Pavlo Verkhniatsky, Managing Partner
Pavlo is an expert in sophisticated integrity due diligence with an international component. He also leads research on country and political risks, conducts cross-border investigations and asset tracing for the benefit of global corporate players. Pavlo provides COSA’s clients with in-depth understanding of behind-the-scenes particularities of business relations and country specifics.
Prior to establishing COSA, Pavlo worked as a risk analyst in Moscow, focusing on financial and industrial business groups based in Russia and other post-Soviet states. On request of international businesses and European embassies he also monitored and analysed the economic and political activities inside Russia and its foreign policy, as well as in Central Asia and Caucasus, building a strong knowledge of the region.
For several years Pavlo acted as a consultant to foreign companies involved in international trade activities within the FSU, Balkans, Africa, Latin America and Asia. With a specialization in the arms trade market his field of expertise included support of cross-border commercial transactions, security and compliance risk assessment, as well as informational and analytical facilitation in international tenders.
Pavlo holds a Master’s degree in International Economics.
Nikolay Kolesnikov, Partner
Nikolay is an expert in forensic, internal control and financial analysis. He builds a unique combination of security and growth for COSA’s clients with a focus on safe expansion.
He has more than ten years of experience in private equity, M&A, corporate finance, controlling, and forensic. Nikolay's career started as an auditor for the Big-4 consultancies, where he was responsible for audit & compliance as well as identification and evaluation of business processes. He was dedicated to corporate finance, financial analysis, and risk management, which allowed him to join big industrial holdings and master his skills there.
He worked at the largest multinational telecommunications, metallurgic and mining companies where he gained expertise in strategic financial planning, management accounting, business process improvement, and forensic. He also managed multijurisdictional teams in an international venture fund where he applied his knowledge of investment management, as well as domain product ownership. Such career let him understand particularities of business in such countries as Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Tanzania and other.
Nikolay is a member of ACCA and has both CIA and CFE licenses.
Alexandra Kris, Partner
Alexandra is responsible for the firm’s innovative solutions development to meet the rapidly evolving compliance needs of companies based worldwide.
With ten years of international experience in risk and operations management, Alexandra has supported teams across the globe while working from Paris, Hong Kong, London and Brussels. She has notably supported Fortune 500 companies in a broad variety of industries with top quality content in the fields of country risks analysis, compliance due diligence and pre-employment screenings.
Born in South Africa, with French and British nationalities, Alexandra holds a double master in International Security, Defence and Business Intelligence as well as in International and European Regulations, which serves her well in understanding the challenges international companies face in heavily regulated areas. She has also completed the GRC Institute's Associate Intensive Programme.
Julia Karabkina, Associate Partner
Julia is responsible for the company’s quality aspects and client care, as she joined COSA in the earliest stages of its activities and since then has developed and led compliance services projects, conducting and managing KYC screening, integrity due diligence into companies operating in various sectors of economy around the world, and consulting on such aspects of compliance as improving compliance systems within an organisation. Being fluent in Polish, Ukrainian and Russian she has a special focus on the CEE region.
Julia conducts quality assurance within the company and develops professional skills upgrade programmes for team members. She also contributes to the company’s strategy implementation and service range expansion.
Prior to COSA, Julia worked at a Kyiv-based think tank where she conducted research into the prospects of Ukraine's joining the EU institutions.
Julia holds a Master's degree in Political Science. She has also obtained an ICA Certificate in Compliance. In addition, Julia holds a Certificate in practical aspects of compliance risk management in banks. Julia is in charge of the development and control of compliance procedures at COSA.