Dima is a Managing Director and Head of Advisory Services for EMEA, where he is responsible for leading Swiss operations, as well the Advisory EMEA team, including defining strategic direction, designing customized solutions, and ensuring positive client outcomes. Under his direction, the Advisory team partners with clients to successfully navigate complex technology challenges across four practice areas: ediscovery, information governance, digital transformation, and expert services. Dima has a technical consulting background largely withinthe Financial Services industry. Much of Dima’s experience has involves developing solutions for legal and compliance teams in response to cross-border investigations and regulatory demands involving Swiss banking data.
A formidable expert in instant messaging or “chat” processing, Dima joined Lighthouse after having worked as the cofounder of Forexus, which created the first universal chat processing software called Chat eDiscovery. It was designed to meet the needs of financial institutions to process, search, and review thousands of chat messages within a short timeframe. These messages hailed from various messaging platforms, such as Bloomberg, Yahoo Messenger, Symphony, etc., and they were highly duplicative and difficult to reconstruct using traditional ediscovery processes. Chat eDiscovery’s hallmark design was its ability to deduplicate and reconstitute messages efficiently and defensibly; within a 4-year timeframe, Chat eDiscovery was the processing solution of choice by more than 20 service providers. In 2018, Lighthouse acquired Forexus to service its own customers’ needs, and combined the best of Chat eDiscovery with its own technology. Known now as ChatSmart, this product remains the premier chat processing and review tool on the market, including for cloud-based communications, which are constantly emerging.
Before cofounding Forexus, Dima spent six years working for Deloitte, where he joined as the first member of the Deloitte Analytics and Forensic Technology team. During this time, Dima was responsible for business development and managing Swiss operations. He also worked on a series of high-profile U.S. tax cross-border investigations, leading the legal technology support teams at five major Swiss banks; the US Government relied upon Dima’s analysis of complex systems and data (including 30 financial systems) in assessing penalties in these matters. . Dima also spent four years at UBS managing large data remediation projects for legal and compliance teams, and two years at Credit Suisse supporting a long-running tax evasion investigation.
A dual citizen of Switzerland and Bulgaria, Dima began his career as an IT security consultant for financial institutions implementing firewalls, data leakage prevention and protection systems, and performing security audit penetration tests.
He holds a Master’s degree in IT Security and a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Controlling.
On a personal note, Dima has an inclination for high-intensity hobbies, including car racing (he has a racing license) and alpine skiing. He lives in Zürich with his wife and two young children.