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Europe Guide

Competition/European Law — Spain

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Miguel Odriozola
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading bench that advises on all manner of competition mandates, from merger filings to appeals against fines for anti-competitive practices, including IP-related issues. Acts for major local and international clients from a range of industries, including energy, pharmaceuticals and financial services, with notable recent activity on behalf of those from the telecommunications sector. Strong choice for matters with a cross-border or multi-jurisdictional angle and well versed at representing clients before European courts.

Strengths Market commentators repeatedly underline the excellent level of service they receive, with recommendations including: "The team is fantastic! The quality is extraordinary – everything is always on time, they are fully available, they have the best attitude possible and they know what we want."

Clients highly rate the way the department offers sector-specific expertise and can go into great technical depth. One source explains: "We are working with them more and more for several reasons – one is that they listen to us and understand us."

Work highlights Acted for Avis on the successful annulment of a EUR1.5 million fine imposed by the Spanish competition authority for alleged cartel behaviour.

Represented multiple clients including Telefónica and International Paper in various courts to appeal fines imposed by the Spanish competition authority which were incorrectly calculated.

Significant clients IAG, Samsung, Oracle, Nokia, Saint-Gobain.

Notable practitioners  

Miguel Odriozola enjoys a stellar reputation for his work representing high-profile clients from a variety of sectors in competition matters such as merger control operations. Sources praise his team management style and the way that he listens to the client, with comments about him including: "He's very smart in the sense that he can see nuances that others can miss." Another source adds: "He's very practical and he has a perfect vision of the market – he's out of the ordinary."

Begoña Barrantes is described by those interviewed as "a brilliant, hard-working and intelligent lawyer who really knows her stuff and is easy to work with." Her work encompasses merger filings, follow-on litigation and appeals before local courts to contest CNMC-imposed fines.

Ana Vide is known in the field for her work on contentious cases before both local and international authorities. She has recent experience dealing with the Chilean and Brazilian competition bodies and has been active in cases before the EC.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Cani Fernández
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Eminent department that covers the entire competition law area with the help of the firm's Brussels office. Especially recognised for its expertise in merger control cases, distribution contracts, cartel investigations and activity in antitrust proceedings in both Spain and Belgium. Offers a 'one-stop shop' service for significant companies from a range of industries, including the telecommunications, financial and construction sectors. It has gained several new clients recently, including Pemex and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Strengths The department is known for being easy to work with and for getting the job done in an efficient way. Client recommendations include: "The team was unbeatable. They were so proactive, commercial and involved – it was like they were part of our internal team."

Multiple sources note how the experience of the team has aided in complicated proceedings. One impressed client explains: "They helped us to go through the process smoothly and make everything easier to understand from a business point of view." 

Work highlights Advised Galp Energia on proceedings started by the Spanish competition authority in which it was alleged that the client had restricted competition in the fuel distribution market.

Continued to defend Seat, Volkswagen and Audi's interests in their appeal raised against the CNMC after it declared that there had been anti-competitive activity in the automotive sector.  

Significant clients Pernod Ricard, BSH, Suzuki, PRISA, Zegona Communications.

Notable practitioners  

Market commentators are unanimously impressed with Cani Fernández's performance on recent mandates. Her diverse practice encompasses contentious proceedings stemming from fines and sanctions, merger notifications and internal investigations. "You learn from her. She won't get you into any risky situations and she has clear judgement," states one interviewee, while another adds: "She's hard-working, clever, very commercial and, on top of that, she's humble." 

"Magnificent lawyer" Andrew Ward heads the Madrid team and is recognised in the market as being a "solid guy with a good knowledge of antitrust law." He was instructed by Nomad Foods to assist with the antitrust issues of its EUR701 million acquisition of Findus Sverige, which affected 1,500 employees in four jurisdictions. He has additional expertise in authority-led competition investigations.

Irene Moreno-Tapia divides her time between sanctions proceedings and merger filings. Clients praise her availability, with one saying: "Something I really like about Irene is that she is especially sensitive to what we are interested in and how to drive the strategy, the ideas. She pays real attention to the business." 

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Marcos Araujo
- 6 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for First-rate team spread across offices in Madrid, Barcelona and Brussels, offering clients a full service in EU and competition law. Recommended for its extensive merger control practice, the team also has experience litigating complex cartel and state aid cases before the Spanish competition authority and in European courts. Attracts blue-chip corporates from a range of industry sectors including energy and hospitality. Recently added Royal Caribbean and SCOR to its expanding list of major clients.

Strengths One client recommends the team thus: "Garrigues is a top firm in Spain for competition issues," adding that "the quality of service is high and there is always excellent and direct communication with all of the lawyers." 

The lawyers are praised for their approach to mandates and for being "strong, professional and serious in everything that they do." One interviewee reports: "They are the kind of people I like as lawyers."

Work highlights Represented several leading names, including Santander, in their appeal of an EC decision concerning Spanish tax rules which the authority declared illegal.

Assisted Cellnex and others with a dispute over public funds following the digitalisation of Spanish television.

Significant clients Amadeus, Cisco Systems, A.P. Moller - Maersk.

Notable practitioners  

The "very well known and respected lawyer" Marcos Araujo handles proceedings brought by the CNMC or the EC for prominent clients such as Globalia. Sources appreciate his commercial approach and he is recognised by peers for his activity on cartel cases. Of late, he has advised on matters relating to allegations of price fixing as well as the filing of complaints before the authorities.

Luis Ortiz Blanco is described by market commentators as "a very pragmatic, competent and practical lawyer who gets to the core of the matters and knows how to simplify complexity." Interviewees repeatedly underline his availability, technical prowess and business know-how. He has been active in issues concerning investigations, dawn raids and merger control.

"Top state aid lawyer" José Luis Buendía Sierra receives high praise for his work on cases before the ECJ and against the EC. He has represented many market-leading names, most recently those emanating from the sectors of telecommunications, energy and finance. Clients appreciate the fact that "you can talk to him and he tells you the pros and the cons."

Interviewees agree that Susana Cabrera is "a bright, competent and personable lawyer who is easy to work with and who has a lot of common sense." She has recently advised Prosegur on a CNMC investigation into anti-competitive behaviour, and maintains a strong practice in assisting clients with multi-jurisdictional merger filings.

Alfonso Lamadrid advises blue-chip clients from sectors including financial services and telecommunications on cases before the EC. He has experience of state aid proceedings. Sources say: "Academically he is very able, and he also has very good English."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jaime Folguera
- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Outstanding practice which boasts a superb reputation for its expertise in merger control, cartels and restrictive agreements. Also active in state aid cases and is frequently seen before European courts. Advises major clients from various industries, such as advertising, pharmaceuticals and technology. Boasts strong litigation capabilities thanks to key individuals in the team. The firm has offices in both Spain and Brussels and has recently gained new clients from the financial services and food sectors.

Strengths The department enjoys a prominent reputation in the market for the quality of service it provides to clients. "The team's work and devotion to issues is beyond excellent," enthuses one interviewee, while another adds: "The lawyers are very competent, hardworking and service-oriented."

Several interviewees note the firm's expertise in different sectors. One client reports: "When they take on a matter they go into depth – they are proactive, they always offer a solution and they have an excellent relationship with the authorities."

Work highlights Acted for Pfizer on an investigation undertaken by the CNMC, concerning pricing and parallel trade.

Represented Danone before the CNMC in an appeal against the authority's decision to impose a EUR23 million fine for alleged restrictive activities in the milk procurement market.

Significant clients Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, Johnson & Johnson, CEMEX, JCDecaux, Booking.com.

Notable practitioners  

Jaime Folguera Crespo is recommended for his extensive expertise in all manner of antitrust issues. His recent work spans investigations, appeals and international merger filings in front of local authorities and at European level. Compliments about his practice include: "He's got the right amount of gravitas to handle negotiations and meetings at the highest level with the administration. He provides the right combination of intellectual rigour and practical advice."

Alfonso Gutiérrez is singled out for his excellent work on abuse of dominance cases, which he combines with acting for clients on the antitrust clearance of important multi-jurisdictional mergers. Interviewees describe him as skilled, pleasant to work with and timely in his advice. One client remarks: "He is like a walking encyclopaedia, he's incredible, and he can translate his thoughts into the right language whether he is talking to a judge, peer or client."

Edurne Navarro Varona is recommended for her lengthy experience, level of involvement in mandates and strategic advice. She is most recognised for her work on high-profile state aid cases brought before the European courts. She possesses additional expertise in merger filings and cartel investigations. Sources appreciate her "quick and solid grasp of business issues." 

The "excellent and very knowledgeable" Patricia Vidal assists with major merger proceedings and is active in advising important clients on cartel investigations. Market sources commend her litigation skills at both local and European level, with clients particularly appreciating her availability. "She is an outstanding expert in competition law, and she always finds a way to solve the issue," say interviewees. 

Prior to joining the firm, Antonio Guerra held an important position as part of the local competition authority. He is recommended for his pragmatic way of handling mandates and is described as "an excellent lawyer who works on some of the most interesting cases." His expertise has recently been put to use on several proceedings concerning restrictive practices.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Francisco Cantos
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Well-reputed team that expertly handles multi-jurisdictional merger filings, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases. Services an impressive list of domestic and international clients from a wide range of sectors, including construction, automotive and food and beverage. Offers additional experience representing clients in state aid cases at European level and is highlighted for its extensive global network.

Strengths Praise for the department's assistance with merger filings includes: "The team will think two steps ahead and advise accordingly, which is very refreshing. They are able to identify problems ahead of the game."

Sources agree that the team has an efficient way of tackling instructions, with typical comments including: "The team's advice is quick and specific and they have a practical business knowledge."

Work highlights Assisted LafargeHolcim with two cartel investigations by the CNMC concerning the ready-mixed cement industry.

Advised Boehringer Ingelheim on the competition issues arising from a EUR11.7 billion business swap with Sanofi, involving over 20 jurisdictions spread over three continents.

Significant clients Aena, Sacyr, HP, Doughty Hanson, GM.

Notable practitioners  

Francisco Cantos has a varied practice that includes assisting heavyweight multinationals with multi-jurisdictional merger filings and investigations carried out by the Spanish authorities. He enjoys an outstanding reputation among clients for his availability and understanding of their needs. One impressed client explains: "He has a great ability to put himself in the clients' shoes – he can speak our language and understand exactly what the problems in each sector are."

Álvaro Iza receives positive feedback from market commentators for his work on cartel investigations undertaken by the CNMC, including his recent work for Mediapro. Sources appreciate that he is "very accessible, has broad expertise and is reliable." Another client adds: "He is very impressive, I have to say; in competition law there is a lot of grey, but he gives clear and structured advice."

Enrique Carrera's recent work includes assisting clients with infringement proceedings and the antitrust side of multi-jurisdictional mergers. Commentators say: "He is very detailed and gives a good service."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jaime Pérez-Bustamante
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sought-after antitrust practice with particular expertise in merger control mandates routinely received from its excellent global network. Also active in litigation work, with a track record of acting on cartel and investigation matters on behalf of key local and multinational companies. Boasts an impressive client list with names coming from a large range of sectors such as financial services, energy and retail. The team has recently been instructed by several new names, including Visa and Campofrío.

Strengths Numerous interviewees praise the team's high level of technical expertise, with reports from clients such as: "There is a double virtue to working with them – they are good with the technical side regarding the law and, secondly, they can explain and teach us the technical aspects to their work."

One market commentator adds: "The lawyers have a wonderful human quality when dealing with clients, and often that is missed with professionals."

Work highlights Represented Nestlé in an appeal at the Spanish High Court after the CNMC accused the client of price fixing and imposed a EUR10.6 million fine.

Assisted new clients Just Eat with a merger notification concerning its EUR125 million acquisition of shares in several online takeaway platforms in Spain, Brazil, Mexico and Italy from Rocket Internet.

Significant clients Santander, Correos, BP, Sanofi, Mitsubishi.

Notable practitioners  

Market sources recognise Jesús Alfaro's intellectual prowess and "brilliant mind." His work has recently included assisting Real Madrid C.F. with a highly publicised state aid investigation by the EC, which alleged that the club received unfair funding from Madrid City Council. One client regards him as "probably the most pragmatic competition lawyer I have ever worked with."

Jaime Pérez-Bustamante is held in high regard for his "ability to listen and capacity to move meetings along with great skill." He regularly advises clients from the financial, technology and food and beverage sectors on major investigations concerning the sharing of sensitive information, price fixing and monopolies. Clients appreciate how he helps them make decisions and add: "He gets personally involved in the matters, suggests innovative ideas and gives very practical strategic advice."

Fredrik Löwhagen regularly acts on state aid and cartel cases for major corporations. Clients find his dual qualification in Swedish law beneficial, saying: "He brings a different vision to the matters, a different angle, and that's a real value."

Sources affirm that Juan Passás has a very client-focused style, and is creative in his resolution of problems. His recent work includes assisting ACS with an investigation carried out by the CNMC in which the client was accused of price fixing. He has particular knowledge of abuse of dominance and cartel issues.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Santiago Martínez Lage, Rafael Allendesalazar and Helmut Brokelmann
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for In-demand boutique that advises on the gamut of Spanish and EU competition law, with recognised prowess in behavioural matters such as abuse of dominance cases or cartel investigations. Increasingly active in merger control filings. Experienced in representing clients from a range of sectors, with an enviable client roster featuring prominent names from the sports, media, automotive and pharmaceuticals industries. It has recently expanded its client list with new additions 13 TV and ING.

Strengths Interviewees value the firm's thorough way of helping clients. One source states: "The team found the right arguments to go beyond the best case scenario," while another adds: "The lawyers think outside of the box and this is extremely appreciated."

The team is commended for its quick response in urgent situations. "They come and advise us immediately when we need them to," says one client.

Work highlights Assisted DTS with its appeal at the ECJ against a state aid decision relating to RTVE.

Represented RENFE in infringement proceedings after a complaint was lodged at the CNMC by another railway operator.

Significant clients Uber, Redexis, PRISA, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners.

Notable practitioners  

Founding partner Santiago Martínez Lage has a wealth of experience in competition law. His impressive reputation in the market leads to sources describing him as "the father of antitrust law in Spain." He remains active in arbitration proceedings.

Interviewees thoroughly appreciate that Rafael Allendesalazar Corcho "is concerned about matters beyond the investigation – he gets to know the client really well and recommends good practices." Multiple sources pick up on his "above standard" abilities in the field, with compliments including recognition of his deft negotiation skills and lengthy experience. His recent practice has included assisting high-profile clients with CNMC investigations, regulatory work and merger filings.

German-qualified lawyer Helmut Brokelmann is unanimously recognised as having abundant experience in high-profile behavioural cases. Sources appreciate the way he communicates with the authorities and describe him as "a hard-working, rigorous and excellent lawyer," with one source adding that he is "very well organised."

"Fantastic lawyer" Paloma Martínez Lage is recognised for her experience in Brussels and hard-working approach. She has played a key part in some of the firm's recent mandates, such as assisting clients with appeals against CNMC decisions and with cartel investigations. 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Antonio Martínez
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact competition practice that routinely advises blue-chip corporates on merger control, infringement proceedings against the competition authorities and appeals of fines. Represents clients from various sectors such as financial services and energy, with a particular activity within the pharmaceutical sector. The firm has experience in acting for key names at European level and is recommended for its international strength. It counts several names as new clients, including ICG.

Strengths The department is often praised for the practical advice it provides, with one client noting: "Instead of just giving you theoretical advice, they go directly to the problem." Additionally, sources report that the lawyers "adapt to people perfectly so that they can be understood."

Clients find the firm's global spread and expertise helpful in cross-border mandates. Recommendations include: "The team is very good at advising on international contracts with companies across the world."

Work highlights Represented RTVE at the ECJ in an appeal raised by DTS after the EC's decision in a state aid case.  

Assisted Hanson Hispania with two investigations instigated by the CNMC for alleged anti-competitive behaviour in the cement production industry.

Significant clients AGEDI-AIE, Altadis, Evonik Industries, Hispasat, OPTrust.

Notable practitioners  

Sources report that Antonio Martínez is easy to work with, and feedback about him includes comments such as: "He is someone who always has a smile on his face. He is very calm, so even if the boat starts rocking he will keep his cool." His vast competition practice includes merger notifications both locally and at European level, state aid proceedings and cases regarding abuse of dominance.

Jaime Rodríguez is highlighted by several clients as a rising star. Sources describe him as "very energetic and on top of things" in mandates ranging from CNMC investigations and appeals to merger proceedings.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rafael Baena
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Possesses particular skill in advising on competition law matters arising from M&A deals. Strong merger control practice with experience handling multi-jurisdictional cases and assisting with the Spanish side of parallel proceedings. Also acts for high-profile clients on CNMC investigations or appeals. Represents companies from the financial or telecommunications sectors, with increasing activity for major multinationals from the technology arena.

Strengths Interviewees note: "The team's biggest strengths are that the lawyers understand clients' needs and give imaginative solutions to the problems." 

Clients repeatedly underline the team's "technical ability, speed of response, the ease with which you can contact them and their great client treatment."

Work highlights Represented PAS Infraestructuras y Servicios in an appeal against the CNMC's fine for the alleged participation in a bid-rigging cartel.

Assisted Sevilla FC with an investigation launched by the Andalusian authorities after it was alleged that the club favoured certain travel agents over others to handle tickets and travel to a match in Warsaw, Poland.

Significant clients Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, Colgate-Palmolive, HP, ANCECO, Hyundai.

Notable practitioners  

"Dedicated lawyer" Rafael Baena is praised for his technical expertise and thorough knowledge of competition law. He has recently assisted several major clients under investigation by the CNMC for alleged abuse of dominance, and also regularly advises on merger filings and distribution agreements. "He gets really involved, is permanently at your disposal and is very sociable," attest clients.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: José María Jiménez-Laiglesia
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on all aspects of competition law with expertise in merger control, investigations, cartel and unfair competition cases. Assists key clients with new developments across a variety of sectors, with particular activity in the telecommunications, food and beverage and healthcare industries. Notable experience representing blue-chip clients in proceedings regarding CNMC rulings, with further expertise in compliance and private enforcement cases.  

Strengths Clients repeatedly highlight how easy the team is to work with, and the way the lawyers adapt to their needs. One commentator says: "Our relationship with them is very fluid. They adjust well to us and they know how and when to do things."

One source remarks: "They are true experts in the area of competition." 

Work highlights Assisted Repsol with proceedings raised by the CNMC for alleged anti-competitive practices in petrol stations.

Represented Urbaser in an appeal at the Spanish National Court to dispute a fine imposed by the CNMC for practices within the waste treatment industry.

Significant clients CVC Capital Partners, MasterCard, Orange, Energya VM, Renault.

Notable practitioners  

José María Jiménez-Laiglesia impresses market sources with his expertise, quick answers and client treatment. He is recommended for his skills in representing clients during investigations and merger control proceedings. One interviewee describes the experience of working with him in a very positive light, saying: "We have a frank, cordial relationship, and he is cheerful and easy to work with." He has acted for multinationals such as Vodafone.

Clients say that Joaquín Hervada "is a problem-solver, quick and really good." He has assisted Oaktree Capital Management with the antitrust aspects of the sale of Panrico to Bimbo. He has particular knowledge of merger proceedings.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-reputed department which frequently assists clients from various industries including the automotive, manufacturing and financial sectors. Routinely acts on merger control proceedings and distribution agreements. It has particular strengths in disputes stemming from cartel cases, both in domestic courts and at European level. Comprises lawyers with vast expertise in public and EU law as well as antitrust.

Strengths Various clients appreciate the way that the team values their input: "The lawyers listen to us as well, it's very interactive – we work together and both sides propose ideas."

Sources highlight how committed and responsive the department is. Others value the rapidity with which the practitioners grasp the issues: "In the antitrust department, they quickly understand the situation and the need to find solutions."

Work highlights Represented CEPSA in litigation proceedings at the ECJ concerning an EUR83.8 million fine imposed on the client for its participation in the Spanish bitumen cartel.

Assisted Volvo Car España with the appeal of a decision by the CNMC to impose a EUR1.7 million fine for alleged cartel activity with 20 other car manufacturers.

Significant clients Schibsted, Oaktree Capital Management, Agbar, Bankinter, Abanca.

Notable practitioners  

Oriol Armengol offers a full service in competition matters, from internal training to distribution agreements and complaints before the CNMC. Sources commend his academic expertise, as well as noting: "He is the quintessential client lawyer – extremely responsive, very respectful and someone who will be with you 24 hours a day. He is truly a pleasure to work with." Other sources add: "He's really friendly, so he is very easy to work with."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Carles Prat and Alberto Escudero
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles varied antitrust instructions, from merger control proceedings to advice on distribution systems, product labelling and price fixing. Experienced in litigation resulting from competition disputes over cartel fines and sanctions. Frequently advises on the Spanish aspects of global mergers and represents clients in compliance programmes involving internal investigations and in the drafting of protocols. New clients include BBVA and FedEx.

Strengths Clients appreciate the way the lawyers focus their advice, commenting: "Their written advice was straightforward and to the point, and they didn't go round asking for information unrelated to the objectives."

The department garners praise for its services and ability: "The team is technically rigorous, quick and available."

Work highlights Assisted Honda with litigation at the Audiencia Nacional. The EUR171 million dispute concerns alleged anti-competitive practices relating to the dissemination of sensitive information within the automotive industry.

Represented Asefa in its appeal of a fine imposed by the CNMC, in the context of cartel proceedings in the insurance sector.

Significant clients Atos, Eli Lilly, Rioglass Solar, Deoleo, DISA.

Notable practitioners  

Valeria Enrich is singled out for her technical brilliance, with sources reporting that she is "patient, methodical in her analysis and very clear in her explanations." She commonly advises clients on merger control issues, with notable activity in multi-jurisdictional filings.

Alberto Escudero's practice involves appealing fines imposed on clients by the CNMC, as well as merger proceedings and compliance proceedings. Clients value his practical approach and say: "He is a very nice person to talk to, he's calm and transmits confidence in what he is doing."

Carles Prat combines competition and IP expertise. His recent instructions include multi-jurisdictional merger notifications and distribution issues. "I like that he is very clear, he says yes or no – and he always picks up the phone," explains one market commentator.  

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Crisanto Pérez-Abad
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Developing practice which advises companies from various sectors, including rail and real estate, on infringement actions, merger control proceedings, compliance and distribution matters. Possesses particular prowess in cartel cases, where the firm has experience of administrative proceedings and judicial appeals. Benefits from a significant international network and advises leading domestic and international companies, including new clients in the automotive and retail sectors.

Strengths Interviewees rate the team's availability and correct approach to strategy in proceedings, with comments including: "The team was realistic, they didn't do anything that would cost a lot and go nowhere."

Sources value the full service offered by the department: "The team has a lot of specific know-how in the subject, and has been able to help in other areas too, like tax."

Work highlights Assisted Tepol with an appeal before the Spanish Supreme Court concerning the CNMC's decision to impose a EUR1 million fine on the client subsequent to a cartel investigation.

Advised Alquileres Barceló Saez on CNMC proceedings regarding multiple cartel proceedings in the modular construction sector, in which seven different companies were affected. 

Significant clients IRMASOL, Spanish Association of Private Railway Operators (AEFP).

Notable practitioners  

Crisanto Pérez-Abad is very active in cartel investigations, including appeals against fines imposed by the CNMC. He acts for companies with activity in a range of sectors. Sources highly recommend him, saying: "He is quick, has extensive knowledge of relevant legislation and explains himself really well." Clients appreciate the fact that he speaks French and English.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Íñigo Igartua and Miguel Troncoso
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Acts for an admirable list of public and private bodies on a whole host of antitrust issues, including state aid matters, merger filings and competition litigation. Commonly represents clients at European level as well as in the courts across Spain, with offices across the Iberian peninsula and in Brussels. Clients include prominent names from the pharmaceutical, energy, automotive and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Market commentators highlight the firm's particular strengths in providing functional advice, with endorsements including: "The team is really practical when giving you an answer: they don't just send you lengthy theoretical reports, and they ask the right questions to get to the crux of matters."

Another sources praises the service: "The lawyers in the team only take on the matters when they know they are the best – if not, they refer to other lawyers. They would always recommend what they think is best for me as a client."

Work highlights Advised Continental Automotive Spain on an investigation by the CNMC into alleged restrictive practices.

Provided Domino's Pizza with advice on vertical restraints, including franchising and e-commerce, regarding its activity in Belgium.

Significant clients AntiuXixona, European Securities and Markets Authority, Smurfit Kappa, Schindler, Esprinet.

Notable practitioners  

One interviewee stresses that Íñigo Igartua is "very good at understanding objectives and developing a strategy to meet them," adding: "He provided clear and well-considered advice that was attuned to the client's strategic aims." His expertise spans cartel investigations, vertical restraints and damages claims. He is additionally praised for his language capabilities. 

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Pedro Suárez
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Growing practice advising on the whole spectrum of competition law matters. A solid choice for appealing Spanish competition authority verdicts. Active in a range of sectors such as the automotive, telecommunications and food industries, with notable experience of handling instructions arising from the world of financial services. Possesses additional expertise in cartel cases and merger control matters. New clients for the firm include Heineken.

Strengths Clients interviewed are hugely pleased with the way the team handle their issues, describing them as "a fantastic firm – they understood what we wanted, what we needed to do and they knew how to go about it according to what the authority was saying."

The fact that the firm has a direct link with a partner is a real strength, according to sources: "Communication is the differentiating factor there; the partner really takes on the matters and is the sole interlocutor."

Work highlights Assisted new client Bankia with a complaint raised against the CNMC concerning the assumption of legal fees as a losing party in disputes. This came after the client was charged over EUR250 million in legal fees after losing a dispute concerning its IPO, in which the bank faced claims from over 70,000 retailers.

Advised Telefónica on an appeal against a CNMC ruling that the client was engaged in anti-competitive practices.

Significant clients Atresmedia, BBVA, Daimler, Grupo Heraldo, Senoble.

Notable practitioners  

Peers and clients alike acknowledge Pedro Suaréz's strengths in cartels advice and competition appeals. One client notes: "What I especially appreciate is his way of listening and putting himself in the client's shoes," while another adds: "He has his head really screwed on, which means he's easy to talk to as he's very fact-based."

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Patricia Liñán
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Experienced team with noteworthy expertise in merger control, distribution and infringement procedures. Represents clients in damages claims and appeals against Spanish and European competition authority decisions. Handles matters across a diverse range of sectors and services a number of first-rate names. New additions to the team's client roster include TÜV SÜD. Also offers assistance with compliance programmes.

Strengths Clients say that the advice received from the team members is of very high quality, with comments including: "The competition department is really refined, they all have a lot of experience and combine the theoretical, technical and creative sides of everything really well. They go a step beyond what you would normally get."

The lawyers receive praise for their commercial know-how when handling instructions, with comments such as: "They responded so fully and completely that you could tell they knew our sector really well and understood the conflicts and the business."

Work highlights Advised Sulzer on its appeal at the Spanish Supreme Court to oppose the CNMC's decision to fine the client for alleged cartel activity.

Represented ADVEO in appeals regarding several rulings by the CNMC. After successful appeals, the work included further proceedings in which results were contested by third parties.

Significant clients Lactalis, Bergé Auto, Campofrío, Pelayo, Medtronic.

Notable practitioners  

Patricia Liñán focuses on merger control and restrictive practices matters. She comes highly recommended, with one interviewee enthusing: "In my mind, Patricia is one of the cleverest and best prepared competition lawyers in Spain. When the matter is a complex one, she is an excellent choice." Sources note her added expertise in related areas such as bankruptcy law.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Gerard Pérez Olmo
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Boutique firm with proven track record representing clients in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. Also assists companies with claims for breach of competition rules and distribution or supplier agreements, as well as merger control cases. Acts for Spanish companies from different industries, including media, automotive and energy. Clients include trade associations.

Strengths More than one commentator praises the boutique nature of the firm. As one client points out, "the team offers a very personalised service – it's the partner you are directly in touch with, never anyone more junior." 

Another interviewee remarks: "They are very transparent lawyers, with great strategic planning and in-depth knowledge of complex areas of law." 

Value for money Those interviewed agree that the firm offers great value for money. "Billing is very reasonable for the service received; it is very good value for money," says one client.

Work highlights Assisted CEPSA with representation at Spanish Commercial Courts in various proceedings arising from alleged competition infringement.

Acted for AutoScout24 on its challenge raised against the CNMC concerning the authority's decision to allow Schibsted's acquisition of Milanuncios.

Significant clients Quantum Investment Fund, Acogen, Neo-Sky 2002, GasIndustrial, Aedge Performance BCN.

Notable practitioners  

Interviewees say that Gerard Pérez Olmo "gets back to you the same day, offers a very personalised service and is very proactive." He has recently been instructed by Ibericar to advise on multiple antitrust investigations raised by the CNMC within the vehicle hire sector. He has particular expertise in antitrust litigation.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Casto González-Páramo
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Full-service department acting across the whole spectrum of antitrust instructions, from merger control and supplier agreements to cartel investigations and state aid issues. Services an enviable list of domestic and international clients. Commonly co-ordinates mandates with offices throughout the firm's international network.

Strengths Customers report a positive experience of the firm's handling of their matters, with one client noting: "The case was well studied, well argued and very solid."

Another interviewee notes: "They are magnificent professionals and very sensible, affable people who are easy to work with."

Work highlights Assisted Ford with an appeal against a EUR20 million fine imposed by the CNMC for alleged information-sharing with other leading car manufacturers.

Represented Iberpotash in a state aid case before the EC, in co-ordination with the firm's Brussels office.

Significant clients Iveco, BBVA, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Schweppes, Fluor.

Notable practitioners  

One client values that Casto González-Páramo "has perfect empathy, makes you feel comfortable and helps make decisions." His broad practice includes representing major international heavyweights at both a domestic and a European level. He has been particularly active in appeals, state aid and merger control matters.

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第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Raimundo Ortega and Marta Delgado Echevarría
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Senior team which advises on all aspects of competition law. Noteworthy activity handling cartel cases, with significant experience in merger control mandates. Frequently assists local and foreign clients with appeals against CNMC or EC decisions. Offers additional strengths in areas such as IP. It counts names from the healthcare and energy sectors as new clients.

Strengths Market commentators highlight the team's attitude as being particularly good: "They are friendly and very business-minded; they have a very commercial and positive way of approaching matters."

Several sources comment on how the team adapted to their requests and requirements during the process of working together. One commenter states: "I would highlight their ease and flexibility when it came to understanding our needs and point of view as clients."

Work highlights Provided Cardinal Health with advice concerning the antitrust aspects of its USD1.9 billion acquisition of Johnson & Johnson's Cordis business.

Represented Cooperativas Agro-alimentarias De España before the CNMC and the EC in proceedings concerning unattended petrol stations, after regional Spanish authorities prohibited them.  

Significant clients Aberdeen Infrastructure, Schneider Electric, Balat.

Notable practitioners  

Raimundo Ortega climbs a band due to impressive market feedback, including comments such as: "He was capable of keeping everything going and he knew how to put himself in other people's shoes." His recent work includes representing companies under investigation by the CNMC for alleged cartel activity. He also advises on merger control and state aid issues.

Marta Delgado Echevarría is "friendly, proactive and hands-on," according to market sources. She is recognised for advising on the intersection between competition and IP law. Her recent instructions include advising voestalpine on an unfair competition and an IP mandate regarding the Phoenix 'hot wheel' detector.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Eduardo Abril
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Dedicated team focusing on infringement proceedings, compliance matters and merger control. Notable activity in appealing decisions made by the CNMC. Represents leading names from several industries and is particularly well versed in handling cases on behalf of clients from the energy sector. New clients on the firm's roster include Cairo Communication.

Strengths One client happily points out: "The team always gave us the right sort of solutions to be a more transparent business."

The department's service is considered by several commentators to be of a high standard, with comments including: "There is always someone on the team available and they scrupulously meet deadlines."

Work highlights Advised Holmen Group on an appeal against the CNMC's decision to fine the client EUR4.9 million for participation in a cartel.

Assisted Andorra Telecom with the implementation of telecommunications regulations in order for the local system to comply with European Union directives concerning competition law.

Significant clients Viesgo, KKR, Sedigas, Alba Group, Gas Natural Fenosa.

Notable practitioners  

Clients value Eduardo Abril's simple explanations and technical expertise. He has recently assisted BP with appealing a fine imposed by the CNMC. He also advises on merger control and energy issues. Clients enthuse: "It's good to find external counsel that can put themselves in the client's shoes and go the extra mile, who is not just a legal adviser but also a business partner."

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Senior Statesmen

Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Santiago Martínez Lage has a wealth of experience in competition law. His impressive reputation in the market leads to sources describing him as "the father of antitrust law in Spain." He remains active in arbitration proceedings.

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Eminent Practitioner

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market sources recognise Jesús Alfaro's intellectual prowess and "brilliant mind." His work has recently included assisting Real Madrid C.F. with a highly publicised state aid investigation by the EC, which alleged that the club received unfair funding from Madrid City Council. One client regards him as "probably the most pragmatic competition lawyer I have ever worked with."

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Band 1

Rafael Allendesalazar Corcho

Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees thoroughly appreciate that Rafael Allendesalazar Corcho "is concerned about matters beyond the investigation – he gets to know the client really well and recommends good practices." Multiple sources pick up on his "above standard" abilities in the field, with compliments including recognition of his deft negotiation skills and lengthy experience. His recent practice has included assisting high-profile clients with CNMC investigations, regulatory work and merger filings.

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "very well known and respected lawyer" Marcos Araujo handles proceedings brought by the CNMC or the EC for prominent clients such as Globalia. Sources appreciate his commercial approach and he is recognised by peers for his activity on cartel cases. Of late, he has advised on matters relating to allegations of price fixing as well as the filing of complaints before the authorities.

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Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oriol Armengol offers a full service in competition matters, from internal training to distribution agreements and complaints before the CNMC. Sources commend his academic expertise, as well as noting: "He is the quintessential client lawyer – extremely responsive, very respectful and someone who will be with you 24 hours a day. He is truly a pleasure to work with." Other sources add: "He's really friendly, so he is very easy to work with."

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Band 1

Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

German-qualified lawyer Helmut Brokelmann is unanimously recognised as having abundant experience in high-profile behavioural cases. Sources appreciate the way he communicates with the authorities and describe him as "a hard-working, rigorous and excellent lawyer," with one source adding that he is "very well organised."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco Cantos has a varied practice that includes assisting heavyweight multinationals with multi-jurisdictional merger filings and investigations carried out by the Spanish authorities. He enjoys an outstanding reputation among clients for his availability and understanding of their needs. One impressed client explains: "He has a great ability to put himself in the clients' shoes – he can speak our language and understand exactly what the problems in each sector are."

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market commentators are unanimously impressed with Cani Fernández's performance on recent mandates. Her diverse practice encompasses contentious proceedings stemming from fines and sanctions, merger notifications and internal investigations. "You learn from her. She won't get you into any risky situations and she has clear judgement," states one interviewee, while another adds: "She's hard-working, clever, very commercial and, on top of that, she's humble." 

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Band 1

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaime Folguera Crespo is recommended for his extensive expertise in all manner of antitrust issues. His recent work spans investigations, appeals and international merger filings in front of local authorities and at European level. Compliments about his practice include: "He's got the right amount of gravitas to handle negotiations and meetings at the highest level with the administration. He provides the right combination of intellectual rigour and practical advice."

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Band 1

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfonso Gutiérrez is singled out for his excellent work on abuse of dominance cases, which he combines with acting for clients on the antitrust clearance of important multi-jurisdictional mergers. Interviewees describe him as skilled, pleasant to work with and timely in his advice. One client remarks: "He is like a walking encyclopaedia, he's incredible, and he can translate his thoughts into the right language whether he is talking to a judge, peer or client."

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Band 1

José María Jiménez-Laiglesia

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

José María Jiménez-Laiglesia impresses market sources with his expertise, quick answers and client treatment. He is recommended for his skills in representing clients during investigations and merger control proceedings. One interviewee describes the experience of working with him in a very positive light, saying: "We have a frank, cordial relationship, and he is cheerful and easy to work with." He has acted for multinationals such as Vodafone.

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Band 1

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Odriozola enjoys a stellar reputation for his work representing high-profile clients from a variety of sectors in competition matters such as merger control operations. Sources praise his team management style and the way that he listens to the client, with comments about him including: "He's very smart in the sense that he can see nuances that others can miss." Another source adds: "He's very practical and he has a perfect vision of the market – he's out of the ordinary."

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Ortiz Blanco is described by market commentators as "a very pragmatic, competent and practical lawyer who gets to the core of the matters and knows how to simplify complexity." Interviewees repeatedly underline his availability, technical prowess and business know-how. He has been active in issues concerning investigations, dawn raids and merger control.

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Band 2

Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Dedicated lawyer" Rafael Baena is praised for his technical expertise and thorough knowledge of competition law. He has recently assisted several major clients under investigation by the CNMC for alleged abuse of dominance, and also regularly advises on merger filings and distribution agreements. "He gets really involved, is permanently at your disposal and is very sociable," attest clients.

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Band 2

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Top state aid lawyer" José Luis Buendía Sierra receives high praise for his work on cases before the ECJ and against the EC. He has represented many market-leading names, most recently those emanating from the sectors of telecommunications, energy and finance. Clients appreciate the fact that "you can talk to him and he tells you the pros and the cons."

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Band 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client values that Casto González-Páramo "has perfect empathy, makes you feel comfortable and helps make decisions." His broad practice includes representing major international heavyweights at both a domestic and a European level. He has been particularly active in appeals, state aid and merger control matters.

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Band 2

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

One interviewee stresses that Íñigo Igartua is "very good at understanding objectives and developing a strategy to meet them," adding: "He provided clear and well-considered advice that was attuned to the client's strategic aims." His expertise spans cartel investigations, vertical restraints and damages claims. He is additionally praised for his language capabilities. 

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Band 2

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro Iza receives positive feedback from market commentators for his work on cartel investigations undertaken by the CNMC, including his recent work for Mediapro. Sources appreciate that he is "very accessible, has broad expertise and is reliable." Another client adds: "He is very impressive, I have to say; in competition law there is a lot of grey, but he gives clear and structured advice."

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EY Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Jiménez-Laiglesia of EY Abogados enjoys glowing feedback for his tremendous dedication, technical skill and availability to clients. In addition, clients value his sector-specific knowledge when it comes to merger controls. Sources enthuse: "He's really commercial, very business-oriented and a nice chap," while others add: "He's an expert in his field, he is solution-oriented and he adapts perfectly to us as clients."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources report that Antonio Martínez is easy to work with, and feedback about him includes comments such as: "He is someone who always has a smile on his face. He is very calm, so even if the boat starts rocking he will keep his cool." His vast competition practice includes merger notifications both locally and at European level, state aid proceedings and cases regarding abuse of dominance.

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Band 2

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Edurne Navarro Varona is recommended for her lengthy experience, level of involvement in mandates and strategic advice. She is most recognised for her work on high-profile state aid cases brought before the European courts. She possesses additional expertise in merger filings and cartel investigations. Sources appreciate her "quick and solid grasp of business issues." 

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaime Pérez-Bustamante is held in high regard for his "ability to listen and capacity to move meetings along with great skill." He regularly advises clients from the financial, technology and food and beverage sectors on major investigations concerning the sharing of sensitive information, price fixing and monopolies. Clients appreciate how he helps them make decisions and add: "He gets personally involved in the matters, suggests innovative ideas and gives very practical strategic advice."

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Band 2

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers and clients alike acknowledge Pedro Suaréz's strengths in cartels advice and competition appeals. One client notes: "What I especially appreciate is his way of listening and putting himself in the client's shoes," while another adds: "He has his head really screwed on, which means he's easy to talk to as he's very fact-based."

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Band 2

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "excellent and very knowledgeable" Patricia Vidal assists with major merger proceedings and is active in advising important clients on cartel investigations. Market sources commend her litigation skills at both local and European level, with clients particularly appreciating her availability. "She is an outstanding expert in competition law, and she always finds a way to solve the issue," say interviewees. 

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Band 2

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Magnificent lawyer" Andrew Ward heads the Madrid team and is recognised in the market as being a "solid guy with a good knowledge of antitrust law." He was instructed by Nomad Foods to assist with the antitrust issues of its EUR701 million acquisition of Findus Sverige, which affected 1,500 employees in four jurisdictions. He has additional expertise in authority-led competition investigations.

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Band 3

MVA ASOCIADOS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients value Eduardo Abril's simple explanations and technical expertise. He has recently assisted BP with appealing a fine imposed by the CNMC. He also advises on merger control and energy issues. Clients enthuse: "It's good to find external counsel that can put themselves in the client's shoes and go the extra mile, who is not just a legal adviser but also a business partner."

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Band 3

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Begoña Barrantes is described by those interviewed as "a brilliant, hard-working and intelligent lawyer who really knows her stuff and is easy to work with." Her work encompasses merger filings, follow-on litigation and appeals before local courts to contest CNMC-imposed fines.

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Band 3

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees agree that Susana Cabrera is "a bright, competent and personable lawyer who is easy to work with and who has a lot of common sense." She has recently advised Prosegur on a CNMC investigation into anti-competitive behaviour, and maintains a strong practice in assisting clients with multi-jurisdictional merger filings.

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Band 3

Callol, Coca & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pedro Callol of Callol, Coca & Asociados is a popular choice for law firms without a presence in Spain, who trust him with their instructions because he is "knowledgeable, efficient, turns work around quickly and knows what clients want." Much of his practice involves international clients. He has great experience of antitrust litigation.

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Band 3

Marimón Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Compliments about Diego Crespo of Marimón Abogados' practice include: "He's out of the ordinary, he sees what most lawyers don't, so he can tackle problems from certain perspectives that others can't." His work encompasses merger control notifications, sanctions and distribution advice for major multinationals.

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Band 3

DelaCalle Abogados SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Market observers note that DelaCalle Abogados' José Antonio de la Calle "will go all the miles needed to reach the objective – he is committed, he answers quickly and he delivers." He recently assisted five companies in the Munters Group with an appeal against the CNMC's decision to fine them over USD310,000 for breaching antitrust law. He is also active on merger control mandates.

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Band 3

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Henar González of Herbert Smith Freehills divides her time between advising on merger filings and on CNMC proceedings. Source say she "is very easy to deal with and always responds immediately," with another commentator explaining: "She can express things in such a way that the client doesn't need to be an expert to understand it perfectly."

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Band 3

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Prior to joining the firm, Antonio Guerra held an important position as part of the local competition authority. He is recommended for his pragmatic way of handling mandates and is described as "an excellent lawyer who works on some of the most interesting cases." His expertise has recently been put to use on several proceedings concerning restrictive practices.

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Band 3

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Raimundo Ortega climbs a band due to impressive market feedback, including comments such as: "He was capable of keeping everything going and he knew how to put himself in other people's shoes." His recent work includes representing companies under investigation by the CNMC for alleged cartel activity. He also advises on merger control and state aid issues.

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Band 3

José María Baño León Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro Pascual is part of an expanding team at José María Baño León Abogados. He is recommended for his excellent English and prior experience working in Brussels. Sources describe him as "a serious competition lawyer who is really reliable and will do his job in the best way possible." He has recently assisted Recypilas with its appeal of a CNMC fine. He also advises on compliance.

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Band 3

GOLD Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees say that Gerard Pérez Olmo "gets back to you the same day, offers a very personalised service and is very proactive." He has recently been instructed by Ibericar to advise on multiple antitrust investigations raised by the CNMC within the vehicle hire sector. He has particular expertise in antitrust litigation.

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Band 3

Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Crisanto Pérez-Abad is very active in cartel investigations, including appeals against fines imposed by the CNMC. He acts for companies with activity in a range of sectors. Sources highly recommend him, saying: "He is quick, has extensive knowledge of relevant legislation and explains himself really well." Clients appreciate the fact that he speaks French and English.

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Band 3

Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Araoz & Rueda's Ainhoa Veiga "was effective when dealing with the competition authorities and was very good all round." She commonly assists companies with merger proceedings, distribution contracts and CNMC investigations. She has recently been instructed by IBA Molecular to advise on public procurement proceedings in hospitals.

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Band 4

Evelyne Ameye Legal Services

From the Chambers Europe guide

One source remarks that Evelyne Ameye of Evelyne Ameye Legal Services "is very articulate and she can steer you from A to B in the best way possible," adding: "She makes our life easier." She commonly represents clients under investigation by local competition authorities and is experienced in defending their interests at European level. She also advises on merger control and cartels.

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Band 4

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Enrique Carrera's recent work includes assisting clients with infringement proceedings and the antitrust side of multi-jurisdictional mergers. Commentators say: "He is very detailed and gives a good service."

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Band 4

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marta Delgado Echevarría is "friendly, proactive and hands-on," according to market sources. She is recognised for advising on the intersection between competition and IP law. Her recent instructions include advising voestalpine on an unfair competition and an IP mandate regarding the Phoenix 'hot wheel' detector.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Valeria Enrich is singled out for her technical brilliance, with sources reporting that she is "patient, methodical in her analysis and very clear in her explanations." She commonly advises clients on merger control issues, with notable activity in multi-jurisdictional filings.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alberto Escudero's practice involves appealing fines imposed on clients by the CNMC, as well as merger proceedings and compliance proceedings. Clients value his practical approach and say: "He is a very nice person to talk to, he's calm and transmits confidence in what he is doing."

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Band 4

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Europe guide

King & Wood Mallesons' Ramón García Gallardo is recommended by those interviewed as "an experienced, committed and strategic lawyer who expresses his legal opinion in a very clear and straightforward manner." He regularly advises clients at European level and has recently assisted Valencia CF with a state aid case at the EC. Merger filings are another area of expertise for him.

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Band 4

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patricia Liñán focuses on merger control and restrictive practices matters. She comes highly recommended, with one interviewee enthusing: "In my mind, Patricia is one of the cleverest and best prepared competition lawyers in Spain. When the matter is a complex one, she is an excellent choice." Sources note her added expertise in related areas such as bankruptcy law.

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Band 4

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fredrik Löwhagen regularly acts on state aid and cartel cases for major corporations. Clients find his dual qualification in Swedish law beneficial, saying: "He brings a different vision to the matters, a different angle, and that's a real value."

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Band 4

Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Fantastic lawyer" Paloma Martínez Lage is recognised for her experience in Brussels and hard-working approach. She has played a key part in some of the firm's recent mandates, such as assisting clients with appeals against CNMC decisions and with cartel investigations. 

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Band 4

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irene Moreno-Tapia divides her time between sanctions proceedings and merger filings. Clients praise her availability, with one saying: "Something I really like about Irene is that she is especially sensitive to what we are interested in and how to drive the strategy, the ideas. She pays real attention to the business." 

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Band 4

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources affirm that Juan Passás has a very client-focused style, and is creative in his resolution of problems. His recent work includes assisting ACS with an investigation carried out by the CNMC in which the client was accused of price fixing. He has particular knowledge of abuse of dominance and cartel issues.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carles Prat combines competition and IP expertise. His recent instructions include multi-jurisdictional merger notifications and distribution issues. "I like that he is very clear, he says yes or no – and he always picks up the phone," explains one market commentator.  

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Band 4

Lupicinio International Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ángel Valdés of Lupicinio International Law Firm is known in the market as being "a very affable person who gives a lot of explanations and is really accessible and clear." His recent work includes aiding Recobat in the context of a CNMC investigation. He also advises on compliance matters.

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Up and Coming

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ana Vide is known in the field for her work on contentious cases before both local and international authorities. She has recent experience dealing with the Chilean and Brazilian competition bodies and has been active in cases before the EC.

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Star Associate

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfonso Lamadrid advises blue-chip clients from sectors including financial services and telecommunications on cases before the EC. He has experience of state aid proceedings. Sources say: "Academically he is very able, and he also has very good English."

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Star Associate

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaime Rodríguez is highlighted by several clients as a rising star. Sources describe him as "very energetic and on top of things" in mandates ranging from CNMC investigations and appeals to merger proceedings.

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Associates to watch

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Joaquín Hervada "is a problem-solver, quick and really good." He has assisted Oaktree Capital Management with the antitrust aspects of the sale of Panrico to Bimbo. He has particular knowledge of merger proceedings.

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