Organisation: National Commission on Markets and Competition (Spain)

Spain dawn raids haircare company over RPM

Spain’s competition authority has dawn raided an unnamed company in the haircare products market over resale price maintenance concerns, 12 years after its predecessor agency sanctioned eight companies in the sector €51 million for collusion.

02 June 2023

Spain opens another probe into suspected Telefónica commitment breach

Spain’s antitrust enforcer is investigating whether Telefónica ignored its order to modify a Formula 1 broadcasting agreement with DAZN that the agency suspects violated a 2015 merger agreement.

04 May 2023

EU Damages Directive does not apply to contractual disputes, ECJ rules

Private actions seeking to nullify contracts for infringing antitrust rules cannot rely on the EU Damages Directive, but can still use decisions from competition authorities as strong rebuttable presumptions of wrongdoing, the European Court of Justice has held.

20 April 2023

Spain raids travel agencies

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has raided several unnamed companies in the travel agency sector as part of an investigation into the alleged rigging of bids for government contracts.

17 April 2023

EU launches in-depth probe into four-to-three Orange/MasMovil deal

The European Commission has opened a Phase II probe into a joint venture between Orange and MasMovil, while still deciding whether to refer the transaction to Spain’s antitrust enforcer.

04 April 2023

CRA promotes in London

Charles River Associates has promoted Uğur Akgün and Vicki Mertzanidou to vice president in London.

30 March 2023

Spain launches Google news publishing probe

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has opened an investigation into Google for allegedly abusing its dominance by imposing unfair commercial conditions on domestic publishers and news agencies that aim to exploit the use of their copyrighted content.

29 March 2023

Top Spanish court overturns tobacco cartel raid

Spain’s Supreme Court has annulled the national antitrust enforcer’s raid on cigarette manufacturer Altadis as part of an information-sharing cartel investigation, two years after a lower court confirmed a search on another company in the same probe was lawful.

21 March 2023

Spain slaps second fine on Telefónica for merger commitments breach

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has ordered Telefónica to pay a €6 million penalty for violating the conditions of a 2015 merger agreement, six months after fining the company €5 million for breaching different commitments attached to the same deal.

10 March 2023

MLAB and Baker Botts add new partners in Europe

MLAB Abogados has rehired Robert Vallina as a partner in Madrid, while Baker Botts has promoted Adam Dawson to its partnership in Brussels and Dina Jubrail to special counsel in London.

03 March 2023

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