Elena Barinova
Elena came into executive search from the legal profession. She brings more than 13 years of professional experience, mostly in real estate as well as strong business acumen and leadership competencies.
 
She started her legal career at the Moscow office of White & Case in 1998, subsequently joining a major Russian law firm where she became a senior associate and advocate upon admission to the bar. In 2004 Elena joined the real estate practice of Goltsblat BLP, achieving the position of partner and Head of Practice for the Real Estate Investment and Finance group.
 
Elena is a graduate of Moscow State University Law School (highest honours), with post-graduate studies at the Russian School of Private Law under the President of the Russian Federation, at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and Institute for Legislation and Comparative Law of the Government of the Russian Federation.
 
She is highly regarded within the legal community and has received several accolades from the leading international legal directories, including Legal 500, Chambers Europe, Who is Who Legal and Best Lawyers.

In January 2012 Elena joined an international Executive Search and Leadership Consulting company, Neumann Partners, as Head of Legal Executive search practice for Russia and CIS. Since October 2012 she has been running her own business.

Elena advises international and local law firms as well as non-legal businesses in various sectors on search strategy and helps them find best legal talent, set up legal functions and practice groups.

Another area of focus is Career Management: Elena is engaged in individual Legal Career Coaching.

Also, she delivers signature master class Effective Legal Career Management; Seminars and Special Courses for Law students of the Moscow State University and the National Research University Higher School of Economics.