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Pavlo VerkhniatskyManaging partner


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Nikolay KolesnikovPartner


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Alexander KershteynAssociate Partner


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Ayse Ece KutsevRepresentative in Turkey, the Middle East


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Alexander TarabukhinPrincipal Expert


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Pavlo VerkhniatskyManaging partner


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Nikolay KolesnikovPartner


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Alexander KershteynAssociate Partner


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Ayse Ece KutsevRepresentative in Turkey, the Middle East


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Alexander TarabukhinPrincipal Expert

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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.

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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.

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Alexander Kershteyn. Associate Partner, Central and Northern Europe

In COSA Alexander provides expertise in different sectors of economy in regard to investments and risks, participates in Central and Northern Europe market research, professional network expansion and contributes to our global initiatives.

Alexander is an expert in the field of investment and finance, M&A and public-private partnership projects with a focus in the Baltics and Central Europe. He has significant experience of managerial and partner positions in a number of international companies successfully operating in various industries, and has a considerable track record of advising international finance organizations.

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Ayse Ece Kutsev. Representative in Turkey, the Middle East

Ece is an Istanbul-based professional running COSA’s regional business development and operations. She is responsible for communication with customers, local project management and regional expert network expansion in the Middle East.

With over 13 years at leading Turkish companies in the insurance, banking and real estate sectors, Ece has experience in consulting, projects management, business development and key relationship management.
Ece holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

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Alexander Tarabukhin. Principal Expert, Network Expansion

Alexander joined COSA in 2017 to contribute to the company’s business development and provide exclusive expertise to COSA’s local and international clients.

Alexander has more than 25 years of professional experience in the financial and stock market industries in Ukraine. He worked in the Ministry of Finance and State Information and Analytical Center under the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, delivered management consultancy focused on private equity, business restructuring, mergers and acquisitions arrangements at one of the Big 4 accounting firms. He also worked as a senior expert at USAID Capital Markets Development projects, delivered consultancy services for a UK-Dutch private equity investment fund and a Dutch engineering company.

Alexander was professionally involved in development and implementation of international institutions’ (IMF, WB, EBRD, IFC, MIGA) projects including the launching of the Ukrainian Treasury. He also developed legal and regulative frameworks for the newly created Ukrainian Stock market to support private equity and venture funds’ investors.

He participated in a number of international training courses including Financial Programming and Policy Course at the IMF Institute (Washington D.C., USA) and has International Capital Markets Qualification (ICMQ) from Securities Institute (UK).