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16-06-2016

Yuriy Petrenko: ‘It is of critical importance today that we have a developed private bankruptcy institute

Yuriy Petrenko: ‘It is of critical importance today that we have a developed private bankruptcy institute’

Yuriy Petrenko, a Partner, Attorney, and the Head of Litigation & Dispute Resolution at Spenser and Kauffmann, Attorneys at Law, about the specifics of a lawyer’s work as part of the litigation and dispute resolution team, his vision of the judicial reform and viewpoint regarding advocatory monopoly in his interview for ‘Yurydychna Gazeta’.

– Yuriy, why did you choose to be a lawyer?

Usually, the interest in a profession is formed at school, when a person begins to understand what he/she likes and dislikes. It is likely that I decided to be a lawyer because in my childhood I liked to act as a judge in different situations. For example, at school my friends often asked me whether there was a goal or no goal (usually we used two trees or two other subjects as the goalposts). It was for me to decide. Probably it is against this background that I decided to be a lawyer. I like to engage in litigation. I have been the Head of Litigation of the Company since the day of its incorporation.

– Tell about the start of your career.

I started my career as a 3rd year student representing the interests of my clients before courts. I remember well all my first cases, all judges … It was very interesting for me to win cases against lawyers who were much older and much more experienced than I was. Immediately after the graduation (in 2003), I obtained a certificate to engage in law practice and manage different cases including criminal ones.

– Are there any cases that stand out in your mind?

I have been engaged in a huge number of legal proceedings and can hardly to specify the exact number thereof. The first legal proceeding, when I was a student, was related to recovering delayed payments for oil products supplied. That case was not very complicated and, generally speaking, as a 3rd year student I was not engaged in major legal proceedings. After a little while, I was assigned with cases that were more complicated. The more complicated was the proceeding the more interesting it was for me to take it on and succeed in it.

In 2006, me and my partners we decided to incorporate our own company. I have been a Partner and the Head of Litigation at Spenser and Kauffmann since the day of its incorporation.

The full text of the interview is available here.