Elena V. Ryzhkova

Tel: +1-202-828-8328

Areas of Concentration/Practice Areas

Elena Ryzhkova is a Partner at the Washington D.C. office of the firm.

Ms. Ryzhkova has over ten years of domestic and cross-border finance experience – a large portion of it being impact finance – having handled debt and equity transactions ranging in size, geographical scope and complexity. Ms. Ryzhkova represented OPIC in six finance transactions. Her recent experience includes representing of a social venture company in four rounds of investments by impact investors from US, Europe and Asia, and by International Finance Corporation and Asian Development Bank. Ms. Ryzhkova also regularly provides corporate advice to early stage and established companies.

Ms. Ryzhkova is admitted to practice law in New York, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Employment

Wilson Williams LLC (and predecessor firm), Washington, DC, Partner, 2018 – present

Wilson Williams LLC (and predecessor firm), Washington, DC, Counsel, 2016 – 2018

Wilson International Law LLC, Washington, DC, Associate, 2008 – 2015

Wilson International Law LLC, Washington, DC, Law Clerk, 2007 – 2008

Bar Admissions

New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Education

The Catholic University of America School of Law, Washington, DC, J.D., 2008

Chelyabinsk State University, Chelyabinsk, Russia, M.A., 2001

Languages

English, Russian, French

Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Finance

Representation of a Hong Kong buyer with respect to a proposed acquisition from a PRC seller of a U.S. holding company with a network of U.S. retail subsidiaries

Representation of a private fund with impact mission in its investments in Latin America and Africa

Representation of an event production business in negotiations of sale of interest therein

Negotiating terms of convertible promissory notes and preferred stock rights while representing a Cayman Islands private fund in “seed funding” of a technology startup

Representation of a private equity fund in its investments in green energy projects in Latin America

Representation of a manufacturing company with operations in Brazil in negotiating a merger with a US manufacturing company

Representation of a private equity fund in acquisition on an equity interest in a Honduran energy project

Representation of a private equity fund in negotiations of acquisition of a minority interest in a Honduran company

Representation of a private equity fund in negotiations of acquisition of a minority interest in a Mexican company

Representation of a UK company in its purchase of shares of a US corporation

Representation of a leading private equity fund in an investment in Korea

Due diligence for a US subsidiary of a Swedish company

Representation of shareholders of a Latin American telecommunications company in the sale of the company

Representation of the controlling shareholders of a Korean manufacturing company in the sale of the shares of the company

Representation of the shareholders of a BVI company engaged in investment banking services in the sale of certain assets of the company and its affiliates to a US company

Representation of a telecom company in due diligence reviews and negotiations relating to potential acquisitions of businesses engaged in providing telecommunications services

Representation of the largest foreign private investor in Bhutan in multiple rounds of investments and by US, European and Asian impact investors as well as IFC and Asian Development Bank

Representation of an Asian bookselling business in preparing for a potential sale of a part of the business

Debt Finance

Representation of Overseas Private Investment Corporation in a lending transaction (documenting a $5,000,000 credit facility to an impact investment fund)

Representation of Overseas Private Investment Corporation in negotiations of a guaranteed loan to a fund investing in Eastern Europe

Representation of a venture company in agricultural sector in a loan transaction

Representation of Grassroots Business Fund in multiple secured and unsecured loan transactions for projects in Africa and Latin America

Representation of client in the finance sector in developing a series of templates for loan agreements, pledge agreements and share buyback agreements

Representation of Overseas Private Investment Corporation in a lending transaction (documenting a $125,000,000 credit facility to a micro-finance fund)

Representation of Overseas Private Investment Corporation in a secured lending transaction (structuring, negotiating, documenting and subsequently restructuring a $60,000,000 credit facility to a private equity fund developing energy projects in Latin America)

Representation of Overseas Private Investment Corporation in a secured lending transaction (structuring, negotiating and documenting a $35,000,000 credit facility to a private equity fund developing real estate projects in Latin America)

Providing a legal opinion regarding enforceability of Funding and OPIC Guaranty Agreement in connection with a $70,000,000 credit facility to a financial services group providing retail financial services to customers in African countries

Advice to international secured and unsecured creditors regarding remedies in connection with their rights to a defaulting debtor’s collateral

Corporate Advice

Corporate advice to early-stage companies and established businesses (including advice on entity choice, capital structure, governance issues, operating agreements, negotiating shareholder agreements)

Advice to companies on compliance policies and procedures (advise on developing comprehensive AML, anti-corruption and other policies)

Advice to companies with respect to select labor and employment matters (including policies, compliance and executive compensation matters)

Advice to non-profit companies (tax-exempt status compliance, fundraising issues, employee vs. volunteer issues, best ways to establish presence overseas)

Representation of the shareholders of a BVI company during the process of (voluntary) liquidation of the company

Commercial Agreements

Negotiating an engineering, procurement and construction contract in connection with a power plant in Latin America

Representing a client in preparations for negotiations of a fuel supply agreement

Representation a client in reviewing energy off-taking agreements

Representation of a premier New York venue company in negotiations of commercial contracts relating to licensing of prominent New York City venues and productions of events therein

Representation of a fulfillment services company in creating terms and conditions of service and negotiating commercial contracts (involving services and intellectual property issues)

Representation of private companies in negotiating commercial agreements relating to IT, services, joint collaborations, etc.

Representation of a New Zealand company entering into a distribution agreement with a US company

Representation of private companies in negotiating commercial agreements relating to IT, services, joint collaborations, etc.

Litigation/Dispute Resolutions

Representation of a private company in a lawsuit over a commercial contract claim and a tort claim

Representation of a private company in negotiations of a commercial dispute resolution

Representation of a private company in a corporate dispute (documenting settlement terms and releases upon resolution of a dispute)

Representing a US company in a contractual dispute

Representing an Asian company in collecting a payment owed by a US company

Research regarding the possibility to bring a complex contract dispute between two foreign companies into a US state court

Representation and advice concerning the ability to intervene into an action under US Federal IP laws to a Hong Kong company

Research regarding a litigant’s status, assets and liabilities in the US

Representation of US and foreign companies in resolution of contract disputes

Other Categories

Advising a Hong Kong client in the finance industry on compliance with respect to its U.S. subsidiary

Representation of a PRC company in withdrawing from administrative review by the US Department of Commerce

Publications

William A. Wilson III and Elena Ryzhkova, Spotlight: CSR meets VC...   ...in Bhutan, Fall Newsletter of the Asia Pacific Committee of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association (2013)

Elena Ryzhkova, Getting a Job and Starting a Career as an International Lawyer, 20:1 ILSA Quarterly 48 (2011)

Speeches

From Intentions to Outcomes: Embedding Social Metrics into Deal Documentation and Structures, Conference on Legal Issues in Impact Investing: U.S. and Abroad, New York, NY, Panelist (May 20, 2016)

Overview of Washington DC Greater Metropolitan Area Business Market for the Law Society of England and Wales, The British Embassy, Washington, DC, Guest Speaker (April 5, 2011 and April 23, 2013)

Pathways to Employment in International Law, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, Panelist (November 11, 2009) and International Law Student Association Spring Conference, Washington, DC, Guest Speaker (March 25, 2011)