Iryna Miteneva

Iryna Miteneva

Challenging goals and happy maternity
Alumni interview (16 September 2016)
2015-present Director at Skywind Tech BY LLC
2013-2015 Head of Legal at Viaden Media LLC
2008-2013 Sorainen, associate, practised in Tax & Customs, Distribution & Trade, Intellectual Property, Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences, and Insurance.


Message to ex-colleagues

Harmony in everything!

What has happened in your life since you left Sorainen?

I married, got a husky dog and gave a birth to a child – that’s my private life news :).

As for the professional sphere, after leaving Sorainen I started practicing law in the IT industry, worked as Head of Legal for two years and now hold the position of director at  Skywind Tech BY, an  international gaming software development company.

How did you decide to move from law firm to in-house?

I decided to move to in-house after almost six years of practicing law with Sorainen. It was not a sudden decision. I always wanted to compare work in a law firm with work as an in-house lawyer, and to try myself in the IT or Pharmaceutical sector. It was interesting to explore a specific industry from the inside. When you work in a law firm and consult a client you are not always aware whether the client followed your advice or not, whether it was useful for the client or not, and in general how your advice influenced the client’s business. The last-mentioned was especially important to me, so when I felt that the time had come I changed job. Of course I had some doubts because I left one of the best law firms in Belarus where I worked on very interesting projects for world-known companies. But in my case it was the right decision at the right moment.

What was your greatest achievement in Sorainen?

It’s difficult to name one greatest achievement but I can say for sure that with Sorainen I established myself as a lawyer and my experience there helped a lot for my further achievements outside Sorainen. Frankly speaking, I believe that for each lawyer in their career it is very desirable to work with a law firm like Sorainen which has a good quality management system.

Your hardest day with Sorainen?

I do not remember one… One of the hardest days was during the first months of working with Sorainen. When I came to Sorainen I was green and at first I was given minor tasks. But one day at the end of the working day we received a request from a client. The client wanted us to provide a memo concerning different regulatory aspects of import and circulation of medicines and medical goods in Belarus by the next morning. The Minsk office of Sorainen was small at that time and other colleagues were overloaded with other work, so it was delegated to me. My first thought was: oh my God, how can I do this by the morning? But then I realised that it was my chance to show that I was ready for real work, so I bought an energy drink, spent the whole night working, felt exhausted but the memo was ready by early morning and after review by a partner it was sent to the client. That morning I had the feeling that I could do anything.

What do you value most in people?

In my colleagues I value professionalism, loyalty, reliability. And generally I like kind and generous people.

What is your biggest goal in the current position?

My goal is to help the business activities of Skywind Group to grow and develop in Belarus  in compliance with corporate policy and Belarusian laws. And also I want the people who work with me to be happy at work :)

Name a good book to read.

The first that comes to my mind is something like “How to make your baby happy”, as my son is only two months old now and at the moment I’m reading such books :) And if seriously, it could be “1984” by George Orwell.

Name a good place to travel.

It depends on what you expect from your trip. If you are tired of Europe and strive for new impressions, go to Asia. For a start I would recommend Vietnam, just take a motorbike and go through this country from north to south. You’ll definitely get a new and unforgettable experience.

What makes you happy?

The smile of my child, trips with my husband, lunches with friends, dinners with parents, a lot of other things. My job of course! I’m a happy person.

Would you be a Sorainen client?

The company I work for already had some experience of work with Sorainen. Thanks to Alexey Anischenko and Mikhail Sergeenya for their expertise.

What would you wish for your former colleagues?

I would wish harmony – at work, with family, with yourself. And if you don’t like something, start to change things. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. 

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