Sophia commenced her training contract with the firm in September 2018 after working as a paralegal for two years in the Banking & Finance department; she is currently in her second seat and has spent time in the Gulf.
Sophia's first seat was in the Abu Dhabi office, in the International Corporate department. During this seat she was involved with a variety of work, including assisting and advising government bodies on large scale energy projects throughout the Middle East, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts, typically in relation to IT/software goods and services and general corporate governance work.
Sophia's current seat is in Banking & Finance, in London. So far, amongst other things, Sophia has advised on loan arrangements for the purposes of refinancing, acquiring and developing real estate with a particular borrower focus. She has also assisted on: an acquisition finance transaction for a healthcare company, a number of margin loans for an overseas borrower, loan agreements (both syndicated and bilateral) for Middle Eastern lenders, various housing finance transactions from both a borrower and lender perspective and has completed several commodity trades for clients obtaining advice in relation to Islamic Finance.