The FENG Eastern Europe S.I.G.

Next Meeting


11/07/2017 – 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (Reserve a spot at this event)


Baltic Restaurant
74 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8HA
United Kingdom


Topic: The latest developments in Ukraine and Poland

Speakers: Olga Aleksandrovna and Olga Maczynska, with the law firm of Fletcher Day

Olga Aleksandrovna of the Russia, Ukraine and CIS desk, and Olga Maczynska, of the Real Estate desk will be providing us with an update about the latest developments in their native countries of Ukraine and Poland.

Speaker’s bios:

Olga Aleksandrova:
Olga is a dual qualified Solicitor, in both the UK and Ukraine. She has been awarded both Bachelors & Masters Degrees in Law at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv as well as the LLM (Master of Laws) at Queen Mary, University of London.

Before joining Fletcher Day, Olga worked at Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev and Partners (‘EPAM’), a leading international law firm in Kiev. During her time there, she acted for leading corporations and multinationals on a broad range of international arbitration and litigation matters.

Upon qualification in August 2017, Olga joined the Private Client Department and specialises in tax and trusts, estate and succession planning, as well as Wills and probate.

She also manages the firm’s Russia, Ukraine and CIS Desk, which provides support and assistance to the firm’s growing international client base – particularly those with business operations in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other CIS countries. In conjunction to that, her focus is to develop business relations between these former USSR countries and the UK using her broad network of existing contacts.

Olga speaks Russian, Ukrainian and German.

Olga Maczynska:
Olga is a Solicitor in the Residential and Commercial Property departments. In addition to her Bachelor of Law from University of Sussex, she also holds a Master of Laws from University College London.

Olga has a breadth of experience in residential property. This includes dealing with acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold interests, acting for clients acquiring new build properties (including those requiring assistance with help to buy and shared ownership schemes) and dealing with property refinancing including bridging finance. She advises on lease variations and licences for alterations and also has experience in de-enveloping residential property out of corporate offshore structures.

Olga also deals with commercial leases of retail and office space, acting for both landlord and tenant.

She speaks Polish and acts for numerous Polish nationals who are looking to relocate to or invest in the UK.

Meeting for drinks at 6:30 pm; followed by dinner at 7:30 pm.


About the Eastern Europe S.I.G.

If you have a strong interest in Eastern Europe, you should join this SIG. Your interest may come from a combination of nationality, family background, working or planning to work in connection with this part of the world.

By Eastern Europe, we include a vast group covering Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary), Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, the former Yugoslavia, the former Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, the Baltic States etc.) and Mongolia.

The purpose of the new SIG is not different from the other SIGs of The FENG, but with a regional focus. It is primarily to:

- Allow focused networking with people sharing the same interest,
- Promote career opportunities in connection with this region,
- Develop business in the area,
- Exchange information about this part of the world,
-Attract to The FENG more talents from Eastern Europe.

For some of us, it is also a mean to reconnect to a region, where they have family ties.

The focus is professional; however it should not let us lose sight of the fact that doing business in Eastern Europe is inseparable from friendship and culture.

S.I.G. Leadership

Philippe Belot
+44 (07939) 20 88 99
Philippe has more than 20 years of project and corporate finance experience in the emerging markets of Russia and Central Europe. Joining the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 1993, he participated in the Russian Mass Privatisation Programme and developped private equity funds investing in newly privatised companies in the regions of Russia. In the course of his career at EBRD, his responsibilities encompassed project finance, managing the debt and private equity portfolio of EBRD in Central Europe (€1.2bn), handling equity exits and special situations, being Non-Executive Director on the boards of 5 companies (including a publicly listed one). He left EBRD in 2011 to become the Deputy CFO of Vimetco, the Russian metals and commodities group, as Head of Corporate and Project Finance. He left Vimetco in 2013 and is looking to support Eastern European companies in their international expansion.

Philippe started his career in the internal audit and corporate planning departments of industrial companies DMC and Pechiney, then with Rothschild Bank where he carried out privatisation and M&A assignments in Western Europe and Hungary.

Philippe graduated in finance from HEC Paris, the French leading business school. He speaks English, French, German, Russian and Polish.

For Meeting Information, Please Contact:
Philippe Belot
+44 (07939) 20 88 99