EU and competition in Spain

Clifford Chance

Demonstrating substantial experience in restrictive practices and merger control in the media, telecoms, energy and sports spaces, the highly regarded competition group at Clifford Chance is rated for its 'technical excellence and outstanding performance in interactions with administrative, national and European authorities'. Recognised as a ‘team leader’ who is ‘developing and nurturing a new generation of lawyers’, Miguel Odriozola is trusted by Spanish and international companies alike in the full spectrum of competition law matters. He is supported by a strong team of practitioners: María Begoña Barrantes, who is active in major merger control cases, Belén Irissarry, whose focus lies in infringement proceedings, and Ana Latorre, a name to note for clients from across the audiovisual and telecoms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Miguel Odriozola

Other key lawyers:

María Begoña Barrantes; Belén Irissarry; Ana Latorre; Diego Domenech


‘Miguel is a great team leader; he is commercial and allows his more junior team members to shine while guiding them from behind the scenes. What else would you want from a partner? He’s developing and nurturing a new generation of lawyers. He should be highly praised for this.’

‘Belén Irissarry, Ana Latorre and Diego Doménech are great professionals who are continuously growing and relentlessly supporting businesses with clever solutions.’

‘The team is very reactive and available, they are good listeners and humble in understanding the industry and problems. They are swift, practical and focused in their reply, always ready to provide extensive analysis if required.’

‘Miguel Odriozola and Belén Irissarry have an amazing agility in approaching antitrust questions, they provide you with risks and practical solutions to competition issues.’

‘Sector knowledge is important. Clifford masters the subject, but also the sector, which gives more value to his contribution.’

‘Ability and interest in understanding their client’s business. Most especially, understand their client’s objective in that matter. Technical excellence and outstanding performance in interactions with administrative, national and European authorities.’

‘ The CC Competition group truly works as a team. Miguel Odriozola is an outstandingly integrative partner of his team. The professional and personal profile of Belén Irisarri deserves to be highlighted.’

‘The entire team has a high profile that is evident in its relationship with the client and in its commitment to the successful outcome of the matter.’

Key clients




Superleague (Key Capital)



Çimsa (Sabanci Group)



Sanitas (Bupa Group)

Swiss RE

Sistema de Tarjetas y Medios de Pago, S.A.

Saint Gobain


IAG and Qatar Airways


Banco Santander

Cartonajes International, S.L. (International Paper)


Värde Partners

Software AG



Cirrus (currently DTN)






Restaurant Brands Iberia (Burger King)

Aisles Marines



Work highlights

  • Represented the creators of the European Super League in a hearing before the ECJ challenging UEFA’s monopoly issues and conflicts of interest.
  • Advised Telefónica Tech on merger control clearances and the related M&A work in relation to three transactions in Germany and the UK.
  • Acted for IAG and Qatar Airways before the European Commission, the CMA, the Australian authority (ACCC) and other authorities in relation to the clients’ global joint business agreement.


Singled out for its ‘technical excellence’ and ‘expertise in new markets’, Garrigues offers clients assistance with multijurisdictional merger filings, high-stakes antitrust matters, damages actions and state aid matters. Leading the competition practice is Susana Cabrera Zaragoza, who is proficient in both merger proceedings and cartel cases. Oriol Armengol Gasull is routinely sought after for his expertise in abuse of dominance cases. Fernando Las Navas is highly experienced in litigation before the Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) and the European Commission. Clients also praise Konstantin Jörgens, who is ‘extremely knowledgable’ and ‘very pragmatic’.

Practice head(s):

Susana Cabrera Zaragoza

Other key lawyers:

Oriol Armengol Gasull; Luis Ortiz Blanco; Fernando Las Navas; Konstantin Jörgens; Alfonso Lamadrid


‘Full availability, technical quality, knowledge of the sector, coordination capacity in complex transactions.’

‘Technical excellence, expertise in new markets,  availability and flexibility are the elements that distinguish this practice from other firms. The assurance for clients that the advice is first-class. ’

‘Garrigues’ competition team is one of the few teams in Spain composed of so many top-level lawyers. Both partners (Oriol Armengol to be highlighted) and associates have a hands-on mentality in managing complex issues and addressing different business models and a variety of markets.’

‘I work very closely with Konstantin Jörgens. He is a one of a kind lawyer who is extremely knowledgable but also very pragmatic. Quite a unique combination. He is always available and responds very quickly to emails. He is kind and pleasant to work with, which is again quite unique given his quallities.’

Key clients



Google / Alphabet


Boston Scientific Corporation





Warner Media











The market-leading competition and antitrust department at Linklaters ‘always seeks professional excellence’ and is rated for its ‘in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical approach'. Adept in the entire array of competition matters, the group is led by Jaime Pérez-Bustamante, who is regularly called upon by clients from the financial services and healthcare sectors to advise on transactions and cartel investigations. Dual qualified partner Fredrik Löwhagen (Spain and Sweden) stands out for his wealth of experience in merger control at the domestic and EU level; he is also a name to note for state aid. Juan Passás has a strong track record of representing clients before competition authorities, while Laura Pinilla handles a mix of merger control and antitrust proceedings before competition authorities and courts.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Pérez Bustamante

Other key lawyers:

Fredrik Lowhagen; Juan Passás; Miguel Andreu; Laura Pinilla


‘Their experience is very good. They understand the problem and offer solutions.’

‘Jaime Pérez Bustamante and Fredrik Lowhagen offer total confidence. Clear and concise advice. They manage the procedures before various institutions very well.’

‘In-depth theoretical knowledge and practical approach. Complete availability, efficiency and reasonableness in the service provided. Jaime Pérez Bustamante and Juan Passás are recommended.’

‘The Linklaters competition team always seeks professional excellence and achieves it. They are at the forefront, aware of the latest trends and jurisprudence issued on the subject, incorporating them into the knowledge they already have.’

‘Jaime Pérez Bustamante and Juan Passás stand out. Both defend the client’s interests to the end with wisdom, knowing how to maintain the balance between the defence and the protection of the client’s position, which must always be taken into account.

‘Juan Passás masters the subject, which allows him to find innovative and alternative ways that at the same time have a strong legal basis.’

Key clients


Tricon Energy

Bio Oils

Real Madrid

Banco Santander




Correos Express



Banco Sabadell


Meta (Facebook)



Morgan Stanley






The competition team at Pérez-Llorca is sought out by clients from major sectors, including finance, telecoms, transport and energy, on matters relating to infringement proceedings, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance and damages claims. The team is led by a capable duo: Juan Jiménez-Laiglesia, who has over two decades' experience in competition law both in Madrid and Brussels, and stands out for his capabilities in abuse of dominance cases and civil litigation; and Juan Rodríguez Cárcamo, who has a strong track record in proceedings before the EU institutions. Jaime De Blas is often called upon to assist with compliance programmes and contentious-administrative proceedings, while Pablo Figueroa is entrusted with high-profile cases concerning EU antitrust law. Ana María Rodríguez is a name to note when seeking assistance with state aid and disputes related to EU law.

Practice head(s):

Juan Jiménez-Laiglesia; Juan Rodríguez Cárcamo

Other key lawyers:

Jaime de Blas; Pablo Figueroa; Sonsoles Centeno; Ana María Rodríguez


‘Pablo Figueroa and his team are very well coordinated; partners are very involved in all matters.’

‘Pablo Figueroa is very conscientious. He responds faster than most of the other law firm partners I have worked with. He is very good technically.’

‘Their availability and speed in solving problems makes them unique. It is a close team with great empathy for client problems.’

‘Jaime de Blas is the reference partner for all competition issues. His performance and involvement is so extraordinary that I find it difficult to opt for other alternatives in the medium-term.’

‘We feel fantastically represented by their knowledge and experience.’

‘Training and knowledge, together with experience, make the lawyers on the team that advises us especially on a matter of maximum complexity of competition / state aid.’

‘Brilliant team and very difficult to find a better one.’

‘Know-how and expertise vs other firms.’

Key clients


AM Fresh

Banco Santander





Red Eléctrica



Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez ‘has one of the largest teams of competition lawyers in Spain,' covering 'all areas with a high level of specialisation’, including cartels, abuse of dominant position cases, state aid, merger control and litigation before domestic and EU courts. Department leader Antonio Guerra is the trusted adviser to several clients within the finance, media, telecoms and energy sectors seeking representation before the CNMC and the European Commission. Alfonso Gutiérrez regularly advises on multijurisdictional mergers, and ‘stands out for his deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector’. Other noteworthy individuals include Patricia Vidal, who adeptly handles national and international cartel cases and infringement proceedings. Tomás Arranz acts for clients from the worlds of real estate, insurance, banking, manufacturing and consumer goods in cartel investigations and in the implementation of compliance programmes.


Practice head(s):

Antonio Guerra

Other key lawyers:

Alfonso Gutiérrez; Patricia Vidal; Tomás Arranz; Jokin Beltrán de Lubiano


‘What makes the practice unique is the quality of its professionals, in terms of legal and sector knowledge, the permanent search for solutions and alternatives, and their proximity and availability.’

‘UM has been instrumental in the favourable resolution of a complex case for our company. The team’s extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector as well as the authorities involved was the key to success for us. At all times the strategy was clear, working efficiently and orderly, and involved only the necessary part of the team. There were no surprises in billing either.’

‘The team’s knowledge of the uniqueness of our sector and the changes in the specific competition law environment makes it unique.’

‘The best qualities of Alfonso Gutierrez include extensive experience, permanent availability, knowledge of the sector, search for solutions and alternatives.’

‘The main differentiating factor of Uría is that it has one of the largest teams of competition lawyers in Spain, which also covers all areas with a high level of specialisation.’

‘Its extensive network of lawyers allows it to be present in almost all top-level matters processed before the CNMC and EC, which provides exceptional added value for other clients.’

‘Uría is capable of ensuring a homogeneous level in the international advice it provides, thanks to its relationships with top-level firms specialised in Competition Law.’

‘Alfonso Gutiérrez stands out for his deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector, among others, and issues of abuse of dominant position.’

Key clients


Banco Santander







Philip Morris

Liberty Mutual



Work highlights

  • Representing DAF, Hyundai, Toyota and Danone in competition damages claims before the Spanish courts.
  • Advising Air Europa on the merger control procedure before the European Commission in relation to the acquisition by IAG.

A&O Shearman

At A&O Shearman, the competition practice manages a diverse workload, adeptly handling merger control and high-profile infringement proceedings before the CNMC and Spanish courts. With over three decades' experience in this space, Antonio Martínez  advises on the entire spectrum of EU and competition matters, from merger control to cartel cases. Jaime Rodríguez helps major companies navigate multijurisdictional merger filings and abuses of dominance cases, while Enrique Ferrer is knowledgeable of antitrust proceedings and competition law compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Antonio Martínez

Other key lawyers:

Jaime Rodríguez; Enrique Ferrer; Anabel Blasco


‘Always available and willing to provide the advice and help necessary for the correct fulfillment of the obligations related to its practice.’

‘They seek to understand the real needs of the company in order to complement their advice with the other areas involved, providing a much more complete global service.’

‘Up-to-date with the latest technologies, and always keep the client informed of the main developments in their practice.’

‘Antonio Martínez, Enrique Ferrer and Anabel Blasco – capable of translating legal obligations into the language of the colleagues in transactions.’

‘An outstanding ally for our company.’

‘On the one hand, the flexibility and availability to adapt to the particular needs of each client, whose position in the market is always very specific. The team has the ability to understand the client’s business to anticipate problems arising.’

Key clients


Altadis (Imperial Brands)








Intermediate Capital Group


Work highlights

  • Defending Altadis S.A. in the cassation appeal before the Spanish Supreme Court where the CNMC was trying to overturn a judgment by the Audiencia Nacional that annulled some dawn raids carried out by the CNMC at Altadis premises.
  • Advising Ecoembes on CNMC’s alleged abuse of dominance infringement proceedings (S/0021/21, Subastas de Ecoembes).
  • Advised Repsol on the merger control aspects of the sale of a 25% stake of its exploration and prospection business to EIG.


Working in close collaboration with the firm’s private enforcement and corporate practice, Cuatrecasas provides Spanish conglomerates and multinationals from key industries, such as life sciences, automotive, technology, energy and media, a full-service EU and competition offering. The group is well positioned to handle merger control, state aid, abuse of dominance cases, cartel investigations and related litigation. Over in the Barcelona office, practice head Irene Moreno-Tapia advises clients on merger control matters and antitrust investigations, while María López Ridruejo in Madrid offers assistance with multijurisdictional cartel cases, damage claims as well as vertical and horizontal agreements. Andrew Ward is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Irene Moreno-Tapia

Other key lawyers:

María López Ridruejo; Cristina Vila

Key clients


Catalana Occidente

Ancala Partners LLP

Charterhouse Development Capital



Bombardier (Alstom Group)


Rekalde 21


Work highlights

  • Advising Alcampo on the merger control clearance before the CNMC for the acquisition of a portfolio of 235 supermarkets and 2 logistics warehouses under the Dia Plaza brand.
  • Advising Catalana Occidente on notifying the CNMC and the Autoridade da Concorrência (Portugal) of the acquisition of funeral services company Mémora Group.
  • Advising Ancala Partners on the notification of the acquisition of Babcock’s aerial emergency service businesses in Finland, Italy, Mozambique, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The competition group at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo is highlighted for its ‘very good technical knowledge’ and ‘open and accessible professionals’ who readily assist with state aid, merger control, damages claims and litigation. The firm attracts instructions from a multitude of major domestic and international companies, standing out for its presence in the transport, pharmaceuticals, energy and telecoms sectors. 'Magnificent professional' Íñigo Igartua, whose ‘extraordinary knowledge of competition law’ is rated by clients, stands at the helm of the department. The Barcelona-based practice head is supported by a team of competition law specialists: Miguel Troncoso, who focuses on state aid and litigation at the EU level; and Eduardo Gómez De La Cruz, who regularly handles commercial agreements and M&A. The team has been bolstered by the arrival Andrew Ward, a seasoned and highly regarded practitioner with a wealth of experience in merger control and antitrust investigations, who joined from Cuatrecasas in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Íñigo Igartua

Other key lawyers:

Miguel Troncoso; Eduardo Gómez de la Cruz; Andrea Díez de Uré Loinaz; Andrew Ward


‘GAP’s Competition team is definitely one of the best in Spain. Extremely competent in merger control procedures and private enforcement litigation.’

‘Íñigo Igartua is one of the “fathers” of Competition law in the Spanish market. He is a very talented lawyer, with the capacity of making complex issues look simple. His younger partner Miguel Troncoso is also very good and really dedicated.’

‘Very good technical knowledge. Open and accessible professionals. Committed team.’

‘Iñigo Igartua: magnificent professional; extraordinary knowledge of competition law;very complete lawyer. ’

‘GAP’s Competition and EU Law team’s practice is distinguished by its ability to establish a true connection with the client’s business and by dealing directly with the in-house lawyers who retain its services.’

‘This law firm stands out for its highly personalised approach and its ability to adapt to an ever-changing legal environment. Its culture of internal collaboration also makes a difference in the efficiency of the services provided. We are very satisfied with their innovative and client-focused approach.’

‘Their ability to fully adapt to our individual needs and their dedication to each case are the elements that really stand out compared to other firms. The commitment of Iñigo Igartua, Andrea Díez de Ure Loinaz and Eduardo Gómez de la Cruz is something that we value very positively.’

Key clients




Boehringer Ingelheim



EURO 6000




European External Action Service

Work highlights

  • Advising IVECO on a complex defence strategy to the collective claims for running a cartel for the sale of trucks in various European countries between 1997-2011.
  • Advised Naturgy a Spain-based energy distributor and marketer, who agreed to acquire 100% of ASR Wind from Ardian for EUR 535m, on antitrust approval and competition clearance related to the operation.
  • Currently advising Ramco Litigation Funding on damage claims derived from the milk cartel for almost one thousand farmers.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Praised for the 'proactive, flexible and international nature of its competition team', Latham & Watkins LLP is retained by a host of national and international companies seeking legal support in merger clearances at the domestic and European level, antitrust investigations, and private enforcement actions. State aid matters and litigation are other areas of expertise for the team, which is led by José María Jiménez-Laiglesia, a key contact for financial institutions and private equity firms looking for representation before the competition authorities. A range of Spanish and international clients regularly turn to Carlos Betoret for assistance with conduct investigations. The team also draws on the support of various competition law professionals based in Brussels.

Practice head(s):

José María Jiménez-Laiglesia

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Betoret; María Martínez


‘Trust, simplicity and clarity combined with expertise.’

‘Carlos Betoret has demonstrated great commercial and technical skills in presenting the issues proposed between the teams of both companies. Both in the professional treatment in the different calls and in the communications and documentation received. ’

‘Without a doubt, the high degree of knowledge about our company and the activity we carry out in the market makes this office the best positioned to work with us. Without forgetting the degree of commitment and the high level of work always delivered. I would especially highlight José María Jiménez-Laiglesia and Carlos Betoret.’

‘The proactive, flexible and international nature of its competition team stands out.’

‘It would highlight Carlos Betoret as a “rising star”.’

Key clients





Platinum Energy








Atlantic Copper

ArchiMed Group

Karnov Group

TA Associates

Paper Excellence

Vivalto Group

MLAB Abogados, SLP

With extensive expertise in regulated sectors, including telecoms, energy and transport, boutique firm MLAB Abogados, SLP offers assistance with all manner of competition law issues, including cartels, abuse of dominance, vertical and horizontal agreements, and merger control, often representing clients in judicial appeals at the domestic and EU level. Rafael Allendesalazar is a key point of contact for private and public sector clients, most notably within the media, automotive and finance spaces, while Helmut Brokelmann (dual qualified in Spain and Germany) is particularly active in administrative proceedings and damages claims involving the pharmaceuticals and sports segments. Restrictive agreements, state aid and merger control are core areas of activity for Mariarosaria Ganino, and Alfonso Rincón is recommended for proceedings before the Spanish competition authorities and the European Union.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Allendesalazar; Helmut Brokelmann

Other key lawyers:

Mariarosaria Ganino; Alfonso Rincón; Borja Chastang; Roberto Vallina


‘The partners of the firm are deeply knowledgeable of antitrust law; they are very up-to-date, and have a lot of experience in the sector both before competition authorities and before the courts.’

‘In-depth knowledge of competition and EU law matters, in addition to the procedural field. High creativity, ability to react and adapt. Very committed to their work, outstanding level of professionalism. Always available, good treatment and attitude towards the client.’

‘Roberto Vallina has in-depth knowledge of competition and EU law matters, in addition to the procedural field. High creativity, ability to react and adapt. Very committed to work, outstanding level of professionalism. Always available and with good treatment and a good attitude towards the client.’

Key clients





Curium Spain

Uber BV




Amurrio Ferrocaril y Equipos


Banco Sabadell






Procter & Gamble

Consejo General De Procuradores De España



Work highlights

  • Advised Renfe on the investigation opened by the European Commission in April 2023 to assess whether Renfe may have abused its dominant position in the Spanish passenger rail transport market by refusing to supply all its content and real-time data to rival ticketing platforms.
  • Advised and co-represented UEFA in the civil competition claim brought by the European Superleague against UEFA and FIFA before a Commercial Court of Madrid, including preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the EU.
  • Representing Altice in its appeal against the European Commission’s Decision to impose a fine of €124m for “gun-jumping” during the acquisition of Portugal Telecom.

Ashurst LLP

Drawing on its strong international presence and the support of lawyers from across its corporate, public law and litigation departments, the EU and competition team at Ashurst LLP is well equipped to advise on a wide spread of competition matters, including cartels, abuse of dominance cases, damages claims and regulatory issues. Rafael Baena is sought after for his deep expertise in merger control, abuse of dominance and cartel investigations. He oversees the practice where Javier Torrecilla is a name to note for state aid matters and proceedings before the competition authorities in Spain and abroad.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Baena

Other key lawyers:

Javier Torrecilla; Teresa Prado


‘The Ashurst competition team has an unusual commitment to the client. They know the economic sector in which the company operates, provide business value and are always proactive. They are up to date with the latest developments and tell us the positive and negative implications for our company and how to mitigate the negative effects and reinforce the positive ones. The partner who makes the difference is Rafael Baena.’

‘It is a niche practice that requires not only exceptional technical knowledge of the standard but also a practical and pragmatic application that the Ashusrt team manages to convey very well to its clients. Accessibility and collaboration in the search for solutions that work are two of its strong pillars.’

‘I would highlight accessibility, understanding of the business, knowledge of best practices in the sector, current and future trends, news and application to the business.’

Key clients


Cerberus Capital Management


Deutsche Bank


Altadis (Imperial Tobacco)

Albia Gestión de Servicios


Santa Lucía



NH Hoteles

IFA Retail

Work highlights

  • Represented UEFA in connection with all the litigation around the Superleague project, initially supported by 12 of the most prominent football teams in Europe.
  • Acting for Cerberus Capital Management in the sale by Haya Holdco 2 Plc of 100% of the share capital of Haya Real Estate S.A.U. to Swedish competitor Intrum Holding Spain, S.A.U. and 100% of the outstanding shareholder loan interests to Intrum AB (listed on the Swedish Stock Exchange).
  • Advised Babcock International Group plc on the sale of its aerial emergency services operations in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Mozambique to Ancala Partners.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is regularly called upon to assist with merger control, cartel and antitrust investigations, as well as compliance issues. Benefitting from strong links to several of the firm's European offices, the team is adept in multijurisdictional cases, including litigation and appellate work. Henar González Durántez concentrates on dawn raids, cartels and antitrust investigations, often acting for clients operating in key regulated industries, including telecoms and digital markets. Pilar Carrasco has extensive experience assisting with investigations of abusive practices within the retail, transport and energy spaces.

Practice head(s):

Henar González Durántez

Other key lawyers:

Pilar Carrasco


‘High knowledge of their specialties and involvement in the work they do. The partner with whom I have most contact is the outstanding Henar González Durántez.’

‘In-depth knowledge of regulation and, above all, vision and practical experience, ability to understand and approach the legal issues consulted. Ability to empathise with the client, full availability and ease of communication, excellent work. ’

‘Without a doubt, the personal involvement and commitment of the firm’s team, its good work, availability, rigour and great knowledge of the topics discussed.’

Key clients

Noatum Holdings

Rheinmetall AG

Grupo Gallardo Balboa

Grupo ASV




Work highlights

  • Advising Grupo ASV on an investigation initiated by the competition authority of Andalusia into an alleged infringement of abuse of dominant position in the market for essential services such as funeral care.
  • Acting for DIA and Eroski in the appeals brought by FIAB (the Spanish Food and Drink Industry Federation) and PROMARCA (the Spanish association of brand products).
  • Advising Funemadrid on the appeal before the Spanish National Court against the decision of the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) in relation to an investigation into an alleged infringement of abuse of dominant position in the market for the provision of cemetery services.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie acts for a diverse client base, comprised of large multinationals and domestic companies, who turn to the group for assistance with horizontal agreements, foreign investment, abuse of dominant position cases, merger control and litigation. Based in Barcelona, Valeria Enrich is proficient in the design and implementation of competition law compliance programmes, while Paloma Martínez-Lage in Madrid works on regulatory issues, especially those arising within the energy and telecoms spaces.

Practice head(s):

Valeria Enrich; Paloma Martínez-Lage

Other key lawyers:

Javier Menor; Isaque Leite


‘The team has the ability to react quickly and forcefully in relation to extremely complex issues. I would especially mention Valeria Enrich and Isaque Leite.’

‘A comprehensive approach to the matter. Having qualified professionals in the different areas allows the immediacy of the response and the closeness of the treatment to be maintained.’

‘Coordinated team with experience in the anticipation of regulatory changes with impact on the company knowledge of the sector and international advice.’

Key clients

AC Cosmetics

ACCO (Autoritat Catalana de la Competència)


Association of Catalan Bar Associations, Bar Association of Barcelona, Bar Association of Lleida, Bar Association of Figueres.

Bain Capital





Correos y Telégrafos (Spanish public postal operator)



Grupo Logitravel



Insud Pharma


Mesoestetic Pharma Group


Work highlights

  • Advised Honda on the sanctioning procedure by the Spanish competition authorities, together with 17 other car manufacturers, for allegedly exchanging confidential, future and strategic information in the framework of the so-called car cartel.
  • Representing Corporación Alimentaria Peñasanta, S.A. in a claim before the National Court against the decision of the Spanish Competition Authority who imposed a fine of €21.8m for having participated in an information exchange.
  • Advised Correos on its appeal against an infringement decision from the Spanish Competition Authority for an alleged abuse of dominance.

Callol, Coca & Asociados

Adeptly handling issues related to abuse of dominance, merger control, state aid, foreign direct investment and litigation, boutique firm Callol, Coca & Asociados is praised by clients for its ‘high specialisation in competition’. The firm is singled out for its extensive experience in judicial proceedings before Spanish and European courts. Pedro Callol, who is qualified to practise in Spain and the UK, is often sought out by clients from the media, telecoms and consumer goods sectors. Jorge Manzarbeitia is best-known for his involvement in high-profile cases before the competition authorities.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Callol

Other key lawyers:

Jorge Manzarbeitia; Manuel Cañadas


‘I would call it a boutique+ firm. They have a particular focus on EU competition law and related areas of law which has enabled them to keep up with new developments in this quickly evolving area of law and to become a true thought leader in Spain and beyond.’

‘Their specialism is also shown by their contributions in panels at international conferences and various publications (e.g. news letters). They are very pragmatic, hands-on but always thorough in their advice.’

‘Pedro Callol is one of kind. He is dedicated to his clients and their needs and interests, and has in-depth knowledge of the law as well as of the sector which is the subject matter of the case he is working on.’

‘A firm that, despite its size, is continually updated in content. The high specialisation in competition makes them more aware of new developments.’

‘Being a boutique firm, the senior partner and his trusted team deal with matters directly, which provides great trust.’

Key clients

Cook Medical

Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF)

Mooring Port Services

Cemesa Amarres Barcelona

Oxford University Press Spain


GME (García Munté Energía)


Garda World



Top Cable

Roig Bus

ANFEVI (National Glass Manufacturers Association)


Work highlights

  • Acted for Enagás before the Spanish Competition Authority concerning merger control proceedings in two separate concentrations: the acquisition of Reganosa’s gas pipelines, and the creation of a joint venture related to the regasification plant at El Musel.
  • Represented the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) in the Super League case in the preliminary ruling before the European Court of Justice and advising it on the main proceeding before the Spanish Commercial Court in which the European Super League has sued UEFA and FIFA for infringement of competition law.
  • Acted Soltec before the Spanish Competition Authority concerning an abuse of dominance investigation in the energy renewables sector.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

Benefitting from close ties to the firm's corporate and M&A department, CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo is equipped to assist clients from a variety of sectors, most notably consumer products, manufacturing and telecoms, with merger control proceedings and litigation. In addition to his strong track record in merger clearance issues, Carlos Vérgez is often engaged by multinational companies seeking advice on the design and implementation of compliance programmes. Also part of the core team, Aida Oviedo handles abuse of dominant position and unfair competition cases. Both practitioners receive praise for their ‘level of service, quality of advice and standard of reporting’.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Vérgez

Other key lawyers:

Aida Oviedo


‘Carlos Vérgez is technically impeccable, an excellent people manager, generous with the team and his co-workers, and has very good commercial skills.’

‘It has provided outstanding service and support to an especially long and complex transaction.’

‘Carlos Vérgez and Aida Oviedo – the level of service, quality of advice and standard of reporting has been exceptional.’

Key clients

Thomson Reuters and Wolters Kluwer

Macquarie Capital, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Arjun and Daiwa

Boluda Corporación Marítima



Siemens Gamesa


Coca-Cola Europacific Partners

Hero AG



DIGI Spain



Nobel Sports (Sofisport Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised Thomson Reuters and Wolters Kluwer on the joint sale of its legal publishing business in Spain (Aranzadi) together with the Spanish and French businesses of Wolters Kluwer to Karnov, working as advisors to both vendors (Thomson Reuters and Wolters Kluwer).
  • Advised Logista on competition compliance matters and merger control issues.
  • Advised Siemens Gamesa on the sale of a portfolio of wind farms located in Spain (31 projects), France (19 projects), Italy (9 projects) and Greece (14 projects), with a total capacity of 3.8 GW.

DLA Piper

Demonstrating in-depth knowledge of cartel investigations, antitrust litigation and merger control, DLA Piper is regularly engaged by clients from various regulated sectors, including healthcare, media, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. Leading the practice is Joaquín Hervada, who 'offers in-depth analysis and pragmatic advice' in the context of proceedings before the competition authorities and antitrust investigations. He is supported by Rafael Maldonado, whose experience covers merger control, abuse of dominant position cases and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Joaquín Hervada

Other key lawyers:

Rafael Maldonado


‘The team is always preventive, I would say even predictive so that when we issue a governing document in the procedure, we can know in advance with a high degree of probability of success, the result.’

‘Joaquín Hervada represents that balanced mix between top-level professional and human exquisiteness, soft and hard skills in ideal measures.’

‘Great team. Very professional. Agile. Available. Maximum involvement. Commercial and practical approach.’

‘Joaquín Hervada is an excellent professional. He has great business vision, strategy and great availability. ’

‘Technically outstanding team, they know the topic in depth, with a high level of detail. With this approach they are able to advise in a pragmatic way. In addition, it is a highly available team, which is able to handle the matter in its entirety.’

‘Joaquín Hervada offers in-depth analysis and pragmatic advice. Very quick in making decisions. Exceeds expectations by setting the strategy for the matter discussed, very good judgment in his advice, taking into account the client’s interests.’

‘The DLA team knows my company very well and provides an innovative and successful approach to achieving the success of the work we entrust them with.’

‘They have very good knowledge of the law and especially how to apply it to the cases we present. I also highly value availability and attention.’

Key clients

General Electric




Grupo Prim





Dentsu Aegis Network


Macmillan / Springer Nature

Air Liquide


Colegio de Registradores de la Propiedad, Mercantiles y Bienes Muebles de España




Asociación Nacional de Establecimientos Financieros de Crédito (ASNEF)

MKS Instruments

Work highlights

  • Advised General Electric on its multijurisdictional strategic split into independent aerospace, healthcare and energy businesses.


Lauded for its ‘strong experience’ and ‘very practical approach to competition matters’, ECIJA is a popular choice for advice on cartel investigations, abuse of dominance cases, merger control proceedings and antitrust issues in the TMT sector. Backed by a ‘deep knowledge of the sector’, Patricia Liñan expertly handles damage claims and assists clients with the implementation of competition law compliance programmes.

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Liñan; Jaime Torres; Begoña Albeniz


‘Extremely fast and efficient responses.’

‘Patricia Liñan has deep knowledge of the sector, and her responses are extremely fast and efficient.’

‘Personalised attention, extensive expertise, high degree of precision, immediate attention, their delivery.’

‘They are unique in terms of expertise and client service.’

‘A team with strong experience and a very practical approach to competition matters. It is not always easy to find firms that look for alternatives and try to see the matter from the client’s perspective, proposing solutions and explaining the difficulties in this area in a very simple and practical way.’

‘Its practical and close approach to the client set it apart. They make a difficult area like this seem simple.’

Key clients






Privalia (Vente-privée)

Spanish bank consortium


EURO 6000

Astara Group


Spanish Association of Independent Film Distributors


Enso Energy

Work highlights

  • Representing Nokia in its appeal against the Spanish Competition Authority’s (CNMC) decision to impose fines on the client and other companies in the railway communication sector.
  • Assisting Privalia – Vente Privée in complying with the new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) and aligning with the European Consumer Directives.
  • Representing Lactalis in its appeal against a 2019 Decision by the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC).

Hogan Lovells International LLP

The competition team at Hogan Lovells International LLP regularly handles a spread of cross-border mandates concerning merger control, cartel investigations, and judicial appeals. Casto González-Páramo, counsel of choice for international and Spanish companies from an array of regulated sectors, is singled our for his strong track record in antitrust proceedings before domestic and European competition authorities. State aid, internal audits and damages claims are all key specialisms for Raquel Fernández Menéndez. Alfredo Gómez is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Casto González-Páramo

Other key lawyers:

Raquel Fernández Menéndez

Key clients





Jupiter Aluminum





Nervión Industries


Protect Medical

Jones Day

Leveraging the international strength of the firm’s M&A and global disputes teams, the Madrid-based competition group at Jones Day boasts domestic and cross-border capabilities which make it particularly well positioned to advise on merger control proceedings and follow-on damages claims. Raimundo Ortega, a key name for antitrust and regulatory matters in the energy, infrastructure and telecoms sectors, jointly oversees the team with Marta Delgado Echevarría, who is regularly called upon by multinationals to act before the national and EU courts.

Practice head(s):

Raimundo Ortega; Marta Delgado Echevarria


‘Raimundo Ortega has extensive experience and excellent knowledge of our industry as well as the legal aspects of his jurisdiction.’

‘Rigorous handling of the issues that the project in question requires. Working with Raimundo is highly efficient and a guarantee of success.’

‘Knowledge of the industry and the complex regulatory framework.’

‘The field of competition law is very broad and constantly evolving, which makes it essential to be up to date with new developments and possible practices. Jones Day brings us continuous updates.’

‘Closeness, knowledge, availability, responsibility and reliability.’

‘Jones Day is a firm that can be trusted and always offers cutting-edge solutions.’

‘The Jones Day competition and EU law team brings together two characteristics that make it stand out from the rest: excellent and up-to-date knowledge of the subject and an approach that is always appropriate for business interests. Added to this is a constant dedication that translates into always agile responses. Raimundo Ortega and Marta Delgado Echevarria stand out.’

‘Very good understanding of the energy business and constant search for legal solutions to business challenges.’

Key clients



Marimón Abogados

Trusted adviser to large multinationals from across the pharmaceuticals, retail, sports and transport sectors, the ‘highly qualified’ competition team at Marimón Abogados is praised for its ‘technical qualification’, ‘level of collaboration’, and ‘approach to conflicts’. The team is well versed in cartel and abuse of dominant position issues, frequently acting for clients before the Spanish competition authorities and EU courts. Leadership of the group is shared between Diego Crespo, who assists clients with merger control, compliance issues and infringement procedures, and Yolanda Martínez, who is highly active in the public sector, where she is a key point of contact for those seeking assistance with bid rigging.

Practice head(s):

Diego Crespo; Yolanda Martínez

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Rating; Andrea Gutiérrez


‘Diego Crespo is a fantastic lawyer, with deep knowledge of competition Law and a strategic and practical approach, providing innovative and very practical solutions that can be transferred to business teams. He is also a very agile lawyer and involved in the issues from the first consultation.’

‘Andrea Gutiérrez stands out for her quick response to queries and support on all types of issues regarding competition and commercial law.’

‘The team is highly qualified, its technical qualification is excellent. It is a very imaginative team with great business vision and its availability and closeness make the difference. It is difficult to find such a complete device on the market that meets all these characteristics and, above all, at this level of quality – price.’

Key clients

Campofrio Food Group

Heineken España


Idilia Foods

Insud Pharma


La Liga

L’Oréal España

Suntory Schweppes

Unilever España

Work highlights

  • Advised Insud Pharma on an anticompetitive abuse of a dominant position case involving US multinational MSD.
  • Represented La Liga before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJUE) in Luxembourg as well as before the Spanish National Court in an oral hearing to discuss Case C-333/21.


Clients from a wide range of sectors, including the energy, telecoms, automotive and waste management industries, turn to MVA ASOCIADOS for its extensive competition expertise in domestic and cross-border matters. Singled out for its strong performance in cartel cases and investigations by the CNMC, the group is also adept in litigation before the Spanish courts, merger control, damages claims and compliance ‘Top competition lawyer’ Eduardo Abril steers the group, demonstrating a wealth of experience in regulatory issues, cartel cases, merger control and judicial proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Abril

Other key lawyers:

Antonio Robles; Beatriz Villalba


‘Eduardo Abril is technically solid, sharp and available. Top competition lawyer. His advice is pragmatic and strategically intelligent. We have total confidence in him.’

‘Antonio Robles is rigorous in his analysis. He knows all relevant precedents and how to apply them to the case at hand. Beatriz Villalba is always available, hardworking and smart.’

‘The practice of MVA Asociados is excellent because it combines deep and detailed knowledge with exceptional qualities of empathy and humanity, helping to make informed decisions. ’

Key clients

ACER (European Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators) and ACER’s Board of Appeal

ANESE, National Association of Energy Service Companies

FUNSEAM, Foundation for Energy and Environmental Sustainability

Mémora Servicios Funerarios, S.L.

BP Oil España

MAPLA (“Environment, Agriculture, Plastics” is an environmental association)


Eni Plenitude

Armando Álvarez Gorup


SEDIGAS (Spanish Gas Assotiation )

EDP España, S.A.

Yoid Identidad Digital, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Advising MAPLA on competition issues that arise from the implementation of the “collective system of extended producer responsibility” in the agricultural plastic sector and all the contracts to be implemented within the system.
  • Assisting MÉMORA with merger control on infringement procedures before competition authorities.
  • Assisting National Association of Energy Services Companies (ANESE) with the design, draft and subsequent approval and implementation of an antitrust compliance programme.


Praised by clients for its ability to ‘provide outstanding EU cross-border assistance’, Andersen  possesses significant experience in antitrust investigations, merger control filings and cartel cases. The ‘fantastic’ Isabel Martínez Moriel, who focuses on cartel investigations and proceedings and demonstrates notable strength in the IT sector, is at the helm of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Isabel Martínez Moriel


‘Knowledgeable team, able to provide outstanding EU cross-border assistance.’

‘Isabel Martínez Moriel is a fantastic person. She is a very likeable person and very competent.’

Key clients




Grupo Angal

Ágreda Retail

Truck Cartel Claimants

Work highlights

  • Advised Spanish publishers’ association CEDRO in relation to Google News Showcase and its compatibility with domestic and EU law.
  • Advised Ágreda Automovil, S.A. & Grupo CLC on merger control issues regarding the creation of a joint venture and the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Retail, S.A.U.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland draws upon its local expertise and international reach to offer clients assistance with high-profile cartel investigations and judicial appeals at the national and European level. Crisanto Pérez-Abad has deep experience in advising Spanish companies and multinationals on merger control; he is particularly active in the technology, pharmaceuticals, transport and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Crisanto Pérez-Abad

Other key lawyers:

María Rodríguez


‘Its relationship with people set the firm apart. The collaboration established with the Eversheds firm is excellent, its strong points are listening and flexibility.’

‘’Crisanto Pérez Abad’ is fully dedicated to the client’s competition matters.’

Key clients

Spanish Association of Private Railway Operator, the “AEFP”

Alquileres Barceló




Work highlights

  • Represented the Spanish Association of Private Railway Operator (AEFP) in a cartel agreement against RENFE and DEUTSCHE BAHN and abuse of dominance case against RENFE.
  • Representing CABELTE in a cartel case before the Supreme Court.
  • Assisted Orange with filing a civil claim for damages against companies condemned in the European Commission decision on the lithium batteries cartel case.


ONTIER is routinely called upon to assist clients with merger control issues, state aid and abuse of dominance issues. The ‘exceptional’ Francisco Cantos leads the group, demonstrating particular expertise in 'matters of competition compliance with an international focus'; he is also noted for his proficiency in state aid matters and antitrust litigation. Mariam Garcés is another key practitioner dedicated to competition law matters.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Cantos

Other key lawyers:

Mariam Garcés; Lucía Urdiales


‘High quality and closeness of professionals.’

‘Knowledge and availability – Francisco Cantos stands out.’

‘Francisco Cantos was a strategic ally in matters of competition compliance with an international focus and a strategic dynamism to mediate between two actors. His knowledge, discipline and methodology led the firm to be selected to work on a complex project with us.’

‘Ontier is very focused on meeting the needs of the client and treating them very closely.’

‘The team is on the permanent search for solutions for the client.’

‘Francisco Cantos is one of the greatest experts in Spain in competition law. He has more than 30 years of experience in top-level firms. He is exceptional technically and has a great business sense. He is always attentive to the client’s needs. He has formed the practice area in Ontier, training younger lawyers and creating a competitive and very powerful team.’

Key clients

IDB Invest

Boyacá / Logista

A major IT consultancy multinational

General Motors Corporation

Japan Tobacco International

Grupo Viamed Salud

Mercedes Benz’s car dealerships in the region of Madrid

Infrared Iberia Holdings S,L.

Work highlights

  • Advised Boyacá on Phase II merger control proceedings before the CNMC relating to its proposed joint-venture with Logista.

PwC Tax & Legal Services

PwC Tax & Legal Services has a wide-ranging competition and EU law practice, with significant experience in antitrust investigations, litigation and merger control proceedings. Clients from regulated industries, including pharmaceuticals, energy and construction, also retain the team in compliance matters. Alberto Escudero regularly assists with the implementation of compliance programmes and represents clients in judicial proceedings involving the infringement of competition rules. Michael Tuit is another name to note for the full array of competition law matters.

Practice head(s):

Alberto Escudero

Other key lawyers:

Michael Tuit; Rubén Gil


‘A high level of experience.’

‘Strong communication skills and can convey complex issues in an accurate and understandable manner to all levels of our organisation. They have extensive experience in the field of competition law, are committed and results-oriented.’

‘Alberto Escudero is an excellent asset for our daily life and for our company; he knows the business well, cares about keeping us updated on the latest regulatory issues as well as cases that may be useful or representative for our business.’

Key clients








Work highlights

  • Trained AELEC’s staff and members, providing analysis of relevant precedents, enforcement across Europe, and considering the evolving case-law, economic approach, and new EU competition rules.
  • Implemented a competition law compliance programme at Renault Spain.
  • Advised Suzuki on EU Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation (VABER) and the guidelines on vertical restraints relating to the compatibility of its current models of car dealership and aftersales contracts.

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

Working with a variety of Spanish corporates and well-known multinationals, Ramón y Cajal Abogados is ‘a firm that perfectly combines expertise in competition and EU law with procedural practice’. The team is particularly well placed to handle private enforcement cases and contentious matters, including appellate cases, before the national courts. Javier Salinas handles merger control work and judicial appeals. Former practice head Pedro Suarez and counsel Pablo González de Zárate left the firm in February 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Javier Salinas


‘Very client oriented and experienced team. Particular in-depth knowledge and experience in the field of private enforcement. Result oriented and proactive when it comes to identifying legal and strategic risks. Very nice team to work with.’

‘It is a firm that perfectly combines expertise in  competition and EU law with procedural practice. It is a very complete team, technically very good, up to date with any developments or news; they anticipate the client’s needs, are fully available at any time you require their services and close to the client. It is a stable team. ’

‘The Ramón y Cajal team carries out its activity very close to the client, personalising its attention. It demonstrates very good organisation and management.’

‘They provide very professional and friendly treatment to the client, working as a team and really understanding its internal and external reality.’

‘There is a great professional and multidisciplinary team that you can count on because they can do a 360-degree study of the case that arises in order to give the best advice.’

Key clients









Jez Sistemas Ferroviarios (“JEZ”)

Cartel Damage Claims



General Dynamics

Cinema Next





Meiji Pharma



Manufacturas Aura

Banco Santander



Work highlights

  • Instructed by more than 30 relevant corporate claimants to bring a second wave of damage claims in connection with the Paper Envelopes case, where the Spanish Supreme Court has recently confirmed compensation amounting to more than €5 m in total in relation to the first wave of claims.
  • Advised JEZ and one of its executives on the proceedings before the Spanish Supreme Court, which has fully upheld the Audiencia Nacional ruling which annulled the fine imposed by the CNMC in the Infraestructuras Ferroviarias case.
  • Defended the legality of the CNMC decision in the judicial proceedings before the Supreme Court following the successful complaint brought by CAIXABANK before the CNMC, which gave rise to its infringement decision against different bar associations in relation to the price scales issued on the calculation of litigation costs.


Trusted advisers to a host of leading national and international companies, RocaJunyent is a top choice for clients from across the banking, food, sports and transport sectors seeking assistance with contentious-administrative appeals and competition litigation. The team has strengthened its competition offering with the recent arrival of newly appointed practice head Gerard Pérez from DWF-RCD; he brings considerable experience in anti-competitive practices, merger control and damages claims. Elena Galán's focus lies on state aid and court sanctioning procedures.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Pérez

Other key lawyers:

Elena Galán


‘The professionalism and understanding of the client’s needs are exceptional.’

‘Professionalism, efficiency and clarity when presenting and resolving issues in this space. In particular, I would like to highlight the role and work of Gerard Pérez and the lawyer Elena Galán.’

Key clients

Plataforma Juego Limpio de Administradores de Loterías

Gaps. Politica I Societat Sl


Construcciones Gévora, S.A.

Futbol Club Barcelona

Iss Facility Services, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented Plataforma Juego Limpio de Administraciones de Loterías in its claim against the Spanish State Lottery Monopoly concerning an unfair competition practice.
  • Advised Gaps Politica I Societat, S. on court proceedings before the Spanish National Court of Appeal involving the challenging of a decision of the Spanish Competition Authority.
  • Assisted Plataforma Juego Limpio de Administraciones de Loterías with the appeal of the judgement of the Regional Appeal Court of Madrid before the Supreme Court.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP‘s antitrust and competition service offering was bolstered by the arrival of José Antonio de la Calle and Swedish-qualified Sanna Orkan in October 2023, following the integration of boutique firm DelaCalle Abogados. The firm now counts with a strong team of competition law specialists, who are skilled at handling a variety of mandates in this space, including merger control, damages claims, and litigation at the national and EU level. The group also provides assistance to clients with the design and implementation of European antitrust compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Sanna Orkan; José Antonio de la Calle

Key clients


A&G Private Bank

FSN Capital Partners

Electrolux AB

Median Unternehmensgruppe

Plukon Food Group

Rameder Anhängerkupplungen Und Autoteile

Snap-On Inc./ Snap-On Business Solutions

Tresmares Capital

Waterland Private Equity Invetments

Work highlights

  • Advised Waterland Private Equity and the Median Group on the acquisition of sole control over Hestia Group, providing representation in the merger control investigation before the CNMC.
  • Advised Tresmares and Qualitas on the acquisition of Avanzare Innovación Tecnológica and its subsidiaries.
  • Advised ANFAC on the antitrust implications of the Spanish Government’s incentive plan for electric and hybrid vehicle purchases to ensure compliance with regulations and promote fair competition in the market.