What is your primary area of practice, and what drew you to it?
I’ve been a civil law lawyer and litigator for 15 years, dealing mainly with real estate issues. After finishing my PhD (on land reform problems concerning real estate), I spent a year in USA as Fulbright scholar (UMass Amherst) and upon return I decided that I want to broaden my interests, thus joined Spridzans, Snipe @ HramДЌenko. Here I have to deal with commercial law issues, company restructurization problems, with crow funding, with AML cases, with options and securities, to name some. Each week brings up crazy problems and challenges! I’m glad at the times we come up with extraordinary solutions no one had introduced before, or when we notice a solution that has bypassed others.
Tell us about a recent memorable project, matter or case that you’ve worked on. What was fun? What was challenging?
One of my first projects was legally easy, but challenging in a way that all the parties were from different countries and different nationalities (Latvia, Lithuania, a Russian Jew, Azerbaijan). I had to find approach to each of them as they had been struggling with the deal for few months already, and had already taken umbrage to each other. Few days non-stop on phone, speaking 3 different languages, placating one, listening to another, instructing the third, negotiating with the forth – but in few days we finished the deal!
Since the pandemic, what is one thing that has improved in your life?
Control over my time (at least partially) that comes with remote working. I can (at least try) to have a free hour or two at the middle of the day if the weather is nice to have a walk, and to have the job done later/ or before. I really hope this remote working will stay, I would like to use it further on (including – not spending time on commuting/ runing from meeting to meeting).
And now, a wild-card question: What’s your favorite place to visit and why?
I would love to return to Amherst, MA, USA, where I spent half a year last year. This place inspired me (as well as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Cassandra Clare – if you are in fiction literature, as me, you’ll know her, and even Noah Webster, the author or Marriam -Webster dictionary), I feel like having left half of my heart there. Remote working in a room with a view to the Pioneer valley is a modest dream.