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Olesya V. Barsukova Bakar

Washington, D.C.

Olesya V. Barsukova Bakar

For over 15 years, Olesya Barsukova-Bakar has advised and represented global emerging and mature private and public companies. Her skills span a wide array of corporate matters, no matter how complex, interdisciplinary, cross-border, highly regulated, or unique. She has handled all aspects of asset acquisitions and dispositions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances and partnership transactions, venture capital financings, private placements, equity financings, recapitalization, and restructuring transactions. Olesya provides the right-sized advice for her clients to succeed — be it in a high-profile multi-billion dollar transaction or an early stage venture. She focuses on coming up with a business-oriented solutions for her clients.

A key part of Olesya's practice is working with U.S. and non-U.S. sponsors and investors in private equity, venture capital, real estate, and other investments on a wide range of fund formation and governance matters and helps clients establish complex structures to serve investors. In addition, Olesya represents issuers and investors in other private capital-raising activities, including private equity and debt financing, venture capital financing (including in early-stage companies), and joint venture and strategic alliance matters.

On the regulatory side, Olesya advises clients regarding various aspects of compliance with the Investment Company Act, Investment Advisers Act, and Dodd-Frank Act.

Olesya's clients include global corporations, private investment fund sponsors, and international organizations. She also advises private and public companies operating in a variety of industries, including real estate, clean energy and technology, aviation and aerospace, and life sciences and agriculture, in all corners of the globe the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia.


Representative Experience

Representation of Federal Capital Partners in the formation of four real estate investment funds raising over US$1bn.

Representation of The JBG Companies in the formation of nine real estate investment funds raising over US$3.5bn.

Representation of International Finance Corporation in venture capital financings of emerging clean energy, technology, and life sciences companies.

Representation of large financial institutions in a joint venture that acquired a major apartment complex, with the transaction value of US$5bn.

Representation of The JBG Companies in its US$2.5bn joint venture with MacFarlane Partners.

Representation of GE Commercial Finance in its US$2.3bn disposition of Storage USA to Extra Space Storage and Prudential Real Estate Investors.

Representation of CarrAmerica Realty Corporation in its US$5.6bn acquisition by affiliates of The Blackstone Group.

Representation of the government of Liberia in concession agreement negotiations.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Georgia School of Law, 2000
  • B.B.A., summa cum laude, The University of Georgia, 1996


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Society of International Law

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
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