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Oxana Adler with His Excellency Sergey Kislyak
Russian Ambassador to the US (click to enlarge)


Oxana Adler with the Consul General of Kazakhstan
in New York, Hon. Raushan Yesbulatova







Director and International Counsel


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 time.

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 dispute resolutions.

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" (H.R. 2896).

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 Central Asia.


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Oxana Adler with Hon. Bill de Blasio, NYC Mayor