Mr. Blank began his career as an economist with the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, where, from 1996 to 2001, he served as the Head of Debt Policy Planning and Analysis and the Deputy Head of External Debt.
In that period, Mr. Blank actively participated in successful program for swapping corporate Ukrainian debt in the amount of USD 2.7 bln (in 2000), as well as the restructuring of Ukrainian debt by the Paris Club in the amount of USD 500 mln (in 2001).
During the period 2001-2008, Maxim Blank pursued a career in finance, working as top-manager at various investment banks and taking part in deals for a combined volume of approx. USD 2 bln.
Under Mr. Blank’s leadership, Astrum has concluded transactions totaling more than USD 300 mln. At present, the total amount of projects that Astrum has in the pipeline is valued at more than USD 1 bln.
Mr. Blank is a graduate of the Kyiv State Trade and Economic University and of Graceland University, USA.
Maxim Blank ranked 4-th in the Top-100 Ukrainian managers rating in the "Investment companies" category. (Source: Investgazeta, April 2010)