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Competition/European Law — Spain


Clifford Chance S.L. - Competition/European Law Department

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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. Acts for major local and international clients from a range of industries, including the energy, financial and aviation sectors. Has played a key role in the consolidation of the telecoms sector. Defends the interests of global corporates that are the subject of sensitive EC sector inquiries. Strong choice for matters with a cross-border or multi-jurisdictional angle and well versed at representing clients before European courts.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers are "rigorous and have a deep knowledge of the market," noting: "If ever they don't know something they make a great effort to research and get a full picture of what is going on."

Peers often note the firm's ability to handle major cartel cases, saying: "Whenever you have a cartel with numerous competitors involved you will always find Clifford Chance; they have a good market presence as a multinational firm."

Work highlights Assisted LATAM Airlines and IAG with securing merger control clearance from European and Latin American competition authorities for the South Atlantic alliance between the two airlines.

Represented Telefónica in Spanish court proceedings brought by competitors seeking to challenge the decision to grant merger control clearance for its acquisition of Canal+.

Notable practitioners

Peers identify Miguel Odriozola as "one of the best competition lawyers in Spain," while clients note: "You get the sense that he is well liked by his opponents, which helps a lot." "He combines a solid legal knowledge with an excellent pragmatic and commercial approach," states another interviewee. Odriozola has a wealth of experience advising on merger control mandates across the telecommunications, aviation and IT industries.

Begoña Barrantes has experience across a range of sectors, including telecommunications, financial and food retail. She represents well-known international clients in merger control notifications and investigations before the CNMC, and is praised by market sources for her technical skills.

Ana Vide assists the firm's key telecoms, aviation and IT clients predominantly with merger control mandates. She also advises on some sensitive behavioural matters. One source notes: "She knows how to deal with complex matters."

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Cuatrecasas - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Eminent department that covers the entire competition law area with the help of the firm's Brussels office. Earns praise for expertise in Spanish or international merger control notifications and the design of competition-compliant distribution models. Handles cartel investigations and subsequent appeals before the CNMC or Spanish Supreme Court. Offers a 'one-stop shop' service for significant companies from a range of industries, including the telecommunications, financial and construction sectors. Offers strategic, preventative anti-trust advice to international corporate clients along with in-house expertise in private enforcement.

Strengths Interviewees highlight the team's "great knowledge of European regulation."

"They know our business very well and have a lot of experience," says one client, adding: "They have an easygoing and effective way of overcoming issues."

Work highlights Assisted Telia Sonera with the notification to the national authorities of its EUR612 million sale of Yoigo to MásMóvil, resulting in a Phase I clearance without conditions.

Represented Air Liquide in sanctions proceedings before the CNMC concerning the medical gas sector.

Notable practitioners

Cani Fernández receives effusive praise for her superb competition law practice. Clients note her prominence both in Brussels and Madrid, saying: "She is a real expert and is well perceived and respected by the Spanish competition authorities." She has significant experience acting for international and domestic corporate clients on merger control, investigations and state aid, with particular expertise in the renewable energy market. She assisted Cementos Portland Valderrivas with Court of Appeal proceedings concerning the fine imposed by the CNMC as part of its cartel investigation into the cement manufacturing industry. "She's one of the smartest competition law lawyers," states one impressed peer.

Andrew Ward has a strong reputation among peers and clients for his diverse competition law practice. He has particular experience advising on merger notifications at a national and European level, while his litigation experience was showcased in advice to Acek Desarollo y Gestion Industrial on its Supreme Court appeal of the CNMC's decision to impose a fine for gun jumping on Gestamp's acquisition of Essa Palau. Sources note his growing profile and the fact that "he has the advantage of being a native English speaker, which is definitely a plus in the competition world."

Irene Moreno-Tapia has extensive experience in European competition law and regularly advises on investigations carried out by the national and regional competition authorities. Market sources know her as "very reliable, easy going and highly experienced," with one commentator praising her ability to "put forward clever, creative arguments." She acted for Prysmian on an appeal against a dawn raid carried out by the CNMC.

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Garrigues - Competition/European Law Department

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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. Handles cases that have significant implications for Spanish or European competition law, including standout mandates that test EC rules on complaints brought by private parties. Attracts blue-chip corporates from a range of industry sectors including energy, telecommunications and financial services.

Strengths Clients say that the lawyers are "always available and are quick, flexible and reasonable."

"The firm's size and network of offices is also a strength," notes one interviewee, going on to explain: "They can offer an immediate physical presence when needed, with lawyers who have knowledge of the local administration."

Work highlights Assisted Telefónica with the competition law aspects of its EUR1.275 billion sale of a 40% share in Telxius to KKR.

Advised Abengoa on investigations brought by the EC into alleged price fixing and benchmark manipulation in the bioethanol market in Europe. The firm assisted with the successful closing of the price-fixing investigation.

Notable practitioners

Marcos Araujo is described by peers as "very knowledgeable and approachable." "He is open-minded and looks for creative solutions," says one client, adding: "He doesn't only points out the weak points in arguments but finds a solution." He regularly advises global clients on competition law matters at a national and European level. Standout mandates include representing Guardian Glass in proceedings before the European General Court seeking to appeal a Commission decision concerning state aid.

Luis Ortiz Blanco receives plaudits for his "extraordinary knowledge of competition matters," with one client enthusing: "With his advice I feel comfortable taking much more complex decisions with greater potential risk." "He has remarkable commercial awareness, is efficient and is absolutely dedicated to the client," states another interviewee. Ortiz has particular experience of infringement litigation and proceedings at a European level. He defended the EC in twelve cases brought before the General Court seeking to overturn the fine imposed on participants in a pre-stressed steel cartel.

José Luis Buendía Sierra is a seasoned litigator before European courts, with particular expertise in state aid proceedings. One client reports that Buendía is "excellent in EU law," with a further source stating: "He is the best in state aid in Spain." He acted for clients including Santander, Axa and Abertis in proceedings challenging Commission decisions concerning tax breaks for foreign shareholding acquisitions in Spain.

Susana Cabrera has particular expertise in complex merger control mandates. She advised Santillana on filings in Spain, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia in support of its acquisition of Grupo Carvajal's Latin American educational publishing business. She was previously based in the Garrigues New York office and is a well-respected figure among peers in Madrid.

Alfonso Lamadrid plays an important role in many of the firm's key mandates, including the defence of Spanish companies in EC investigations or state aid proceedings. Clients praise his availability and his broad experience, while peers note his prominence in the market.

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Uría Menéndez - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding practice that boasts a superb reputation for its expertise in merger control, cartels and restrictive agreements. Has proven capacity to handle high-value global mergers in heavily consolidated sectors, including standout mandates for financial services and renewable energy clients. Active in state aid cases and regularly represents Spanish multinational corporates before European courts. Advises major clients from various industries, such as advertising, pharmaceutical 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 energy and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Clients appreciate that the lawyers have a "huge knowledge of the law and a lot of experience in significant cases," adding: "They are involved in important competition law cases both in EU and in Spain, so they have the right approach and know how the European Commission and the court in Luxembourg work."

One interviewee notes: "They have an impressive team, good technical knowledge and a practical approach."

Work highlights Acted for Gamesa on competition law issues arising from its EUR10 billion merger with Siemens. The firm advised on merger control implications for Gamesa's offshore wind farm joint venture with Areva.

Assisted Santander with notification to the EC of its acquisition of the remaining 50% of SAM Investment Holdings that was previously held by joint venture partners Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic.

Notable practitioners

Jaime Folguera Crespo is well respected in the market as "a lawyer who makes difficult things easy," with one source reporting: "He can find a good solution in negotiations." "He has a huge reputation and is respected by colleagues and by officers in the European Commission," states another interviewee. Folguera has significant experience in merger notifications and in cartel and state aid cases.

Clients praise Alfonso Gutiérrez for his "rapid and practical responses," adding: "He has an extremely friendly personal approach, which facilitates an excellent client-lawyer relationship." He has particular expertise in Spanish and European merger control mandates as part of his broader practice that includes advice on investigations or civil litigation proceedings. He assisted Johnson & Johnson with securing Phase I merger control clearance for its acquisition of Esteve's diarrhoea drug Fortasec.

Edurne Navarro Varona is lauded for her "solid technical knowledge, great availability and rapid response." She offers expertise in trade and competition law, with a focus on state aid and cartels. She also frequently handles merger control proceedings before the EC, as demonstrated in advice to Diebold on its EUR1.6 billion cross-border acquisition of Wincor Nixdorf.

Interviewees describe Patricia Vidal as "energetic, commercial, highly responsive and client-friendly." She has significant experience in cartel cases and merger control matters. She assisted Roca and its French and Austrian subsidiaries with their ECJ appeal against an EC decision on leniency in a cartel case against bathroom fittings manufacturers.

Antonio Guerra regularly represents clients across the energy, transport and financial services sectors in proceedings before the Spanish and European authorities. One source notes that Guerra "is extremely efficient and has a practical view," going on to say: "He listens and tries to reach a point of agreement." He advised Indra on merger control proceedings relating to its EUR305 million acquisition of Tecnocom.

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We advise public bodies, professional associations, companies and multinationals from all types of economic sectors in Spain and Portugal and before the EU.

We are experienced in all areas of Spanish, Portuguese and EU competition law, ranging from preventive advice to representing and defending clients in administrative sanction proceedings, appeals and claims before Spanish, Portuguese and EU bodies. Our direct presence in the main business centres in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru), Brussels and Beijing, and a consolidated network of highly acclaimed collaborating law firms in a number of other countries, puts us in a privileged position to coordinate multi-jurisdictional transactions.

National and international legal directories have ranked us number one for our competition work in areas such as:
◾ Merger control, including the international coordination of notification proceedings and the design and negotiation of undertakings
◾ Restrictive practices and the abuse of dominant positions, including the assessment of agreements and strategic alliances
◾ Infringement proceedings (including leniency applications) before and inspections by competition authorities
◾ Reports and recommendations on regulatory changes
◾ Compliance programmes, including practical guidelines, protocols for inspections and training for managers and employees
◾ Proceedings before the European Commission and European and national courts, including the recovery of illegal state aid

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Competition/European Law Department

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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 consumer and retail, automotive and pharmaceutical. Stands out for activity defending major global corporates against follow-on damages litigation in Spain. Is also highlighted for its extensive global network.

Strengths One client enthuses that the lawyers "have great expertise and a reputation for rendering sharp advice on complex or developing topics," adding: "They are friendly and easy to approach."

"They have a deep knowledge of competition law matters across all of Europe," reports another interviewee.

Work highlights Defended Volvo Group and its subsidiary Renault Trucks in all follow-on litigation brought in Spain subsequent to EC's finding of a cartel between major players in the truck industry.

Assisted UPS with the CNMC cartel investigation into the Spanish packages and courier services sector.

Notable practitioners

Francisco Cantos is repeatedly highlighted by peers and clients as a leading figure in the Spanish market. He has proven expertise in merger control mandates, CNMC cartel investigations and follow-on damages claims. Cantos advised Japan TobaccoInternational on a dawn raid carried out by the CNMC and on a subsequent cartel investigation into the tobacco sector.

Álvaro Iza receives plaudits for the "high technical quality of his advice." "He doesn't try to show off how clever he is but instead simply brings solutions," states one client. He often advises on cartel or abuse of dominance investigations carried out by the CNMC and on subsequent appeals of adverse decisions. Iza also has experience in global mergers that require competition law clearance in the EU, US and China.

Clients say that Enrique Carrera is "easy to work with during complex transactions because he is clear in explaining difficult issues and suggesting solutions.""I can call him any time and he responds quickly," reports another source. Carrera also wins strong praise from peers for his key role in many of the firm's major merger control and behavioural mandates.

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Linklaters - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Sought-after antitrust practice with particular expertise in merger control mandates that are routinely won through an excellent global network. Also active in investigations and related litigation work, with a track record of acting on cartel or abuse of dominance proceedings on behalf of key local and multinational companies. Has additional experience in high-profile state aid cases involving clients in the sports or retail industries. Boasts an impressive client list with names coming from a large range of sectors such as financial services and energy.

Strengths One client praises the lawyers' "easy accessibility and immediate responses," and states that "Linklaters offers the best technical quality in their advice."

"The lawyers' early reaction to the initial stages of investigations is clever and accurate," says another interviewee, adding: "We get very clear advice from Linklaters."

Work highlights Assisted a consortium of institutional investors including J.P. Morgan Asset Management and the Abu Dhabi Investment Council on merger control issues arising from their EUR2.6 billion acquisition of Naturgas.

Represented Santander in a CNMC investigation into alleged collusion and information sharing between four major Spanish banks in order to fix prices for interest rate derivatives.

Notable practitioners

Jesús Alfaro is best known for his academic contributions to the Spanish competition law field. He was also part of the team that advised Real Madrid on separate state aid investigations carried out by the EC into a real estate transaction that allegedly overvalued Real Madrid's assets by EUR18.4 million, and tax breaks afforded to football clubs organised as non-profit member associations.

Jaime Pérez-Bustamante has experience in merger control filings, cartel investigations and state aid cases. He also leads domestic litigation mandates seeking to overturn fines imposed by the CNMC. Work highlights include advice to Loomis in relation to dawn raids and proceedings launched by the CNMC regarding alleged cartel behaviour in the Spanish cash handling market. Clients praise his "high degree of commitment," his "commercial, pragmatic approach" and his "full availability and flexibility."

Fredrik Löwhagen receives praise from clients for his technical knowledge and his communication skills.He offers expertise across the spectrum of competition law and supports diverse Spanish and European merger control, behavioural and state aid mandates.

Clients praise Juan Passás for his "full availability and great knowledge of legal updates." He acts on important merger control, investigation and litigation mandates.

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Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for In-demand boutique that advises on all aspects of Spanish and EU competition law, with recognised prowess in behavioural matters such as abuse of dominance cases or cartel investigations. Assists with third-party complaints to competition authorities and defends major corporate clients in high-value follow-on litigation mandates. Also assists with merger control notifications. Experienced in representing clients from a range of sectors, with an enviable client roster featuring prominent names from the sports, media, automotive and pharmaceutical industries.

Strengths Clients describe the lawyers as "extremely knowledgeable and very specialised," adding: "Their commitment and quality of work is always outstanding."

"They have a complete understanding of my concerns and always explore all the potential alternatives," notes another interviewee.

Work highlights Acted for RENFE in its High Court appeal against the EUR65 million fine imposed by the CNMC for alleged abuse of its dominant position and collusion with Deutsche Bahn.

Represented Printeos in its appeal to the EU General Court seeking a total annulment of the fine imposed by the EC on participants in the envelopes cartel. The firm also advised on subsequent proceedings against the EC aiming to recover interest on the amount returned to Printeos.

Notable practitioners

Santiago Martínez Lage is a hugely respected figure in the Spanish market owing to his long-standing experience in significant mandates. Sources often highlight his active presence from the earliest stages of the development of competition law in Spain.

Rafael Allendesalazar Corcho is praised for his "technical knowledge, expertise and versatility," with one interviewee adding: "He is definitely one of the most talented competition lawyers in Spain." He regularly defends clients in cartel investigations carried out by Spanish competition authorities and handles appeal proceedings. He defended Inditex in a sector inquiry carried out by the EC's task force for the digital single market.

Helmut Brokelmann acts on both administrative proceedings and litigation relating to national and European competition law. Market commentators note his particular activity in significant follow-on damages claims brought by third parties. He is well respected for his technical expertise, with one source adding: "He has a very practical sense of how to proceed in dealing with national and European competition authorities in different jurisdictions."

Paloma Martínez Lage has broad expertise in cartel investigations, merger control and state aid. Clients appreciate that she is "dedicated, hard-working and pays a lot of attention to detail."

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Allen & Overy LLP - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Compact competition practice that routinely advises blue-chip corporates on merger control, infringement proceedings and appeals of fines. Assists with notifications to the CNMC or to other European competition authorities in support of cross-border corporate or asset deals. Represents clients from various sectors such as renewable energy, media and telecommunications. Acts for key names at European level and is recommended for its international strength.

Strengths One source praises the lawyers' "national and European perspective," adding: "They are pragmatic, flexible and adapt to the client's needs."

"On top of their legal expertise, their particular strengths are their closeness to my business and their excellent reactivity," says another interviewee.

Work highlights Advised CEPSA on merger control matters relating to its intended acquisition of a network of independent petrol stations in Madrid, Toledo and Guadalajara.

Assisted Google with proceedings brought by the EC relating to the Android mobile operating system.

Notable practitioners

Antonio Martínez has particular experience representing well-known clients in the pharmaceutical sector. He advises on merger control and behavioural proceedings at a national and European level and assisted Gamesa with competition law elements of its merger with Siemens. Noted as a "very talented lawyer," one client enthuses: "He is precise in his advice, understands my business well and is very experienced." Interviewees further praise his ability to "explain complex cases and the different options we have in terms of their advantages or disadvantages."

Jaime Rodríguez offers broad expertise in behavioural proceedings, defending companies against cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. He is also experienced in Spanish and European merger control. He assisted Hanson Hispania in both CNMC infringement proceedings and in appeals against the fines imposed in the cement manufacturers cartel decision. Market sources say that it is "a pleasure to work with him."

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Ashurst - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Possesses particular skill in competition law matters arising from M&A deals. Strong merger control practice with experience handling multi-jurisdictional filings or the Spanish side of global transactions. Handles internal audits on behalf of international corporates seeking to ensure compliance with Spanish and EU competition regulations. Also appears for high-profile clients in CNMC investigations and appeals. Represents companies from the retail, financial services or telecommunications sectors, with increasing activity for major multinationals from the technology arena.

Strengths Clients praise the "creativity and solutions that the lawyers provide."

One interviewee adds: "The team is highly efficient and responsive to our needs and timings."

Work highlights Represented HP in its Supreme Court appeal of the Audiencia Nacional finding of abuse of dominance.

Acted for Hyundai on appeal proceedings against a EUR4.5 million fine imposed by the CNMC relating to exchanges of information between automobile manufacturers.

Notable practitioners

Rafael Baena handles merger control, behavioural proceedings and related litigation. He has further expertise in Latin American competition law and regulated sectors. Baena assisted Abertis with merger control analysis relating to the EUR510 million investment by ADIA into Abertis' Chilean toll roads business. "He is responsive and produces high-quality work," says one client, while another adds: "He is quick, highly experienced in the field, proactive and pragmatic."

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DLA Piper Spain - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Advises investment funds and Spanish corporates on the merger control requirements for their international M&A or joint venture transactions. Assists key clients in the telecommunications, infrastructure and consumer goods industries with cartel investigations and judicial appeals. Has proven experience in third party challenges to CNMC merger control decisions. Also advises on compliance mandates.

Strengths The team is particularly highlighted for its "work ethic and commercial approach," with one client enthusing: "The lawyers really focus on the key commercial issues instead of getting bogged down in legal details."

"They deal with the peculiarities of my company and focus on the issues at hand," says another interviewee.

Work highlights Assisted CVC Capital Partners with the EUR5.8 billion sale of Quirónsalud to Fresenius.

Represented FENIN, HARTMANN and four individuals in Spanish court appeals against the EUR130 million fine imposed by the CNMC in the adult nappy cartel investigation.

Notable practitioners

Clients say that José María Jiménez-Laiglesia"has a lot of experience and solid knowledge in the area of competition law," adding: "He is very decisive." "He is imaginative when it comes to difficult situations," says another source. He has significant experience appearing before the European and Spanish courts and competition authorities, advising on state aid, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. Standout mandates include advice to Vodafone as third party complainant in proceedings challenging the CNMC's Phase II conditional clearance of the acquisition of Canal+ by Telefónica.

Joaquín Hervada leads merger control mandates relating to cross-border M&A transactions. He also assists with infringement proceedings and appeals. He advised Oaktree Capital Management on the EUR200 million sale of Panrico to Mexican food company Bimbo. Interviewees say that he is "accessible, close and client-focused." He also earns praise for his "clear communication and ability to form strong relationships."

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Pérez-Llorca - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Well-reputed department that frequently assists clients from various industries including the automotive, manufacturing and financial sectors. Routinely acts on EC or CNMC merger control proceedings and the analysis of distribution agreements. Has further proven strength in disputes stemming from cartel cases, both in domestic courts and at European level. Key individuals assist Spanish corporates with state aid proceedings or with ECJ challenges to Spanish tax, consumer protection or animal welfare legislation.

Strengths"I trust them with matters of any level of complexity," says one interviewee, going on to explain: "They are great quality lawyers, and I can get through to them at any time."

Clients appreciate that "the team is not too big or too small, so the lawyers are really good at establishing relationships with their clients."

Work highlights Represented Nexans and Nexans Iberia in proceedings before the CNMC concerning their alleged participation in an electric cable cartel.

Notable practitioners

Oriol Armengol is known as an "experienced competition law expert," with one interviewee adding: "He is well regarded, pragmatic and gives very sensible advice." He has a broad practice that spans areas of merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance. He also assists companies with internal audits and with the defence of follow-on damages claims subsequent to EC or CNMC behavioural investigations. Standout mandates include advice to Deutsche Bahn's Spanish subsidiaries on CNMC charges of abuse of dominant position and collusion with Renfe.

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Baker McKenzie - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Handles varied antitrust instructions including advice on the compliance status of distribution systems and assistance with internal audits in order to detect anti-competitive practices. Assists with all stages of cartel investigations, from dawn raids through to litigation against fines and sanctions. Frequently assists with the notification of major M&A transactions, including standout mandates in the healthcare sector.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's "presence worldwide" as an advantage, with one client opining: "The team is organised, up to date with cutting-edge cases and is always very attentive."

"I value the precision of their responses and their commitment to always meeting the deadlines," reports another client, who goes on to highlight the lawyers' "patience to listen and understand the background of the issue."

Work highlights Defended FedEx in a CNMC investigation into non-aggression pacts in the parcel delivery and courier sector.

Advised Atos on the CNMC investigation into alleged bid-rigging in public tenders.

Notable practitioners

Valeria Enrich stands out for her advice on merger control filings and on internal investigations in order to ensure competition law compliance. She represents clients across the pharmaceutical, food and retail sectors and acted for SARquavitae on notification to the CNMC of its EUR550 million acquisition by PAI Partners. One client enthuses: "She is very practical, business-oriented and she communicates in a way that everyone can understand."

Clients praise Alberto Escudero for "the ease with which he comes up with a defence strategy." Another client notes: "He gives us a sense of calm when we are faced with situations that could make us feel a lot more nervous." He regularly appears before Spanish courts and authorities to defend clients in cartel investigations. He represented Fox Entertainment Group in a CNMC investigation into alleged collusive agreements and potential abuse of dominance in Spain.

Barcelona partner Carles Prat often advises on cartel investigations carried out by Catalan and Spanish competition authorities. He also advises on related court litigation. Sources say that "he is practical and business-minded."

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Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland) - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Advises companies from various sectors including rail and logistics on CMNC investigations and merger control proceedings. 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 domestic and international companies on the competition law implications of their agreements with distributors in Spain or abroad.

Strengths The team receives plaudits for its "rapid and personalised service."

Work highlights Assisted the Asociación de Empresas Ferroviarias Privadas with its complaint to the CNMC concerning abuse of dominance by Renfe and Transfesa, resulting in total fines of EUR75 million imposed by the Spanish authorities.

Acted for AGS Movers on the CNMC cartel investigation into the international removals market. The firm assisted with an appeal to reduce the fine imposed on AGS based on the company's implementation of a competition compliance programme.

Notable practitioners

Crisanto Pérez-Abad has broad experience in European and domestic competition law, advising on merger control and abuse of dominance proceedings in addition to compliance programmes and leniency applications. He advised IRMASOL on appeals against cartel decisions adopted by the CNMC affecting the waste collection market. He receives plaudits for his communication skills and for his "absolute knowledge of the topic."

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Acts for Spanish and international companies on a whole host of competition law issues, including state aid matters, merger filings and appeal proceedings. Advises on follow-on damages claims relating to high-profile EC decisions. Co-ordinates between offices in Brussels and across the Iberian peninsula to assist clients with both contentious and non-contentious competition law mandates. Clients include prominent names from the energy, automotive and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths"Their knowledge of EU competition law is extremely impressive," says one client.

"The work carried out by the firm is of the best quality," states another interviewee.

Work highlights Assisted Panasonic with merger notifications to the EC and authorities in Turkey, South Korea and China in support of its acquisition of 69% of Ficosa International.

Acted for Smurfit Kappa España on its appeal against the CNMC finding of collusion in the cardboard and paper markets.

Notable practitioners

Íñigo Igartua has expertise in merger control mandates that require notification to European and global competition agencies. He also assists with appeals against cartel decisions and handles advisory matters relating to vertical restraints in international distribution networks. He advised Esprinet on notification to the CNMC of its EUR74 million acquisition of Vinzeo Technologies from Corporación IBV. Sources say that he is "knowledgeable, thoughtful and extremely client-oriented in terms of meeting deadlines."

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We have a team specialized in Competition and EU law made up of lawyers from our offices in Brussels, Madrid, Lisbon and Barcelona.

Our practice responds to the need for high specialization in an area that requires advanced technical legal knowledge along with a deep understanding of the commercial reality of the companies and the economy of the markets.

Our experience in the field of competition allows us to provide effective and detailed advice both on the prevention and the treatment of complex situations.

We present solutions that allow our clients to not only avoid or minimize risks, but also to add value to the company and strengthen its lines of business.

Areas of action:

  • Advice on competition in Spain, Portugal and the EU in all fields
  • Control of concentrations
  • State aid and grant and public funding programmes
  • Private application of competition rules before the courts, including claims for damages.
  • Arbitration in competition matters or with aspects of competition law.
  • Advice in regulated sectors: energy, telecommunications, defence, transport, etc.
  • Complaints to the Spanish Competition and Markets Authority, the Portuguese Competition Authority and the European Commission. Appeals to the Spanish Audiencia Nacional and Supreme Court. Appeals to the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Advice to national authorities in connection with the transposition of European legislation
  • Advice to institutions of the European Union on matters relating to public contracts

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Jones Day - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Senior team that advises on all aspects of competition law. Co-ordinates with colleagues across Europe and the US within the context of global merger control or behavioural investigations. Handling cartel cases on behalf of local and foreign clients, including related appeals against CNMC or EC decisions. Counts names from the pharmaceutical, healthcare and energy sectors among its clients. Leverages a strong global reputation to attract compliance and competition law training mandates on behalf of international clients.

Strengths Sources praise the "high-quality advice provided at a global level," adding: "What differentiates Jones Day is its capacity to meet tight deadlines and to give original and effective perspectives on the issues."

"They offer a quick turnaround of documents, committed advice and good communication skills," says one client.

Work highlights Assisted Aberdeen Asset Management with merger control processes before the Spanish and European authorities relating to investments in Madrid infrastructure and hospital concessions.

Notable practitioners

Marta Delgado Echevarría rises in the rankings owing to strong feedback from both peers and clients for her handling of sensitive competition law mandates. She acts for well-known corporates on both cartel investigations and merger notifications affecting multiple jurisdictions. Clients praise her as "extremely practical and responsive," adding: "She keeps us informed and provides a good oversight of matters."

Clients single out Raimundo Ortega for his "capacity to give solutions in a quick and efficient way.""He keeps very close track of the case and pushes forward aggressively if needed," states another interviewee. Ortega's practice encompasses merger control mandates and cartel proceedings. He also assists with the implementation of compliance programmes.

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GOLD Abogados - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Boutique firm with a proven track record representing clients in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations initiated by Spanish authorities. Also assists companies as interveners in merger control investigations or as complainants in private enforcement proceedings. Advises on distribution or supplier agreements and merger control notifications. Acts for Spanish companies from different industries, including media, automotive and energy. Clients include trade associations.

Strengths Peers highlight the lawyers' technical skills and activity in relevant competition law litigation.

Notable practitioners

Gerard Pérez Olmo offers expertise in merger control, private enforcement and on investigations carried out by the Spanish competition authority. He earns praise from market sources for his technical skills in contentious matters.

About the Team (content provided by GOLD Abogados)

GOLD Abogados is currently advising and representing a large number of Spanish and multinational companies and trade associations, in cases involving antitrust investigations by Spanish and EC competition authorities, claims for damages before mercantile courts, and general compliance with EU and Spanish Competition Law.

The firm is also dealing with complex private actions in application of unfair competition rules. GOLD Abogados also advises and represents many clients in complex administrative proceedings affecting clients active in regulated markets and sectors (telecoms, energy, retail, etc.).

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Growing practice that leverages a strong international network. Handles complex, multi-jurisdictional merger control mandates in addition to cartel and abuse of dominance proceedings. Also assists with the implementation of compliance programmes. Represents significant clients from the energy, telecommunications and consumer and retail industries.

Strengths The practice is highlighted for its "specialisation and knowledge of the client."

One interviewee enthuses: "It is a team of fearless lawyers who are capable of settling any difficulties."

Work highlights Acted for DIA and Eroski on their establishment of a joint venture for the acquisition of private label products worldwide.

Assisted First State Investments with merger control elements of its EUR300 million acquisition of Parkia.

Notable practitioners

Henar González has significant experience acting on cartel and abuse of dominance investigations at a European and national level, further to proven capabilities in merger control and compliance mandates. She advised Abengoa on merger control issues in relation to the tender process for the EUR140 million sale of its biodiesel plants across the Netherlands, France and Spain. "She doesn't waste time on technicalities but is very practical," says one client, while another notes: "She understands my business perfectly." "I really appreciate how easy she is to contact," reports another interviewee.

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Hogan Lovells International LLP - Competition/European Law Department

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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. Has experience on the defendant side of follow-on litigation claims. Services an enviable list of domestic and international clients including household names from the automotive and financial services industries. Commonly co-ordinates mandates with offices throughout the firm's international network.

Strengths One client reports: "It's a global firm with great local experience, providing a very accessible, personalised service."

Work highlights Advised Fiat Chrysler Automobiles on an Audiencia Nacional appeal against the EUR6.9 million fine imposed by the CNMC in its decision concerning an alleged car manufacturers cartel.

Assisted Schweppes España with proceedings opened by the CNMC relating to restrictive vertical agreements with distributors.

Notable practitioners

Casto González-Páramo is noted by peers as "bright and energetic," with one interviewee adding: "He is able to navigate adverse situations and search for solutions.""He is an effective communicator, is analytical and is able to take decisions," says another source. He acts for significant international and Spanish corporates on merger control and behavioural proceedings before European and national competition authorities. He assisted Antalis with damages claims filed against the company following the CNMC envelopes cartel decision.

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MVA ASOCIADOS - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Dedicated team that handles infringement proceedings, compliance matters and merger control. Notable activity in appealing decisions made by the CNMC against alleged participants in cartels. Assists with the design or termination of production and distribution agreements. Represents leading names from several industries and is particularly well versed in handling cases on behalf of clients from the energy sector.

Strengths"The lawyers can at any time provide quick replies and solutions to my concerns," says one client.

Another source says that "the firm offers great flexibility and adaptability to the needs of the client."

Work highlights Defended SEDIGAS in an appeal brought before the Supreme Court seeking to reinstate a EUR1 million fine imposed by the CNMC.

Notable practitioners

Eduardo Abril is well placed to advise on competition issues affecting clients in regulated sectors, with a particular focus on energy. He regularly appears before Spanish and European courts and advised Unión Fenosa Distribución on its appeal against the fine imposed by the CNMC for abuse of dominance. Interviewees report that he "understands our needs quickly and provides innovative solutions," with one source adding: "He is technically superb and makes it easy for me to understand the legal issues."

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The Competition and European Law practice area provides advice before Spanish and EU Institutions and Spanish and EU Courts. The practice of the Department is mainly focused on compliance matters, infringement proceedings/contentious work, merger control and damages claims for Competition law infringements.

As a boutique law firm, most of our clients come to us seeking representation in highly complex matters and on sectors in which recurrent advice is needed, on the account of the duration and diversity of the proceedings.

Services:

  • Advice and representation in Infringement proceedings, before either the Competition Authorities (national and European), or before the contentious-administrative courts

  • Restrictive agreements
  • Abuse of dominant position
  • Advice and representation in merger control proceedings, at a national and European level

  • Advice and representation in State Aid proceedings

  • Review of contracts, from a Competition Law standpoint (particularly, distribution agreements)

  • Advice on European Law issues (fundamental freedoms)

  • Advice and representation in civil claims for unlawful competition damages

  • National Competition Law compliance programs for companies: prevention and self-evaluation

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Ramón y Cajal Abogados - Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Long-standing presence in the market with a varied practice that spans advice on merger control, litigation and compliance. 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.

Strengths The team is identified as a strong choice for domestic competition mandates, with one client noting: "The competition department is excellent."

Notable practitioners

Pedro Suaréz has experience in investigations into alleged cartels and collusive agreements. He advises on merger control matters and on appeals of the Spanish competition authority's decisions. He is praised as a "reliable and technically skilled lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by Ramón y Cajal Abogados)

Ramón y Cajal Abogados is an ideal choice for companies requiring quality legal advice in Spain regarding any area of EU or Competition law.

Our team of specialists has extensive experience in both of these disciplines, acquired through daily work in disciplinary proceedings, merger control, legal disputes, regulated sectors, state aid, public tenders, customs law and international commerce.

Over the years, we have acquired a notable experience in the banking, telecoms, broadcasting and automotive fields.

Our services include:

  • Disciplinary proceedings related to cartels and the abuse of dominant position initiated by the Spanish or EU competition authorities
  • Merger control procedures before the Spanish and EU competition authorities​
  • Matters relating to state aid, including proceedings before the competition authorities and lawsuits arising from the application of regulations on state aid
  • Appeals before Spanish and EU courts challenging competition authorities’ decisions
  • Civil suits including legal actions declaring agreements to be null and void, or seeking compensation before the civil courts for damages due to the infringement of competition regulations
  • Competition matters within an M&A framework
  • Assessment of corporate practices that could harm competition
  • Corporate programmes for internal compliance with competition regulations




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Senior Statesmen

Santiago Martínez Lage

Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Santiago Martínez Lage is a hugely respected figure in the Spanish market owing to his long-standing experience in significant mandates. Sources often highlight his active presence from the earliest stages of the development of competition law in Spain.

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Eminent Practitioner

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jesús Alfaro is best known for his academic contributions to the Spanish competition law field. He was also part of the team that advised Real Madrid on separate state aid investigations carried out by the EC into a real estate transaction that allegedly overvalued Real Madrid's assets by EUR18.4 million, and tax breaks afforded to football clubs organised as non-profit member associations.

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Star Individuals

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cani Fernández receives effusive praise for her superb competition law practice. Clients note her prominence both in Brussels and Madrid, saying: "She is a real expert and is well perceived and respected by the Spanish competition authorities." She has significant experience acting for international and domestic corporate clients on merger control, investigations and state aid, with particular expertise in the renewable energy market. She assisted Cementos Portland Valderrivas with Court of Appeal proceedings concerning the fine imposed by the CNMC as part of its cartel investigation into the cement manufacturing industry. "She's one of the smartest competition law lawyers," states one impressed peer.

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Rafael Allendesalazar Corcho

Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafael Allendesalazar Corcho is praised for his "technical knowledge, expertise and versatility," with one interviewee adding: "He is definitely one of the most talented competition lawyers in Spain." He regularly defends clients in cartel investigations carried out by Spanish competition authorities and handles appeal proceedings. He defended Inditex in a sector inquiry carried out by the EC's task force for the digital single market.

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marcos Araujo is described by peers as "very knowledgeable and approachable." "He is open-minded and looks for creative solutions," says one client, adding: "He doesn't only points out the weak points in arguments but finds a solution." He regularly advises global clients on competition law matters at a national and European level. Standout mandates include representing Guardian Glass in proceedings before the European General Court seeking to appeal a Commission decision concerning state aid.

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Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oriol Armengol is known as an "experienced competition law expert," with one interviewee adding: "He is well regarded, pragmatic and gives very sensible advice." He has a broad practice that spans areas of merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance. He also assists companies with internal audits and with the defence of follow-on damages claims subsequent to EC or CNMC behavioural investigations. Standout mandates include advice to Deutsche Bahn's Spanish subsidiaries on CNMC charges of abuse of dominant position and collusion with Renfe.

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Helmut Brokelmann

Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Helmut Brokelmann acts on both administrative proceedings and litigation relating to national and European competition law. Market commentators note his particular activity in significant follow-on damages claims brought by third parties. He is well respected for his technical expertise, with one source adding: "He has a very practical sense of how to proceed in dealing with national and European competition authorities in different jurisdictions."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francisco Cantos is repeatedly highlighted by peers and clients as a leading figure in the Spanish market. He has proven expertise in merger control mandates, CNMC cartel investigations and follow-on damages claims. Cantos advised Japan TobaccoInternational on a dawn raid carried out by the CNMC and on a subsequent cartel investigation into the tobacco sector.

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Jaime Folguera Crespo

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaime Folguera Crespo is well respected in the market as "a lawyer who makes difficult things easy," with one source reporting: "He can find a good solution in negotiations." "He has a huge reputation and is respected by colleagues and by officers in the European Commission," states another interviewee. Folguera has significant experience in merger notifications and in cartel and state aid cases.

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Alfonso Gutiérrez

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Alfonso Gutiérrez for his "rapid and practical responses," adding: "He has an extremely friendly personal approach, which facilitates an excellent client-lawyer relationship." He has particular expertise in Spanish and European merger control mandates as part of his broader practice that includes advice on investigations or civil litigation proceedings. He assisted Johnson & Johnson with securing Phase I merger control clearance for its acquisition of Esteve's diarrhoea drug Fortasec.

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José María Jiménez-Laiglesia

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that José María Jiménez-Laiglesia"has a lot of experience and solid knowledge in the area of competition law," adding: "He is very decisive." "He is imaginative when it comes to difficult situations," says another source. He has significant experience appearing before the European and Spanish courts and competition authorities, advising on state aid, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. Standout mandates include advice to Vodafone as third party complainant in proceedings challenging the CNMC's Phase II conditional clearance of the acquisition of Canal+ by Telefónica.

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Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers identify Miguel Odriozola as "one of the best competition lawyers in Spain," while clients note: "You get the sense that he is well liked by his opponents, which helps a lot." "He combines a solid legal knowledge with an excellent pragmatic and commercial approach," states another interviewee. Odriozola has a wealth of experience advising on merger control mandates across the telecommunications, aviation and IT industries.

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Luis Ortiz Blanco

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Ortiz Blanco receives plaudits for his "extraordinary knowledge of competition matters," with one client enthusing: "With his advice I feel comfortable taking much more complex decisions with greater potential risk." "He has remarkable commercial awareness, is efficient and is absolutely dedicated to the client," states another interviewee. Ortiz has particular experience of infringement litigation and proceedings at a European level. He defended the EC in twelve cases brought before the General Court seeking to overturn the fine imposed on participants in a pre-stressed steel cartel.

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Ashurst

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rafael Baena handles merger control, behavioural proceedings and related litigation. He has further expertise in Latin American competition law and regulated sectors. Baena assisted Abertis with merger control analysis relating to the EUR510 million investment by ADIA into Abertis' Chilean toll roads business. "He is responsive and produces high-quality work," says one client, while another adds: "He is quick, highly experienced in the field, proactive and pragmatic."

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José Luis Buendía Sierra

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Luis Buendía Sierra is a seasoned litigator before European courts, with particular expertise in state aid proceedings. One client reports that Buendía is "excellent in EU law," with a further source stating: "He is the best in state aid in Spain." He acted for clients including Santander, Axa and Abertis in proceedings challenging Commission decisions concerning tax breaks for foreign shareholding acquisitions in Spain.

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers Europe guide

Henar González has significant experience acting on cartel and abuse of dominance investigations at a European and national level, further to proven capabilities in merger control and compliance mandates. She advised Abengoa on merger control issues in relation to the tender process for the EUR140 million sale of its biodiesel plants across the Netherlands, France and Spain. "She doesn't waste time on technicalities but is very practical," says one client, while another notes: "She understands my business perfectly." "I really appreciate how easy she is to contact," reports another interviewee. 

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Casto González-Páramo

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Casto González-Páramo is noted by peers as "bright and energetic," with one interviewee adding: "He is able to navigate adverse situations and search for solutions.""He is an effective communicator, is analytical and is able to take decisions," says another source. He acts for significant international and Spanish corporates on merger control and behavioural proceedings before European and national competition authorities. He assisted Antalis with damages claims filed against the company following the CNMC envelopes cartel decision.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Íñigo Igartua has expertise in merger control mandates that require notification to European and global competition agencies. He also assists with appeals against cartel decisions and handles advisory matters relating to vertical restraints in international distribution networks. He advised Esprinet on notification to the CNMC of its EUR74 million acquisition of Vinzeo Technologies from Corporación IBV. Sources say that he is "knowledgeable, thoughtful and extremely client-oriented in terms of meeting deadlines."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro Iza receives plaudits for the "high technical quality of his advice." "He doesn't try to show off how clever he is but instead simply brings solutions," states one client. He often advises on cartel or abuse of dominance investigations carried out by the CNMC and on subsequent appeals of adverse decisions. Iza also has experience in global mergers that require competition law clearance in the EU, US and China.

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Juan Jiménez-Laiglesia

EY Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Jiménez-Laiglesia of EY Abogados advises significant corporate clients on merger control matters at a national and European level. He also defends companies in competition investigations, as showcased in advice to Fintonic on an abuse of dominance case relating to a refusal to supply. Sources highlight him as "a brilliant partner," while others appreciate his availability and quick responses.

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Antonio Martínez

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Martínez has particular experience representing well-known clients in the pharmaceutical sector. He advises on merger control and behavioural proceedings at a national and European level and assisted Gamesa with competition law elements of its merger with Siemens. Noted as a "very talented lawyer," one client enthuses: "He is precise in his advice, understands my business well and is very experienced." Interviewees further praise his ability to "explain complex cases and the different options we have in terms of their advantages or disadvantages."

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Edurne Navarro Varona

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Edurne Navarro Varona is lauded for her "solid technical knowledge, great availability and rapid response." She offers expertise in trade and competition law, with a focus on state aid and cartels. She also frequently handles merger control proceedings before the EC, as demonstrated in advice to Diebold on its EUR1.6 billion cross-border acquisition of Wincor Nixdorf.

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Jaime Pérez-Bustamante

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaime Pérez-Bustamante has experience in merger control filings, cartel investigations and state aid cases. He also leads domestic litigation mandates seeking to overturn fines imposed by the CNMC. Work highlights include advice to Loomis in relation to dawn raids and proceedings launched by the CNMC regarding alleged cartel behaviour in the Spanish cash handling market. Clients praise his "high degree of commitment," his "commercial, pragmatic approach" and his "full availability and flexibility."

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Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pedro Suaréz has experience in investigations into alleged cartels and collusive agreements. He advises on merger control matters and on appeals of the Spanish competition authority's decisions. He is praised as a "reliable and technically skilled lawyer."

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Interviewees describe Patricia Vidal as "energetic, commercial, highly responsive and client-friendly." She has significant experience in cartel cases and merger control matters. She assisted Roca and its French and Austrian subsidiaries with their ECJ appeal against an EC decision on leniency in a cartel case against bathroom fittings manufacturers.

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Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrew Ward has a strong reputation among peers and clients for his diverse competition law practice. He has particular experience advising on merger notifications at a national and European level, while his litigation experience was showcased in advice to Acek Desarollo y Gestion Industrial on its Supreme Court appeal of the CNMC's decision to impose a fine for gun jumping on Gestamp's acquisition of Essa Palau. Sources note his growing profile and the fact that "he has the advantage of being a native English speaker, which is definitely a plus in the competition world."

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MVA ASOCIADOS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eduardo Abril is well placed to advise on competition issues affecting clients in regulated sectors, with a particular focus on energy. He regularly appears before Spanish and European courts and advised Unión Fenosa Distribución on its appeal against the fine imposed by the CNMC for abuse of dominance. Interviewees report that he "understands our needs quickly and provides innovative solutions," with one source adding: "He is technically superb and makes it easy for me to understand the legal issues."

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Begoña Barrantes

Clifford Chance S.L.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Begoña Barrantes has experience across a range of sectors, including telecommunications, financial and food retail. She represents well-known international clients in merger control notifications and investigations before the CNMC, and is praised by market sources for her technical skills.

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Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Susana Cabrera has particular expertise in complex merger control mandates. She advised Santillana on filings in Spain, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia in support of its acquisition of Grupo Carvajal's Latin American educational publishing business. She was previously based in the Garrigues New York office and is a well-respected figure among peers in Madrid.

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Callol, Coca & Asociados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Pedro Callol is well respected among peers for his success in building a strong practice at Callol, Coca & Asociados. He defends clients in cartel investigations, assists with judicial reviews and advises on third-party complaints to Spanish competition authorities. He also assists with objections to merger control procedures. Clients praise his "personal involvement and his availability."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients say that Enrique Carrera is "easy to work with during complex transactions because he is clear in explaining difficult issues and suggesting solutions.""I can call him any time and he responds quickly," reports another source. Carrera also wins strong praise from peers for his key role in many of the firm's major merger control and behavioural mandates.

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Marimón Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Diego Crespo of Marimón Abogados has broad experience in merger control and infringement proceedings. He also acts on the claimant side of follow-on proceedings and assists with compliance mandates relating to vertical restraints. He advised Ymedia on a cartel investigation carried out by the CNMC concerning alleged bid-rigging in tenders for state publicity campaigns. Interviewees appreciate his ability to co-ordinate complex mandates, saying: "He challenges his colleagues in order to get the best answer for the client." Crespo is further described as "bright and diligent."

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José Antonio de la Calle

DelaCalle Abogados SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Antonio de la Calle of DelaCalle Abogados SLP is highlighted for his "solid technical knowledge and communication skills" with another interviewee adding: "He manages to create strong one-on-one connections and build relationships with the people he comes in to contact with." He advises on all competition and EU trade matters, including cartel investigations and private enforcement actions.

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Marta Delgado Echevarría

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marta Delgado Echevarría rises in the rankings owing to strong feedback from both peers and clients for her handling of sensitive competition law mandates. She acts for well-known corporates on both cartel investigations and merger notifications affecting multiple jurisdictions. Clients praise her as "extremely practical and responsive," adding: "She keeps us informed and provides a good oversight of matters."

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Band 3

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Antonio Guerra regularly represents clients across the energy, transport and financial services sectors in proceedings before the Spanish and European authorities. One source notes that Guerra "is extremely efficient and has a practical view," going on to say: "He listens and tries to reach a point of agreement." He advised Indra on merger control proceedings relating to its EUR305 million acquisition of Tecnocom.

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Band 3

Bird & Bird

From the Chambers Europe guide

Patricia Liñán is an important new hire to Bird & Bird's Madrid competition practice. She has expertise across a wide host of competition issues including merger control, administrative appeals and follow-on damages litigation. She also advises on compliance programmes and has significant experience in the automotive, transport and consumer goods industries. She is repeatedly highlighted as "absolutely outstanding," with sources enthusing: "She is one of the most intelligent people I have worked with in my professional life." "She understands the fundamental issues of the client and is accessible and flexible," states another impressed interviewee.

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Band 3

Irene Moreno-Tapia

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irene Moreno-Tapia has extensive experience in European competition law and regularly advises on investigations carried out by the national and regional competition authorities. Market sources know her as "very reliable, easy going and highly experienced," with one commentator praising her ability to "put forward clever, creative arguments." She acted for Prysmian on an appeal against a dawn raid carried out by the CNMC.

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Band 3

Jones Day

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients single out Raimundo Ortega for his "capacity to give solutions in a quick and efficient way.""He keeps very close track of the case and pushes forward aggressively if needed," states another interviewee. Ortega's practice encompasses merger control mandates and cartel proceedings. He also assists with the implementation of compliance programmes.

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Band 3

José María Baño León Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Álvaro Pascual of José María Baño León Abogados has expertise in cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, state aid and merger control. He is well known to peers as an experienced practitioner.

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Band 3

Gerard Pérez Olmo

GOLD Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gerard Pérez Olmo offers expertise in merger control, private enforcement and on investigations carried out by the Spanish competition authority. He earns praise from market sources for his technical skills in contentious matters.

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Band 3

Crisanto Pérez-Abad

Eversheds Nicea (a member of Eversheds Sutherland)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Crisanto Pérez-Abad has broad experience in European and domestic competition law, advising on merger control and abuse of dominance proceedings in addition to compliance programmes and leniency applications. He advised IRMASOL on appeals against cartel decisions adopted by the CNMC affecting the waste collection market. He receives plaudits for his communication skills and for his "absolute knowledge of the topic."

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Band 3

Araoz & Rueda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ainhoa Veiga of Araoz & Rueda has experience in merger control, compliance and private enforcement matters. Her additional experience in unfair competition mandates was demonstrated in advice to POMPADOUR Ibérica on European competition and food law concerning the comparative advertising of food supplements. Sources say she is "very keen to achieve success for the client," with one client adding: "She is extremely knowledgeable and practical, and is able to adapt to the client's requests."

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Band 4

Evelyne Ameye Legal Services

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evelyne Ameye of Evelyne Ameye Legal Services has significant expertise in cartel investigations, merger control and private enforcement. She stands out for her particular knowledge of European energy sector regulation and for her handling of advisory mandates relating to distribution agreements. "She is an excellent strategist and is capable of thinking beyond the problem at hand and looking for the exact permitted limit of the law," says one client. "She understands the terminology and the market in which we operate, which makes life a lot easier," adds another interviewee.

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Valeria Enrich stands out for her advice on merger control filings and on internal investigations in order to ensure competition law compliance. She represents clients across the pharmaceutical, food and retail sectors and acted for SARquavitae on notification to the CNMC of its EUR550 million acquisition by PAI Partners. One client enthuses: "She is very practical, business-oriented and she communicates in a way that everyone can understand."

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Alberto Escudero for "the ease with which he comes up with a defence strategy." Another client notes: "He gives us a sense of calm when we are faced with situations that could make us feel a lot more nervous." He regularly appears before Spanish courts and authorities to defend clients in cartel investigations. He represented Fox Entertainment Group in a CNMC investigation into alleged collusive agreements and potential abuse of dominance in Spain.

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Ramón García Gallardo

King & Wood Mallesons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ramón García Gallardo of King & Wood Mallesons has broad experience in European and domestic competition law and leads cases before the ECJ as well as national courts. He is a key contact for many of the firm's Asian and Latin American clients, as demonstrated in advice to Weichai Power on notifying the EC of its acquisition of KION Group. One client reports: "I would highlight above all his hard-working approach, his negotiation skills and the ease with which he establishes relationships at all levels."

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Band 4

Fredrik Löwhagen

Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fredrik Löwhagen receives praise from clients for his technical knowledge and his communication skills.He offers expertise across the spectrum of competition law and supports diverse Spanish and European merger control, behavioural and state aid mandates.

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Paloma Martínez Lage

Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Paloma Martínez Lage has broad expertise in cartel investigations, merger control and state aid. Clients appreciate that she is "dedicated, hard-working and pays a lot of attention to detail."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients praise Juan Passás for his "full availability and great knowledge of legal updates." He acts on important merger control, investigation and litigation mandates.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Barcelona partner Carles Prat often advises on cartel investigations carried out by Catalan and Spanish competition authorities. He also advises on related court litigation. Sources say that "he is practical and business-minded."

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Band 4

Lupicinio International Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ángel Valdés of Lupicinio International Law Firm leads diverse advisory and contentious competition mandates for clients across the pharmaceutical, chemical and food and beverage industries. He advised AkzoNobel on various merger control and competition compliance issues relating to its Spanish subsidiaries. He is highlighted for his "technical knowledge, personable approach and excellent feedback to the client."

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Up and Coming

DLA Piper Spain

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joaquín Hervada leads merger control mandates relating to cross-border M&A transactions. He also assists with infringement proceedings and appeals. He advised Oaktree Capital Management on the EUR200 million sale of Panrico to Mexican food company Bimbo. Interviewees say that he is "accessible, close and client-focused." He also earns praise for his "clear communication and ability to form strong relationships." 

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Up and Coming

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ana Vide assists the firm's key telecoms, aviation and IT clients predominantly with merger control mandates. She also advises on some sensitive behavioural matters. One source notes: "She knows how to deal with complex matters."

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Star Associate

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfonso Lamadrid plays an important role in many of the firm's key mandates, including the defence of Spanish companies in EC investigations or state aid proceedings. Clients praise his availability and his broad experience, while peers note his prominence in the market.

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Star Associate

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaime Rodríguez offers broad expertise in behavioural proceedings, defending companies against cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. He is also experienced in Spanish and European merger control. He assisted Hanson Hispania in both CNMC infringement proceedings and in appeals against the fines imposed in the cement manufacturers cartel decision. Market sources say that it is "a pleasure to work with him."

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