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Semyon Yakovlev

Senior PartnerSeoul

Leads project delivery for clients in the banking sector across a wide range of issues related to strategic development, design, and implementation of operational improvement programs

Semyon joined McKinsey in 2004. He oversees projects to design and implement operational improvement programs and development strategies for major banking groups. He has extensive experience running operations transformation programs and developing strategy, as well as executing digital transformations and building ecosystems in the financial services sector.

Semyon co-authored McKinsey’s study ‘Digital Russia: New Reality’. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a lawyer, focusing on M&A.

Published work

Why mobile banking in Korea is nothing more than a fantasy [In Korean],” Maekyung Economy, November 2022

Separate authorization for banks, insurances, and securities – Difficulties in attracting foreign banks [In Korean],” Maeil Business Newspaper, November 2022

What to do to take opportunities in the metaverse transforming telecommunications, e-commerce, and finance [In Korean],” Economy Chosun, October 2022

Korean financial firms are now facing a ‘critical moment’ [In Korean],” The Chosun Ilbo, January 2022

How to raise a decent successor [in Russian],” Vedomosti, January 2021

How to increase the value of the company with ESG [in Russian],” PBC Pro, December 2020

The remote demand format [in Russian],” Kommersant, March 2020

What does artificial intelligence have to offer in the finance sector? [in Russian],” Vedomosti, July 2019

First-hand experience: How to turn a classical bank into a tech bank [in Russian],” RBC, June 2019

How mid-sized banks can find their place under the sun [in Russian],” Vedomosti, June 2018

Digital Russia: New reality,” McKinsey & Company, July 2017

Self-improvement [in Russian],” Kommersant, March 2016


Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Law
Diploma of higher education, jurisprudence

University of Chicago
MBA, business administration