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

Uría Menéndez is praised for its ‘high degree of technical competence combined with the ability and willingness to understand the business and the client’s issue‘. The team has a large market share in both merger filings and cartel investigations before the CNMC, where it regularly acts for leading players in the telecoms, transport, consumer goods and financial services sectors, among others. Combining its traditional strengths in litigation with its competition law expertise, the firm also has a strong damages litigation practice. Jaime Folguera, who previously led the firm’s Brussels office, and Antonio Guerra, who has previous experience working at the CNMC, jointly lead the practice. Patricia Vidal, Edurne Navarro and senior associate Tomás Arranz also receive praise.

Spain > Insurance

Uría Menéndez combines ‘experience and mastery in the regulatory and legal fields, with a transversal vision of accounting and financial issues’, which allows the insurance team to provide a ‘very high-quality service, standing out among its peers’. The practice is particularly known for insurance M&A, value-in-force monetisation transactions, cross-border deals and bancassurance work, as well as the restructuring of insurance businesses. Guillermo San Pedro leads the team and has ‘extensive experience in insurance M&A operations’, among other areas. Competition and EU Law expert Patricia Vidal and senior associate Jaime del Fraile, who has ‘experience, strength and talent’, are also names to note.

Spain > Industry focus: Retail

Uría Menéndez advises a broad range of producers, distributors and retailers in the fashion, consumer goods, toys, food and jewellery sectors. Multi-disciplinary lawyers in the firm’s Barcelona and Madrid offices collaborate to assist clients in M&A and other corporate transactions, as well as litigation and general corporate and commercial law matters. Patricia Vidal advises retail companies on competition and EU law; Borja Sainz de Aja focuses on patents, trade marks, industrial designs and copyright; and Ramiro Rivera handles domestic and cross-border capital markets and finance deals.

Spain > Industry focus: Manufacturing

The manufacturing practice group at Uría Menéndez fields corporate, IP, data privacy, environmental, competition and litigation experts; the multi-disciplinary team acts for manufacturers of cars, pharmaceutical products and heavy equipment, as well as investors looking to acquire companies in the heavy industry or automotive sectors. In competition law, Patricia Vidal is a ‘deep expert in industrial sectors‘ and Jaime Folguera is a ‘national and international reference in his field‘. José Massaguer and Teresa Paz-Ares are other names to note.