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GRETCHEN KING
Co-Founder
gk@vantageintel.com


Gretchen, Co-Founder of Vantage, has more than fifteen years of experience in intelligence and asset recovery. She began her career in Washington DC with a leading international intelligence firm; during her seven-year tenure with this firm, Gretchen became a Director in the New York office of the firm and helped establish one of the firm’s European offices.

Gretchen then joined an oil company to establish and lead an in-house intelligence unit; the primary focus of the unit was to provide intelligence and evidence in support of multiple high-value legal disputes. The unit helped preserve more than USD 1 billion in assets, as evidence gathered by the unit contributed to multiple legal victories. In 2012, Gretchen co-founded Vantage with the stated aim to focus on disputes, complex commercial issues, asset protection and asset recovery.

In eight years, Vantage has grown from its headquarters in London to New York and Dubai; Gretchen is leading Vantage’s expansion in the MENAT region and in that capacity is based in Dubai. She is on the Board of Trustees of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, an academic research center in the Department of War Studies at Kings College in London. Gretchen graduated summa cum laude from Southeast Missouri State University.


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MASHA SHVETSOVA
Co-Founder
ms@vantageintel.com


Masha, Co-Founder of Vantage, is a recognised expert in the area of intelligence and asset recovery. Masha has extensive experience in research, intelligence gathering, and identifying assets of individual, corporate and sovereign debtors across emerging markets and often in offshore jurisdictions.

She frequently advises litigation funds on enforceability of their potential claims and on pressure strategies to leverage adversaries in settlement negotiations. Prior to co-founding Vantage in 2012, Masha served as a senior advisor to a well-known business intelligence firm in charge of international development. Prior to that role, she served as a media executive in charge of Focus Economic Reports published in The Times and The Washington Post aimed at attracting foreign investments into emerging markets.

In her role she travelled around the world interviewing heads of state, government officials and businessmen. Masha is a frequent speaker at conferences dedicated to asset recovery and dispute resolution and taught a graduate class on business intelligence at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She received her joint MBA degree from Columbia Business School and London Business School and her Bachelor of Science from New York University. Masha is fluent in Russian and French.

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EUGENE DIZENKO
Managing Director
ed@vantageintel.com


Eugene, Managing Director of Vantage, previously served as director of a premier international intelligence firm in New York and Geneva. He has played a key role in some of the seminal post-Soviet region legal disputes and asset recovery efforts of the last two decades.

While focused on cross-jurisdictional litigation and judgment enforcement, he has particular expertise in political risk and corruption-based investigations in Eastern European and post-Soviet states, advising clients on navigating complex risks in these regions.

He has also worked extensively throughout Latin America and the francophone regions. A native of Ukraine, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and is fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and French.

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LEAH GRANT
Director
lg@vantageintel.com


Leah, Director of Vantage’s London office, has managed and contributed to a wide range of multi-jurisdictional dispute and due diligence investigations for a broad selection of international clients during her career to date.

Leah has considerable experience in cross-border asset tracing projects focused on subjects ranging from corporates to individuals to sovereign states and has been involved in numerous cases which led to the successful identification and recovery of funds for her clients. Her investigative experience also encompasses human source cultivation, witness location and interviewing.

Before joining Vantage, Leah was a Director for a leading US-headquartered corporate intelligence company where she worked extensively for a sports international governing body to vet and profile all candidates seeking executive positions in Africa (for example Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Algeria, Ivory Coast), Latin America (including Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica and Argentina), the Middle East (Qatar, UAE and Bahrain), as well as Europe and the US. She began her career as an analyst at a leading intelligence firm headquartered in London where she worked on one of the sector’s largest fraud cases involving the embezzlement of USD 6 billion. Leah has an undergraduate degree in Law from UCL and a master’s degree in European and International Business from ESCP Europe Business School.

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ARSENY BARKOVSKIY
Head of Cyber and Field Operations
ab@vantageintel.com


Arseny, head of Cyber and Field Operations and based in London, has extensive experience conducting research and on the ground operations including surveillance in support of disputes and complex cross-border asset tracing.

Arseny began his career at the Special Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, based at New Scotland Yard. As a former member of the Royal Military Police Special Investigations Branch (Volunteers) and a graduate of the Royal Military Police Close Protection Course, Arseny was deployed twice to Afghanistan and routinely utilises his field operations experience in his work for Vantage.

Arseny has extensive experience in IT and Cyber-Security, with deep knowledge of Software Engineering, Networking, Linux operating systems, Cloud Computing, Cryptography and Digital Forensics. Arseny graduated from Kings College London with a degree in War Studies; he speaks Russian fluently.

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MARTIN PARR
CFO
mp@vantageintel.com


Martin, CFO of Vantage, has experience in general management, financial management, M&A, restructuring and dispute resolution.

Prior to joining Vantage, he worked for an oil company as part of a small team undertaking divestments, restructuring and high value multi-jurisdiction litigation in order to protect assets and ultimately return funds to shareholders.

Prior to that, Martin worked for many years in progressively more senior roles in UK-based engineering contracting companies operating internationally; in these roles he became experienced in the management of project-based businesses.

Martin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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MICHAEL POCHNA


Michael Pochna has had a long and distinguished career in venture capital, finance, and asset management.  Mr. Pochna attended Le Rosey and Deerfield Academy, and since graduating from Harvard in 1960, he has founded many diverse enterprises and served on numerous boards both as an advisor and as an active part of management.   During this time, Mr. Pochna was a partner at Lansdowne Limited in Paris, Asian Oceanic Group in Hong Kong, and Dexter Capital in New York.

In 1970, Mr. Pochna founded Societe Viticole Europeenne (“SVE”) in Bordeaux, to acquire vineyards in France, Italy, and Spain.  At the time it was sold to management in 1985, was one of the largest owners of fine wine properties in Europe including Castelgiocondo, a Brunello di Montalcino, Chateau Mauvesin, a Medoc, and Chateau Mauras, a Sauternes.

Between 1975 and 1980, Mr. Pochna and Sheikh Salem Binladen founded Binladen Telecommunications (“BTC”).  As the representatives of Bell Canada International (“BCI”) and Nortel, BTC won for BCI the contract to manage Sauditel for a period of 10 years.  Mr. Pochna’s activities were described in “The Binladens” by Steve Coll.

In 1985, Mr. Pochna and a group of investors took control of Diversified Industries, a NYSE listed manufacturer.  Mr. Pochna served on the Board and as President of Diversified Industries International.  Diversified was restructured and taken private by the group resulting in the creation of United Recycling Industries, which was sold in 2007 to the Sims Group.

In the property field, Mr. Pochna formed and managed several real estate partnerships in Tudor City, New York from 1990 to 2000.

Throughout his career, Mr. Pochna has developed projects in the area of culture, arts and entertainment.  In 1980 he became President of MSquare International and developed several properties in New York including the Orpheum Theater and the Minetta Lane Theater.  He has produced various films including ‘Key Exchange’ for Fox and ‘Le Complot’ for Columbia.  Mr. Pochna is also active in classical music, and has produced many concerts and events as well as recordings for the Naxos label, one of which was nominated for a Grammy.  Mr. Pochna is a member of the Recording Academy.

For the past ten years Mr. Pochna has concentrated on asset management and financial services through Dexter Capital Limited of which he is Managing Director.  Dexter Capital  has past and ongoing advisory relationships with Guggenheim Partners, The Carlyle Group, Partners Group, The Argent Group, Omega Advisors, BSI/Ifabanque, AES Corporation and others.  Mr. Pochna is also a Senior Advisor to Vantage Intelligence UK Limited LLC.

Mr. Pochna resides in Saint Saturnin-les-Apt, France.


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ARON SHAVIV


Aron Shaviv is an international political strategist who has advised some of the top political leaders in the U.S., Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

To date, Aron has helped 17 heads of State win elections, and his clients include Presidents and Prime Ministers of Israel, Thailand, Cambodia, Romania, Congo, Ghana, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Serbia, Slovakia and the European Commission, and has consulted other parties and clients in over 50 elections worldwide. Most notably, Aron has been widely credited for engineering Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's surprise landslide victory in 2015.

Aron works with sovereign and private stakeholders to protect their interests and investments within their sphere of influence, to define and brand clients or their opponents globally, to resolve G2G or B2G issues and shift public and Government opinion on issues.

In 2016 Aron played a key role in the evacuation and re-settlement of an ancient Christian community under the threat of ISIS from Iraq to Slovakia. Aron has been named Best International Political Consultant by the American Association of Political Consultants for 2016 and won the Best International Campaign award from Campaigns and Elections Magazine.


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Michael Pochna has had a long and distinguished career in venture capital, finance, and asset management.  Mr. Pochna attended Le Rosey and Deerfield Academy, and since graduating from Harvard in 1960, he has founded many diverse enterprises and served on numerous boards both as an advisor and as an active part of management.   During this time, Mr. Pochna was a partner at Lansdowne Limited in Paris, Asian Oceanic Group in Hong Kong, and Dexter Capital in New York.

In 1970, Mr. Pochna founded Societe Viticole Europeenne (“SVE”) in Bordeaux, to acquire vineyards in France, Italy, and Spain.  At the time it was sold to management in 1985, was one of the largest owners of fine wine properties in Europe including Castelgiocondo, a Brunello di Montalcino, Chateau Mauvesin, a Medoc, and Chateau Mauras, a Sauternes.

Between 1975 and 1980, Mr. Pochna and Sheikh Salem Binladen founded Binladen Telecommunications (“BTC”).  As the representatives of Bell Canada International (“BCI”) and Nortel, BTC won for BCI the contract to manage Sauditel for a period of 10 years.  Mr. Pochna’s activities were described in “The Binladens” by Steve Coll.

In 1985, Mr. Pochna and a group of investors took control of Diversified Industries, a NYSE listed manufacturer.  Mr. Pochna served on the Board and as President of Diversified Industries International.  Diversified was restructured and taken private by the group resulting in the creation of United Recycling Industries, which was sold in 2007 to the Sims Group.

In the property field, Mr. Pochna formed and managed several real estate partnerships in Tudor City, New York from 1990 to 2000.

Throughout his career, Mr. Pochna has developed projects in the area of culture, arts and entertainment.  In 1980 he became President of MSquare International and developed several properties in New York including the Orpheum Theater and the Minetta Lane Theater.  He has produced various films including ‘Key Exchange’ for Fox and ‘Le Complot’ for Columbia.  Mr. Pochna is also active in classical music, and has produced many concerts and events as well as recordings for the Naxos label, one of which was nominated for a Grammy.  Mr. Pochna is a member of the Recording Academy.

For the past ten years Mr. Pochna has concentrated on asset management and financial services through Dexter Capital Limited of which he is Managing Director.  Dexter Capital  has past and ongoing advisory relationships with Guggenheim Partners, The Carlyle Group, Partners Group, The Argent Group, Omega Advisors, BSI/Ifabanque, AES Corporation and others.  Mr. Pochna is also a Senior Advisor to Vantage Intelligence UK Limited LLC.

Mr. Pochna resides in Saint Saturnin-les-Apt, France.


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We believe that having the right intelligence partner is essential for business leaders.

It also makes for an exciting place to work. We value creativity, resourcefulness and initiative and encourage everyone to be an active participant in the work, should that be in formulating advice to a client or interacting with a source. If this sounds like the kind of environment where you could excel, we should talk.

 

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MENA Analyst

Vantage Intelligence is seeking to hire an Analyst for its MENA team, based in London. The successful candidate will be required to work on a range of investigative assignments primarily focused on litigation support and asset tracing, in addition to due diligence and other intelligence-gathering projects. Analyst responsibilities will include: desk-based research of public records databases and other online tools; provision of briefings to senior team members on research findings; drafting and editing client-facing reports and project updates; telephone interviews; field research, including utilising external company resources; witness identification and profiling; participation in project meetings and active contribution to the formulation of case strategy.

Essential attributes include:

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline;
  • Fluency in Arabic;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, interpersonal and computer skills;
  • Demonstrable track record in producing comprehensive research; and
  • High level written and oral presentation skills.

Ideal candidates will be self-starters who are able to use initiative in their approach to problem solving, and who also respond favourably to on-the-job learning. While an undergraduate degree is essential, postgraduate study is desirable but not vital.

This role requires flexibility as the successful candidate will, on occasion, be required to work and potentially to travel outside normal working hours, including on weekends and public holidays. Vantage Intelligence’s recruitment process involves:

  • A written test, in the form of a case study;
  • Interview with senior management; and
  • Second interview, if necessary, with other team members.

Vantage Intelligence is an equal opportunities employer. While we take the time to review all applications, please note that it is not always possible to respond individually to every applicant. Suitable candidates will be contacted to participate in the written test.


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The Wisdom Knot, or Nyansapo, is a revered West African symbol that traditionally represents intelligence, ingenuity and patience – all qualities that we greatly value and strive to embody in our professional approach.

An especially revered symbol of the Akan, this symbol conveys the idea that ”a wise person has the capacity to choose the best means to attain a goal. Being wise implies broad knowledge, learning and experience, and the ability to apply such faculties to practical ends.”


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