The peregrinations of one Russian general counsel

From New Nation News Jan. 14, 2008, comes this slice-of-life career progression that is highly unusual for US lawyers.

In 1994 Karina Dashko entered Moscow State University to study law. She also worked with the State Duma to develop programs for disclosing corporate information and protecting minority shareholders, and helped draft plans for the Russian security exchange regulatory body. Dashko also served as a legal consultant to the International Finance Corporation.

Upon graduation in 1998 she found work with Coudert Brothers, an international law firm. With this experience, in 2000 she entered New York University School of Law’s yearlong LLM program.

In 2002 she returned to Russia, reluctantly, and began working for VimpelCom, where she remained until 2006. “They have a Western work ethic and corporate culture,” Dashko said. Dashko worked there as the head of the corporate law department, secretary of the board and chief compliance officer.

During that time she was accepted into the Yale World Fellows Program, where she studied for six months in 2004 with other business leaders from all over the world. On her return, she began working for RusAl, right before the aluminum giant’s merger with SUAL and Glencore last year. Whew!

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