We were delighted to welcome a new analyst to the team recently, so we thought it would be great to do a Q&A with him to find out more. Introducing Emre…
1. What brought you to Metis Partners?
I came to Glasgow almost five years ago, and have remained here ever since. After obtaining my Law degree from the University of Glasgow, I worked with a social media analytics company that provides large businesses with information, identifying its strengths and weaknesses and allowing it to make relevant adjustments on account of this. However, it was my desire to forge a career in the Business sector, and this is how I came across the vacancy with Metis.
After studying Intellectual Property Law at university, I had some background knowledge of the subject, but after doing my research, realised that the field was so much broader than I had anticipated. An example of this is a 2015 study, which discovered that intangible assets make up 84% of the market value of the S&P 500, compared with just 17% in 1975. This demonstrates the ever-growing importance of IP, and the benefit to companies should they earn how to harness their IP effectively.
2. What do you specialise in?
I work as an IP Analyst across the Advisory and Corporate Recovery & Restructuring teams. In Advisory, my responsibilities include working on audit reports that assist clients with identifying the IP they have, along with advising them on how they can consolidate and improve upon their IP strategy. With regards to Corporate Recovery, our goal at Metis is to ensure that creditors maximise their return. This involves working with insolvency practitioners to market and sell IP assets to prospective purchasers. I also work on performing due diligence for clients prior to events such as M&As, in order to ensure that the risk to the value of IP assets is mitigated.
3. Tell us about a highlight of working at Metis?
Personally, I enjoy the variety of assignments. The variety of services that Metis provides within each team, coupled with the wide range of clients means that no two jobs are the same. Having this variety ensures that I am constantly challenged and continuously learning.
Since researching the Company prior to applying, I got the impression that Metis is almost like a family, and this observation has proven to be correct! Since my first day, everyone has been extremely friendly and welcoming, and despite being busy much of the time, nobody is ever too busy to assist with a query you might have.
4. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I have always loved football, and have played 6-a-side football for a number of years. Recently, I have taken up going to the gym in order to improve my general levels of fitness.
5. Tell us something no one would know about you?
In 2013, I took part in the G8 Youth Summit, a precursor to the 39th G8 Summit – a meeting between the leaders of the most powerful countries in the world to tackle global problems. During the summit, among a number of other activities, we created a communique showcasing the issues young people were concerned about, and this was presented to world leaders including Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin.
6. What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in Intellectual Property?
If it is something they are thinking about, I would advise them to go for it. As I have already stated, IP is already a hugely important sector for businesses. It is also an area that is constantly evolving, meaning there is always new information to take on board. Prior to starting at Metis, I was unaware of the sheer amount of IP that exists within businesses, and I am excited at the prospect of assisting companies in realising its true value.