Learn about our Team

We are dedicated professionals, based in London and Brussels, with freelance staff in all of the EU and EFTA countries.

Patricia Ypma (London office)

Patricia Ypma (London office)

Managing Director

Email: patricia@sparklegalnetwork.eu

Patricia set up Spark Legal Network in 2011, responding to the need for a European legal expert network offering solutions on cross-border legal issues. Patricia has an LLB (2000) and an LLM (2001) in Law at the University of Amsterdam, complemented by studies (International and French law) at the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris. She has worked in various legal research and advising roles specialising in European law. Apart from leading the team and being responsible for the strategic direction of spark, Patricia has led/leads studies in a variety of areas, such as European public procurement, key enabling technologies, cloud computing, data location restrictions, energy efficiency, free movement and market access, data protection, competition, state aid and blockchain. She speaks Dutch, English, French and Italian.

Peter McNally (Brussels office)

Peter McNally (Brussels office)

Principal Legal Consultant and Business Development Manager

Email: peter@sparklegalnetwork.eu

Peter received a BCL from University College Cork in 2007, and an LL.M from Dublin University (Trinity College) in 2008. He was a Blue Book Stagiaire with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal Market and Services in 2010, and thereafter trained with a top tier Irish law firm, and is qualified to practice law in Ireland, England and Wales. In 2014 he completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Economics for Competition Law at Kings College London. Peter is currently providing legal support to the project concerning the establishment of a Core Service Platform between participating Member States and operation of cooperation mechanisms for Computer Emergency Response Teams for DG Connect, and managing a study on the independence of National Regulatory Authorities for DG Energy. Peter speaks fluent English and French.

Esther Tenge (Brussels office)

Esther Tenge (Brussels office)

Senior Legal Consultant

Esther graduated from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands with a Master’s Degree in International Political Economy (2013) and also obtained an LL.M in European Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2015). As a consultant in Brussels, Esther worked closely with numerous European institutions and stakeholders on several research projects. In addition, she was a legal Caselex, covering merger control decisions from the Dutch competition authorities. At Spark, Esther has worked on and managed studies in a wide range of areas, including competition law and State aid, data and emerging technologies and energy efficiency. She speaks fluent Dutch and English.

María Domínguez Gaitán (Málaga)

María Domínguez Gaitán (Málaga)

Associate Senior Legal Consultant

Maria received an MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies from the College of Europe (Natolin) and a four years Degree in Law from the University of Málaga, complemented by studies (Belgian and European law) at the Haute Ecole Libre Monsane in Liège. Furthermore, she is qualified to practice law in Spain. She has worked with the Council of Europe as organizer for an International Conference on Terrorism and Organised Crime. She has also completed an internship at the Court of Justice of the European Union, where she was contracted as a contract agent. Her mother tongue is Spanish and she speaks English, French and Italian.

Alexandra Ongono Pomme  (Brussels office)

Alexandra Ongono Pomme (Brussels office)

Senior Legal Consultant

Alexandra holds a PhD from the University of Strasbourg. Her thesis examined the relations between the EU and the Council of Europe. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach that combined legal and historical research, she particularly dedicated her research to their cooperation on justice and home affairs issues. Furthermore, she obtained a Master’s degree in International Private Law from the University of Strasbourg, as well as an MA in Political and Social Sciences from Science Po Strasbourg. Being a certified lawyer in Luxembourg, she has professional experience both as a lawyer and a policy advisor. Before joining the consultancy, she worked as a Bluebook trainee with the European Commission’s Legal Service (CFSP and External Relations) but also as a coordinator for a Workshop organised by the University of Victoria (Canada) on migration law. In addition, she was a research assistant in a European Parliament’s launched project as well as a policy officer on sports law for a Brussels and Paris based Think tank. Her mother tongues are French, German and Luxembourgish, she is fluent in English and she has a basic understanding of Dutch and Spanish.

  Célia Drevon (Brussels office)

Célia Drevon (Brussels office)

Legal Consultant

Célia received a double Bachelor’s degree in Law and Languages from the University of Grenoble and a Master’s degree in European and International Law from the University of Lyon where she founded a student association. During her internship at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), she undertook research in European comparative law on effective enforcement and participated to the Regional civil procedure rules project. She has also completed an internship within the legal department of the European Maritime Safety Agency. Her mother tongue is French and she speaks English and Italian.

Erika Sander (Brussels office)

Erika Sander (Brussels office)

Legal Consultant

Erika obtained a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Genova in Italy and attended a year as an Erasmus exchange student at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid in Spain. After graduating with a thesis in European Private International Law, she worked in Brussels as the Editorial Coordinator for Caselex, a EU legal information service with focus on Competition Law. Before joining Spark, she also worked as trainee lawyer in an Italian law firm in Genova specialised in Corporate Law, with specific regard to bankruptcy and insolvency procedures, where she assisted in the drafting of contracts and debt restructuring agreements for companies in distress. Her native languages are Italian and English and she also speaks Spanish and French.

Balázs Rapi

Balázs Rapi

Associate Legal Consultant

Balázs obtained a law degree at the University of Szeged. After graduating, he worked as a consultant advising on public sector projects. He also worked as a trainee lawyer and was involved with corporate, tax, and real estate law matters. He has completed a Blue Book Traineeship at DG Competition in Brussels where he focused on state aid matters. He additionally worked as a consultant where he provided regulatory and public policy advice to international clients. His mother tongue is Hungarian, and he speaks English and German.

Simona Čeh Savski (Brussels office)

Simona Čeh Savski (Brussels office)

Junior Legal Consultant

Simona obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Law from the European Faculty of Law. Her Bachelor thesis was based on the GDPR (EU) 2016/679 and addressed the protection of personal data of employees. She finished her Master studies with a research thesis on autonomous vehicles; a study based on intellectual property law and concerning the latest developments in the EU area. During her studies she gained experience in an international intellectual property office. Simona has been part of ELSA’s International Legal Research Group on renewable energy and has successfully completed the Jean Monnet Module on the subject of “CJEU’s Argumentation to Impact Slovene Courts’ Reasoning”. She speaks fluent Slovene and English and has a basic knowledge of German, French and Italian.

Oriana Gascon (Brussels office)

Oriana Gascon (Brussels office)

Junior Legal Consultant

Oriana obtained an LLB at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an LLM in European Law at the University of Leiden. She worked as a data analyst in Financial Market Operations at Standard Chartered Bank in London, before completing a traineeship at the European Ombudsman. At the European Ombudsman Oriana investigated complaints against EU institutions, drafted decisions and was involved in strategic inquiries. Her native languages are Greek and Spanish, she is fluent in English and has good knowledge of French.

Alexandros Giannoulas (Brussels office)

Alexandros Giannoulas (Brussels office)

Junior Legal Consultant

Alexandros obtained his LL.B at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, complemented by legal studies at the University of Southampton in the UK, and followed by an LL.M in European Union Law from the University of Amsterdam. After graduating with a thesis in the field of EU Foreign Relations and Enlargement, he completed a traineeship in Brussels at an EU Public Affairs consultancy (Eacon), with focus on EU rights for citizens and enterprises. As a qualified lawyer of the Athens Bar Association, before joining Spark Alexandros held numerous junior positions in Greece where he worked in law firms specialised in Civil & Commercial Law. In addition to Greek, his native language, he is also fluent in English and has good knowledge of German and Spanish.

Martina Ravaglia (Brussels office)

Martina Ravaglia (Brussels office)

Junior Legal Consultant

Martina holds a Law degree from Bocconi University in Milan, with a specialisation in International Law. Following her experience as an Erasmus exchange student at Maastricht University, she grew a passion for European Law and Policies and decided to pursue an LLM at the College of Europe in Bruges. Throughout her studies, Martina worked at the Consulate General of Italy in New York and in a law firm in Milan. She additionally worked at the European Commission in Luxembourg, in DG ECFIN, where she assisted in the drafting of the InvestEU Regulation. Her mother tongue is Italian, and she also speaks English and French.

Chloe Fulcher (London office)

Chloe Fulcher (London office)

Junior Legal Consultant

Chloe received an LLM in European Law from Leiden University. Prior to this, she received an LLB in Law from the University of East Anglia where she ran the Mediation Competition, teaching students how to conduct effective dispute resolution using these means. She has a particular interest in EU Institutional Law and Comparative Law, focusing her LLM Thesis on the limits of federal competences in the European Union and the United States. Her mother tongue is English and she has a good command of Spanish.

Olga Erenc (Brussels office)

Olga Erenc (Brussels office)

Junior Legal Consultant

Olga graduated from Lodz University in Poland with a Master’s degree in Law. She further obtained an Advanced LL.M in International Children’s Rights from Leiden University in the Netherlands. In Poland, she completed her vocational training course in commercial law at the law firm KKMP in Lodz, and she also worked as a full-time political journalist at the newsroom of ‘The Facts TVN’. She completed an internship at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in The Hague, followed by an experience at the International Development Law Organisation in The Hague. Olga also worked as a Legal Intern at the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. She also has experience as a freelance legal research assistant and provided her input to the International Crimes Database Project of the T.M.C. Asser Institute in The Hague. Olga’s mother tongue is Polish; she speaks fluent English and has a good understanding of French and German.

Mathilde Rocour (Brussels office)

Mathilde Rocour (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Mathilde graduated from the University of Liège with a Master’s Degree in Law, complemented by an Erasmus exchange programme at the University of Granada. She then pursued her academic career at the University of Ghent with an LL.M in International and European Law. In parallel with her studies, Mathilde put into practice her legal knowledge throughout several experiences. Firstly, in her role of legal assistant at the University of Liège, she contributed to the drafting of a legal report as part of a comparative project conducted by the European Parliament’s Research Service. Additionally, as member of a Legal Clinic conducted by the University of Ghent, she was in charge of drafting a legal comparative report on behalf of the European Council of Refugees and Exiles. Mathilde also worked as an intern in a Belgian law firm and a Belgian public administration. Her mother tongue is French, she also speaks English and Spanish, and has a good understanding of Dutch.

Attila Bőhm (Brussels office)

Attila Bőhm (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Attila obtained a law degree at Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Budapest and attended a year as an Erasmus exchange student at Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Porto, Portugal where he grew a passion for EU Law. Throughout his studies, he completed internships at international law firms and at the Hungarian Embassy in Lisbon. After graduating, he worked as a trainee lawyer in Budapest for two years in the field of economic and business law. Moreover, he was a Blue Book Trainee at the Legal Service of the European Commission where he focused on environmental law, energy, and internal market for goods. Attila also assisted with the drafting of litigation submissions for the Court of Justice of the European Union and attended court hearings in Luxembourg as well. His mother tongue is Hungarian, and he speaks English, Portuguese and French.

Niall O’Shaughnessy (Brussels office)

Niall O’Shaughnessy (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Niall is an LL.M. candidate at KU Leuven, specialising in International and European Public Law. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Law with a minor in Social Justice from University College Dublin. Before moving to Belgium, Niall worked for a criminal defence and human rights law firm in Dublin where he was involved in litigation in relation to access to education and healthcare, as well as cases concerning prisoner’s rights. He has completed a traineeship with the European Parliament, where he assisted the work of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. He is currently writing his Master’s thesis on a ‘law and political economy’ approach to EU competition law. He is a native English speaker and has an intermediate level of French.

Angelica Rasiewicz (Brussels office)

Angelica Rasiewicz (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Angelica obtained both her LL.B. and LL.M. degrees in European Law from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Following graduation, Angelica worked as a Junior Consultant at Prospex Institute, a not-for-profit organisation specialising in enabling stakeholder and citizen engagement in dialogues and decision-making processes; and later conducted policy work for the Confederation of European Paper Industries in Brussels. Angelica has also completed two legal internships in Warsaw, during her studies, including one at the Warsaw Office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig. Her mother tongue is Polish, and she speaks English.

Morgana Grácio (Brussels office)

Morgana Grácio (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Morgana is a European Law LL.M candidate at Maastricht University. Her thesis topic contemplated competition in the retail banking sector. Morgana previously obtained a law bachelor’s degree from NOVA School of Law in Lisbon. During her bachelor’s degree she spent one semester at ROMA TRE in Rome through the ERASMUS programme. This was followed by the completion of two legal internships at law firms in Portugal. Throughout these internships she had the opportunity to work in the areas of European and Competition law as well as Energy and Natural Resources law. She is native in Portuguese and English and has a good understanding of Spanish.

Annemarie Lockwood (Freelance based in London)

Annemarie Lockwood (Freelance based in London)

Part-time Administration Assistant

Annemarie received an LLB from the UK’s Open University in 2017. Prior to this, she worked as an administrator in a number of sectors, most notably design. While studying for her degree, Annemarie worked as a freelancer providing post-production services for broadcast and corporate film clients. More recently she has helped to design online training courses for the maritime industry at a time of fast changing regulation. A native English speaker, Annemarie also has a working knowledge of French.

Klaudia Varga (Brussels office)

Klaudia Varga (Brussels office)

Part-time administrator

Klaudia brings more than 12 years of experience in office management and administration to Spark, having previously worked at her family company in Hungary. Her mother tongue is Hungarian, she speaks English and has a good understanding of French.

Welcome! This is our dedicated consultancy team. If you would like more information about Spark and our work, please get in touch!