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Top Competition & Antitrust Legal Dealmakers

This is Legal Dealmaker´s best lawyers selection in the EU and Competition Law | Antitrust practice, including professionals who are mainly devoted to Competition/Antitrust matters, acting both before the Spanish Competition authority and courts and before EU courts and institutions, excluding Spanish Competition lawyers working at international law firms abroad without a strong connection to Spanish Competition matters.

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Legal Dealmaker is honoured to present its list of the Top Competition Legal Dealmakers in the private practice in Spain. They are Competition/Antitrust lawyers who have been selected for their expertise and experience in a wide range of Competition matters, either handling relevant Competition cases, Antitrust Litigation, or as part of multi-disciplinary teams in which Antitrust advice has been paramount for the deal closing. They all stand out for their market-leading practice, some of them from the hub of the firm’s highly regarded European Antitrust and Competition practice in the cradle of Antitrust Policy: Brussels.

Some of them are veterans and longtime recognised Competition lawyers by renowned international Legal directories (Chambers & Partners, Legal500, Best Lawyers, WWL…), and some of them with experience at EU DG COMP. Membership in Competition Law associations and academic experience have also been factors for the inclusion of lawyers on this list.

Although the job of practising lawyers who are tangentially involved in Competition matters is equally important, this selection -as explained in the intro- is only focused on professionals who are mainly devoted to Competition/Antitrust matters, acting both before the Spanish Competition authority and courts and before EU courts and institutions, excluding Spanish Competition lawyers working at international law firms abroad without a strong connection to Spanish Competition matters.

Even if the research shows that men are still leading the Competition Legal market, Legal Dealmaker also values the fact the glass ceiling is starting to shatter, and we find leading Competition women lawyers in Spain and even leading the firm´s Brussels office, a tendency we are convinced that will continue in the upcoming years, demonstrating the fact that top talent does not know about gender.

Lastly, we would like to recognise the work done by those lawyers -not included in this selection of private practice lawyers- at EU DG COMP, ensuring Competition in the single EU market is not disrupted and those that work from the in-house side on Competition matters from some companies Legal departments.

As with every recognition list, it cannot include all the best lawyers, but this media can attest that the ones included here are part of the best Competition Legal Dealmakers for the Spanish market.

Ainhoa Veiga | Araoz & Rueda

Ainhoa Veiga

Ainhoa Veiga, partner at Araoz & Rueda since 2005, joined the firm as an associate in 1998. She heads the firm´s Competition/EU Competition department, advising clients before the Spanish/EU competition authorities. Ainhoa also has extensive experience in Mergers and Acquisitions, Unfair Competition and Intellectual Property matters. She has published works in the fields of Competition, IP and Corporate Law. She regularly teaches Competition Law and IP Law at university courses in Spain. She advised on a dawn raid conducted by the CNMC in the market for the acquisition of lead batteries and on the Antitrust aspects of the Eni-Unión Fenosa Gas JV.


Alberto Escudero | PwC Tax & Legal

Partner head of the Competition Law practice area at PwC Madrid. Alberto joined PwC from Baker McKenzie, where he was a partner in this speciality. He has more than twenty years of professional experience in Competition Law matters. He provides advice to companies to ensure that their commercial policies and commercial contracts comply with competition rules in areas such as collaboration agreements between competitors, distribution systems, and abuse of dominant position. He has implemented Competition Compliance programmes. He also represents companies in administrative sanctioning and judicial proceedings for breaches of Competition rules.


Alejandro Guerrero | Simmons & Simmons

Alejandro is a partner in the firm’s EU Competition Law practice based in Brussels and in Madrid, joining in 2022 from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He specialises in Antitrust and Commercial regulation, compliance and investigations, as well as in related disputes and litigation. Alejandro advises clients on Antitrust, Data Protection and Regulatory matters in a variety of sectors, including TMT, online ad technologies and e-commerce. He originally trained at a merger unit of the European Commission’s DG Competition and has been involved in numerous in-depth reviews of concentrations, including from an in-house position.


Alfonso Gutiérrez | Uría Menéndez

Alfonso Gutiérrez is a partner in Uría Menéndez´s Madrid office since 2005, having joined in 1999. He is currently a member of the EU and Competition Law practice area. His practice focuses on EU and Spanish Competition Law. He regularly advises on EU and Spanish mergers in a variety of sectors, such as banking, energy, telecommunications, aviation, industrial products and pharmaceuticals. Alfonso frequently acts in litigious matters concerning the individual or collective abuse of a dominant position and the conclusion of restrictive agreements. He intervenes on a regular basis for infringements of Art 102 of the EU Treaty and Art 2 of the Spanish Competition Law.


Alfonso Lamadrid | Garrigues

Alfonso Lamadrid is the head of the firm’s Brussels office and a member of our EU & Competition practice.He has extensive experience in relation to competition investigations, litigation, strategic advice, compliance programs, merger control and the application of State aid rules across a wide variety of sectors. Alfonso also has a vast litigation experience, having represented clients in over 75 cases before the General Court of the European Union and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Alfonso was the lawyer representing Google in its landmark Antitrust case vs the European Union.


Álvaro Iza | Freshfields

Álvaro heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Antitrust, Competition and Trade (ACT) practice in Spain. He specialises in merger control before the European Commission and the Spanish competition authority, behavioural matters and state aid. He advises national and multinational clients on a diverse range of antitrust matters, from cartel infringement proceedings and dawn raids to merger control approvals. Clients include Repsol, AB InBev, Amadeus IT Group,  Boehringer Ingelheim, Mediapro, LafargeHolcim, Balearia, Viesgo (previously E.ON) and Essity.He has worked in Freshfields London and Brussels ACT practices. 


Andrew Ward | Cuatrecasas

Andrew is a partner of the Cuatrecasas Competition and EU Law Team in Madrid and managing partner of the Brussels office. He specialises in European Union, Spanish and international Competition Law, with extensive experience in merger control, competition authority investigations and managing antitrust risks. He also deals with state aid and other issues pertaining to EU Law more widely. He is a board member of the Spanish Association for the Defense of Competition, a rapporteur for the American Bar Association’s International Committee and co-chair of the Unilateral Conduct Working Group of the IBA Antitrust Committee.  


Ángel Valdés | Lupicinio

Ángel is the managing partner of the firm’s Barcelona Office. He has advised multiple national and international businesses on Corporate matters. His main specialist areas are Competition, Commercial and Corporate Law, and he has accumulated extensive experience in the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Food & Agriculture sectors, having advised some of the leading companies in these fields. He is a member of the Academic Board of the Master in EU and Competition Law of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Gaceta Jurídica de la UE y de la Competencia.


Antonio Guerra | Uría Menéndez

Antonio Guerra is a partner in the firm’s Madrid. His practice focuses on EU and Spanish Competition Law. He advises companies and associations from the banking, insurance, telecoms, media, environment, energy, food or transport industries in all types of proceedings before the CNMC and the European Commission. Before joining Uría, Antonio was the Director of the Spanish Competition Tribunal for more than six years, where he participated directly in the decision-making process in a wide range of cases involving industries and was also responsible for relations with the EC, national regulators, and regional and international Competition authorities.


Antonio Martínez | Allen & Overy

Antonio is the partner that spearheads the Competition and EU Law department in Spain at Allen & Overy since 2008. He has an extensive professional and academic career with 27 years of experience in European and Competition Law, including all types of Competition and merger control proceedings before the Spanish Competition Authority, Spanish Commercial Courts, EC and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Antonio is the author of numerous legal publications, a member of the board of directors of the Spanish Association for the Defence of Competition, former vice secretary general of the Spanish Association for the Study of European Law.


Begoña Barrantes | Clifford Chance

Begoña is a counsel in the firm’s M&A Corporate, Antitrust, EU & trade practice areas. She earns praise from peers and clients for her technical knowledge and her activity in many of the firm’s major merger control cases. She played a key role in advising FCC on a phase II investigation by the CNMC into the sale of advertising subsidiary Cemusa to JCDecaux. She joined the firm in 2001, with secondments to Brussels and London and holds significant experience in restrictive practices (cartels, abusive conduct, distribution agreements, compliance), merger control, damages and State aid.


Borja Martínez | KPMG Abogados

Borja is a director and head of the Competition Law practice area at KPMG in Spain. He joined the Big Four’s Administrative Law and Regulated Sectors practice in April 2015 from Uría Menéndez to lead and drive the Competition Law practice, and since then he has been part of the Competition and European Union Law department. He has also worked in London in the Competition Law department of Slaughter and May and in New York in the Antitrust department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. During all these years, Borja has advised on all types of Competition Law matters, including the handling of antitrust cases, mergers and state aid cases.


Carlos Vérgez | CMS Spain

Carlos Vérgez is the head of the Competition & EU department at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo. He has vast experience in advising multinationals in all areas of Competition Law (horizontal agreements and restrictive agreements, distribution contracts, compliance programmes, internal audits, merger controls, and state aid), as well as unfair competition in a wide range of sectors such as consumer electronics, retail distribution, TMT, industrial, audiovisual and food. Before joining CMS, he worked at Broseta, Clifford Chance, Garrigues and Uría Menéndez. He has advised Avis, Telefónica, Eurovía, Nokia, Santander, Caixabank and Merlin Properties.


Casto González-Páramo | Hogan Lovells

As head of the Hogan Lovells Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation practice in Madrid, Casto has extensive experience advising international and local companies while representing them before the European Union and the Spanish Competition Authorities as well as in judicial procedures regarding all aspects of Antitrust proceedings. Casto’s experience encompasses all economic sectors, being particularly intense in the energy, infrastructure, automotive, insurance and consumer business areas. His clients include Globalvía, Brookfiel, Caixabank, Alstom or SCOR.


Crisanto Pérez-Abad | Eversheds Sutherland

Crisanto leads the firm’s Competition practice in Madrid. He specialises in EU Law and Competition Law, including cartel enforcement, leniency applications, judicial appeals, compliance programs, and administrative proceedings for abuse of dominance and merger control. He has written articles on Competition for Global Competition Review, PLC Competition, and the national economic press and has collaborated with the authors of EC Proce. Cristanto was a former member of the Oviedo Bar (1994-2003), a member of the Brussels Bar (list E) during the period 1999-2003 and is a current member of the Madrid Bar.


Eduardo Abril | MVA Asociados

Eduardo is the head partner in the firm’s Competition Law area and is also actively involved in advising clients in the energy sectors (on regulatory and contractual issues). He advises associations and national and multinational companies on Competition matters. He has extensive experience in competition proceedings, both EU and national level, related to collusive practices and abuse of dominant position. In merger control proceedings, he has advised on numerous highly complex transactions that have been examined and cleared in the second phase. He began his professional career at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, and In 2012 he co-founded MVA Asociados.


Edurne Navarro | Uría Menéndez

Edurne Navarro is the partner in charge of the Brussels office of Uría Menéndez. She joined the firm in 1992 and became a partner in 2002. Her practice focuses on EU and Spanish Competition Law (principally merger control, state aids and cartels), as well as Trade Law (mainly antidumping and rules of origin). She acts for Spanish, European, North American and Asian undertakings in sectors such as telecommunications, energy, transport, pharmaceuticals, defence and banking. Edurne is regarded as a leading lawyer by the main international legal directories, such as, Chambers & Partners, PLC and International Who’s Who of Lawyers, among others.


Francisco Cantos | ONTIER

Francisco Cantos joined ONTIER in 2020 as a partner to lead the Competition Law practice, after 30 years working at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in its London, Brussels and Madrid offices as a founding member, and founding and leading Freshfields Competition Law department in Spain for more than 20 years as a partner. During his long career he has advised clients before both the European Commission and the CNMC in some of the most complex Competition cases of the last decades, including some of the largest mergers and M&A transactions that have taken place in Spain, and major Antitrust Litigation matters.


Francisco Enrique González-Díaz | Cleary Gottlieb

Francisco is a partner in Cleary Gottlieb Brussels office. His practice focuses on European and Spanish Competition Law, including mergers and acquisitions, restrictive practices, abuse of dominance and state aid. Prior to Cleary, Francisco held a number of positions within European institutions, heading one of the enforcement units of the EC’s Merger Task Force and led the EC in its review of a number of large and complex cases in a wide array of market sectors. He also represented the EC in a number of important legislative projects relating to mergers and acquisitions. He clerked for Judge García Valdecasas at the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg.


Gerard Pérez-Olmo | DWF-RCD

Gerard is a partner in the firm’s Madrid office. He has over 20 years of experience in Competition Law. He specialises in matters related to Antitrust infringements, merger control procedures and Unfair Competition, acting before administrative authorities and judicial courts on both a domestic and EU level, defending numerous companies and associations. Gerard has an in-depth understanding of Regulatory matters in a wide range of sectors, such as energy and healthcare, telecommunications and transport. Before joining DWF-RCD, he worked at GOLD Abogados (he was a founder), DLA Piper and SJ Berwin, having worked in Brussels and London.


Gorka Navea | Squire Patton Boggs

Gorka recently joined SPB as a partner in the Competition-Antitrust team to lead the Spanish Competition team in Madrid. He has more than 20 years of experience in Spanish and EU Competition Law and regulation. He advises clients on cartels, abuses of dominance and restrictive practices, as well as on merger cases. He has worked extensively on international cartel investigations and has sectoral expertise in the application of competition rules to the technology and pharma industries. Gorka was a deputy head of unit at the Cartels Directorate of DG Competition of the European Commission, where he investigated and prosecuted many cartels matters.


Henar González | Herbert Smith Freehills

Henar is the head of the Competition and Trade practice of HSF Madrid. She has almost two decades of experience advising clients on business conduct and transactions to ensure compliance with EU and Spanish Competition Law. She regularly represents clients before competition authorities and courts with a special focus on dawn-raids, cartels cases and investigations on unfair practices and other abusive behaviour and has experience in securing merger approvals and state aid matters. Henar has worked in Brussels and was trained at the EU Commission, which has enabled her to offer significant practical knowledge.


Íñigo Igartua | Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Íñigo is a partner in the firm’s Barcelona office, and head of Competition and European Union Law. He specialises in Competition Law, damages claims, distribution, e-commerce, Administrative Law and European and Spanish litigation. Íñigo is a member of different international and Spanish associations specialised in Competition Law such as International Bar Association (where he was president of the Antitrust Law Section), American Bar Association, Ligue Internationale du Droit de la Concurrence Association Européene d’Études Juridiques et Fiscales, and Asociación Española de Defensa de la Competencia, among others.


Irene Moreno-Tapia | Cuatrecasas

Irene is a partner in the firm’s Barcelona and Brussels office, a specialist in distribution agreements and abuse of dominant position, regularly advising important multinational companies and investment funds on the control of concentrations (Spain and EU) and representing them in the administrative courts. She has successfully advised and represented many clients before the Spanish authorities in both the administrative and litigation fields (e.g., agreements, abuse, concentrations, and state aid). She is also an expert in other areas of EU Law, such as customs law, public procurement, European funds and food safety legislation.


Isabel Martínez | Andersen

Isabel is a partner in Andersen Madrid and Seville offices and heads its Privacy, IT & Digital Business departments. Isabel specialises primarily in Competition and EU Law, as well as IT and Data Protection. Her practice is concentrated on matters related to restrictive agreements, cartels, abuse of dominant position, merger control filings and state aid. Her experience includes counselling on Antitrust proceedings before Spanish and EU competition authorities, appeals of sanctioning decisions before courts, drafting compliance and cooperative programmes and advising on any matter related to Competition and EU Law.


Jaime Folguera | Uría Menéndez

Jaime is based in Uría Menéndez’s Madrid office and heads the firm´s Competition Law practice area. He joined the firm as a partner in 1993, having been an EU legal affairs advisor to several Spanish government agencies. His practice focuses on EU and Spanish Competition Law and is regularly asked to advise on EU and Spanish mergers in various sectors, such as banking and insurance, energy, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and basic industries.  He also advises on horizontal agreements, distribution, individual or collective abuse, and State aid, frequently involved in proceedings before the EC, the CNMC and other regulatory agencies.


Jaime Pérez Bustamante | Linklaters

Jaime is a partner and the head of the Competition department in Spain. Ranked by domestic and international legal directories as one of the most renowned Competition lawyers in the country, he has more than 20 years experience in EU and Spanish Competition Law. He regularly advises on the main M&A transactions and cartel investigations in Europe across a wide range of industries, with particular expertise in financial services, private equity, healthcare, energy, construction and retail sectors. Jaime is also a prolific litigator at EU and Spanish courts. He lectures in Competition Law at several Spanish universities and has published many articles in this field.


Jaime Rodríguez | Allen & Overy

Jaime is a counsel in the firm’s Madrid office, with significant experience in notifying merger filing to the European Commission and the Spanish Competition Authority, as well as handling multijurisdictional filings to other competition authorities worldwide. He also has substantial experience defending companies and trade associations in infringement proceedings dealing with collusive behaviour (cartels) and abuses of dominance. He has also advised large multinational companies in state aid matters. and has litigated before the Spanish High Court in Competition Law appeals. He joined Allen & Overy in 2009 from Linklaters.


Javier Ruiz Calzado | Latham & Watkins

Javier is a partner in Latham & Watkins Brussels office. Practising EU and Spanish competition law, he handles a broad range of Competition Law matters, including merger control proceedings, global cartel investigations, abuse of dominance investigations and state aid cases. He represents clients in such matters before the EC and the European Courts in Luxembourg, as well as before the Spanish Competition authority and courts. He represents clients in a variety of sectors, particularly active in the aerospace and energy sectors. Before joining Latham, he served as a clerk to Judge García-Valdecasas at the Court of First Instance of the European Communities.


Joaquín Hervada | DLA piper

Joaquín is a Litigation and Regulatory partner, head of the EU & Competition team and co-head of our ESG practice in Spain. With an international profile, he frequently advises clients in cross-border issues. His core professional practice covers all areas of EU and Competition Law, from mergers and acquisitions to infringement procedures and Competition Litigation. He regularly advises on the structure of transactions, including divestments and strategic alliances, regulatory filings and investigations. He is a non-governmental advisor to CNMC and member of the Board of the Spanish Association for the Defence of Competition.


José Antonio de la Calle | De la Calle Abogados

José Antonio is a European Antitrust lawyer with over twenty years of experience in advising companies, trade associations and government agencies active in a wide range of industries. He is the managing partner of the firm he founded with his partner Sanna Orkan. His practice covers the full scope of EU and Spanish antitrust and competition law advice, with a particular focus on regulated sectors. Prior to DelaCalle’s foundation, Jose-Antonio worked for fifteen years at the Madrid and London offices of Baker McKenzie, where he rose through the ranks to make partner in 2009. He is an author and a frequent contributor to prestigious Competition Law journals.


José Manuel Sipos | BROSETA

José Manuel is the head partner in the firm’s Competition Law department, with notable recognition and extensive experience in Competition Law, having been a director and head of this practice at PwC Tax & Legal Spain, where he also headed the Global Legal Network of Competition. Previously, he was in charge of the Competition Law Unit at Telefónica for more than ten years, where he led the advice on Competition during the liberalisation process of the sector in Spain and the international expansion of the Telefónica Group. He advises national and multinational companies on strategic issues related to Competition before Spanish, EU and Latin American authorities.


José María Jiménez-Laiglesia | Latham & Watkins

José María, a partner in the Antitrust & Competition practice in L&W with nearly three decades of experience, is widely recognised as one of Spain’s leading Competition lawyers. He regularly represents Spanish and international companies, financial institutions, and private equity firms before Spanish and EU Competition authorities as well as other regulatory bodies. He advises clients on mergers, cartel investigations, and charges of abuse of a dominant position and state aid. His clients include Ferrovial, Mastercard, Repsol, Urbaser and PRISA, among others. He joined Latham in 2018 from DLA Piper.


José Rivas | Bird & Bird

José, partner and co-head of Brussels Competition practice at B&B, is the longest-practicing Spanish lawyer in private EU Law practice in Brussels, with over 30 years in the capital of Europe. He holds Litigation experience before the European Courts in Luxembourg, having represented clients in more than 100 cases. He has also represented clients under investigation, obtained phase I and phase II merger control clearance and filed complaints with the EC and other national competition authorities. Before joining Bird & Bird, he headed the Brussels office of McDermott Will & Emery and co-headed its EU Competition group.


Juan Jiménez-Laiglesia | Pérez-Llorca

Juan Jiménez-Laiglesia joined Pérez-Llorca as a partner in 2018. Prior to this, Juan was a senior partner for Competition Law at EY Spain, working in the Competition Law practice area in the Madrid office. He was also a senior partner of the DLA Piper Competition Law practice area and of counsel at Jones Day. As a lawyer and economist, Juan specialises in EU Law, Regulatory Law and Defence of Competition Law. He has practised law in Brussels and Madrid. He advises on Regulation and Competition, mainly in the energy sectors, construction, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, automotive, and mergers and acquisitions.


Luis Ortiz | Garrigues

Luis is of counsel in the EU and Competition Law department at Garrigues, working in Madrid and Brussels, where he has continued to pursue his professional career after spending ten years as an official in the DG for Competition in the European Commission, Brussels. Luis specialises in EU and Competition Law and, in particular, in advising and representing clients in administrative and court proceedings before authorities and courts at the Spanish and European levels. He is the go-to lawyer for a large number of multinational and Spanish companies on EU and Spanish competition law and is regularly involved in many high-profile proceedings at the European level.


Marta Delgado | Jones Day

Marta Delgado is a partner and co-head of the Madrid Antitrust and Competition practice. For more than 20 years, she has advised foreign and domestic clients in a wide range of industries on all aspects of Antitrust Law, including M&A, cartels, abuse of a dominant position, distribution arrangements, licensing, state aid, and unfair competition. Marta also represents clients in matters regarding copyright, trademark, and patent rights, as well as in plant variety rights. Marta has strong experience in cartel cases, abuse of dominance, and merger filings. In recent years she has represented clients such as Celgene, Chevron, IBM, Orange, P&G, and Total.


Miguel Odriozola | Clifford Chance

Miguel is the head partner of the Clifford Chance Antitrust team in Spain. Since 2000 he has been based in Madrid but splits his time between Madrid and Brussels. Miguel is a frequent speaker at courses and seminars on EU and Spanish Competition Law. He advises Spanish and international companies on all aspects of Competition Law, both in relation to the Spanish and the EU context. He has extensive experience in matters regarding restrictive practices and merger control operations in the telecommunications, technology, aviation, consumer goods and energy sectors. Since 2019, Miguel has been a non-governmental advisor to DG COMP.


Miguel Troncoso | Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Miguel is a Competition and European Union Law partner and head of the Brussels office at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. He specialises in Competition Law, with a focus on merger control, state aid and vertical restraints – commercial distribution networks. He has extensive experience in representing before the courts of the European Union both private companies and public bodies (in particular in public procurement matters and cases pertaining to the protection of the financial interests of the Union). He has participated as an author in several specialised legal publications and has taught EU Litigation Law at the training schools of the Paris and Brussels Bar Associations.


Oriol Armengol | Garrigues

Oriol has been a partner in the EU & Antitrust team since 2018. He has 25 years of experience in all matters relating to Antitrust and Competition Law, having advised national and international companies active in a broad range of sectors and industries, including banking, energy, pharma, automotive, transport, entertainment and retail. He regularly intervenes in domestic and international cartel proceedings (including leniency programs), in merger control filings before national and European competition authorities, as well as in the analysis of complex transactions and in infringement proceedings for abuse of dominance.


Pablo Figueroa | Pérez-Llorca

Pablo joined Pérez-Llorca in 2021 as a partner in the Competition practice. He has over 15 years of experience in Competition Law, EU law and FDI. Before joining Pérez-Llorca, Pablo was the head of the Competition practice area at Garrido. Prior to this, he led on matters related to investigations of cartels, abuses of a dominant position and obtaining authorisations on merger control matters while working as a lawyer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Linklaters. Throughout his career, he has advised major clients on anti-competitive agreements, merger control, unilateral conduct and dominant positions, Antitrust litigation and state aid. 


Paloma Martínez-Lage | Baker McKenzie

Paloma is a partner in the Madrid office of Baker McKenzie. She has over two decades of experience gained both in‐house in the Corporate Affairs and Regulatory department of mobile operator Vodafone in Spain and private practice at Spanish Competition boutique MLAB and Howrey. Paloma’s practice is focused on Spanish and EU Competition Law with a deep knowledge of regulation, in particular in the telecom and energy sectors. She has wide experience in Antitrust infringement procedures and damages claims, compliance, internal audits and preventive counselling in a broad variety of sectors, working for private companies and public entities alike.


Patricia Liñán | ECIJA

Patricia is an EU Law and Antitrust partner at ECIJA Madrid. She has more than 20 years of experience in commercial advisory matters, with a special focus on Corporate operations, investment and divestment processes in different jurisdictions, corporate restructuring and company secretary. Liñán has worked at CMS and Bird & Bird, where she headed the Antitrust Law practice areas. She has extensive experience in advising companies on Competition and concentration control procedures before the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) and the European Commission. Her most recent work has focused on the scope of claims for damages and Antitrust compliance.


Patricia Vidal | Uría Menéndez

Patricia joined Uría Menéndez in 1996, and she is a partner since 2015. For the last 23 years, her practice mainly refers to EU Law and EU and Spanish Competition Law, with a special focus on Competition Litigation before the Spanish and EU courts. She has a wide experience in merger control and national and international cartel cases. She also has vast experience in international agreements, state aid issues and abuses of dominance and, more prominently in the last years, in Antitrust damage claim litigation in Spain. Patricia is a regular lecturer on EU and Competition Law and chairs the Spanish Association for the Defence of Competition.


Paul Hitchings | Hitchings & Co

Paul is the managing partner of Hitchings & Co since November 2020, after leaving Cuatrecasas, where he was a partner in the firm´s Litigation & Arbitration department, specialised in Competition Law and Telecommunications Law. He is a member of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law and a Board member of AEDC. Based in Madrid, he has litigated across several European jurisdictions, with relevant participation in the Milk Cartel, the Tricks Cartel, the Spanish Fruit Packaging Cartel and the Carbon Electrical products Cartel in the UK. He was lead counsel in the first favourable award of damages for breach of competition law in Spain (Conduit v Telefónica).


Pedro Callol | Callol, Coca & Asociados

Pedro is a lawyer with twenty years of specialist Antitrust, Trade regulation and transactional experience.  He left RocaJunyet in 2014 as a partner leading the EU & competition practice to launch his own boutique.  Before that, he created and led the EU & competition practice of Allen & Overy in Spain. Pedro assists national and multinational companies in all aspects of merger control; State aid and Antitrust investigations and ensuing Litigation; civil and damages litigation; unfair trade litigation; and regularly counsels in distribution, IP/antitrust matters and commercial agreements with complex Antitrust or Regulatory component.


Pedro Suárez | Ramón y Cajal Abogados

Pedro is a partner and leads the firm’s Competition practice. Pedro has advised clients for more than twenty years in relation to anti-competitive practices, merger control and other aspects of Competition Law, also from HSF and Linklaters. He has acted on behalf of numerous companies in administrative proceedings before the competition authorities and in contentious-administrative and civil proceedings before the courts. Pedro and his team have been pioneers in the private enforcement of Competition Law in Spain, having led two of the first three cases of actions for damages filed with the civil courts against cartels sanctioned by the Spanish competition authorities.


Rafael Allendesalazar | MLAB Abogados

Rafael is the managing partner of MLAB Abogados, which he founded in 1985 with Santiago Martínez Lage. Over more than 30 years, he has represented numerous companies as well as public and private bodies before Competition authorities and before Spanish and EU courts and tribunals in sectors such as consumer goods, professional associations, copyright collecting societies, energy, fuel distribution, telecommunications, media, automotive distribution, finance and credit cards, and new digital platform economy. Rafael was also editor of the EU and Competition Law Gazette and correspondent for the European Competition Law Review.


Rafael Baena | Ashurst

Rafael is a partner in the firm’s Competition practice. He joined in 2006 from Freshfields. He practices all Competition Law aspects with special attention to merger control, abuse of dominance, cartels, competition in regulated sectors (electricity, air transport, etc.), Litigation work and Competition Law in Latin America. Rafael has headed the department since 2010. Rafael is very active in the Spanish Association for the Defence of Competition, actively participating as a speaker in many Competition Law events. Some of his key clients are Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Hewlett-Packard Inc., Hyundai, NH Hoteles and Grupo IFA.


Rafael Piqueras | Deloitte Legal

Rafael is a director and head of Competition and EU Law at Deloitte Legal. He advises numerous clients on merger control and foreign investment aspects, anti-competitive practices and cartels, vertical agreements and distribution, leniency proceedings, abuse of dominance matters, State aid cases, Antitrust Litigation and Competition Compliance programmes. Rafael’s experience covers numerous areas such as pharma, banking, beverages and food, infrastructure, telecoms, retail, hotels and travel, media, transport, energy and public services. He is also a Non-Governmental Advisor to the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) before the International Competition Network (ICN).


Raimundo Ortega | Jones Day

Raimundo is a partner and co-heads the firm’s Antitrust practice in Madrid. He handles complex Antitrust and Regulatory matters, with extensive experience in infrastructure and energy. Raimundo was recently appointed by the CNMC as an NGA to the International Competition Network. For more than 20 years, Raimundo has represented foreign and domestic funds, financial institutions, and infrastructure and energy companies such as Aberdeen, Axpo, Bombardier, CaixaBank, Endesa and Engie, among others. He is currently advising on several cartel investigations and challenged energy regulations before Spanish Courts and the European Commission.


Ramón García-Gallardo | G-GALLARDO LEGAL EU

Ramón continues his EU Trade and Competition, International Litigation & Arbitration practices since 2022 in its boutique law firm G-GALLARDO LEGAL EU after being a partner in KWM´s Brussels office since 1999, where he headed the office and the firm’s EU, Competition and Trade – EU & Regulatory, with extensive experience in Antitrust, International Litigation & Arbitration, Commercial Law, Agrifood and Fisheries Law, International Public Law. Ramón started his career at Cuatrecasas, and in 1995 he became B. Cremades & Asociados Brussels office managing partner and head of EU & Competition, International Litigation & Arbitration and International Contracts.


Roberto Vallina | RocaJunyent

Roberto is a Competition partner in the firm’s Madrid office, with more than 18 years of experience. He has particular expertise in restrictive practises before Competition authorities and in court proceedings. Roberto advises both companies and public bodies before the CNMC and the EC. He regularly represents clients before the Spanish National High Court, the Supreme Court of Spain and Spanish Commercial Courts. He regularly advises companies and multinationals on matters related to the Internal Market, the Common Agricultural Policy and the Banking Union, having handled more than 30 cases before the General Court of the European Union.


Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte | King & Spalding

Salomé is a partner in the Brussels office and is part of the firm’s Global Antitrust practice. She provides strategic and legal advice to companies and investors in complex Competition matters, with a particular emphasis on merger control, Antitrust complaints and global investigations. She represents clients before the EC, national competition authorities and the European Courts. Admitted to practice in Belgium and Spain, she advised Spain´s Grupo Azkoyen as the complainant in EU merger proceedings and during the negotiation of remedies and obtained unconditional merger clearance from the European Commission for Transurban, one of the world’s largest toll-road operators. For 22 years, she has been an EU Competition Law associate professor at IE Law School.


Sonsoles Centeno | Pérez-Llorca

Sonsoles Centeno joined Pérez-Llorca in 2021 as a partner in the EU Law practice area, where she led the project to open the firm´s Brussels office. She is a State Attorney on leave of absence and an expert in Litigation and Regulation. Sonsoles has in-depth knowledge of the European institutions and has more than 18 years of experience in different positions working for the Government. Prior to joining the firm, she was Deputy Director General for European Union and International Affairs (Ministry of Justice), Chief State Attorney before the Court of Justice of the European Union (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Agent of the Kingdom of Spain.


Susana Cabrera | Garrigues

Susana is an EU and Competition Law partner at Garrigues. She has advised Spanish and international clients on a wide variety of EU and Spanish Competition Law matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance, distribution practices, state aid or compliance issues. Susana is a regular speaker on Competition Law at different bar association meetings. She co-chairs the International Antitrust Law Committee, is a member of the Section’s Publications’ Board and is a liaison to the Consejo General de la Abogacía (the body representing and coordinating all Spanish Bar Associations). In 2010, Susana was elected as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


Valeria Enrich | Baker Mckenzie

Valeria is a partner in the Barcelona office and a member of the European and Competition Law and Trade & Commerce practice groups. She joined the firm in 1999 and, in 2007, spent nine months in Baker McKenzie´s Chicago office. Valeria advises on a wide variety of Competition Law issues, including merger control, the structuring of distribution networks, distribution (exclusive distribution, selective distribution, online sales and franchising), compliance programs and the defence of clients involved in cartel investigations. She is a member and former member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish Association for the Defense of Competition.

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