Mariya Serafimova is a Legal Assistant to the German Advocate General at the ECJ. Formerly, she was an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in the firm’s Berlin office. She was a member of the antitrust, competition and trade practice group and in European and German antitrust and competition law, merger control law as well as foreign investment law. Mariya is a German qualified lawyer (Rechtsanwältin). Mariya was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She completed her legal studies at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Before joining Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Mariya completed her legal training at the Higher Regional Court of Brandeburg and worked as a trainee at the European Commission DG Competition, the Federal Cartel Office and the European Court of Justice. She also worked as an academic research assistant at the Jean-Monnet-Chair of European Law at the Viadrina University for Professor Pechstein, for an international litigation law firm and for Freshfields’ office in Berlin. Mariya writes a doctoral thesis on European competition law with Professor Christoph Brömmelmeyer at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).