MLAB Abogados

Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for Revered boutique firm with a long-standing expertise advising clients from the Spanish market and abroad on competition law issues. Team benefits from a particular prowess in behavioural matters such as abuse of dominance cases and cartel investigations. Assists with unfair competition claims, compliance mandates and infringement proceedings before the CNMC and the European Commission. Expertise further extends to advising clients on general regulatory strategies, as well as administrative procedures related to licensing and public service obligations.

Strengths Sources commend the practice as "a fantastic firm that has all the reputation and prestige in the area."

Clients value the lawyers' "solidity, flexibility and knowledge of the business."

Work highlights Represented Orange Spain in an appeal before the Supreme Court against the imposition of a EUR29.5 million fine for abuse of a collective dominant position.

Notable practitioners

"Top competition lawyer"
Helmut Brokelmann
has specialist expertise in follow-on damages claims and appeal proceedings before the Spanish and European competition authorities. His activity further extends to providing competition advice on joint venture agreements, as well as CNMC investigations into dominant positions and anti-competitive agreements.

Sources affirm that
Paloma Martínez-Lage
"has a lot of experience in the area and a good knowledge of the market."She routinely assists with abuse of dominance cases and pricing investigations. She also represents clients in administrative infringement proceedings and subsequent appeals before the CNMC and the EC.

Highly renowned partner
Rafael Allendesalazar Corcho
gets ample praise from interviewees for his expertise, and routinely represents public and private entities before the Supreme Court and the ECJ. His practice further encompasses assisting clients with annulment proceedings, unfair competition claims and regulatory appeals before the High Court.

Seasoned practitioner
Santiago Martínez Lage
is commended by sources, who describe him as "a very reputable lawyer who has been in the market for a long time."He offers long-standing experience representing clients before the European Commission and the CNMC.