Rafael Allendesalazar

Martinez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann (Madrid)
Lawyer (Partner)

Rafael Allendesalazar is Managing Partner of Martínez Lage, Allendesalazar & Brokelmann, which he founded in 1985 with Santiago Martínez Lage. Over more than 30 years he has advised and represented numerous companies as well as public and private bodies, before competition authorities and before the Spanish and EU courts and tribunals in sectors such as consumer goods, professional associations, copyright collecting societies, energy, fuel distribution, telecommunications, media, automotive distribution, finance and credit cards, and the new digital platform economy. Rafael was also editor of the Gaceta Jurídica de la Unión Europea y de la Competencia (‘EU and Competition Law Gazette’) and correspondent for the European Competition Law Review, and has published numerous articles relating to different aspects of the application of EU and Competition Law. He regularly delivers classes and seminars at universities and other public and private institutions both in Spain and abroad. He is sitting President of the Spanish Association for the Defense of Competition.

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Paloma Martínez-Lage, Rafael Allendesalazar Spain: The Spanish Supreme Court annuls an unannounced inspection carried out by the Spanish Competition Authority, as the agents refused to reveal whether they held a judicial authorization, thus breaching the principles of loyalty, good faith and transparency required from the Administration and the undertakings during dawn raids, and introducing a flaw which annuls the consent obtained from the undertaking concerned (Repsol)

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In a Judgement of 17 September 2018 (appeal n° 2922/2016), the Spanish Supreme Court has overturned the Judgement of 21 July 2016 of the Audiencia Nacional (appeal n° 482/2013) which had dismissed the appeal lodged by Repsol, S.A. against the decision of the former Spanish competition authority (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage, Rafael Allendesalazar Spain: The Spanish Supreme Court confirms the annulment of a decision amending a Statement of Objections and establishes that broadening the time scope of the alleged infringement is not a correction of a material error but a modification of the facts of the accusation, which is not permitted by law (Nestlé España)

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By Judgement of 24 July 2018, issued in appeal n° 2665/2016, the Supreme Court has confirmed the Judgement of 11 July 2016 of the Audiencia Nacional (appeal n° 343/14) deciding on the appeal by Nestlé España S.A. against the decision of the Council of the Spanish Competition Authority (the “CNMC”) (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage, Rafael Allendesalazar Spain: The Spanish Competition Authority fines five media agencies for an information exchange with the aim of sharing the market of public tenders for advertising (Media agencies)

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Par décision du 7 mai 2018 adoptée dans l’affaire S/0584/16, Agences Médias, l’autorité espagnole de la concurrence (ci-après “CNMC”) a infligé aux agences Carat España SAU, Inteligencia y Media, Media Sapiens Spain SL et Persuade Comunicación SA des amendes dont le montant total avoisine 7 millions (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage, Rafael Allendesalazar Spain: The Spanish Supreme Court reimposes a fine imposed by the Competition Authority on an association in the tangerine sector (Club de variedades vegetales protegidas)

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Par décision du 4 juillet 2013, l’Autorité espagnole de la concurrence (ci-après “CNMC”) imposa à l’association Club de variedades vegetales protegidas (ci-après “CVVP”) une sanction de 4 974 027 euros pour une infraction à l’article 1 de la Loi de Défense de la Concurrence (ci-après “LDC”) ainsi qu’à (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain: The Spanish Competition Authority fines four banks for fixing prices of interest rates of financial derivative instruments (Caixabank, Banco Santander, Banco Sabadell, BBVA)

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Par décision du 13 février 2018 adoptée dans l’affaire S/DC/0579/16, Instruments Dérivés Financiers, l’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole (ci-après “CNMC”) a sanctionné les banques Caixabank, Banco Santander, Banco Sabadell et BBVA avec des amendes pour un total de 91 millions d’euros pour une infraction (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain: The Spanish Competition Authority imposes commitments on the main owners of football TV rights in Spain, putting an end to competition concerns on the market of wholesale marketing of premium TV channels (Mediapro Fútbol)

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Par décision du 7 février 2018 adoptée dans l’affaire S/DC/0604/17, Mediapro Fútbol, l’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole (ci-après “CNMC”) a imposé à Mediaproducción, S.L. (ci-après “Mediapro”), le principal détenteur et gestionnaire de droits de football en Espagne, certains engagements pour mettre fin à (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain: The Spanish Supreme Court confirms the annulment of the Spanish Competition Authority’s decision which fined the public postal operator for an abuse of dominant position (margin squeeze) (Correos)

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Par un arrêt du 5 février 2018, la Cour suprême espagnole a confirmé l’arrêt de l’Audiencia Nacional du 1er juillet 2015 (recours nº 118/2014) qui annula la décision de l’Autorité de la concurrence (ci-après “CNMC”) du 21 janvier 2014 (affaire S/0373/11, Correos 2) qui avait sanctionné Correos, l’opérateur (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain: The Audiencia Nacional annuls a Spanish Competition Authority’s decision which sanctioned a cartel in the waste management and urban sanitation sector (Recuperaciones Antonio Pérez Andreu e Hijos)

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Par un arrêt du 28 décembre de 2017 rendu dans le cadre du recours nº 93/2015 (un parmi une longue liste d’arrêts rendus le même jour, ainsi que d’autres rendus en janvier et février 2018), l’Audiencia Nacional a annulé la décision de l’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole (ci-après “CNMC”) du 8 janvier (...)

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