Victor Siriani is the managing partner of Avid Intellectual Property, a boutique agency with eight offices in the region.
The 47-year-old Canadian has more than 15 years of experience in intellectual property and the legal industry. He moved to the UAE nine years ago from Montreal after making a work trip to Dubai and falling in love with the city’s fast-paced vibe. Mr Siriani is passionate about his job and often starts his working day in the office as early as 4am. His work motto is: “always try to achieve perfection in everything you do, but keep in mind that you will never achieve perfection, so you must constantly try to reach it”.
How do you spend your weekend?
As much as I would like to say that I totally turn off from work mode on the weekends, that usually doesn’t happen. I usually put in a few hours, but I make sure I spend the rest of the weekend meeting friends and engaging in some outdoor activities. Sailing has become a new passion of mine as I have just finished the first level sailing qualifications and I am looking forward to starting the second qualification level.
How did you become a managing partner?
I’ve been in involved in the legal and IP industry for some time and when the time was right to branch off on my own, I started my own firm, which is something I had been planning to do for some time.
What is your go-to gadget?
My mobile phone never leaves my side. It’s glued to my hip. Second to that is my iPod.
What was the lowest point of your career?
There are always challenging points through any career, however, each point can be a valuable lesson to learn from and I see all those points as a path that leads to where one is at present, so I cannot say that they are low points per se.
What advice would you offer others starting out in your business?
Everything you do has a degree of risk associated with it and that is more true when starting a business. Do not let the fear of failure stop you from following your goals. But make sure that when you decide to follow the dream that it is not solely based on a “gut feeling” but more of a calculated and analysed plan, and seek guidance and input from friends and associates. They sometimes know more than you think they know.
What is your most indulgent habit?
I love to eat good food. The way to my heart is through a cheese fondue, Hungarian goulash or Ossobuco.
What do you have on your desk at work?
My laptop, a lot of papers, many coffee mugs and a bottle of multivitamins, which I, somehow, seem not to notice most of the time.
What can’t you live without?
Music. My iPod is always with me, and whenever I have some time, I always listen to my music, especially when driving. I also love to play my guitar any chance I get, but it has been hard to find the time to pick it up recently.
How do you achieve a work-life balance?
To be honest, the balance is skewed more towards work. I enjoy what I do and it seems to have become rewarding at this point. So, why stop? However, my wife and friends do push me to enjoy life’s moments. Travel is another passion and I totally live up the city I’m in when travelling. It’s a great feeling to wander around and feel the vibe and culture of a totally different place.
If you could swap jobs with anyone, who would it be and why?
This is a tough one. But given my love for music, I’d maybe trade places with Paul Banks, the lead singer for Interpol, one of my favourite bands. And I have always been jealous of Morrissey’s unbelievable talent and voice, so I would not mind trading places with him also.
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