PETOŠEVIĆ PEOPLE: Q&A with Maxim Hristov

Based in our Sofia office, Associate and Attorney at Law Maxim Hristov handles contentious and non-contentious patent and trademark matters and represents clients before the local courts. We asked Maxim about his work, his favorite food, things most people don’t know about him, and much more.

  1. How did you start your career in IP?

    Back in 2014, when I applied for a master’s degree program in Spain, I had to choose between European law and IP. I decided to go for an IP program in Alicante. Come to think of it, the idea of Alicante’s beaches as a background for studying might have had something to do with my choice. Whatever the case – I have no regrets!

  2. What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

    Devising a strategy to sort out a complicated issue. But it’s also rather gratifying when you see you’ve managed.

  3. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

    I enjoy the people – it’s such a thrill to work with people from all around the globe.

  4. What would you be working in, if you weren’t working in IP?

    I would probably be a corporate lawyer.

  5. What was the first job you’ve ever had?

    While at university, I worked as a lawyer’s assistant.

  6. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?

    Listening to a fine opera performance – it is best enjoyed live, but a record also works.

  7. What book did you read last?

    “Lying in Wait” by Liz Nugent.

  8. What is your favorite song/music at the moment?

    Carl Michael Ziehrer’s waltzes put my spirit at ease. “Samt und Seide” is by far my favorite at the moment!

  9. What is your favorite dish of all time?

    Any type of seafood, but I also never turn down a good steak.

  10. If you could meet anyone in the world, from the past or present, who would it be and why?

    Margaret Thatcher would definitely be one of them. She was that sort of a sharp and well-prepared politician we so painfully lack at the moment. One simply has to admire the long way she came. She was opinionated and had actual policies, always sustained by fierce argumentation – which is so rare nowadays!

  11. What was your favorite subject in school and why?

    Literature and foreign languages were my strong suit. I loved to read from an early age, but I am not sure what sparked my passion for foreign languages.

  12. What did you want to be when growing up?

    There were many enthusiastic spurts, but the main one was the dream of being a psychiatrist.

  13. Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

    I was bitten by a snake as a child, I almost drowned while diving around a shipwreck and I used to collect peacock feathers.

  14. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

    Give me the time to learn a new language and I’m in! I’d also love to improve my cooking skills – cooking seems to spoil the pleasure of eating!

  15. What is your biggest frustration about the world around you?

    What frustrates me most these days is people’s persistent intolerance.

  16. What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

    If you strive for the best, you better stay on top of things at every single moment.

  17. What do you wish you could have told yourself at age 13?

    Stick to your guns and take risks! Above all – do not waste a minute! At 13 one’s mind is pretty much like a sponge, everything sinks in, so you better absorb as much as you can!

  18. What cities/countries have you lived in?

    I spent my first 18 years in my hometown of Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Then I moved to the capital Sofia to study. Later on, I lived in Alicante, Spain for three years.

  19. If you could live in another country of the 30+ countries where PETOŠEVIĆ operates, which would you pick and why?

    There are many exciting possibilities but I’d say Russia – I’m quite fond of Russian literature, music and cuisine.

  20. If someone came to your city for 24 hours, where would you take them?

    I’d start with breakfast in one of the charming cafés on the picturesque Vitosha Boulevard. I would then take them to the National Gallery (the former Royal Palace). Lunch at a fine restaurant near Sofia University would come next, followed by a tour of our mesmerizing National Library nearby. We would then go for a drink outside the National Palace of Culture. An evening at the beautiful Sofia Opera and Ballet would follow as the most glorious end of a sightseeing day in Sofia!

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