Associate, Brussels

Why did you choose AG?
AG gave me the opportunity to use my academic background to solve real-world problems. Also, I enjoy that the cases at AG are very diverse and require both logical rigor and technical skills to be able to solve the problems that arise during case work.
What do you work on at AG?
I mainly work on finance cases that involve shareholder litigation or valuation. However, I have also been involved in antitrust and intellectual property cases.
What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you find most challenging?
What I enjoy most is building an argument and bolstering it with empirical evidence. I find this interplay between logic and empirical evidence exciting.
How does life at AG compare to grad school?
In grad school, there was much less supervision, and the work was mainly individual. At AG, I work in a team rather than alone. Also, the working hours in grad school were almost too flexible; only I decided when and how much to work. This was a source of great mental pressure – since working time was not well defined, I ended up working all the time. At AG, the working hours can be demanding, but the work is much more defined, and once a deadline is met, the work on that case ends.
Have you had any surprises or breakthroughs since joining AG?
My main surprise was that everybody at AG is heard. When you express your opinion on the way cases are handled, you are listened to. Plus, if your idea is good, it will be implemented.
What is it like to work in your office? What is the culture there?
The Brussels office is relatively small, so it’s easy to get to know everybody personally and interact with them. Everyone in our office is open and nice, which contributes to a healthy and productive work environment.
What do you think about AG’s collaborative culture? How does this benefit your work? Clients?
I think the collaborative culture of AG is very important. Being able to voice my opinion on case matters is very valuable and allows for effective brainstorming and problem solving. In my first year at AG, I voiced several suggestions that were incorporated in cases I worked on.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I mainly spend time with my wife and daughter. During my occasional free time, I play video games.
How do you find a suitable work/life balance?
I work from home once or twice a week, which saves time I’d spend commuting. Unless there is something urgent, I am usually back home for family dinner, and if needed, can finish things afterwards.
Gleb  Gertsman

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