First Ukrainian-born female lawyer of English qualification elected to partnership in London

Leading international law firm Bryan Cave LLP has announced that Irina Tymczyszyn has been elected to partnership in the firm, effective 1 January 2012. Ms. Tymczyszyn is the
first Ukrainian-born female lawyer of English qualification to be elected to the partnership of a law firm in the City of London.

Born in Ukraine, Ms. Tymczyszyn holds degrees from leading Ukrainian and British universities. She was one of a select group of students from the former Soviet Union to obtain a training contract with a top ten City law firm in 1997. Upon successful completion of her training contract in 2001, Ms. Tymczyszyn qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales specialising in International Arbitration and Commercial Litigation and practised at leading UK and international law firms in London prior to joining the London office of  Bryan Cave LLP in 2007.

‘We are delighted to express our most sincere congratulations to Irina for this truly brilliant achievement. Irina has not only proven her professional capabilities and knowledge in the legal sector, but has also been a driving force of the Ukrainian professional community in London, by co-founding and leading the Ukrainian British City Club, and also launching a Ukrainian Sunday school in London. Individuals like Irina are exceptional role models and sources of inspiration to young Ukrainian professionals and students aspiring to achieve success in the City of London, said Andy Hunder, Director of the Ukrainian Institute in London.

Ms. Tymczyszyn practises with the International Arbitration Team and Commercial Litigation practice at Bryan Cave. She chairs the firm’s CIS Group and has considerable experience in cross-border disputes for major international clients with a main focus on disputes relating to shareholders’ and investment agreements, disputes in the telecoms, oil and gas industries, and fraud. Ms. Tymczyszyn has acted in numerous international arbitrations as counsel and has sat on international arbitration tribunals under the ICC Rules as an arbitrator.

She is fluent in English, Ukrainian and Russian and has a working knowledge of German, French and Polish.