Meet our Team

Meet our international team of excellent lawyers, policy experts and academics who go above and beyond every day for our client's interests.

Partners

Valerijus Ostrovskis

Valerijus Ostrovskis

managing partner

Bogdan Evtimov

partner

Michael De Boeck

partner

Of counsel

Andrea Mogni

Senior Counsel

Agata Stasevskaja

Counsel

Erhard Böhm

Senior Counsel

Associates

Evangelia Anevlavi

Senior Associate

Mark Kakas

Senior Policy Advisor

Patrick Mascott

Policy Advisor

Gabrielle Gueniffey

Policy Advisor

Finance & Operations

Burak Soyogul

Compliance Officer

Marie-Rose Posel

Office Manager

Olga Bespalova

CFO

Valerijus Ostrovskis

Valerijus Ostrovskis

Managing Partner

Valerijus Ostrovskis is the managing partner and head of the sanctions and export control practice of Acquis EU Law & Policy. He has extensive experience advising clients – leading multinational companies and foreign governments – on UN sanctions, EU sanctions and export control rules, as well as various other aspects of EU trade law and policy. He has advised European and international companies from a wide range of sectors on compliance with EU sanctions against Russia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somali and other jurisdictions, and assisted clients in designing and implementing compliance sanctions and export control compliance programmes. Valerijus is recognised by clients and peers for his in-depth knowledge of sanctions and export control rules and his practical, clear, and business-oriented advice regarding the application of these rules to specific transactions and activities in a wide range of sectors.

Valerijus also regularly represents clients in cases involving complex  legal questions of EU law before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Commission. He also advises and represents clients from a wide range of sectors, including technology, transport, tobacco, banking and finance and manufacturing, chemicals and fertilizers – in EU legislative and policy-making processes. He has designed designs and contributed to new models of corporate and foreign government representation in Brussels, including the setting up and management of various business councils and industry associations and federations, amongst other things. 

Valerijus holds an LL.M degree in Law and Economics from the University of Rotterdam and the University of Bologna, and a Masters of Law degree from the Vilnius University.

He is a qualified lawyer and member of the Lithuanian Bar Association and the of Brussels Bar (E-list).

He is fluent in English, Russian, Lithuanian, Spanish, Italian and French.

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Bogdan Evtimov

Partner

Bogdan is a first-class EU lawyer and litigator, having been a partner and director in top-10 global law firms and legal service providers. He is a recognised trade and antitrust/competition lawyer. He has particular experience in the energy sector with energy policy and energy regulation.

Highly experienced across various industries and cross-border trade regulation and policy, sanctions and export controls, abuse of dominance and merger control proceedings, EU Courts litigation, WTO matters, international treaties and new rules on foreign subsidies and foreign investments, Bogdan has been the backbone of successful legal teams in Brussels since 2001. Lately he has been involved in cross-Atlantic and cross-Channel work.

Bogdan is admitted to the bar in Sofia, Bulgaria and Brussels.

He is fluent in English, French, Russian and Bulgarian.

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Michael De Boeck

Partner

Michael specializes in EU trade law and dispute resolution. 

He has broad experience in litigation and arbitration by advising and representing clients in disputes relating to various sectors including commercial distribution, construction, banking and finance and customs-disputes in domestic courts and arbitral procedures. He recently advised clients in CEPANI and ICC arbitrations. Michael also has experience in international investment arbitration in the EMEA region on behalf of an investor. He remains academically active as a lecturer (university docent) at The Hague University of Applied Sciences where he teaches courses on EU Business Law and EU Law & Institutions.

Before joining Acquis, he was a partner at a premier Belgian independent law firm, a doctor-assistant in the law faculty of the College of Europe in Bruges and a Research Fellow at the Max Plank Institute in Luxembourg.

He holds a dual PhD from Ghent and Luxembourg University (2020), a Master of Laws from Ghent University (2013 – magna cum laude) and an LLM from Vanderbilt University (2014 – Dean’s List honors).

Michael is a dual-qualified lawyer at the Bar of Antwerp and New York.

He is fluent in Dutch, French and English.

michael.deboeck@acquislp.eu

Brussels office

Rue du Trône 98, 1050 Brussels

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Andrea Mogni

Senior Advisor

Dr. Andrea Mogni brings more than three decades of experience of working in the European Commission in different roles covering a wide range of topics including trade, economic relations, international relations, development and third country funding.

He worked as a Senior Policy Coordinator and Senior Financial Expert at the European External Action Services (EEAS), where he was focusing on programming and financing instruments with the EU’s neighboring countries and countries in transition. Earlier he covered EU relations with the OECD, UN, IFIs and regional economic organizations and banks. He has also served in the EU Delegation and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He is a Senior Expert at the Global Governance Institute. He is a Member of Triffin International Foundation and on the Advisory Board of PCDI. He holds a Degree in Law from the University of Genoa and a Degree in Economics from the University of Rome.

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Agata Stasevskaja

Counsel

Specialized in litigation. She has significant experience in representing clients’ interests in Courts of all instances and State authorities in Lithuania. Her legal experience covers different areas of law, such as commercial law, employment law, insolvency law, administrative law, and even criminal law, which allows her to easily navigate different situations and to consult clients on complex issues. She focuses on the end result for the client.

She has consulted with international companies, advising on both day-to-day matters and large transactions.

Agata holds a Masters of Law degree from Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), and a Master’s degree of Innovation and Technology Management from ISM University of Management and Economics (International).

She is a member of the Lithuanian Bar Association

She speaks Lithuanian, English, Russian, and Polish.

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Erhard Böhm

Senior Counsel

Erhard is an international arbitrator and handles a breadth of arbitrations on behalf of both domestic and international clients. He is specialised in various practice areas, including arbitration, litigation, dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, construction, insurance law and M&A.

Erhard has extensive experience in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration and was involved in various international arbitrations as counsel, chairman, sole arbitrator and co-arbitrator.

He has been acting under the rules of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, UNCITRAL, Vienna International Arbitral Centre, London Court of International Arbitration, and the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce;

He is admitted in Austria and England & Wales. He is a court member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, an advisory board member at the European Foundation for Investment Law and Arbitration, and a former board member of the Austrian Arbitration Association.

He is fluent in English and German. 

Evangelia Anevlavi

Senior Associate

Evangelia is an international lawyer with experience in EU Trade, customs and sanctions.

Prior to joining ACQUIS, she worked for major law firms in Brussels (Sidley Austin, Jones Day and VVGB Avocats), specializing in WTO law. She was integral to the WTO-Legal Affairs Division in Geneva along with other important industry associations.

Her career has been focused on numerous anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguards and anti-circumvention investigations before the European Commission and OLAF, including important cases before the Court of Justice of the European Union. She has also been involved in various landmark WTO cases, including DS441 Australia – Tobacco Plain Packaging, DS316 EC and Certain Member States – Large Civil Aircraft (Article 21.5 – EU) and (Article 22.6 – US), DS522 Canada – Commercial Aircraft and DS602 China — AD/CVD on Wine (Australia).

She has advised governments and companies on complex issues of WTO compatibility with EU initiatives, free trade agreements, Brexit, and market access and customs issues.

She holds an LL.B. from the University of Athens and LL.M. in International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO LL.M.) from the University of Barcelona.

She is Member of the Athens and Brussels (EU-list) Bar Associations.

Her mother tongue in Greek. She is fluent in English and has intermediary level in French. 

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Mark Kakas

Senior Policy Advisor

Mark is a qualified lawyer, public policy advisor and business consultant with experience in advising multinational corporations and foreign governments on EU law, policy, and public affairs. He is an unconventional thinker who loves to tackle novel challenges, typically utilizing a cross-disciplinary approach to expand his existing knowledge and problem-solving skillset.

Most recently, Mark has been working on the development and implementation of public affairs, policy campaigns, and other initiatives focusing on international trade regulations and restrictions. Prior to this, he was advising clients on various EU decision-making processes and the implementation of EU legislation at the national level.

Mark has a multidisciplinary academic background in law (J.D.), bolstered by credentials in technology management and innovation (MSc) and communication and media sciences (B.A.).

He is fluent in English and has intermediary level in French.

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Patrick Mascott

Policy associate

Patrick has significant experience with a successful Fintech start-up, where he carried out geopolitical and business analysis and advisory work. He also has experience working for various NGOs and academic projects. Most recently, he worked as an analyst in the AI space for Apple for almost two years, before joining Acquis.  

Patrick obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Science and an MSc in International Political Economy, both from University College Dublin. 

He is fluent in both English and French and possesses a basic level of Spanish.

Patrick.Mascott@acquislp.eu

Brussels office
Acquis,
Av. des Gaulois 7
1040 Brussels

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Gabrielle Gueniffey

Policy Advisor

Gabrielle is a policy advisor with a background in EU policy and the EU institutional landscape. She is engaged in policy analysis and monitoring in the field of EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and conducts research in the EU’s external relations, expanding into trade relations with third countries and food security. Her contributions encompass the preparation of comprehensive weekly reports and the provision of prompt, well-informed responses to ad-hoc queries. These responses span the intricate spectrum of regulatory, political, and legal developments, ensuring clients remain ahead of the curve.

Gabrielle’s responsibilities extend to stakeholder mapping and liaison efforts, where she excels in orchestrating meaningful interactions and forging vital connections with a diverse array of stakeholders. These engagements encompass diplomatic missions, permanent representations, and key EU institutions, positioning Gabrielle as a linchpin in fostering productive collaborations and advocating for client interests within the dynamic sphere of government and public affairs.

She holds a Masters in European Studies from the Institute of European Studies (IEE-ULB). She is fluent in French, English, Spanish, and actively learning Russian.

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Burak Soyogul

Compliance Officer

Burak has built an extensive experience in financial services over the last 25 years.

He worked in Asset Management, ICSD and Retail Banking. From 2015 onwards he focused on regulatory and compliance and participated in various projects as a consultant specializing in KYC, CDD, Pre & Post Transaction Monitoring and Sanctions. He also gave trainings at FEBELFIN on back-office activities in Financial Markets and Securities Handling.

Burak holds a M.A degree in International Relations and Political Sciences, received from the University of Amsterdam.

He is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS).

He speaks English, French, Dutch and Turkish.

Marie-Rose Posel

Office Manager

Marie-Rose Posel has over 20 years of experience in Law Firms. Before joining Acquis in November 2023, she was employed by an international law firm where she became the Office Manager for the Brussels and the Paris offices, where she was responsible for day-to-day administrative operations including recruitment, personnel administration, team supervision, budget monitoring, and management of the offices.

Prior to settling in Brussels, she worked at international companies in Duesseldorf and London for ten years.

 

She holds a degree in Translation and she speaks French, English, German, and Italian. She has an intermediate level in Dutch.

Olga Bespalova

CFO

Olga is a results-driven CFO with 11 years of experience in Law Firms. She is dedicated to implementing financial solutions that ensure company growth and is experienced in analyzing the needs and goals of the Firm. She streamlines existing operations and envisions strategy and performance enhancements.

Olga has been doing finance since 2012 in major Law Firms such as Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, and DLA Piper. Olga gained excellent knowledge of financial procedures, profound knowledge of different accounting software, and developed expertise allowing her to create advantageous operating budget plans, gain control over expenses, and ensure the overall health of the company.

Olga holds an M.A. degree in Business Economics, received from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Olga speaks fluently English, French, Dutch, Russian and Ukrainian.