Region: Spain


Featured in GCR 100 2022

Spain’s National Commission of Markets and Competition keeps the local antitrust bar on its toes with multiple high-profile cartel probes and a resulting abundance of appeals, although clients also call on firms for EU-wide matters.

10 December 2021

Spain fines real estate database companies for software collusion

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has fined two real estate companies and five software developers for imposing minimum commission rates through an online database, although the agency dropped allegations that they used algorithms to fix prices.

09 December 2021

Hollywood film distributors settle antitrust probe in Spain

Hollywood’s biggest film distributors have promised not to share confidential information about their movie premieres with audience measurement companies, settling an investigation by Spain’s competition authority.

11 October 2021

Spain hits rail network sector with second major fine

Spain’s competition authority has fined seven rail and communications companies as well as 10 executives a combined €127.8 million for bid-rigging, in the latest of two major fines imposed on the rail network market since 2019.

04 October 2021

Pérez Llorca strengthens in Madrid

Pablo Figueroa has joined Pérez Llorca as a partner in Madrid, after stepping down from his role as the head of Garrido Abogados’ competition group.

22 September 2021

Spain doles out €61 million fines for rigging road service tenders

Spain’s competition authority has fined 12 infrastructure companies €61.2 million for rigging bids that handed them 63% of the nation’s overall road network budget.

20 August 2021

Spain accuses Telefónica of violating merger conditions

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has accused Telefónica of violating the conditions of a 2015 merger agreement by entering into an exclusive streaming deal and preventing mobile customers from switching service providers.

13 August 2021

Spanish court upholds dawn raids on Philip Morris

A Spanish court has confirmed that the country’s antitrust enforcer was entitled to raid Philip Morris in 2017 as part of an information-sharing investigation that ended with the tobacco company being ordered to pay a €15 million fine.

11 August 2021

Messi transfer would be illegal under EU competition rules, complaint alleges

A complaint lodged on behalf of fans of FC Barcelona to the European Commission has claimed that footballer Lionel Messi’s expected transfer to Paris Saint-Germain FC breaches EU competition and state aid rules.

09 August 2021

Spanish watchdog appoints new competition director

Spain’s National Commission of Markets and Competition has announced that María Luisa Tierno Centella, currently deputy head of cartels at the European Commission, will be taking over as its new competition director.

06 August 2021

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