Ilona Potiha Laor


Ilona specialises in representing lenders, financial institutions and borrowers in connection with a wide range of financing transactions, including leveraged and investment-grade financings, acquisition financings, spinoffs, cross-border financings, debt restructurings, and other secured and unsecured financings. 
Ilona is a client Relationship Partner for a major firm client.  She is head of the US Women's  Committee which has won awards for affinity group impact for educational and awareness raising as well as affinity group impact award for mentoring and training.

Published Work

  • Co-author, "Recurring Revenue Financings: Market Update," The Legal 500: Acquisition Finance Comparative Guide (2024)
  • Ludovica Ducci; Eugene Pevzner; Ilona Potiha Laor, (2024) "Syndicated vs. Direct Lending: Evolution of Competing Yet Complimentary Debt Financing Providers", NY: ICLG



Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales, 2024

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2013


J.D., Columbia Law School, 2012
• General S.K. Yee Scholar
• Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
• Notes Editor, Columbia Business Law Review

B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, Columbia University, 2009
• Phi Beta Kappa

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.