In 2007, he co-founded a movie production company, L+E Productions, with Eric Eisner. Eisner is the son of Michael Eisner, the former Chief Executive Office of The Walt Disney Company. L+E Production's mission is to finance and develop feature-length films.
He is also a board member and founding shareholder of City A.M., London's first free daily business newspaper which covers news on the markets, global and local business as well as contemporary lifestyle features. City A.M. is read by over 100,000 professionals throughout London.
From October 2001 until January 2005, served as Executive Vice Chairman of Norilsk Nickel, Russia's largest mining company and the world's largest miner of nickel and palladium metals. He led the company's efforts on transparency, corporate governance and external investment, including the acquisition of a controlling interest in Stillwater Mining Company, a U.S. miner of platinum and palladium metals. He also pioneered an investment of $1.2 billion to acquire a 20 percent interest in Gold Fields of South Africa. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Norilsk Nickel.
In 1998, he left Renaissance Capital to co-found the independent venture capital firm, LV Finance. The advisory clients of LV Finance included international financier George Soros and founder of CNN Ted Turner. The company invested in a number of highly successful start-up ventures in the media and telecommunications industry, most notably, MegaFon, the third largest mobile phone operator in Russia. He sold his interest in LV Finance in 2003.
In 1995, his focus shifted from the law to financial ventures. He was part of a group that founded Renaissance Capital, Russia's largest and most successful domestic investment bank. While with Renaissance Capital, he led the firm's participation in listing the first Russian company on the New York Stock Exchange.
In 1992, he returned to Russia to open his own law firm, representing clients such as the International Finance Corporation (a division of the World Bank), Credit Suisse, Morgan Grenfell, and The Moscow Times.
From 1992 to 1994, he worked as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell and White & Case, both U.S. law firms.
From 1990 to 1991, he was a law clerk for Judge Stephen V. Wilson, a federal judge in Los Angeles, California.
In 1990, he graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University with distinction in 1987.
He has not been seen since March 16, 2008 in Latvia and is presumed dead.