Ms Marina Golovnitskaya > Sorainen > Minsk, Belarus > Lawyer Profile

MINSK 220030

Work Department

Competition & Regulatory, Data Protection, Dispute Resolution & Risk Management, Intellectual Property


Senior Associate


Marina Golovnitskaya is focusing on intellectual property, commercial contracts, regulatory and competition matters. She head our firm’s Life Sciences and Healthcare sector and is a member of Technology, Media & Telecommunications sector.

Expert in pharma. For years Marina has worked with companies from the pharmaceuticals sector, learning the industry from inside. She knows what the acronyms IIS, PhV, INN, CTA and CRO stand for and serve as a day-to-day advisor for both Big Pharma and boutique healthcare companies.

Defending clients in IP and competition disputes. Being attorney-at-law Marina has defended clients in IP and competition disputes, including before the IP Board of the Belarusian Supreme Court and the Belarusian Ministry of Antimonopoly and Trade. She has led virtually all IP cases that Sorainen has handled in Belarus in recent years and also have experience of managing cross-border disputes such as pursuing IP infringers for US-based CrossFit across six countries.

Hundreds of contracts. Over the years Marina Golovnitskaya has drafted, negotiated and localised hundreds of contracts under Belarusian and non-Belarusian law. She is an effective negotiator and can help to close the deal. Her contractual experience covers launching international franchises in Belarus, assisting distribution chains in Belarus and abroad, drafting agreements for supply of multimillion euro-worth equipment and arranging contract manufacturing.

Building IP fortresses. Marina knows how to build an IP fortress in an IT company – participating in due diligences of IT companies has given her the knowledge of the legal pitfalls in the industry. She was responsible for developing software agreements for product and outsourcing companies, as well as protecting commercial secrets in the IT sphere. Marina work closely with Intel, managing their trademark portfolio in Belarus.

International background. Holding diplomas from several EU universities (including LLM from University of Amsterdam), she also have experience of working as a lawyer in the Netherlands. This allows her to better understand non-Belarusian business and handle cross-border matters more efficiently.


Belarusian, Russian, English


  • Minsk City Bar Association
  • ICC Young Arbitration Forum
  • University of Amsterdam Alumni Network


  • Belarus patent authority course on intellectual property
  • WIPO course on intellectual property
  • College of Europe, Poland (study course in European Law)
  • Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia (study course in European Law)
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (LLM in International Trade and Investment Law)
  • Belarusian State University, Belarus (diploma in International Law, with honours)

Lawyer Rankings

Belarus > Intellectual property

(Rising stars)

Marina GolovnitskayaSorainen

The team at Sorainen maintains long-standing relationships with many of its clients, which include a multitude of global household names from the TMT, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods sectors. Practice head Maksim Salahub handles both contentious and advisory IP work, focusing particularly on rights protection matters and piracy issues. The group also fields a number of industry specialists, notably senior associates Marina Golovnitskaya and Kirill Laptev, who take the lead on life sciences and TMT mandates, respectively. Alexey Anischenko is another name to note.

Belarus > Dispute resolution

Sorainen is known for its exceptional track record in international commercial arbitration, corporate and finance disputes. The highly specialised department continues to add ever more sector expertise to its already-substantial offering; practice head Alexey Anischenko leverages his experience as team lead of the commercial and regulatory group to act in international trade, administrative and corporate disputes; senior associate Maria Rodich has particular strength in competition, real estate and bankruptcy cases; for TMT clients senior associate Kirill Laptev is the name to note; and senior associate Marina Golovnitskaya is the key contact for life sciences disputes.

Belarus > Commercial, corporate and M&A

At SorainenAlexey Anischenko heads up the commercial and regulatory group while Maksim Salahub leads the corporate and M&A team. The firm continues to grow its enviable client base, and is increasingly receiving new instructions from international companies, particularly those from the automotive sector. The life sciences industry is also a key source of work for the practice; senior associate Marina Golovnitskaya is the specialist in this area. Managing partner Kiryl Apanasevich is the name to note for real estate transactions. Senior associates Viktoryia Mikhnevich and Kirill Laptev are recommended for their expertise in start-ups and IT-related projects, respectively.