Born in 1986, in the city of Kalush, I graduated from Mohylanka in 2007 with a major in jurisprudence. While still a student, I successfully combined my studies with work, moving from a full-time legal consultant to managing partner of the law firm. This official biography is one found all over the internet. Let me depart briefly from this accurate but dry format and tell more of my own story.
As long as I can remember, I have always taken on active roles in my life, choosing not to sit out on the student’s bench, but work, for example, as a lawyer as early as my second year. I received at this time my most elementary practice in economic law, supporting economic activities, and getting involved in court procedure. Working with small firms over the course of two years, I not only advised clients on corporate law issues, but also found a keen interest in investment.
I can honestly say that my education, and the desire to put that education into practice, is what led to my receiving the position of senior lawyer in 2007 at PricewaterhouseCoopers – one of the Big Four – while still just a fourth-year student.
At the end of that year, I moved on to a similar position with another global consulting and audit giant, Ernst & Young Ukraine, where I worked until November 2011. I managed complex consulting projects in banking and finance, transport, logistics, and the agricultural sector, real estate, construction, light industry, mechanical engineering and heavy industry, and energy and mining. Responsible not only to my employer but also the client, a team of 5-10 lawyers worked under my command to ensure quality, timeliness, and professionalism.
The colossal responsibility kept me both anxious and at the same time stimulated to work better and to go deeper into whatever the topic at hand. Sometimes my lack of experience was compensated by my ability to think outside the box. I don’t see myself as unique in this case, only a young amateur in love with his profession.
Even as the managing partner of a large international law firm, it is important to ensure the job remains exciting and to improve the way the firm is viewed. I don’t enjoy lectures by high-profile innovators given to large audiences, nor do I take pleasure in narrow-profile conferences where you easily find your comfort zone. Rather, I amass much more new, sometimes unexpected information at closed meetings, where experts from a wide range of spheres discuss modern challenges, non-standard ways of solving problems, and finding ways of creating a creative economy on equal footing. This kind of roundtable allows you to look at things usual or mundane through a new prism.