PERICLES PROFESSORIAL ALUMNI
We started this page in 2008 as a means of helping Pericles alumni see where their favorite former professors are now. It's a continuous work in progress as our professors go on to exciting things all over the world, and they can often be hard to keep up with, plus, unfortunately, before we got this idea we deleted many professor's web profiles after they left. So we apologize for any inconvenience when all we have is a name or photo. And we apologize that not every former teacher is listed.
- Agion, Phil
- Akimova, Gabrielle, J.D.
- (Ballard) Kerr, Elizabeth A.,
- Bell, Chris
- Bochnev, Valery
- Bodley, Anne
- Borishan, Vitaly, J.D.
- Brophy, Peter
- Brown, Tim
- Callahan, Thomas, J.D., M.A.
- Doughten, Rob (Esq.) J.D.
- Dersch, Jurgen P., (Esq) J.D.
- Engle, Eric (Esq) Dr. Jur.
- Enneking, Tim (Esq.) J.D.
- Entin, Mark (Esq.)
- Feldman, Jack (Esq) J.D.
- Feldman, Steven M.B.A.
- Firestone, Thomas., (Esq.) M.A., J.D.
- Gill, Franklin, (Esq) J.D.
- Gutbrod, Max (esq.) J.D.
- Hale, Tim, (Esq) J.D.
- Hellerman, Wendy
- Hehir, Andrew, LL.B.
- Hovey, Ryan, M.B.A.
- Hull, Toni
- Humpage, Tom, LL.B.
- Klein, Daniel, (Esq) J.D.
- Kosharovsky, Marianna (Esq.) J.D.
- Kraybill, Peter
- Kouznetsov, Amy (Esq.) J.D.
- Kucera, William, LL.M, MSc.
- Lebedeff, Alex, B.A.
- Levy, Robert G., (Esq.) J.D.
- Mashavave, Vivian, (Esq.) LL.M.
- Melteff, Alexis, M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.
- Mendelssohn, Andrew, (Esq.) J.D.
- Mohney, Jeff, (Esq) J.D.
- Moore, Christian (Esq) J.D.
- Myers, David (Esq) J.D.
- Nebons, Len, M.B.A.
- Nickols, Beverly
- Nielsen, Holly, (Esq) J.D.
- O'Grady, Kristin, (Esq) J.D.
- Osakwe, Christopher, (Esq) J.D., LL.M.
- Pozhitkov, Andrey (Esq.)
- Roazen, Matthew, (Esq) J.D.
- Rockwell, Suzan (Esq.) J.D.
- Roof, Bill (Esq.) J.D.
- Samie, Bijan, B.Sc
- Sandgren, Christine (Esq.) J.D.
- Schachter, Elena, B.A.
- Settles, Alex
- Sherry, John, J.D.
- Shulze, Peter
- Stöber, Natalya, MBA
- Sugden, Liz
- Tedesco, Saverio, (Esq.) LL.M
- Teets, Robert (Esq) J.D., LL.M.
- Patrick Thornton, (Esq.) J.D., LL.M.
- Verrier, Celia (Esq.)
Received her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Brown
University, and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the University of Michigan
Law School. Ms. Akimova taught Legal English and Legal Ehtics at Pericles. Ms. Akimova currently works on women's human rightsfor UNICEF, collaborating
with Russian colleagues to develop effective legal advocacy strategies
to combat violence against women.
(Ballard) Kerr, Elizabeth
Graduated with a B.S. degree in journalism (emphasis in News Editorial) with honors from Oklahoma State University and then received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Upon passing the Oklahoma bar in 1994, she began her private practice in civil defense litigation, focusing her practice in the areas of insurance, including bad faith, products liability, automotive litigation, health law, including medical malpractice, and commercial law. Ms. Ballard is also trained in mediation. Since leaving Pericles she moved back to Tulsa Oklaoma to run a mediation program, and also got married and had children. She taught Legal English, as well as Evidence and Civil Procedure at Pericles.
Valery Bochnev is a native of Russia who moved to the US about 20 years ago. He received his Bachelors, with honors, in economics from NYU and for his law degree he attended Rutgers University and Brooklyn Law School. He is a member of the New York Bar. He has worked in employee benefits administration for the Bank of America in San Francisco and has spent several years with law firms and in private practice in New York, dealing with contracts, real estate, immigration, insurance law and litigation. In 2006 he moved to Moscow as in-house counsel to an international film company representing the interests of Walt Disney, Columbia Pictures, Sony Entertainment and others. Valery also has experience teaching English in New York schools with the Kaplan company and freelancing in Moscow. Valery taught Legal English and Business Organizations at Pericles until leaving Moscow in 2010.
Anne Bodley is a dual Australian/US citizen who moved to Moscow in October 2007 to work as a lawyer with Clifford Chance
in the banking and finance group until January 2009. Before that she spent three years as a Legal Officer with the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and for the Former Yugoslavia. She also worked as an associate at Allen & Overy in London, and at Mayer, Brown & Platt in New York. Before law school Anne worked in Russia for two years as a Project Officer for the US Agency for International Development. She received her law degree from New York University in 1999 and is a member of the New York Bar. Anne is also the director of The Global Challenge
, an international lawyers' initiative to reduce poverty in the world's 50 least developed countries. Anne assistant taught in the legal writing program at Pericles in Fall semester 2008. Now she is in New York continuing to do the pro-bono work she loves so much.
Vitaly Borishan received his B.A. in Legal Studies and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 2008. Mr. Borishan authored a course and lectured on Conflicts and Terrorism in the Middle East for two years in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating from law school, he has worked in the corporate department of Chadbourne & Parke’s New York office and the corporate department of Latham & Watkins’ Moscow office. Mr. Borishan has represented numerous international clients in capital markets and mergers & acquisitions transactions and has advised large Russian issuers on U.S. securities laws compliance. He is a member of the New York State Bar. Mr. Borishan grew up in a Russian émigré family in the United States, and thus is fluent in Russian as well as in English. He is teaching Legal English and Mergers & Acquisitions at Pericles.
Peter Brophy is a British lawyer who graduated in Modern Languages from Cambridge University in 1991 before studying law at Manchester Metropolitan University. He then obtained postgraduate qualifications in EU law and sports law from King's College, London. Mr. Brophy was admitted as a solicitor in 1995, and has worked for law firms in London and Manchester as well as undertaking placements in the Paris and Brussels offices of two of his employers. He also spent six years as a UK government lawyer. He has worked as a lawyer for major firms in Russia, handling knowledge management and training as well as client matters. He is currently employed by Pepeliaev Group, where he helps to draft legal documents in English and is responsible for advising on English law issues. Peter also runs the popular Blog Legal-English-Russia to discuss matters of interest to Russian speakers who work with and draft legal documents in English.
Thomas M. Callahan is a Banking & Finance Associate in the Moscow office of Dentons Europe. Tom has worked in Russia since finishing a Masters at the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University in 2010. Prior to joining Dentons, Tom advised on legal and political questions in Russia during years of public interest and human rights advocacy work there, including as a funded international justice scholar at Fordham Law.
At Fordham, Tom graduated with a JD concentration certificate in international, comparative, and foreign law. He was the Executive Notes & Articles Editor of Volume 39 of the Fordham International Law Journal, and has published on dynamic areas of Russian civil and criminal law.
Dersch, Jurgen P.
Jurgen Dersch has been practicing law in the U.S. state of Georgia
since 1999, with a specialty in contracts and real estate transactions.
He also has a broad general practice experience in the areas of criminal
law, litigation, bankruptcy, family law and corporate law. He holds
a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and
a J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. Coming to Moscow in
late 2004 to accompany his Russian wife, Jurgen worked for a few years as the English language editor for DLA
Piper Rudnick and now he is a lawyer with the Russian consulting firm AGA Management. He taught Legal English
for Pericles for some time.
Eric Engle is an academic with a B.A., Queen's (Canada), J.D. St. Louis, (U.S.A.), D.E.A. Paris II, D.E.A. Paris X (France), LL.M., Dr.Jur. Bremen, (Germany). Dr. Engle has over sixty law review publications as well as several books in print. He works as a research aid and legal translator at Harvard Law School. Dr. Engle has taught law at the Creapole-ESDI, France, Universitaet Bremen, Germany, and Tartu University, Estonia. Eric Engle taught European Union Law, Law and Economics, Advanced Legal Reasoning and Legal English in the 2010-11 academic year.
Jack Feldman graduated with a B. A. from the University of Michigan, received his J. D. from the Boston University School of Law, and his Master of Arts in Teaching from the Johns Hopkins University. He has been admitted to the Bar in Maryland, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia. After a brief diplomatic career in the U.S. Foreign Service from 1978-81, he practiced law for the next 19 years in Washington, D.C., with the firm of Feldman, Krieger, Sheehan, Goldman & Tish and its successors, focusing on immigration and general litigation matters and successfully defending numerous asylum and criminal cases. He has represented corporate clients and individuals from Canada, France, the U.K., Mexico, Spain, Brazil, and elsewhere. He taught French, English, and Spanish in the International Baccalaureate program for seven years, moved to Moscow in 2006 and taught at the Anglo-American school as well as teaching Legal English at Pericles. In 2008 he moved to St. Petersburg where he still teaches with the Anglo-American school.
Steve Feldman was born and raised in Connecticut. Mr. Feldman graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Economics and subsequently earned his MBA in Marketing from Columbia’s Graduate School of Business. He has broad managerial experience in emerging-market real estate and market development. Beginning in 1992 and lasting almost a decade, Mr. Feldman lived and worked in Moscow. He rose from Director of Marketing to Board Member and Equity Partner in Rosinka ZAO (www.rosinka.ru), the single most successful expatriate residential townhouse community in Moscow. With more than 1400 residents, this international community has individuals from 35 nations including seven consulates. He was also instrumental in bringing to fruition several schools (one with a major international school partner) within this community. During the Asian financial crisis of 1998 Mr. Feldman was a project manger for Soros Fund Management in Moscow. In 2004 and 2005 Mr. Feldman was an Adjunct Professor at the Pericles. Mr. Feldman has been a Roving Ambassador, interviewing candidates for the Columbia Business School for more than ten years and a member of the Columbia Business School Club of NYC since 1998. Mr. Feldman was a guest speaker at a Columbia Business School conference on Ethics in Emerging Markets in 2004.
Thomas Firestone is Resident Legal Adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. He received a B.A. from Harvard College in 1986 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1993. He also received an MA in International Relations from U.C. Berkeley in 1987. Since 1998, Mr. Firestone has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, specializing in the investigation and prosecution of organized crime cases. Mr. Firestone has twice been detailed to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow as Resident Legal Adviser, in which capacity he works with Russian law enforcement, legislators and private attorneys on various legal issues, including issues related to anti-corruption, corporate raiding, antitrust enforcement, jury trials, and criminal procedure reform. Prior to entering the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Firestone served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Allen G. Schwartz, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, and as an associate at the New York law firm of Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason and Silberberg, where he specialized in white collar criminal defense. Mr. Firestone has published widely in U.S. and Russian law journals on issues related to organized crime and corruption. Tom teaches a special course in Corporate and White Collar Crime.
Franklin Gill is a retired professor in International Business Transactions and Securities Regulation from the University of New Mexico, where he has taught for the past 15 years. Prior to that he was Chief Corporate and Securities Counsel for Sun Oil Company and also worked as an associate with the New York law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardell. Professor Gill is the editor of a three volume treatise on American securities law. Besides his J.D. from Northwestern University in Chicago, Professor Gill also holds a B.A. degree from Colambia Univercity and an M.A degree in Russian studies from Columbia's prestigious Harriman Institute. Professor Gill taught Securities Regulation and Legal English at Pericles, and has since returned to the United States.
Tim Hale graduated with a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of North Texas. He then received his J.D. from Fordham University in New York. While attending law school, Professor Hale worked at Lexis Publishing, where he researched and wrote portions of the employment treatise. In 2000, he began practicing patent law at the New York law firm of Davidson, Davidson & Kappel. While there, Professor Hale researched, wrote, and prosecuted patents in the fields of computer programming, spectrometry, and medical devices. After leaving Davidson, Davidson & Kappel, he worked as a consultant in the former Soviet Union and at the New York branch of Sullivan & Cromwell. At Sullivan & Cromwell, Professor Hale performed due diligence for corporate reinsurance transactions, mergers, and acquisitions. He is a member of the New York State Bar and Federal Patent Bar. Professor Hale is also proficient in Russian and Spanish. He taught Legal Writing II at Pericles in the Spring semester of 2008, and has since returned to New York.
Andrew Hehir received his law degree from University College Dublin in 2003. Upon graduation Andrew worked in-house for an investment funds company for several years. In 2006, Andrew joined A&L Goodbody Solicitors where he specialized in investment funds law. In early 2008, Andrew moved to Moscow and took up a position with Baker & McKenzie's Moscow Office in the banking and finance division, where he worked until March of 2009. He has decided to exercise his desire to teach by joining Pericles full time. Andrew is a qualified Solicitor and a member of the New York State Bar; Andrew is also Fellow of the Institute of Arbitrators (London branch). He worked full time at Pericles for the 2009-10 academic year, teaching European Union Law, Introduction to English Law, Banking and Financial Law, and Legal English courses.
After receiving a BA in International Relations and Business from the University of San Diego, Ryan Hovey was certified to teach English as a foreign language, and began his teaching career in Taiwan. Later, he began a corporate training business specializing in training professional language and communication skills in Beijing, China. Until 2005 Ryan was Pericles Associate Dean, directing marketing and PR activities, and taught TOEFL and Business English. Ryan then returned to the US where he took an MBA at University of Michigan GSB. After graduation he entered the health care and insurance field, where he still works successfully in the Michigan area. On an ad hoc basis Ryan helps Pericles students via email with choosing and applying to business school.
Tom Humpage graduated with an LL.B. from the University of Southampton in 2000. Upon graduation he worked in the Technology Media and Telecoms department of Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons) in the City of London. After a year Tom decided that the life of a full time City lawyer was not for him. He retrained as a teacher of English as a foreign language and moved to Genoa in Italy where he combined teaching English and working as an in house legal consultant for Alsaldo Energia, a power plant producer. On his return to London, Tom spent several years teaching intensive business and legal English courses to foreign executives, lawyers and other professionals. This led him to develop an interest in business and managing people which inspired him to do a postgraduate in Human Resources Management. In July 2013, Tom moved abroad again, this time to Moscow, Russia - the joint attraction of love and money was too much to resist! Tom taught Legal English & English Law at Pericles in the 2014-15 academic year.
Daniel Klein is a partner in the largest independent foreign-owned Russian-based law firm, Hellevig, Klein & Usov. He is also a Director at the Independent Directors Association, and co-owner of Avenir Accounting company & Avenir Recruitment, as well as acting Legal Editor for Passport Magazine. Professor Klein has also worked as an investment officer for an Austrian-based Siemen's owned adventure capital company that was going public and other corporate and legal roles in various
companies and countries including New York's IP law firm, Pennie & Edmonds. He has a law degree from NYLS, an MBA from London Business School and a mechanical engineering degree from Washington Univeristy. Professor Klein also speaks, Russian, French, Spanish and Czech. He
taught Securities Regulation and Business Organizations courses at Pericles.
Professor Klein is frequently interviewed on Russia Today http://www.russiatoday.ru/guests/video/918 regarding his opinion of business opportunities in Russia.
Marianna Kosharovsky taught Introduction to US Law at Pericles when she was a legal officer in PILnet's Moscow office, developing pro bono initiatives in Russia. Following studies in law at New York University School of Law and in international relations at Central European University--Budapest, Ms. Kosharovsky practiced corporate law at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy's New York office. She also counseled and advocated for human trafficking victims from Russia and Ukraine as a pro bono fellow with Sanctuary for Families in New York. Ms. Kosharovsky has now returned to the United States, where she is running a non-profit organization that helps fight human trafficking in Denver, Colorado.
William Kucera obtained his Juris Doctor with First Class Honours degree from the University of Canberra School of Law. He completed his practical legal training at the Australian National University and is admitted as an Australian solicitor. He holds an LLM (with Distinction) from the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee. He holds an MSc from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where he was a scholarship recipient, and an undergraduate degree from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. His publications have appeared with Palgrave Macmillan, the Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine, the International Association for Energy Economics, and in peer review journals. In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and in 2015 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Alexander Lebedeff, Alex to his friends, has a long background in test preparation and training. A native Californian, for three years he taught in and was later promoted to training teachers in an SAT, GMAT and GRE training center in Los Angeles. After that he took a position with Microsoft in training and support, and also went on to train for major companies such as Compuserve and JD Power & Associates. A few years later he decided to explore his ancestoral roots by moving to Russia and leveraging his training and computer skills to direct NIIT Training Center, a computer training program administered in conjunction with Moscow State University. From January 2007 through 2012, he taught GMAT, TOEFL and SAT preparation for Pericles. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, with an emphasis in human factors and cognitive science and with this background he takes pride in being able to explain seemingly difficult topics to both high-schoolers and adults, placing an emphasis on understanding how test-writers think. He has now returned to his native Los Angeles, where he says his most challenging teaching assignment of all is schooling his daughter Sophia in Life 101.
Robert G. Levy is a retired lecturer in antitrust law from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Levy obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and immediately began his specialty as a prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. After cutting his teeth with the government, he entered private practice in antitrust, where he quickly became partner with Frank, Bernstein, Conaway and Goldman in Baltimore, and later with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington, D.C. In 1990, Mr. Levy took up a part time academic career, teaching Anti-Trust Law & Economics at Yale University, and then at John’s Hopkins University, where he remained until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Levy has been a frequent lecturer and panelist at numerous antitrust conferences, including seminars for the American Bar Association and for New York Law Journal. He is also interested in intellectual property law and litigation. Mr. Levy visited Pericles to teach Antitrust Law in conjunction with Torsten Syrbe for the fall semester of 2011 and 2014. Prof. Levy passed away in 2018.
Vivian Mashavave received his first law degree, a Bachelor of Laws, with Honors, from the University of Zimbabwe.
He then went on to work as a legal assistant in the banking and finance department of Dube, Manikai, & Hwacha Commercial Legal Practitioners in his home country. In 2005, Vivian came to Russia to take Pericles' LL.M. program, and graduated with honors in 2007. In the summers of 2006 and 2007 he studied in the University of San Diego programs in London and in Oxford, where he also received top grades. Vivian returned to Russia in 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Legal Writing and Legal Research at Pericles, and in 2010 was also promoted to Registrar.
Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff is Pericles' first "Professor Emeritus." Joining Pericles in 1998, Alexis was also Pericles' "Professor Higgins" for a number of years, teaching GMAT and TOEFL Grammar. More than Professor Higgins though, Alexis has also been Alexander III, Nicholas II, and even Rasputin in his popular "History In Person" lecture series. Over his long and varied career, Alexis has also been a radio broadcaster, a magazine and newspaper editor, and a San Francisco police officer. Alexis has now retired back to the United States but rejoins Pericles on occassional visits back to Moscow to teach and entertain us. Alexis holds bachelors' degrees in Broadcast Communications, French Literature, and Clinical Sciences; a Master of Fine Arts in Composition and Conducting, a Master of Arts in Psycholinguistics; a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion; and another Ph.D. in Russian History. He speaks seven languages.On April 17, 2013, Professor Melteff delivered a short lecture at Sonoma State University on the life and death of Grigorii Rasputin. It was recorded and placed on YouTube here.
Andrew Mendelssohn obtained his Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley, and his J.D. from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. Upon graduation from law school, Andrew worked as in-house counsel for a small California mortgage company, American EquiFund. In 1995, he joined a small California law firm where he specialized in bankruptcy, real estate and business law. In 2002 he moved to North Carolina to open his own law practice, and expanded his legal specialties to include arbitration and mediation, but after a couple of years he was bitten by the travel bug: he took a position with a US government grantee and moved to Ekaterinburg to teach History, English, and Human Rights Law at various Ekaterinburg universities, including the Urals State Law Academy. He moved to Moscow at the end of 2007. Andrew is a member of the California and North Carolina Bars, and is a licensed mediator and is admitted to practice in various U.S. federal jurisdictions including the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Andrew directed legal skills programs at Pericles from 2007-2015.
Andrew passed away a month after he left his teaching position at Pericles and accepted a full-time teaching job at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Students of Pericles loved Andrew for his open mind, friendly character, ability to advise and support. His sense of humor will remain with us. He will remain in our hearts.
In memoriam: Andrew Mendelssohn
Jeff Mohney obtained a Juris Doctor in addition to a certificate in securities law from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, and completed his B.A. in French at the College of Charleston. He has worked in the high-technology sector, interned at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and is a member of the New York Bar. He has advised clients on mergers and acquisitions matters as well as private fund formations. He is teaching Legal English and Intro to American Law at Pericles.
Chris Moore completed a B.S. at California State University Long Beach and worked in accounting before going on to complete his Juris Doctor at the University of California, Davis in 1988. Professor Moore began practicing law with Hoffman, Sabban & Watenmaker before going on to work as a Senior Tax Manager at Ernest & Young in Moscow, and then on to Courdert Brothers, now Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, in Moscow. Professor Moore is recognized as a leading authority on international taxation, and has spoken about the topic throughout Russia and Europe. He is a member for the California State Bar. In 2007 Chris moved to Hong Kong where he worked as a consultant for two years before returning to Moscow at the end of 2008. Professor Moore teaches Contract Law, Tax Law and International Business Transactions at as an adjunct professor at Pericles.
David Myers graduated with B.S. degrees in Economics and Political Science from Iowa State University and a Juris Doctorate and Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Iowa. Professor Myers then joined the U.S. Department of Justice through its Honors Program where he specialized in antitrust law. After several years with the Justice Department, he accepted a position with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in Melbourne, Australia, where he assisted in the implementation of new antitrust legislation. Professor Myers then moved into the private sector, working first for an Australian firm and later for Fried Frank in Washington, DC. In 2006-2008 he worked as a diplomat at the US Embassy in Moscow, and in Spring 2008 he taught antitrust law at Pericles on an adjunct basis. Professor Myer's diplomatic career then took him back to the US, and in 2009 he moved to Ho Chi Min City for his next foreign posting.
Len Nebons is the CEO of NebonsLewin Int’l (www.nebonslewin.com), a Moscow based HR consultancy firm. He is also a partner in 4 Entertainment (www.4entertainment.biz), a Hollywood based marketing company for the entertainment industry. A native New Yorker, he spent 20 years on Wall Street with Major Firms before coming to Russia. In Russia he served as Vice Chairman of 3 banks, and as a fund manager. He earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, and is an ambassador to Russia under Columbia’s Ambassador Program, interviewing and recommending candidates. He also holds a BS degree in Engineering.
Holly Nielsen is currently International Legal Counsel for Kaspi.kz, a Kazakh fintech company listed on the London Stock Exchange. From 2006 through 2021, Ms. Nielsen held positions as General Counsel and Senior Funds Counsel for Baring Vostok Capital Partners, the leading private equity firm in Russia. During that time, Baring Vostok Funds participated in the IPOs of portfolio companies including Yandex, CTC, Ozon and Kaspi. Ms. Nielsen was the managing partner of the Moscow office for US law firm Baker Botts from 1992-94; the partner-in-charge of the Moscow office of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy from 1997-2000; the co-head of the Moscow office of Debevoise & Plimpton from 2001-2006. During 1995-97 Ms. Nielsen was employed by Harvard University as a senior advisor to the first Chairman of the Russian Securities Commission on matters of policy, agency and market development and legislation. She has been responsible for many high-profile M&A, securities and investment fund transactions in Russia over the past 30 years.
Kristin O'Grady was with the American Public Transportation Association, where she worked for over six years as counsel/lobbyist for this non-profit industry association representing the public transportation industry sector. Ms. O'Grady also has a long history in international affairs, dating back to her work with the US Department of Commerce and the US Trade Representative, where she focused on Canadian trade, subsidies, tariffs, dispute settlement, and natural resource management issues. In addition, she worked with the US Department of Energy on on-site inspection provisions in arms control agreements and other treaty interpretation matters. She has also been published in scholarly journals on several international topics. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She taught Property Law and Legal Writing I at Pericles for two years. Currently she is living in South Korea where he husband is working with the US Department of Commerce.
Christopher Osakwe holds a B.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford, a J.D. from the University of Illinois and a Candidate of Law from Moscow State University. He is a retired professor of comparative law at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and he comes to Moscow every Spring to teach and research. Professor Osakwe teaches contract law and tort law at Pericles, and teaching courses on comparative civil law at Moscow State Institute for International Relations and the Higher School of Economics. Professor Osakwe is the co-author of the most popular American textbook on comparative law, is the author of numerous articles on Russian and comparative law, and is the editor of a popular English translation and commentary on the Russian Civil Code. See a synopsis of Professor Osakwe's guest lecture on Comparative Law here.
In Spring 2010 Andrey co-taught the Securities Regulation course at Pericles with Ethan Heinz. When Andrey Pozhitkov taught for us he was a Russian law-qualified associate at Linklaters CIS specialising in structured finance and derivatives as well as equity and debt capital markets. Before joining Linklaters, Andrey worked as a senior legal counsel in the legal department of the Russian licensed banking subsidiary of an international bank. Prior to that he has worked in the Banking and Finance group of a US Law firm. Andrey graduated from the Law faculty of the Moscow State University (MGU im. M.V.Lomonosova) and read civil law. In the summer of 2010, after finishing teaching his course at Pericles. Andrey left Linklaters and joined Allen & Overy Moscow office.
Matt Roazen is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the Moscow office. He received his J.D. cum laude in 1993 from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was an editor of the Temple Law Review and where he clerked for his third-year clinicals in the chambers of a United States District Judge in New Jersey. Prior to his law degree, Mr. Roazen earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Russian. After admission to the bar in 1993, and before joining the partnership at Akin Gump, Mr. Roazen was in private practice in the United States and Russia, worked with the Moscow offices of Salans, and Leboeuf Lamb Green & MacRae, served for five years as General Counsel of the SUN Group, and later became the Chief International Counsel of Alfabank. Mr. Roazen taught Contract Drafting and Mergers & Acquisitions at Pericles, but most recently he has decided to keep his evenings free for his family. He still occassionally guest lectures.
Bijan Samie is a native Canadian who has recently moved to Moscow to teach at Cambridge International School and is also teaching the GMAT grammar section at Pericles. As a professional educator, before coming to Moscow he taught English as a foreign language for several years in Canada. Bijan holds an honors B.Sc. in biochemistry with a minor in macroeconomics from McMaster University, in Ontario. (McMaster is the 4th ranked university in Canada.) Bijan also holds a CELTA certificate and a specialized certificate for teaching the IELTS exam. At the Cambridge International School he teaches biology and chemistry to high school students, and in his spare time he undertakes freelance translation and editing projects in Russian and English. Prof. Samie has moved back to Canada.
Elena Schachter is a native New Yorker who graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College of Columbia University with a double major in English and French Literature and a minor in Russian Language and Literature. Ms. Schachter made her first trip to the Soviet Union in 1989 and permanently moved to Russia in 1993, after which she started working as Sales & Marketing Manager for the Americom Business and Office Center at the Radisson/Slavyanskaya Hotel. Later, Ms. Schachter worked for four years as the Administrative Coordinator and teacher of English at the Russian State University for the Humanities Center for Biblical and Judaic Studies. In 1994, Ms. Schachter joined the American Bar Association Central and East European Law as Administrative Coordinator and was later promoted to Field Financial Manager for all of the ABAs operations in the Russian Federation and Belarus. Ms. Schachter has been teaching the Reading Comprehension and Structure sections of the TOEFL and GMAT tests at Pericles on and off since 1999.
John Sherry holds a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, as well as an M.A. in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster, Diplomatic Academy of London and a B.A. in Russian and French from Trinity College, Dublin. John also holds a certificate in International and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego Law School. He is a member of the Illinois Bar. John taught in the Michigan public school system and worked at the Embassy of Canada in Dublin. In 2009, John came to work for a year as Pericles' Director of Admissions and Records, and he soon expanded his roll into teaching various seminars and Legal English, Intro to American Law and Legal Writing courses. John went on to work in KPMG's Moscow office legal department, and then took to a position at the Irish Embassy in Moscow in 2012. After that he moved to Ireland, and most recently he is back in the United States, practicing law in Texas.
Peter Schulze graduated from Oxford University and is an English solicitor. He trained and qualified with the international
law firm Lovells, working in their London, Hong Kong and Moscow offices. After eight years with Lovells, Peter joined the Moscow
office of "magic circle" firm
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
at the beginning of
2002, where he worked until leaving for an private entrepreneurial venture in 2007. Peter has been involved
in Russian and CIS work
since qualifying, including a
secondment to the legal team
of an English bank that specialises
in Russian and CIS
borrowers. Peter specialises
in banking and finance, particularly
finance and project finance,
debt capital market transactions,
IPO and other equity
offerings, as well as corp.
transactions. Outside of his
work, Peter is a keen sportsman,
playing football and golf
regularly. He is married with
two children. He taught
English law at Pericles.
Natalya Stöber (Marriott) is a business skills trainer and a fluent English speaker with many years of living in The US and Sweden. Natalya has extensive experience in business gained through many years of working for the US Government and a number of major Russian industrial holding companies. She is a Bachelor of Linguistics and a holder of MBA degree with highest honors from American Institute of Business and Economics. At present she is teaching a wide range of Business courses including Finance, Marketing and general Business Communication Skills. She is passionate about training and sharing with others. At Pericles Ms. Stoeber is teaching Business Communications Skills Workshops, which assist students in career preparation by assuring familiarity with the language and customs used for cross-cultural meetings, interviews, presentations, networking events and other business activities. She is currently living in South Africa.
Saverio Tedesco is qualified as an Italian lawyer (avvocato). He earned his Italian Law Degree from the LUISS University of Rome in 2006. Then he furthered his legal education by completing a LLM in International Trade and Commercial Law at the Oxford Brookes University (UK) in 2008. In 2009 Saverio widened his perspective of international law as an intern at UNIDROIT in Rome. From 2009 to 2011, Saverio was an associate in a renowned Italian law firm headquartered in Rome; the firm also sent him to Russia on behalf of clients. In Moscow he presented at international law seminars at the PFUR University.
From 2011 to 2013, Saverio worked in the legal department of Siirtec Nigi SpA, in Milan as the Legal & Contract Administrator. In the company he dealt mainly with the managing, drafting and negotiating international contracts, as well as compliance issues, corporate law matters and litigation monitoring. Saverio joined the International Department of the firm Di Francia Law Firm in 2016. His primary practice area is international Private Law with a focus on commercial law, contracting, corporate matters, and Real Estate. He is teaching International Business Transactions at Pericles.
Robert Teets has been an active member of the California and U.S. Supreme Court bars for 30 plus years and formally qualified as a Russian lawyer for 7 years. With a B.S. in physics (Syracuse University), J.D. (UC-Hastings), and a LL.M. (Institute of State & Law, Russian Academy of Sciences), he has lectured on several University of California faculties (Berkeley, Davis , and San Francisco) and has been an associate law professor at Hastings, and a visiting professor at his Russian alma mater. Professor Teets has held numerous public sector posts, been in private practice for 10 years in San Francisco, and for 7 years has served as Chief Legal Officer for the International Science & Technology Center, a Moscow-based intergovernmental organization dealing with nonproliferation and defense conversion. Currently, Professor Teets is the International Bar Association's observer to the Khodorkovsky trial. He teaches Legal English at Pericles and runs the popular free Saturday "Vocabulary klatch."
Patrick Thornton obtained an L.L.M. from the University of Houston in Intellectual Property and Information Law, a M.L.S. from Rice University, a J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a B.A. from Texas State University. He taught Law at several universities and law schools including: Rice University, The University of Houston Law School, South Texas College of Law, Latrobe Law School in Melbourne, Australia, I.E. Business School in Madrid, Spain, and Handong Law School in South Korea. He was a practicing lawyer for twenty-two years in tort litigation and intellectual property. He was a National Football League Contract Advisor, worked for the Hendricks Sports Management as a sports attorney and represented professional athletes in football and golf. He was also a Judge Advocate General. He published articles in the ABA Journal, The University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal, South Texas college of Law Review and The University of Maine Law Review. He authored a textbook published by Jones Bartlett entitled Sports Law, and another entitled Court Cases that Shaped Modern Baseball, McFarland Publishing. Patrick was a frequent visitor at Pericles, teaching full time as a visiting professor in 2009, and in the summer of 2010 to teaching a popular Cyberlaw course. We regret to say that Patrick passed away from cancer in the spring of 2012. We all miss his professionalism, friendship and inspirational spirit.