The odds were stacked against Felix Rackwitz and Filip Corveleyn becoming start-up partners. As senior lawyers in large firms, they would have had to sacrifice the material comforts of secure employment, corporate gold cards and first-class travel. There was also the not insignificant matter of growing up in different countries and working at opposite ends of Europe. Mr Rackwitz had studied law at the Philipp University of Marburg in Germany before joining a law firm in St Petersburg and later Kiev. Mr Corveleyn, a Belgian, was based in Brussels. What brought them together was their decision to enrol on the two-year executive MBA programme at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School in 2010.
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