Mrs Patricia Vidal > Uría Menéndez > Madrid, Spain > Lawyer Profile

Uría Menéndez
28002 MADRID

Work Department

Competition and EU Law.


Patricia Vidal joined Uría Menéndez in 1996 and she is a partner of the firm since 2015.

For the last 23 years her practice mainly refers to EU law and EU and Spanish Competition Law, with special focus in competition litigation before the Spanish and the EU courts. She has a wide experience in merger control (including multijurisdictional filings) and national and international cartel cases (including leniency programs). She also has vast experience in international agreements (purchasing/selling strategic alliances), 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 has been for 10 years academic director of an LLM at the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE). She has written several articles and books on Competition Law.

She is the Elected Chairman of the Spanish Association for the Defence of Competition.


English; French.


Madrid Bar Association; Spanish Association for the Study of European Law (AEDEUR); Spanish Association for the Defence of Competition (AEDC). Member of the board since 2014; European Competition Lawyers Forum (ECLF), participating in several working groups and papers produced for the European Commission; American Bar Association.


Law Degree, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 1994; LL.M. in EU Law (European Business Law), Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge-Chelmsford, 1995.

Lawyer Rankings

Spain > Industry focus: Retail

Clients highlight the ‘knowledge, work capacity, closeness and availability’ of the retail team at Uría Menéndez, which is comprised of lawyers specialised in commercial, IP, competition and regulatory law. Focused on the fashion, luxury goods, food and beverages sectors, the group is also skilled at assisting with distribution and e-commerce issues. EU and competition law specialist Patricia Vidal jointly oversees the practice with Borja Sainz de Aja, who is adept in IP, distribution and advertising matters.

Spain > EU and competition

(Leading individuals)

Patricia VidalUría 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.


Spain > Industry focus: Manufacturing

Clients, who often come from the food and beverages, automotive, construction and healthcare sectors, turn to Uría Menéndez for its ‘large team of excellent litigators’, corporate, competition, IP and regulatory specialists. In the Madrid office Borja Sainz de Aja is the trusted adviser to national and foreign companies seeking litigation advice, Teresa Paz-Ares leads the firm’s health law practice and is skilled in transactional matters, while Patricia Vidal, who possesses a strong background in EU and competition law, is well versed in cartel proceedings. The Barcelona office is home to Jaime Calvo who brings over two decades’ experience in public law and environmental matters.