Meder Akeneev

October 18, 2021

Right after graduating, Meder joined Bishkek office of GRATA International, one of the leading law firms in the Central Asian and Caspian regions, where he soon found himself at the front line of financial, corporate, and commercial developments in the Kyrgyz Republic. Being part of the company’s finance and corporate teams, he participated in the realization of the two first PPP projects in the history of the Kyrgyz Republic, financing of a gold processing plant construction at the second largest gold ore field, and a number of M&A transactions across the country’s developing banking market. In addition to that, in 2019 he became a certified patent attorney of the Kyrgyz Republic.

After almost 4 years with GRATA International, Meder spent a short term at Namba Group, one of the leading local IT & Media holdings, as an in-house counsel, where he advised founder and senior management on corporate structuring of the scattered company group, assessment of global legal risks, intellectual property management, and other issues related to the holding’s legal transformation.

In September 2021, Meder has joined EBRD’s head office in London as an associate counsel in the banking operations team. EBRD is a multilateral developmental investment bank which uses investment as a tool to build market economies. It mandates to work only in countries that are committed to democratic principles and promotes environmentally sound and sustainable development. Meder always wanted his work to have real impact on market economy, investment climate, and infrastructure development in his home country. An opportunity to do it on an international level simply fascinates him. 

“LL.M. studies at CEU fully met my expectations, not only from an academic but also from a personal point of view. I spent a wonderful year in Budapest, met a lot of interesting people from different countries, and also did not miss the opportunity to go on a trip around Europe.

Without any doubts, the knowledge and skills I got at CEU helped me in my career. I would like to especially highlight a comparative teaching method that allows students to look at various legal issues from both civil and common law perspectives. It helped me a lot during my career at a law firm and helps me now in EBRD when I often come across various cross-jurisdictional issues. I am also more than sure that, among other things, CEU’s well-established international reputation influenced EBRD’s decision to offer me the associate counsel’s position.

I would highly encourage prospective students to consider applying for the program for many reasons, including generous scholarships, research and travel grants, flexible curriculum, and brilliant faculty and student body. Based on my personal experience and experience of my groupmates, the program opens many diverse career opportunities for its graduates, including prestigious PhD programs, careers in law firms, international organizations, legal departments of large corporations, or public office. It only remains to take advantage of all these opportunities.”