Adv Sophia Spala > Setterwalls > Stockholm, Sweden > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 1050

Work Department

Intellectual property, marketing and media law, IT law and data protection, Commercial agreements, Public procurement



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 She has experience of handling complicated disputes within these areas. Sophia spends a large part of her working hours on drawing up and negotiating commercial contracts, relating to matters such as collaboration, development, licensing, purchase and sales and she has a vast experience of technology and IP transactions. The assignments Sophia works with often have a cross-border aspect, and she is therefore used to working with international projects. She has 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.


2005-, Setterwalls
2003-2005, Stockholm District Court, law clerk


Swedish, English, French


Member of the Swedish Bar Association


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

Lawyer Rankings

Sweden > Intellectual property and media

(Next Generation Partners)

Sophia SpalaSetterwalls

Setterwalls has ‘deep knowledge of the industry and the Swedish patent law’ and handles the full range of IP matters for clients in the healthcare, automotive, technology and retail sectors, among others. On the contentious side, the practice advises on a broad range of disputes including patent litigation, while, in the non-contentious space, the team stands out for its stand-alone trade mark department. Fredrik Roos handles transactional work, licensing issues and marketing matters; Per Lidman is a veteran patent litigator; Sophia Spala is a key name for trade mark litigation and prosecutions as well as copyright and unfair competition matters; and Martin Levinsohn is another notable practitioner for IP litigation, particularly in the life sciences sector.

Sweden > Data privacy and data protection

Setterwalls acts for top international and domestic blue-chip clients and government departments on the full range of data protection and cybersecurity issues. Key areas of strength for the practice include data subject access requests, cross-border data transfers, GDPR issues and data breaches. Leveraging strong support from its IT and IP departments, the team is headed up by Fredrik Roos, Sophia Spala and Marc Tullgren. Roos and Spala are well versed in compliance and regulatory matters, while Jörgen Axelsson is experienced in data privacy work pertaining to the healthcare and public sectors.

Sweden > IT and telecoms

Clients describe Setterwalls as ‘a trusted partner’ with ‘quick turnarounds and clear advice’. The practice is active on digital transformation and data protection mandates, and handles a varied mix of procurement, regulatory, commercial and transactional matters. The team is led by Fredrik Roos, Jörgen Axelsson, Marc Tullgren and Joacim Johannesson; Johannesson advises on IT matters relating to M&A, venture capital and investment mandates, and Roos is a key name for machine learning, AI and IoT matters. Sophia Spala handles IP-related IT issues and Niklas Follin is also recommended for commercial agreements.