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Valery

The first name in Connecting Generations

Valery Zaikin is a Private Client Director in our UK office. His key responsibility is to develop our service offering for clients in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Day to day, his role involves a great deal of communication with colleagues across our network, clients and intermediaries. A citizen of Germany and Russia, Valery’s facility with languages gives him a distinct advantage in his role.

Life is a gift and we should spend it wisely

Valery has over 15 years of experience in the professional services sector. Before he joined the Group in March 2018, he held positions as Director, Fiduciary and Banking Services for the CIS Market for two international banks. Prior to that he was a lawyer with a Big Four accountancy firm and was Head of Legal for a private equity fund. Valery has a Bachelor of Law and a Master of Laws in EU Tax and Customs Law from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

A straight talker, Valery believes ‘if you don’t ask, you don’t get’. He is keen that he and his team strive for service excellence at all times. Valery’s role brings him into contact with colleagues across a number of our offices, which he really enjoys. He particularly appreciates working with Gerard O’Gorman, who is open minded with a good sense of humor

FIRST AMBITION: TO BE A BUS DRIVER LIKE HIS GRANDFATHER

Valery grew up on a farm in a small village in Kazakhstan and it’s still his favourite place on earth. In a career full of highlights, he counts admission to university as his proudest moment. When it comes to food, Valery is a fan of home cooked meals, especially those prepared by his wife. His future ambitions include travelling around the world with his family and to play basketball as long as he can.