Year of Graduation: 2019
Program: Master of Laws in International Business Law
After graduating from CEU, Khrystyna Penyk continued her career as Junior Associate at the Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie. Khrystyna advised clients on both cross- border and domestic private M&As as well as cross-border equity capital market deals in various industries. Khrystyna also advised clients on the establishment of joint ventures and corporate restructurings.
In 2021, Khrystyna joined the legal department of Genesis- one of the largest IT companies in Ukraine- as a legal counsel. Her work includes providing legal support to Flyer One Ventures (ex-Genesis Investments), an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in Ukraine, Belarus, and Baltic countries. The fund invests in online education, digital health, mobile apps, advertising tech, and AI/ML. Besides corporate law, Khrystyna has also gained expertise in both data protection and intellectual property law.
Khrystyna believes that her education at CEU has proved itself to be invaluable for her career. She regularly uses knowledge gained from CEU’s courses in International Investment Law and Regulation, Comparative Secured Transactions, Comparative Bankruptcy Law, US Corporations and Partnership Law, and Legal Aspects of Corporate Finance and Corporate Governance. She also thinks that the process of writing her master’s thesis - a piece entitled “Directors’ Fiduciary Duties: Should Delaware’s Approach be Followed in Ukraine?” - tremendously improved her comparative research skills.
When asked about her CEU experience, Khrystyna replies: “The CEU chapter gave me an amazing opportunity to learn from dedicated and hardworking professionals, and it taught me how to learn from my classmates”. She advises all current and prospective CEU students to make the most of their time at CEU in regard to their formal education, but also their social life.