I started at Bird & Bird in 2017 as a trainee, and in 2019 I became a junior associate in the Competition & EU practice. My work spans all areas of competition law, from antitrust and merger control to State Aid and also includes advice concerning sector regulation. I have a particular focus on the regulatory initiatives for the European Commission relating to the Digital Single Market and the impact of these developments on clients in the technology & communications sector. My focus on this sector, allows me to have a broad view of the changes that are occurring quasi-simultaneously. Due to the link between the regulatory initiatives and ongoing competition law cases I come up with some original suggestions in competition law cases, outside the traditional remit of the competition toolbox. Before joining Bird & Bird, I completed several internships in the competition departments of various international law firms in Brussels and gained valuable experience by completing a long-term internship with the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This helped me to gain some insights into the workings of public administrations. This proved to be helpful in the regulatory & public affairs work I assist with, because it allows me to better understand and predict what is going on behind the scenes.