Clifford Chance LLP

Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Frontrunning competition practice with a stellar bench advising leading clients from the aviation, telecommunication and technology industries. Acts at an international level on a wide range of EU and Spanish competition law matters, supported by a substantial network of offices across multiple jurisdictions. Provides expertise across the full range of competition mandates from merger filing to appealing fines before the local and Supreme courts for anti-competitive practices. Abuse of dominance and cartel investigations remain a key part of the firm's practice and they  defend the interests of global corporates that are the subject of EC sector inquiries.

Strengths Clients enthuse that the lawyers are "technically excellent and always available; the work is impeccable."

Interviewees find additional value in the team's "technical rigour, knowledge of the business and transparency."

Work highlights Successfully represented Telefónica in the annulment of a EUR47 million fine before the Supreme Court, relating to a sanction imposed by the CNMC in an abuse of dominance investigation.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent"
Begoña Barrantes
rises in the rankings this year after receiving ample praise from interviewees, with one reporting: "She is a very good lawyer and has a lot of European law expertise." Her practice encompasses a wide range of EU and competition cases including state aid issues, and distribution and merger control proceedings. She also provides expertise representing clients in complaints before the EC and appealing CNMC fines before the Appellate Court.

Senior associate
Belén Irissarry
joins the rankings after impressing clients and peers alike. A client describes her as "intelligent and proactive,"while another interviewee reports: "It is very impressive the level of knowledge she has." She routinely assists clients from regulated sectors such as energy and telecommunication, with local and EU competition matters.

Leading practitioner
Miguel Odriozola
draws notable praise from clients, who say: "He is a great lawyer and one of the best in competition in Spain." He has particular expertise in alliance agreements and merger control cases arising from the aviation industry, as well as behavioural matters such as abuse of dominance cases or cartel investigations. He has additionally strong capabilities assisting clients with challenging CNMC decisions and filing complaints before the EC.