811 08 Bratislava, Slovakia
Member of the New York Bar since
to Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Bratislava, Slovakia
March 1999 - to date
Institutional and policy advisor to Deputy Prime Minister for Economic
Affairs. Advice on a host of policy issues; policy co-ordination among
high government officials; key interlocutor with IFIs; co-counterpart for
the preparation and negotiations of an EFSAL loan; spearheaded efforts
to reform the corporate governance rules, collateral system, bankruptcy,
licensing systems, and dispute resolution system. Co-authored the principal
Government concept paper on the institutional, legal and regulatory changes
needed to improve the business and investment climate, based on a FIAS
study; part of the core group that designed the National Program on Fight
Against Corruption. From June, 1999 through December, 2000, this assignment
was financed by EU Phare Programme. From the Spring of 2001 to date, the
assignment has been partially financed by UNDP and by ABA CEELI project.
Legal and Policy
Consultant for EBRD, Secured Transactions Projects in Slovakia and Serbia
April 2001 - to date
Team leader for the development of a new secured transactions/collateral
regime in Slovakia. Policy Advisor on a collateral reform in Serbia.
In this capacity, in Slovakia, helped to design, draft and push
through the political process a comprehensive secured transactions reform,
including the establishment of a pledge registry. In Serbia, work with
EBRD and a local drafting team on the reform; advice on institutional and
policy reform aspects of the process.
Sterling, London, United Kingdom
July 1998 - March 1999
Senior Associate in the corporate finance practice area. US corporate
finance practice in US SEC registered and unregistered transactions, including
initial public offerings, private placements, rights offerings, exchange
offers and high-yield debt offerings.
World Bank, Legal Department,
Sept. 1993 - June 1998
Senior Counsel, Legal Reform and Advisory Services Unit (promoted to Senior
Counsel in May 1997). Counsel, Europe and Central Asia Division.
Experience with a number of loan and financial transactions in Central
and Eastern European countries, including clearance of arrears and debt
restructuring. Extensive experience in negotiating with senior government
officials. Worked directly with Assistant General Counsel on a variety
of legal and judicial reform projects, including Russia, Georgia, Armenia,
Turkmenistan and Yemen. Extensive experience in project design and implementation.
Deputy task manager of the Russia Legal Reform Project.
& Pickering, Washignton, DC
Nov. 1990 - Sept. 1993
Associate in the international and corporate departments. Corporate,
commercial and regulatory experience. Legal research, drafting memoranda
and agreements, negotiations, participation in client meetings.
Weiss Dawid Fross Zelnick
& Lehrman, New York, NY
Sept. 1989 - Oct. 1990
Associate in the international trademark and copyright department.
Specialized in trademark, copyright and unfair competition law. Prepared
and filed trademark applications world-wide, drafted oppositions and license
agreements, researched U.S. and foreign trademark and copyright law.
Institute of State and Law of the Academy of Sciences, Bratislava,
June 1987 - August 1988
Academic researcher. Research and writing on company, economic and intellectual
University of Michigan Law School,
Ann Arbor, MI
August 1988 - May 1989
LL.M. degree (Masters of Law)
Full Law School tuition-waiver, scholarship and travel grant.
Comenius University Law School,
Sept. 1983 - June 1987
JUDr. degree (Juris Doctor)
Graduated with Highest Honors.
Public Affairs, Public Policy Think-Tank, Bratislava, Slovakia.
for a Civil Society, Civil society development oriented
foundation, New York, USA.
PONTIS, Foundation aimed at building of a civil society
and development of corporate philanthophy, Bratislava, Slovakia.
Co-author of a chapter on the Rule of Law, Legal Developments and
Law Implementation in Slovakia in 2001; in Slovakia 2001, A Global
Report on the State of Society, a book published annualy by Institute
for Public Affairs (http://www.ivo.sk/english.asp)
Federalism That Failed: Reflections on Czecho - Slovakia,
Europe Law Review, Fall 1992, Benjamin J. Cardozo School of Law,
Yeshiva University, New York.
Czecho ? Slovakia: Constitutional Disappointments, American
University Journal of International Law and Policy, Vol. 7, No. 3
(1992), Washington College of Law, Washington.
AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:
One year International
Policy Fellowship, Open Society Institute, Budapest, Hungary;
writing on the policy reform process and institutional failures in Slovakia,
2002. Topic: Lessons from Slovakia's Transition, www.osi.hu
German Marshall Fund Campus Fellowship,
One week intense teaching course on Policy Issues in Transition Countries,
Elon University, Elon, North Carolina, USA, October 2001, www.gmfus.org
Slovakia Woman of the Year - 2000,
Slovak Spectator (Main English Language Weekly published in Slovakia),
Year End Issue 2000.
Czech, English, Russian, Slovak (native) - fluent
German, Polish, Serbian and Croatian - working knowledge
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