Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann Abogados

Competition/European Law Department

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What the team is known for In-demand boutique that advises on all aspects of Spanish and EU competition law, with recognised prowess in behavioural matters such as abuse of dominance cases or cartel investigations. Assists with third-party complaints to competition authorities and defends major corporate clients in high-value follow-on litigation mandates. Also assists with merger control notifications and distribution issues. Experienced in representing clients from a range of sectors, with an enviable client roster featuring prominent names from the publishing, automotive and retail industries.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyer for being "very knowledgeable about competition matters both in terms of administrative processes and legal proceedings, and they develop a close relationship with the client."

The team is hailed for its "availability, thorough study of issues, personal immediacy and quality of work."

Work highlights Represented Inditex in an EC investigation initiated by the Task Force Digital Single Market of DG COMP.

Notable practitioners

The "very straightforward, business-oriented and very knowledgeable" Helmut Brokelmann advises important clients from the TMT, life sciences and energy sectors on a wide array of competition issues. He demonstrated his skills in assistance to Laudamotion with a merger clearance procedure before the CNMC relating to its acquisition of the assets of Niki. His areas of expertise extend to follow-on damages claims and appeal proceedings, before both Spanish and European authorities. Sources further underline his "extensive knowledge" of competition law.

The "young and dynamic" Paloma Martínez Lage is endorsed for her expertise and approach to clients, who hail from the telecoms, aviation and consumer goods sectors. She plays a key role in abuse of dominant position cases, pricing investigations and transactional operations.

The "fantastic" Rafael Allendesalazar Corcho draws praise for his technical expertise and is highly respected in the market. He is active in matters relating to the consumer goods, e-commerce and financial services sectors, including public and private entities, and has expertise representing them at the Supreme Court and the ECJ. His practice includes appealing against CNMC decisions and assisting with investigations. He demonstrated his prowess by successfully representing Procter & Gamble before the CNMC in a cartel investigation concerning the adult incontinence product market.

Santiago Martínez Lage is considered to be "the pioneer practitioner of antitrust law in Spain." His experience includes representing clients before the EC and the Spanish authorities in various competition matters. He has further expertise in arbitration proceedings.