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)