Antitrust & Foreign Investment Managing Associate, London
"I advise clients on a broad range of antitrust issues, with a focus on complex UK merger control, utilities regulation and general compliance work. I have a particular interest in the interplay between law and economics. Having worked in our London, Hong Kong, Brussels and Madrid offices, I have gained experience on global competition issues across a number of sectors, including digital markets, utilities, pharmaceuticals and financial products.”
Education and qualifications
Sofia is a Managing Associate in the Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group and is qualified in England & Wales and Ireland. Sofia joined the firm in September 2014.
Sofia’s experience includes all aspects of the EU and UK competition law regimes, including merger control and regulated sectors. She has expertise in a wide range of competition law issues including complex UK and multi-jurisdictional merger control, utilities regulation, foreign investment as well as the application of antitrust provisions to contractual agreements and commercial arrangements. Sofia has spent time in the Linklaters’ Hong Kong, Brussels and Madrid offices.
Sofia’s experience includes advising:
- Northern Gas Networks on its appeal against Ofgem’s RIIO-2 price control decision.
- Anglian Water on its price control redetermination to the CMA and previous submission of its business plans to Ofwat.
- E.ON in relation to a far-reaching asset exchange with RWE, involving distribution grid and customer solutions as well as renewables activities and an acquisition by RWE of a non-controlling minority stake in E.ON.
- Just Eat on its merger with Takeaway.com, leading to the creation of a world-class online food ordering platform and on its acquisition of rival UK food ordering marketplace Hungryhouse. This acquisition, which involved detailed consideration of multi-sided platforms and indirect network effects in the rapidly changing takeaway market, was unconditionally cleared by the CMA after an in-depth Phase II investigation and won the Financial Times European Innovative Lawyers Award for innovation in legal expertise (Enabling Business Growth category).
- MUFG on its acquisition of DZ Bank’s aviation finance arm.
- Sibanye-Stillwater on its acquisition of Lonmin plc.
- Novo Holdings on a range of recent merger control matters, involving both EU and multijurisdictional filings.
Education and qualifications
Sofia studied in the USA (Cornell University) and Spain (University of Navarra) and has degrees in Law and Economics, where she received the “End of Studies Extraordinary Award” for achieving the highest score in the graduating class of 2012. Sofia also completed the King’s College Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law achieving the “Dickson Poon School of Law Price” for her year and also the highest overall mark in the programme’s 22-year history.
She speaks English, Spanish and French.