Elise Menkhorst completed a Master’s degree course in both business law and civil law at the University of Leiden, graduating in the latter. She specialised in intellectual property law during her studies already. She also took courses in this field, among others, at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, for a period of six months. Elise advises and litigates on complex and cross-border cases in the field of intellectual property law. From 2010 onwards she did so as a lawyer at the De Gier | Stam & Advocaten, an IP/IT niche firm in Utrecht, where she worked as a legal assistant for a number of years. She joined Banning in 2016. Elise’s expertise includes areas of the law related to the protection of products and formats and the protection of names, such as trade names and brand names. Her advice is clear and pragmatic, to allow her clients to make considered decisions on the further action to be taken. Some of the legal proceedings she has conducted were widely published in the Netherlands, including the proceedings regarding the orange football dress worn by the Bavariababes in the South African football stadium and the proceedings against RTL on the ban on broadcasting a television programme.