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Andrey Gusev: Transparency and Communication

Published: March 12, 2014 (Issue # 1801)



  • Andrey Gusev finds that an international outlook is one of the keys to his success, despite remaining in St. Petersburg.
    Photo: Yekaterina Kuzmina / Vedomosti

Andrey Gusev, the head of the St. Petersburg office of Finnish law firm Borenius, sees himself as a rare example of a professional who, unlike many of his colleagues, remained in St. Petersburg rather than seeking his fortune abroad or in Moscow. Highly regarded in international rankings, Gusev chose to stay in his home country when he met his future wife at a crucial turning point in his career.

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With more than 20 years experience working in different countries, Gusev is seeing more and more similarities between the different nations. As a result, he believes that firms need to up their game if they want to succeed. It is now no longer enough to be a Finnish firm and wait for the Finnish clients to roll through the door. Gusev sat with The St. Petersburg Times in his firms offices and explained what lawyers providing premium legal services need to do to survive in an increasingly competitive market. Gusev also shared his concerns over the amount of newly qualified lawyers flooding the job market and his thoughts on how this trend should be addressed.

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Q: You career spans several decades, how did you start out?

A: I began studying in the Soviet Union and graduated in Russia. All the significant changes in the country happened during my second and third years of study. We witnessed the development of a market economy. It was a turbulent time when many of us started working. I got my first job as a partner of a law firm in 1992, before I had my diploma. This fact now seems unusual to my foreign colleagues.

In 1994, I joined Arthur Andersen where I was working in the tax department. In 1996, I moved to Ernst&Young. That was a very interesting period with a trip to New York, where I gained my first international experience. Then there were 13 years spent with Mannheimer Swartling, after which I moved to Borenius.

Q: What impact did your working in New York have on you?

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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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