20 June 2018
Anastasia has over nine years’ experience in audit and forensic accounting. Originally from Novosibirsk, Russia, she moved to London in 2014. Anastasia specialises in dispute work but also has experience in forensic investigations and non-contentious business valuation in the UK, Russia, CIS and other emerging markets.
Anastasia is a native Russian speaker, is fluent in English and also speaks conversational Spanish.
Why did you decide to move to London?
I first came to London in 2010 on secondment to work on a dispute resolution engagement. When I returned home to Moscow I knew I wanted to come back. I qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, so the UK felt like a natural choice. My partner and I relocated four years ago.
London is one of the top places in the world to practise the type of forensic accounting work that we do. Its reputation for having the most experienced accounting experts is unrivalled. It is also a great place to live and bring up my daughter.
How does it feel coming back to work after becoming a parent?
Surprisingly, if feels like I’ve never left. On my second day back at work I took part in a conference call to pitch for a new piece of work. The client wanted to hear from the team as well as the partner we were proposing to lead the case, so I had to introduce myself, explain my background and answer some technical questions. It was quite the re-introduction to work after 12 enjoyable months with my first child!
What do you enjoy most about working in disputes?
I enjoy the intellectual challenge of every case. Each project is unique and requires in depth understanding, from a detailed appreciation of the industry and specifics of the matter in dispute, to the appropriate approach to damages quantification. Our job can be challenging, when dealing with complicated technical issues or working to tight deadlines, but overcoming those challenges makes it all the more enjoyable.
Our clients are based all around the world, so I have had the opportunity to travel to some quite exotic places. I have been to Algeria and some remote locations in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, countries I would not otherwise have had a chance to visit.
Do you have a most memorable case?
I have thoroughly enjoyed so many cases that it is difficult to choose one but, if I had to choose one, I would have to say my first case was one of my most exciting. I worked for a Russian oligarch who had a sale and purchase agreement dispute brought against him by another oligarch. I was seconded by my then employer to help him with any related accounting issues. My work place was one of his library rooms in a large estate near London.
What do you do in your spare time?
At the moment it is very rare that I have time for myself as I try to spend as much time as possible with my daughter. I enjoy traveling, so we sometimes do small family trips at weekends. I love snowboarding, but I imagine that will have to wait a few years until my daughter is older.