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Our Team

Maria Todorof

Maria Todorof

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LLB (Surrey), LLM (LSE), PhD Candidate at the University of Barcelona (Islamic Finance)

Founding Director

Maria holds an LLB (2:1 Hons) degree from the University of Surrey, UK and LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (Merit). Over the course of the 20 years prior to Spectrum, Maria has acted as a founding and managing director of two successful SMEs, both in different fields. She can therefore draw on business and strategic skills when consulting. Maria has worked as an associate tutor in Contract Law at the University of Surrey. Currently, Maria is Course Director for Business Law at the Academy of European Law, Trier. Maria has a strong interest in the areas of Corporate Finance Law, Intellectual Property Law and Islamic Finance. With respect to Corporate Finance Law, Maria focuses mainly on research related to Capital Markets, as well as Financial Regulation. Maria has conducted research on the effect of the Dodd-Frank Act 2010 on the market and regulation of derivatives in the context of conventional as well as Islamic banking. She has assisted with research on US bank governance conducted by the LSE's Financial Markets Group. Furthermore, Maria contributed to the LSE's ‘Study on Directors’Duties and Liability’ prepared for the European Commission DG Markt. In addition, Maria has an interest in Financial and Corporate Crime Law and can consult on a variety of matters among them Money Laundering Regulation, Tax Evasion, Cartels, Accounting Offences, Asset Recovery, Corruption and International Mutual Assistance. Moreover, Maria has a particular current interest in the field of Islamic Finance.

Maria’s interest and research experience in Intellectual Property Law is in the aspects of copyright, cybersquatting, trademarks and patents, infringement of IP rights over the Internet and breach of confidence.

Émile McHarsky

Émile McHarsky

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LLB (Surrey), LLM International Business Law(LSE)

Legal Consultant and Acting Managing Director

Émile holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Surrey (First Class Hons) and an LL.M in International Business law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition, Émile has succesfully completed the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Law School, as an Inner Temple Exhibitioner and is due to be called to the Bar of England and Wales in March 2017. Émile has taught EU law at the University of Surrey as an associate tutor. Émile’s research interests and expertise are focused on the full range of EU law areas, including but not exclusive to: EU Competition Law, EU Intellectual Property Law, EU Administrative and Constitutional Law and EU Free movement Law. Émile’s largest piece of research to date is in the field of the EU’s regulation of Member State finances and the banking industry, entitled State of the Union: A Critical Analysis of the EU Framework for Future Fiscal Crisis Management. In addition, Émile has knowledge and interests in the areas of Human Rights and Poverty (European and International), Arbitration (Internatioanal commercial arbitration and Investor-State Dispute Settlement) and Art Law, among others.

In addition to his legal interests and background, Émile has professional experience in EU policy work, acquired through involvement with Brussels based NGOs. In particular, Émile has experience in the biotechnology/healthcare/pharmaceutical and civil society fields. Émile can therefore consult also on policy and lobbying issues.

External researchers profiles

William Ellison (BA Oxon), (MA Sciences Po)


William, graduated with a First Class BA in French and History from Oxford University in 2011, has also completed a Masters in International Public Management, with specialisms in human rights and the European Union, at Science Po Paris. Thanks to this programme, he has obtained legal expertise in areas such as international public law and EU law and an in-depth knowledge of numerous EU policies including EU foreign policy and EU immigration and asylum policy.

William’s academic career has been complemented by professional experiences working in close relation to the European institutions in Brussels. Working initially in the sustainable transport sector and later on European civil society and citizenship, he has developed a practical understanding of the EU policy sphere. Furthermore, his ongoing internship at the Irish Embassy in Paris provides him with the opportunity to deal with questions related to current EU issues and debate on a daily basis.

These rich and diverse experiences have given William the opportunity to produce both academic research, notably on public consultations carried out by the European Commission during the financial and economic crisis, and publications targeted at professionals and EU citizens, such as a guide to EU funding for NGOs.

Moreover, William’s academic and professional experiences have required him to translate between English, French and Spanish on a regular basis.

Roxana Galasean (MA Heidelberg)


Roxana obtained her BA in technical translation at Ruprecht-Karls University of Heidelberg and subsequently completed a course in English and Spanish translation with emphasis on political and economic developments and issues within the European Union, which formed part of the MA she was awarded. Her early career took her to London where she undertook research for legal practitioners and assisted with technical translations between German and English. Later, she welcomed the opportunity to broaden her professional expertise by gaining a thorough understanding of the telecoms sector including, but not limited to, the regulatory requirements of mobile networks providers in the EU.