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Uría Menéndez

Competition/European Law

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What the team is known for

Pre-eminent law firm with a highly acclaimed competition practice with offices in both Spain and Brussels. Provides strong expertise assisting clients with cartel investigations, from dawn raids to the subsequent appeals before the CNMC and leniency applications. Has proven capacity to handle high-value global mergers in heavily consolidated sectors, including stand-out mandates for financial services clients. Also offers expertise representing clients in damages claims, state aid cases and preliminary rulings before the ECJ. Client roster includes blue-chip clients from the financial services, telecommunication and automotive sectors.

Strengths

"They have a quick and good understanding of the issues," clients state, further explaining: "This is due to the fact that they put in effort to understand the client's business."

Further clients attest that "the lawyers give you this feeling of trust and the solutions are always perfect."

Work highlights

Assisted CaixaBank with the planned acquisition of Bankia by means of merger and its pending authorisation by the CNMC.

Notable practitioners

Alfonso Gutiérrez is called on by clients for advice on complex merger control proceedings, dawn raids and investigations launched by the CNMC. His expertise further includes competition issues related to divestments. He frequently advises clients in the pharmaceutical, tourism and manufacturing sectors.

Antonio Guerra has a broad practice that takes in merger control proceedings, investigations, leniency applications and challenging decisions imposed by the CNMC. He often assists clients from the media, construction and automotive sectors.

Edurne Navarro Varona leads the firm's Brussels office, advising a broad array of clients on merger control, distribution procedures, state aid and cartel investigations.

Jaime Folguera Crespo is highly renowned for his longstanding activity in the competition sphere, where he offers support on merger control proceedings and the creation of joint ventures. "He is absolutely outstanding, he knows everything," clients remark.

Patricia Vidal "is very passionate about her job and her practice, and when arguing in court she is always right and on top of everything," her clients say. She has particular visibility at handling damage claims, merger control procedures and sanctioning proceedings.

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Overview

In today’s global economy, the proactive management of risks related to competitive practices and antitrust is a key factor in the strategy of companies that are determined to strengthen their market position.

Our specialist lawyers share an in-depth understanding of the regulations and leverage extensive experience liaising with the competition authorities and advising our clients on how to realise their business strategies.

In a constantly changing environment, we offer advice that is technically sound and guaranteed to be of the highest quality, both on the traditional strategic sectors and the new digital economy.

We advise our clients on all areas of competition law:

- Cartels and other collusive conduct.
- Abuse of dominant positions.
- Merger control.
- Follow-on claims.
- State aid.
- Preventive advice on competition matters and compliance programmes.

Competition/European Law

Uría Menéndez

firm
Location

c/Príncipe de Vergara, 187

Plaza de Rodrigo Uria

Madrid

Madrid

Spain

28002

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Spain

Competition/European Law


Alfonso Gutiérrez
Band 1
Antonio Guerra
Band 2
Jaime Folguera Crespo
Senior Statespeople
Patricia Vidal
Band 2

Competition/European Law: Lawyers Based Abroad


Edurne Navarro Varona
Expertise based abroad in Belgium