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.
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.