Bachelor of Law (LL.B.), Law, Leiden University (The Netherlands)
Master of Law (LL.M.), European Competition Law & Regulation, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Sophia joined the practice group of Banning Advocaten on 1 November 2016 and specialises in contract law and competition law. She provides both companies and trade associations with strategic and legal advice on (the competition law aspects of) national and international commercial contracts, in particular with regard to distribution, agency, franchise and cooperation agreements, and regularly represents companies in civil court proceedings. Sophia assists in setting up and restructuring distribution, franchise and agency networks for companies active in various sectors, such as retail, healthcare and (organic) food, and has particular experience with players in the automotive sector. Together with Minos, she represents several dealer councils in the Netherlands as well as the Dutch automotive trade association on (new) distribution, franchise and agency models and (other) competition law related matters. She currently (co-)counsels the dealer councils of several well-known automotive brands and the Dutch Automotive trade association in three pending civil law proceedings against importers, regarding the applicability of the new Dutch Franchise Act to their relation with dealers.
Sophia contributed to the Netherlands’ part of the 2018 published book “Distributieovereenkomsten EU – België – Nederland”. Following the entry into force of the new Dutch Franchise Act, Minos and Sophia co-authored a landmark article on the applicability of the Franchise Act to dealer contracts, which was published in April 2021.