My name is Edyta and I’m the founder of the Derivatives Lab.
I’m an ex corporate lawyer turned entrepreneur with over a decade of experience working in the financial services industry. I started as a trainee in a law firm and qualified into commercial litigation. It took me less than a month post qualification to figure out that I was not cut for private practice.
When searching for my next adventure, I came across a niche of lawyers specialising in trading agreements and derivatives; like tax lawyers, they seemed to be representing a very different breed. Soon enough, the vision of becoming a legal counsel working for a global investment bank became a dream and I decided to pursue a career in this field. Opportunity met with preparation, and I joined Credit Suisse as their legal counsel and negotiator shortly after leaving private practice. I will never forget the day I was told I got the job – I was ecstatic!
I spent a fantastic couple of years heading Credit Suisse’s OTC documentation team in Poland and then returned to London to continue working as their legal counsel within the global prime advisory group. Hungry to explore more opportunities within the industry, I then decided to move to the buy-side and joined Man Group plc, the world’s largest listed hedge fund manager. I had a fantastic time at Man - this is where I grew and developed not only as a derivatives lawyer, but also as a manager co-heading their Prime Brokerage and Trading Legal team in London.
Having experienced the industry from different perspectives and angles, I felt like it was time for a more drastic change. I believe that life begins at the end of your comfort zone and I felt the need to challenge myself even more and stop holding back. I mustered the courage to bust through the society-imposed glass ceiling of having a 9 to 5 job. I decided to take ownership of my own career, and left the corporate life for good.
Today, I have my own legal consultancy business - FIT Legal Solutions, I’m the founder of the Derivatives Lab, and the creative force behind two other companies. I work with investment managers, asset allocators and corporates from all over the world. I have more time and freedom to actually focus on what I enjoy doing most in life - being me. I aspire to continue learning and growing in my professional career and beyond, and to continue paving the way for others who are looking to build careers in this truly fascinating industry.
Derivatives Lab is what I wish I had access to when I was starting my career! I remember feeling completely stuck, not understanding the industry jargon, relaying on a self-made list of investment banking abbreviations and an 800-page long book on how to master the ISDA agreement. Don’t get me wrong, everyone was friendly and supportive, but no one had time to sit down and explain how things work in real life and in layman’s terms.
I dedicate this platform to all of you out there hungry for more knowledge in this field and interested in exploring different viewpoints. I’m positively obsessed with the limitless nature of human potential and believe that there is a certain power in learning from each other. Derivatives Lab is a platform offering access to know-how which cannot be acquired through traditional academic means. We live in the information overload era, constantly distracted and pulled in different directions, feeling like there is not enough time in a day to consume it all. Ignorance is no longer a bliss, it’s a decision. We have to be selective. You get to choose what and how to learn, and at what pace. Why not join me on this journey and replace common knowledge with unique knowledge?
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