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The 12-lawyer team at Clifford Chance handles some of the largest matters in the market, and represented IAG and LATAM Airlines before the EU and Latin American competition authorities regarding their South Atlantic alliance. The firm also advised Telefonica before the Spanish Appellate Court in defending its acquisition of the pay-TV company Digital Plus, following objections by eight competitors. The ‘magnificent’ Miguel Odriozola heads the highly rated practice.

Cuatrecasas boasts several leading specialists, including team head Cani Fernández, Andrew Ward who is highly experienced in EU merger control work, and of counsel Irene Moreno-Tapia in Barcelona. Recent highlights include successfully representing Seat and Volkswagen Group in appealing a decision by the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) concerning alleged price-fixing in the car distribution market.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s highly rated partners Francisco Cantos and Alvaro Iza are often instructed on the global coordination of merger filings, such as that of Boehringer Ingelheim’s €11.7bn takeover of Sanofi’s animal health business. The team is also experienced in cutting edge litigation matters, such as its successful representation of Hewlett Packard in an abuse of dominance dispute with Oracle.

Garrigues’ ‘excellent’ practice is led by Marcos Araujo Boyd. The team has great strength-in-depth, including the highly rated Luis Ortiz Blanco and the ‘excellent and professional’ Susana Cabrera. High-profile mandates include successfully representing a group of leading banks and companies, including Banco Santander and Inditex, in overturning a European Commission decision declaring certain Spanish tax rules as illegal state aid.

Uría Menéndez has five full time antitrust partners, and the arrival of of-counsel Daniel Sarmiento from the ECJ has added an extra level of expertise in EU law. Led by Jaime Folguera, the ‘brilliant’ team is ‘always ready with a solution for unexpected issues’. Highlights include advising Toyota and Nissan on a major investigation concerning alleged restrictive price agreements and information exchanges. Partners such as Antonio Guerra and ‘practical solution finderPatricia Vidal are highly recommended.

Linklaters’ ‘high quality’ team is ‘absolutely recommendable’ for complex, large-scale mandates, and is singled out for its ‘ability to advise in a multi-jurisdictional environment’. ‘Excellent’ and ‘experienced’ team head Jaime Pérez-Bustamante has ‘deep and wide technical knowledge’. The team recently advised Correos on a successful appeal against the CNMC concerning an €8.2m fine for abuse of dominant position.

Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann (MLAB) is a well-established Spanish antitrust and competition boutique, and has a ‘good image in front of Spanish judges’. The team is currently advising Uber on contentious and non-contentious matters at both domestic and EU levels. Praised for their ‘empathy’ and ‘deep knowledge of antitrust law’, partners Rafael Allendesalazar and Helmut Brokelmann are ‘reliable and down-to-earth’.

Pérez-Llorca has extensive experience in EU and Spanish competition law. Head partner Oriol Armengol recently advised Nexans Iberia on a cartel investigation led by the CNMC, and is also highly experienced in merger control. Juan Manuel Rodríguez Cárcamo has a good track record on EU law, and is representing BBVA in a multibillion-euro case before the ECJ.

Allen & Overy’s current mandates include advising Google on an infringement proceeding opened by the European Commission regarding its Android mobile operating system. The team, led by Antonio Martinez, also advised the Spanish copyright collecting societies AGEDI and AIE on an abuse of dominance case brought by the CNMC.

Ashurst LLP’s four-lawyer team is praised for its ‘good response times’ and works closely with the firm’s Brussels office. It recently advised Hewlett-Packard on a successful appeal against a CNMC decision regarding an abuse-of-dominance claim lodged by Oracle. Practice head Rafael Baena has ‘great work capacity and is quick to understand business-related issues’.

Co-led by Carles Prat and Alberto Escudero, the team at Baker McKenzie is praised for being ‘ahead of our needs and flexible to accept our internal constraints’. Highlights include advising the insurance company Asefa in a Supreme Court appeal against a €120m fine imposed by the CNMC.

DLA Piper LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team will miss Juan Jiménez-Laiglesia who joined EY Abogados. Nevertheless, practice head José María Jiménez-Laiglesia and highly experienced senior associate Joaquin Hervada are praised for their ‘great professionalism and high level knowledge of the subject’. The team recently assisted TCV Stevedoring Company successfully appeal a CNMC fine in the Spanish National Court.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados provides ‘an excellent level of service’, is ‘responsive and prepares English translations of documents quickly’. ‘Dedicated and solution-driven’ team head Iñigo Igartua ‘provides practical and insightful advice’. Recent matters include successfully representing Smurfit Kappa in an appeal against CNMC fines imposed for allegedly collusive behaviour.

Led by Henar González, the team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has established a strong market presence. Clients appreciate the group’s ‘informed and practical advice’, and one recent mandate involved advising Cepsa Quimica on antitrust issues related to the sale of its chemicals business to Indorama Ventures.

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles investigations, merger-control issues, state aid and cartel claims, among other matters. Practice head Casto González-Páramo has a ‘fantastic attitude and business acumen’, and the team is currently advising Schweppes and Caixabank on separate sanction procedures filed by the CNMC.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados’ ‘excellent’ team ‘always strives to make the issues understandable’ and is developing a strong reputation for advising claimants on antitrust-related, civil-damages claims. Practice head Pedro Suárez is ‘an excellent lawyer with a deep theoretical knowledge’.

Ainhoa Veiga is the main contact at Araoz & Rueda, which is especially active on the transactional and merger-control side. The team recently advised Eni on antitrust issues related to its Union Fenosa Gas joint venture with Gas Natural Fenosa.

Broseta Abogados is praised for its ‘transparency and honesty’. Team head Luis Berengeur has ‘exhaustive experience’, while Sergio Baches is ‘distinguished by his capacity to provide immediate responses’. The team recently defended Corporacion Alimentaria Penasanta against a civil damages claim brought by several milk producers for alleged antitrust infringements.

The ‘extremely intelligent’ Patricia Liñán heads the team at CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo. Recent highlights include advising Acciona on merger-control issues linked to its takeover of the German wind turbine producer Nordex.

Technically skilled’ name partner Pedro Callol heads a highly specialised seven-lawyer team at Callol, Coca & Asociados. The group provides ‘an excellent level of service’ and Jorge Manzarbeitia is praised for his ‘deep technical knowledge’. Major clients include Twentieth Century Fox, LG, and vehicle distribution group M Conde.

DelaCalle Abogados SLP is a ‘fine’ and ‘client friendly’ boutique, and a referral favourite for international firms. Managing partner Jose-Antonio de la Calle ‘has excellent attention to detail and determination’ and is ably supported by Sanna Orkan. The firm recently advised Genzyme Corporation on its $300m acquisition of Caprelsa from AstraZeneca.

GOLD Abogados (Gómez, Olmo & Da Veiga Abogados, S.L.P.) has a strong reputation for merger control and investigations work. Name partner Gerard Pérez Olmo is well regarded.

Recent mandates saw Jones Day involved in several significant cartel investigations, including advice to Balat over an investigation into the modular construction sector. The ‘imaginative and methodical’ Raimundo Ortega and of counsel Marta Delgado Echeverria can draw on a combined 40 years’ experience.

Ángel Valdés heads the team at Lupicinio International Law Firm, which recently advised Recobat on a major cartel investigation. José María Viñals has a strong reputation for advising Russian and Iranian clients subject to EU-level sanctions.

MVA Asociadosgives excellent advice’ in EU and competition law. Lead partner Eduardo Abril ‘has deep knowledge’, is ‘solid from a technical point of view’, and has a ‘pragmatic approach’. The firm recently represented BP Oil in appealing a CNMC fine.

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