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

Uría Menéndez
PRÍNCIPE DE VERGARA 187
PLAZA RODRÍGUEZ URÍA
28002 MADRID
Spain

Work Department

Competition and EU Law.

Career

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.

Languages

English; French.

Memberships

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.

Education

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

Lawyer Rankings

Spain > EU and competition

(Leading individuals)

Patricia VidalUría Menéndez

Operating from Madrid and Brussels, Uría Menéndez is widely recognised as a leading practice in the field of competition. Excelling in cartel investigations and merger filings before the CNMC, the large practice headed by Antonio Guerra also shows great dexterity handling state aid, as well as damages claims, thanks to the firm’s renowned litigation capabilities. Other key members of the team include senior market expert Jaime Folguera Crespo; Alfonso Gutiérrez Hernández, who is highly experienced in the pharmaceutical sector; skilled litigator Patricia Vidal; Edurne Navarro, who heads the Brussels office; Tomás Arranz, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2021 and has experience leading the negotiation of complex remedies before the CNMC; and senior associates Cristina Areces and Jokin Beltrán.

Spain > Industry focus: Retail

Uría Menéndez is valued by clients for its ‘in-depth knowledge of regulations’, and for its ‘dedication and passion’, which translates into ‘creative advice’. The firm stands out for its multidisciplinary expertise in a variety of business sectors, and the retail practice works particularly closely with the food and beverage sub-group. Borja Sainz de Aja, Patricia Vidal and Ramiro Rivera head the well-rounded team, which operates from Madrid and Barcelona, regularly advising a wide range of distributors, producers and retailers from the consumer goods, fashion, food, toys and jewellery sectors.

Spain > Industry focus: Manufacturing

An ‘excellent team on all fronts’ says a client about the sizable practice at Uría Menéndez, which comprises lawyers from several practice areas including corporate and commercial, administrative and regulatory, intellectual property, competition and litigation. Recently, the practice has taken part in large financing and M&A transactions in the industrial and manufacturing sector, as in the case of its advice to Cemex on the sale of its global white cement business to Cimsa. Patricia Vidal, a leading lawyer in the ‘field of competition applied to the manufacturing sector‘; Teresa Paz-Ares; Tomás Arranz; and counsel Jaime Calvo Retuerto are active members of the practice.