Yelena M. Barychev


Yelena Barychev advises management and boards of directors on:

  • Corporate governance matters, including executive and director compensation and compliance with NASDAQ and NYSE listing requirements
  • Public and private offerings of securities
  • Preparation of proxy statements, Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, and other SEC filings
  • Cybersecurity risk management
  • Compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the JOBS Act

Yelena is a Co-Lead of the Firm’s Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) team. She works with directors and management to provide guidance on ESG strategies, reporting, and disclosure.

She writes and speaks frequently on ESG matters, most recently:

  • 2020 Villanova Environmental Law Journal Blank Rome LLP Symposium, Shareholder Environmental Activism: Companies Panel
  • Webinar on the ExxonMobil Fraud Case on Its Climate Change Risks—What’s on the ESG Agenda for 2020?

In addition, she writes and speaks frequently on corporate governance and securities compliance matters. 

Yelena's practice also focuses on advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, compliance with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, as well as contract drafting and negotiations. She also counsels nonprofit organizations.

Yelena represents clients in a broad range of industries, including life sciences, information technology, manufacturing, and financial services companies.

Outside the Firm

Yelena is a member of the Educational Programs Committee of the Society for Corporate Governance and immediate past President of the Middle Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Corporate Governance. Yelena is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Forum of Executive Women.

Yelena serves as President of the Association of Audit Committee Members, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing national best practices for audit committees.


  • travAlliancemedia, LLC, a leading marketing services, digital media, event and information company serving the retail travel community, in the sale of the company to Northstar Travel Media, LLC, a business-to-business information and marketing solutions company serving the travel industry.
  • Siemens Healthineers in its approx. $1.1 billion acquisition of Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. (NYSE: CVRS), a publicly traded, global technology leader for robotic-assisted vascular interventions.
  •, an online retailer of perfumes, skincare and related beauty products, in its sale to B&S Group, a global distributor of consumer goods.
  • Kreisler Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer and seller of precision metal components and assemblies primarily used in military and commercial aircraft engines, in its sale to United Flexible Technologies, Inc., a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners.
  • A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc., a specialty retailer of arts, crafts, and floral merchandise in the eastern United States, in connection with its $40.4 million acquisition by an affiliate of Sbar’s, Inc.
  • Lincoln Financial Group, in several senior note offerings with an aggregate transaction value of $975 million.
  • General Cable Corporation, a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of copper, aluminum, and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty, construction and communications markets, in several transactions, including:
    • a consent solicitation transaction to obtain consents from its noteholders to amend certain covenants and indentures governing $725 million in senior notes.
    • its private offering of $600 million in aggregate principal amount of senior notes
  • Blue 9 Fund I, LP, a private equity fund that invests in middle market companies, as one of the selling shareholders in an initial public offering of common stock of Five Below, Inc. 

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Professional Activities

Yelena serves as a member of Blank Rome’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.



  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey


  • Moscow State Pedagogical University, BA
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD