
industrial-financial sector of member-states; research into
vulnerability to money laundering in various major financial centers
and offshore jurisdictions, including Cyprus, Netherlands Antilles,
Switzerland, Gibraltar, British Virgin Islands, and others.
From 2001 to 2002, Ms. Adler served as Investment Associate with WL
Ross & Co., New York. Her responsibilities included analysis of
capital markets, legal framework and compliance, and research into
investment opportunities in Eastern Europe.
Ms. Adler has appeared in U.S and foreign courts as an expert
witness on issues of foreign trusts, transnational financial crimes
and money laundering issues; Russian law, international banking law
and compliance, and other matters.
Ms. Adler has participated in compilation and translation of the
Trade and Commercial Laws of the Russian Federation. Official
Codification and Commentaries (© 1993-1995 Oceana Publications, Inc.
ISBN 0379-101831). The "Official Codification" was the first
official English language reference source on new (post-perestroika)
Russian laws, used by US Courts, British Courts and international
public institutions. At the request of the House Committee on
Banking and Financial Services, with other experts of the American
Russian Law Institute, assisted in evaluating and editing a draft of
the "Foreign Money Laundering Deterrence and Anticorruption Act"
Since 2002, Ms. Adler has served as Director and International
Counsel for American Russian Law Institute.
Ms. Adler also serves as Law Editor of
a leading English-language web-based news and information service
focusing on developments in Russia, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and