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

Uría Menéndez
28002 MADRID
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Work Department

EU Law and International Trade, Competition.


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

Her practice focuses mainly on EU law and Spanish and EU competition law, with a special emphasis on competition litigation before the Spanish and EU courts. She has extensive 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. In recent years she has become a leader in antitrust damages litigation in Spain, defending clients in cases involving mass litigation.

Patricia is a regular lecturer on EU and competition law and for ten years has been the academic director of an LLM at the Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE). She has also written several articles and books on competition law and is the only Spanish member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the Global Competition Review.


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 > EU and competition

(Leading individuals)

Patricia VidalUría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez‘s team stands out for its ‘excellence, professionalism, intelligence and accessibility’. The firm covers the spectrum of EU law and competition matters, from merger control and cartel investigations to abuse of dominant position and state aid. The practice also has experience in the damages field, drawing on the firm’s litigation expertise. Jaime Folguera is active in proceedings before the European Commission and the Spanish Competition Authority, as well as before the EU and Spanish courts. He co-leads the team with the ‘committed, reliable and trustworthyAntonio Guerra, who has ‘deep knowledge of antitrust law, processes and business’ and ‘extraordinarily good communication skills’. Also notable are Patricia Vidal, who focuses on cartel cases before the Spanish and EU authorities, and senior associate Tomás Arranz, whose expertise includes real estate, construction, insurance, banking and retail distribution.

Spain > Industry focus: Retail

The retail team at Uría Menéndez includes partners from the firm’s corporate, intellectual property, competition, litigation and regulatory groups. The practice is led by EU law and competition specialist Patricia VidalRamiro Rivera, who is head of the firm’s securitisation working group; and Borja Sainz de Aja, who focuses on intellectual property and unfair competition. Rivera recently advised Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación on a proposed €600m share capital increase. Other highlights include representing Philip Morris Spain before the CNMC, the Spanish competition regulator.

Spain > Industry focus: Manufacturing

Uría Menéndez’s manufacturing practice group is made up of partners with corporate, intellectual property, competition, litigation, environmental, criminal and regulatory expertise. EU and competition expert Patricia Vidal, intellectual property specialist José Massaguer, and Teresa Paz-Ares, who focuses on M&A and corporate governance, co-lead the team. Recent highlights include advising Grupo Ferroatlántica, which produces ferroalloys, silicon and hydroelectric power, on its sale to a vehicle controlled by TPG Sixth Street Partners.

Spain > Industry focus: Food

Uría Menéndez’s food and beverage practice group includes partners with corporate, IP, competition, litigation, criminal and regulatory experience. The team focuses on transactional work in the sector, including debt restructurings and M&A. Headed by joint venture, mergers and spin-offs expert Elena Úbeda, who frequently advises French and Belgian clients, the team also includes competition litigation and EU law specialist Patricia Vidal. Recent highlights include advising on the strategic deal and master franchise global alliance between Telepizza Group and Pizza Hut International.