Profile

Since 2005, I have worked mainly within the areas of intellectual property and marketing law and with commercial contracts, often with an international connection and often in a digital context.

On a daily basis, I handle assignments where Swedish or foreign companies need assistance and advice relating to the protection and commercialisation of their intellectual property and other assets. A large proportion of the assignments relate to trademarks, copyright or advertising and marketing issues, and I have experience of handling complicated disputes within these areas. I spend a large part of my working hours on drawing up and negotiating commercial contracts, relating to matters such as collaboration, development, licensing, purchase and sales and I have a vast experience of technology and IP transactions. The assignments I work with often have a cross-border aspect, and I am therefore used to working with international projects. I have particular experience of the technology industry, including software-as-a-service (SaaS), social media, digital advertising an digital health as well as of the entertainment, media, alcohol, tobacco and FMCG industries, and of general marketing and consumer law issues, such as e-commerce. 

Career
2005-,Setterwalls
2003-2005,Stockholm District Court, law clerk
2003,Lund University, Bachelor of Science, Major in Corporate Finance
2002,Lund University, LL.M.
2000-2001,Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bryssel, Belgien, Erasmus, studies in EU and Competition Law and French
Recommendations

Sophia Spala is listed as Other Specialist by Chambers Global (Intellectual Property) and Next Generation Lawyer by Legal 500 (Intellectual property and media and Public procurement). Further, she is ranked by WTR 1000 (World Trademark Review) under Enforcement and litigation, and Prosecution and strategy.

"Sophia Spala is a solid, thorough lawyer being capable of thinking outside box."

- Legal 500, 2021

"Sophia Spala is a really experienced partner who not only has great knowledge in her field but also a very business minded and helpful way of working towards us as clients. Sophia’s way of turning legally complex information into understandable ways of working and handling our personal data in our every day business really stands out."

- Legal 500, 2021

"Sophia Spala has been our anchor for a number of years and always delivers high-quality results. She brings in the best colleagues to help out with specific tasks but she always oversees and ensures brilliant results. I also appreciate her warm and positive personality and we have built a strong relationship. She has offered the same support from day one when we were a very small start-up and has kept following us when we grow with high engagement. It is always fun to work with Sophia, she paints the legal work in colours! I have noticed the same personal and engaged style from many other individuals at Setterwalls as well. I believe it comes back to a great company culture and strong values."

- Legal 500, 2021

"She is responsive, practical, efficient and, most importantly, effective. She provides thorough and commercially minded but concise analysis that takes into account her clients’ wider goals. Sophia is a delight to work with, with a warm and friendly personality."

- WTR 1000, 2021

"Sophia Spala is a top-notch, customer-centric lawyer. She is always on top of things and so easy to work with. Her advice is always to the point and commercially minded. Clients really like to work with her as she gets things done with a good end result. I can really recommend her."

- Legal 500, 2020

"I have worked with Sophia Spala on several occasions. She has always listened very carefully to understand our needs, then patiently guided us through the process while discussing our various options. She serves you in an organised and respectful manner which makes you feel comfortable even under stressful situations. Her skills and strategic decisions have helped me and my company to achieve outcomes better than expected."

- Legal 500, 2020

"Handles enforcement matters with a great overview."

- WTR 1000, 2020

"She knows all the pitfalls and never forgets the economic aspects of the case."

- WTR 1000, 2020

"She is easy to work with and her advice is prompt and hands on."

- WTR 1000, 2020

"One of the most outstanding lawyers out there – she is a true rainmaker."

- WTR 1000, 2020

"Takes a very practical and effective approach."

- Legal 500, 2017

Merits
Commissions of trust
GÄSTFÖRELÄSARESeminariet "Strategi och affärsplanering - utifrån och in", Motivation.se (februari 2015)