Friday, September 22, 2023

Garrigues renews leadership in its Brussels office

José Luis Buendía Sierra, head of the Garrigues Brussels office, and renowned EU & Antitrust partner leaves the helm after 16 years


José Luis Buendía has been a partner in the firm´s EU and Antitrust practice and head of the Garrigues Brussels office since 2005. Previously, he spent 14 years (1991-2005) in Brussels as a European Commission civil servant, specifically in the Legal Service (on the State Aid team), the Directorate-General for Competition and the Internal Market and in the Cabinet of Commissioner Marcelino Oreja.

Jose Luis holds a PhD in Law and is a renowned expert in EU and Antitrust Law, with a particular focus on State aid and other public measures affecting competition, and in handling appeals before the EU courts.

His wealth of experience in these areas has made Jose Luis the lawyer of choice for many Spanish and international public and private companies, having acted in many of the most high-profile Antitrust and State aid-related proceedings, both before the European Commission and the EU courts. He currently sits on the Executive Board of the Spanish Association for European Legal Studies and has been a member of the Aragon Antitrust Tribunal (Tribunal de Competencia de Aragón) since 2017.

According to José Luis, this is a move wanted, decided and scheduled long ago.

“I am proud of the position that Garrigues has achieved in Brussels, thanks to the work of a wonderful team including partners like Angel Givaja, Alfonso Lamadrid or myself and other excellent young lawyers. Alfonso will now lead the practice into what promises to be another successful season.”

José Luis Buendía

Alfonso Lamadrid is also a partner in the EU & Competition practice in the firm´s Brussels office. He has extensive experience in relation to cartel investigations, vertical and horizontal agreements, unilateral conduct, merger control and State aid. Alfonso also advises companies on the design, implementation and assessment of commercial strategies and compliance programs. He has vast litigation experience before the General Court of the European Union and the Court of Justice of the European Union, having represented clients in over 60 Court cases. He holds a degree in Law and European Community Law from Universidad San Pablo CEU and two LLMs (Harvard University and College of Europe).

Alfonso has been the lawyer representing Google in its landmark Antitrust case vs the European Union.

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