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About Us

EU law affects all our lives – personally and professionally. Throughout our societies, questions are raised with regard to the implications of EU law and policy. At the same time, there is a need for solutions to issues of a cross-border nature. Spark Legal Network has the knowledge and expertise to facilitate understanding, provide guidance and find solutions to any (cross-border) question on regulation or policy, at both national and European level.

Sparkestablished in 2011, has already demonstrated expertise in a wide range of EU projects. We are uniquely connected to legal professionals throughout Europe and our excellent network of legal experts links you to knowledge which is not restricted by borders; transcending language, distance and culture. We can tailor our services to the specific needs of our clients and, through Spark, you will gain access to accurate and up-to-date information on national and European law and policy in every possible area.

We actively promote the exchange of information, news and ideas regarding all aspects of European law and policy. We therefore invite everyone with an interest in European law and its links to policy to join our network. Comments and questions are also always welcome.

  • Consultancy

    We provide Europe-wide research and consultancy services on a range of legal and policy areas.

  • Legal Network

    Our experts are based at law firms, universities, consultancies, and organisations all over the European Union and EFTA Member States.

  • Current Projects

    At present we are working on a range of studies for the European Commission in collaboration with consortium partners.

  • Team

    Our network coordination and project management is conducted by a professional team based in London and the Netherlands.

  • Get in touch

    Spark is always keen to hear from legal professionals looking for collaboration opportunities

Latest News

New Study – Evaluation of the Ten-E Regulation and assessing the impacts of alternative policy scenarios

Spark will perform a quality assurance role on an evaluation and impact assessment concerning the TEN-E Regulation, which was recently awarded by DG ENTR to a consortium led by Trinomics. The general objective of the study is twofold. First, it is to provide the Commission with an independent evaluation of the Regulation, in particular collecting evidence where the PCI framework may not be delivering as expected. Second, it is to assist the Commission in assessing the impacts of a number of alternative policy scenarios in the framework of Trans-European Energy Networks. The study is expected to last 12 months.

Support study for impact assessment concerning the review of Merger Regulation regarding minority shareholdings

The European Commission has published a study conducted by Spark Legal Network and the University of Queen Mary concerning the review of the Merger Regulation regarding minority shareholdings. The study involved the assessment of the features of a certain number of national merger control regimes, which provide for the control of minority shareholdings´ acquisitions; and research on rights attached to different levels of minority shareholdings. On the basis of the data collected, the study analyses the modalities of merger control of minority acquisitions in the various jurisdictions, in order to present important considerations which any EU regime being designed should consider. Finally, the study considers whether it is possible to define a level below which shareholding might be generally considered to be passive.

For further information please see the link:  http://ec.europa.eu/competition/publications/reports/KD0416839ENN.pdf

Study on data protection issues related to anti-doping in sport

Spark, in collaboration with Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT) has begun a study on data protection rules related to anti-doping in sport. The goal of this study is to assist the Commission (DG EAC) in providing guidance to Member States to adopt or revise existing national legislation on anti-doping in sport to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation. This objective will be achieved through an inventory of current legislation in all EU Member States, an analysis of personal data processing practices in Anti-Doping in sport, the identification of gaps with respect to the lawful processing of personal data in this context and provide guidance in closing these gaps through regulatory action. The results of the study are expected in Spring 2017.

For further information on data protection issues at the EU or Member State level, or to enquire about the contract, please get in touch via email.