Anastasia is partner specialising in the motorsport and automotive sector. 

She has a depth of experience in this multi-faceted sector: from IP, regulatory, litigation, international cross border matters, complex commercial and strategic arrangements and projects, end-to-end supply chain and privacy, together with extensive and sought after expertise in the world of motorsport (most notably F1).
Anastasia's experience of private practice and general counsel in house roles, gives her a refreshing "both sides of the fence" perspective that enables her to cut through to commercial realities.  Having sat on the Executive Committee Board for an F1 Team, she has an acute understanding of the importance of delivering pragmatic, solution driven and commercially sensible advice.  Anastasia enjoys a unique and enviable position having worked with many F1 teams, F1 Drivers, Formula E Team and various motorsport and automotive clients. She currently also maintains legal in-house roles, active in motorsport and related activities. 

Her deep sector knowledge in this complex sector, means that she has a full hinterland of non-contentious and contentious experience including: intellectual property; complex commercial agreements; corporate transactions; digital media; commercial/corporate strategy (domestic and international); specialist sporting litigation; brand and reputation management; advertising and marketing strategies (often in conjunction with major sporting events); confidential information; licensing; sponsorship; endorsements; driver contracts; management contracts; motorsport regulatory advice; WADA regulatory matters; R&D and collaboration agreements; technical partnerships; complex data protection issues; compliance/audit; and litigation.  She initiates and conducts proceedings before the High Court, OHIM, FIA International Court of Appeal, UK Trade Mark Office and Nominet and works with UK Customs authorities with regard seizures of counterfeit goods.  She often works on cross border transactions for clients. 

Anastasia has spent time on secondment at Red Bull F1 race team, which, alongside her General Counsel role at Manor F1 race team and ROKiT Venturi Racing (Formula E Team) (current) has given her a great insight into the dynamics of a team and business operating within a competitive sporting environment.

Anastasia is a Director of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, the first non-driver to become a director of the GPDA since its inception in 1961. She sits on the board alongside Sebastian Vettel, George Russell and Chairman Alex Wurz.   

Recent highlights include:

  • UK representative and member of the European Automotive Network 
  • leading on High Court trade mark infringement dispute on behalf of German automotive manufacturer (acting for both UK national sales centre and German OEM)
  • representing former F1 World Champion driver in all his commercial projects
  • working with leading premier league football team in relation to confidential commercial deal;
  • working with Audi UK and Audi AG with regard ground breaking new project for the car sales market;
  • advising leading global German car manufacturer (VW Group) on its UK IP, branding, technology and digital media, commercial and data protection matters and IP disputes. Providing strategic advice and solutions in relation to technical and legal issues arising as VWG strives to push the boundaries with new technology and enhance the customer journey experience;
  • advising Mercedes UK, Nissan and Renault in relation to Commerical, IP and DP matters;
  • advising on the Jules Bianchi litigation for the Manor F1 team and resultant settlement agreement;
  • advising on the Maria di Villota case for the Manor F1 Team;
  • working on complex High Court and Court of Appeal patent litigation and breach of contract matter on behalf of H&M (Stretchline Intellectual Properties Ltd v H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Ltd ) [Stretchline Intellectual Properties Ltdv H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 516 (22 May 2015)];
  • advising British Amercian Tobacco in relation to various global commercial projects;
  • providing strategic and commercial advice in relation to various global commercial and multi-supplier projects;
  • acting for and advising various retailers, including H&M, The White Company, Dixons Carphone, Henkel, Nectar (Resident), United Talent Agency, Thorntons, LK Bennett, GAME, IKEA, RIXO, Ann Summers in relation to sponsorship, licensing, advertising, counterfeit matters and general commercial/data protection matters;
  • appeal by Infiniti Red Bull Racing against the decision N°56 dated 16 March 2014 of the FIA Stewards of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix counting towards the 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship. Appeal before the International Court of Appeal [2014] (ICA-2014-01) (the “Fuelgate Litigation”);
  • advising Henkel (and its associated brands, including Right Guard and Schwarzkopf) with regard TV rights clearances, music clearance, vlogger/blogger contracts, music licences/permissions for broadcast;
  • acting for Global fast food restaurant chain (McDonald's) with regard UK intellectual property matters, including online and social media issues and reputational strategy;
  • acting for leading global cereal brand in relation to multi billion pound bid to acquire United Biscuits;
  • lead UK Counsel co-ordinating the securitisation of all IP of a borrower's European portfolio in relation to various major re-financing deals (value in excess of $1bn);
  • Red Bull GmbH v Sun Mark Limited et al (High Court) (Red Bull GmBH v Sun Mark Limited and another [2012] EWHC 1929 (Ch), 17 July 2012.);
  • co-ordinated worldwide IP due diligence and strategic advice on behalf of last round bidder regarding its multi billion dollar bid;
  • acting for global motorcycle brand in relation to a serious breach of confidential information, which included an injunction claim against a well known motorcycle publication; obtaining immediate removal of online infringement and achieving successful outcome for client;
  • advising hi-tech engineering company with regard potential large scale commercial dispute. Successful outcome for client; and
  • advising a wide range of international and domestic clients active in the field of automotive, motorsport, manufacturing, retail, food and drink, technology, fashion, and media. Anastasia has an enviable list of clients who regard her as the “go to” person.

Anastasia contributed a chapter to the book "Landmark IP Decisions of the European Court


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