Olga Gutovska heads up the Europe, Middle East and Africa desk.
Olga has a great deal of experience in high-profile cross-border commercial projects across both Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP as a consultant, she regularly advised on complex cross-border deals and disputes as the managing partner of her own boutique law firm.
Her key practice areas are dispute resolution (litigation, international commercial arbitration, settlement negotiations), banking and finance, project finance, FCPA compliance, bilateral investment treaties arbitration, the Middle East and CIS investment disputes, energy and IT transactions, clean energy (regulation and dispute resolution).
In addition to her lead role in complex cross-border deals and disputes, she supervises teams of lawyers in various jurisdictions, acts as a strategic advisor, controls and supervises the negotiations between her clients and partners, investors, governments, multinationals and other parties. Olga’s clients include private investors, privately owned companies, public companies, families, ultra high net worth individuals and celebrities.
Recent projects include representing a consortium of clients in an over $2bn dispute over Qatar embargo, representing a client in a violation of duties of agent dispute with a major investment bank, advising on project finance of a 5-parties industrial JV (equity, SACE, EBRD and SME Instrument), advising on participation in Chernobyl redevelopment megaproject and investment dispute with Crimea (LCIA arbitration strategy & settlement).
Legal 500 EMEA 2018 described Olga as “delivering the best result” and “knowledgeable and persistent, a winner lawyer”.
Clients' comments about Olga include:
- "Olga Gutovska is extremely efficient and hard working”
- “meticulous and visionary at the same time”
- “very well connected and professional”
Olga is fluent in Russian, Polish and Ukrainian, which makes her representation and advice in cross-border deals and disputes in CIS and Eastern Europe region even more valuable. She has spent 6 months consulting exclusively in Cairo, Egypt, in 2017, which helps her better understand the Middle Eastern market.
Olga served as teaching assistant in Advocacy and Theory of Law, and authored the following publications: “Jury proceedings in criminal trials”, “Durkheim’s anomy theory and modern law”, “Considerable transactions in JSCs”, “Mechanisms of investment protection of investments in electricity generation in the developing markets of Europe, the Middle East and Africa” (Queen Mary, London).