Marianna Rybynok qualified as a solicitor in 2011 with Baker & McKenzie (London), originally specialising in international disputes work. Over the past 6 years she has been splitting her time between transactional work (commercial and corporate) and disputes work. Her litigation/arbitration experience always helps her when negotiating contracts or structuring deals. She has negotiated and drafted a variety of commercial and corporate agreements ranging from R&D and sponsorship agreements, distribution and agency agreements, NDAs and copyright assignments to joint venture, shareholders agreements and share purchase agreements and has represented clients in smaller M&A deals and corporate restructurings.
Marianna has worked for clients in many industries including manufacturing, agriculture, IT, banking, pharmaceuticals and even film production (UK-Russia-Georgia TV series co-production). She continues to take on dispute cases too, which includes risk assessment and consultancy work. She has represented clients in High Court cases as we as in arbitrations under the LCIA and ICC rules, Swiss Rules, FOSFA and UNCITRAL. She always does her best to bring cases to an early amicable settlement and has experience negotiating settlement agreements at the different stages of a dispute.
IN HER OWN WORDS:
We live in very exciting times where new technologies keep on creating more and more opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs in all corners of the World, in totally different industries ranging from hi-tech IT and R&D companies to agricultural and smaller manufacturing businesses. Helping a new or young business to grow and really being part of this growth is something which I find to be the most challenging and the most interesting part of being a good lawyer today. My legal background is very diverse and is truly international, which often allows me to see the legal issues from a broader, more practical perspective.
- University of Aberdeen – Law with options in Economics – 2002 – 2006
- London Metropolitan University – Common Professional Examination (CPE) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) – 2006 – 2008
- Distinction in the LPC
- Contributor to Lexis Nexis (on International Arbitration), Financier Worldwide, Chambers and Partners
- Speaker at international legal conferences – Turkish Arbitration Week 2021, LCIA Young 2018
IN HER OWN WORDS:
At one point yoga became an important part of my life. I can see how releasing tensions in our bodies and minds can really help us to be happier and more compassionate towards ourselves and others. I think that these qualities can be important in any profession, including, of course, a legal profession. As lawyers we are often asked to dial with difficult situations, in which being not only a very good professional, but also an open minded and a positive person can make a huge difference.
Native Russian and a little bit of French.