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Polina Chtchelok

Turnaround and Restructuring Manager | Operational Due Diligence Manager | Strategy Manager


I am an Executive MBA and J.D. educated Turnaround and Restructuring, Strategy and Operational Due Diligence Manager with extensive experience delivering multi-million-dollar projects across Europe, South America and Asia. Financially and entrepreneurially astute strategist with the ability to tackle complex issues with a blend of transferable cross-industry skills, including improvement of operational performance, business development, strategic planning and financial analysis and valuation. With a strong foundation in law, finance, management and engineering, along with cultural sensitivity and multilingual capabilities thrives on continuous challenges and fast-paced environments with a strong focus on collaboration, driving growth, and delivering innovative solutions. Dynamic and enthusiastic leader with the ability to harness individual skills and knit people together into high performing teams. A savvy negotiator and persuasive and charismatic presenter who builds consensus and alignment among all stakeholders.

Expériences professionnelles

Founding partner – senior energy and compliance legal advisor


De Juillet 2014 à Aujourd'hui

o Identified market niche for Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) legal and compliance advisory services, established company and developed it into leading HSE advisory firm for international oil & gas companies operating in Bolivia
o Planned and implemented business development and marketing strategies by leveraging a consultative sales approach to gain insight into the requirements and challenges faced by each client, leading to the recommendation of specific services aligned with the unique business and regulatory compliance needs of each account
o Attended industry network events and conferences to develop a vast legal network, strong client base and expand service portfolio
o Served as a trusted advisor and subject matter expert to clients, providing guidance and direction with respect to strategies to avoid fines and penalties originating from regulatory infractions
o Advised international companies on the establishment and incorporation of Bolivian subsidiaries, development of vehicles for creation and incorporation of joint ventures and corporate requirements compliance for contracting with the Bolivian Government in the energy and mining sectors
o Advised international companies on the implementation of operating plans to ensure that the business operational performance achieved under volatile economic conditions in Bolivia
o Developed defence strategies and conducted a legal analysis for an international oil and gas company facing construction delay claims from contractors (50 mil. USD). Claims resolved without proceeding to arbitration
o Conducted strategic and legal risk analysis and negotiated contracts for construction, shipping and logistics companies (100k – 200 mil. USD)
o Identified innovative revenue opportunity through development of unique HSE regulations database that created 70% reduction in time required for conducting gap analysis of client’s compliance

Senior energy and due diligence counsel

BECERRA DE LA ROCA DONOSO & ASOCIADOS , Santa cruz de la sierra

De Août 2013 à Juin 2014

o Led the expansion of oil and gas practice with revenue growth of 100% in 6 months by repositioning service offerings through leveraging engineering knowledge in identifying needs of oil and gas companies and successfully pitching new proposals
o Acted as a lead legal advisor to sell-side (20 mil. USD, forced nationalisation of several assets) oil and gas company from an early stage in the M&A lifecycle (strategy, commercial and operational due diligence, assessment of regulatory compliance and potential risk claims) to the post-deal separation planning and implementation
o Advised on legal vehicles for the creation of joint ventures for the refining and marketing activities undertaken by the National Oil Company with municipal and departmental government companies
o Represented leading Bolivian sugar producer in arbitration proceedings regarding contract delays. Client was awarded 90% of compensation sought (1 mil. USD)

Energy/projects lawyer, category manager for icss

TOTAL , La defense

De Juin 2011 à Mars 2013

o Assessed legal and commercial risks and negotiated contracts with turnkey companies for oil & gas field production development projects (1- 7 bil. USD)
o Developed standard call for tender documentation covering contractual and commercial requirements for global multibillion oil & gas field development projects
o Developed contract and procurement compliance audit methodology that reduced audit time by 20% and created quantifiable performance metrics and frameworks for management and reporting
o Designed and directed short, medium- and long-term strategic plans to improve the performance of ICCS Category
o Directed legal and commercial operational matters pertaining to the business relationship between EP’s subsidiaries and ICSS companies. Translated HQ’s strategic themes into specific prioritised projects and workstreams, KPIs, risk management regime and schedule for negotiation of global FRAME

Commercialisation studies advisor

TOTAL , La defense

De Février 2010 à Mai 2011

o Conducted commercial evaluations of investment opportunities for a range of oil/gas field development projects in the Asia-Pacific region (500k – 10 bil. USD)
o Led benchmarking studies assessing market trends and project’s commercial risks
o Developed commercial and operational risk mitigating strategies to manage costs and relationships with contractors
o Developed and implemented a standardised methodology evaluating Total EP’s assets’ present-day worth and risks exposure. Managed team of 9 conducting asset valuations and risk assessments

Construction/projects lawyer (call for tender stage); resident project representative – based at technip offices (basic engineering stage)

TOTAL , La defense

De Mai 2008 à Janvier 2010

o Conducted back-to-back contractual and commercial negotiations with 4 turnkey tenderers (4 bil. USD contract) on a tight schedule – 96% of contractual qualifications closed during the negotiation phase
o Presented commercial and legal evaluation of the turnkey tenders and preferred bidder recommendation to the tender committee
o Provided legal opinion and prepared responses to the contractual clarifications sought by turnkey tenderers
o Moderated engineering studies (7 disciplines, 50 engineers) while based at Technip’s offices (during the call for tender stage) to ensure compliance with Total’s technical standards and contractual requirements

Deputy to project site manager (off-shore integration phase, myanmar); project engineer (construction phase, south korea)

TOTAL , La defense

De Février 2007 à Avril 2008

o Defined comprehensive coordination protocol with the operations team for HSE compliance and ensuring no unscheduled shutdowns of the existing facilities (offshore integration phase)
o Resolved unexpected personnel shortage by taking on the additional responsibility of commissioning activities of various mechanical equipment (offshore integration phase)
o Designed and managed work permit system warranting smooth project integration with no disturbances to the operations of existing offshore facilities
o Supervised a team of 3 inspectors during the construction phase
o Prepared, negotiated and managed maintenance and inspection contract with a Malaysian sub-contractor (250k USD)

Formations complémentaires

Juris Doctor

University of Queensland - Law Degree

0000 à Aujourd'hui

Bachelor of Engineering

University of Queensland - Mechanical/Space (Distinction)

0000 à Aujourd'hui

International Certificate in Corporate Finance

Columbia Business School

2019 à 2020

Certificate in Mergers and Acquisitions

Columbia Business School

2019 à 2019

Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Queensland University of Technology

0000 à Aujourd'hui

Parcours officiels



Anglais - Langue maternelle

Français - Courant

Russe - Langue maternelle

Espagnol - Courant


Relationship building
Proven history in establishing personal rapport, empathy, and relationships. Attended industry network events and conferences to develop vast legal network, strong client base and expand service portfolio.
Business Developement
Skilful at pinpointing needs, constraints, opportunities, process improvements, market and industry trends in order to grow the business through provision of added value to clients.
Audit / Due diligence
Extensive experience supporting client due diligence, internal and external audit, and oversight of major contractors.
Flexibility and adaptability
Proven ability to remain resilient and tenacious under pressure while displaying fortitude in the face of adversity. Verifiable track record of versatility across entity types, industries, geographies and functions.
Innovation and creativity
Challenges assumptions and re-imagines possibilities by bringing fresh thinking and exploring new opportunities to solve problems and deliver competitive advantage to organizations. Architects customised solutions and implements best practices.
Leadership and Management
Provides strategic counsel to members of senior management and internal external stakeholders. Adept at communicating vision, establishing expectations, monitoring progress and delivering results.
Cross-functional collaboration
Effective leader with firm ability to make rational, informed decisions, collaborating efficiently with all levels of organisation to influence and develop both growth strategies and internal operational improvements.
Strategic planning and execution
Deploys robust, critical, conceptual, and analytical thinking and leverages strong organisational skills to lead strategic exercises. Highly successful in creating and executing operational strategies focused on optimisation of supply-chain management.
Communication and negotiation
Effective communicator across all levels of the organisation. Strong ability to adapt the message to differing audiences globally. Leverages diversity, relationships, and influential nuance to build trusted advisor status and credibility.
Improvement of Operational Performance
Rapid diagnostics of operational processes through analytical and qualitative insight to identify immediate and future operational issues, implement recommendations and drive operational and revenue efficiency.
Analytical Problem Solving
Simplifies ambiguous and complex situations to deliver consistent, compelling, innovative and definitive solutions.
Financial Analysis and Valuation
Adroit at assessing long-term company viability, applying valuations methods and evaluating both cost reduction and revenue enhancement opportunities.
Governance and Legislative Compliance
Leverages legal background to deliver results focused on compliance and risk management.
Financial data analysis
Adept at researching and digesting large amounts of data, swiftly synthesising it, evaluating organisational impact and applying key insights to drive tangible and non-tangible business benefits.

Centres d'intérêt

  • GOLF: club player in France
  • FENCING: competition level in France
  • WINE: red wine collector
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: black & white urban landscapes