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)

Managing Director


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)

Head of Brussels office and Director Business Development


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)

Principal Consultant and Director HR


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 editor at 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 (associate)

Principal Consultant and Head of IT, PR and Communication


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)

Principal Consultant and Business Development Manager


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)

Senior 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)

Managing 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.

Simona Čeh Savski (Brussels office)

Legal Consultant and Data Protection Officer

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 (associate)

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.

Angelica Rasiewicz (Brussels office)

Junior 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)

Junior 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. Her mother tongue is Portuguese, she is fluent in English and has a good understanding of Spanish.

Giorgio Cassinari (Brussels office)

Junior Legal Consultant

Giorgio obtained a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Trento in Italy and attended a semester as an Erasmus exchange student at KU Leuven in Belgium. After graduating with a thesis on comparative corporate criminal liability, he worked at an international law firm in Milan, Italy, where he focused on regulatory investigations and financial crime. Giorgio has completed a traineeship with the European Parliament, where he assisted the work of the Secretariat of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Furthermore, Giorgio has passed the exam for admission to the Italian Bar Association. His mother tongue is Italian, he speaks English and has a basic knowledge of French.

Miriam Ucci (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Miriam obtained a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ in Italy and successfully achieved an International Master’s in European Studies from the Belgian-Italian Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Catholic University of Louvain. She also attended two semesters as an Erasmus+ exchange student at the University of Münster in Germany. During her studies, she was an active member of ELSA – the European Law Students’ Association and she participated in several UN simulations in New York, Rome, and Münster. After graduating with a thesis on the pilot judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, she worked as a trainee lawyer at a law firm in Italy specialising in Civil Law and, later, as an EU policy intern at the EU Representative Office of Campania Region in Brussels, where she further developed her keen interest in EU law and policy. Her native language is Italian, she is fluent in English, and has basic knowledge of German.

Molly O’Connor (Brussels office)

Trainee Legal Consultant

Molly received her Bachelor’s degree in Law and French (BCLF) from University College Cork in 2018, and her LLM from University College Cork in 2021. She was awarded the Southern Law Association Prize for her LLM thesis, which researched climate law and strategic litigation, company law, and shareholder activism. She has extensive experience working in EU funded legal research and project management; previously, she was a Project Manager and Legal Researcher for the JCOERE project, which explored judicial cooperation and corporate insolvency/rescue law in the context of Regulation 2015/848 and Directive 2019/1023. Prior to joining Spark, Molly completed a traineeship within the Legal Service of the European Economic and Social Committee, where she assisted in providing legal advice regarding EU administrative and civil service law. Her mother tongue is English, and she also speaks French.

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