Compass Lexecon (Brussels)

Jorge Padilla

Compass Lexecon (Brussels)
Head of Compass Lexecon Europe

Dr. Jorge Padilla is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe. Dr. Padilla earned M. Phil and D. Phil degrees in Economics from the University of Oxford. He is Research Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI, Madrid) and teaches competition economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE) and at the TSE (Toulouse School of Economics). He has advised on various cases and given expert testimony before competition authorities and courts of several EU member states, as well as in cases before the European Commission. Dr. Padilla has submitted written testimony to the European General Court and the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal in cartel, merger control and abuse of dominance cases. He has also given expert testimony in various civil litigation (damages) and international arbitration cases. Dr. Padilla has written numerous papers on competition policy and industrial organization in the Antitrust Bulletin, the Antitrust Law Journal, the Economic Journal, the European Competition Journal, the European Competition Law Review, the European Economic Review, the Fordham International Law Journal, Industrial and Corporate Change, the International Journal of Industrial Organization, the Journal of Competition Law and Economics, the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, the Journal of Economic Theory, the RAND Journal of Economics, the Review of Financial Studies, the University of Chicago Law Review, and World Competition. He is also co-author of The Law and Economics of Article 102 TFEU, 2nd edition, Hart Publishing, 2013.


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Jorge Padilla 14 June 2019 Paris
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Jorge Padilla 11 June 2018 Paris
Jorge Padilla - 3 may 2017 - Brussels - Dinner in honour of Tommaso Valletti
Jorge Padilla 3 May 2017 Brussels


10958 Bulletin

Jorge Padilla A research report finds that setting open technology standards through voluntary participation in Standards Development Organisations results in innovative and competitive industries


Economic Impact of Technology Standards: The past and the road ahead - Key Findings* Our research has shown that industries based on open technology standards, agreed through voluntary participation in industry bodies, have an impressive record of innovation. We looked in particular at the (...)

Damien Neven, Jorge Padilla The EU Court of Justice reverses the General Court’s decision in an abuse of dominance case against a Big Tech company in the market for processors and rules that rebates should be judged under the rule of reason (Intel)


Roundtable Discussion on the ECJ ruling in Intel* On 6 September 2017, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) issued a landmark judgment where it set aside the judgment of the General Court (“GC”) in the highly debated Intel matter. This judgment is of particular significance because it provides (...)

Jorge Padilla, Luis Agosti The Spanish Competition Authority fines €2,5M an electricity producer for abusive prices in the electricity generation schedules adjustment market (Viesgo Generación)


On December 2006, the Spanish Antitrust Court, TDC, imposed a fine to Enel Viesgo: 2,5 million €. According to the TDC, Enel Viesgo has abused its dominant position in the electricity generation schedules adjustment market by setting excessively high prices (Mercado de restricciones). This (...)

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Oliver Budzinski, Antón Garcia, Robby Houben, David Jubete Blanco, Valerio Mancini, Tommaso Marazzi, Jorge Padilla, Albert Riera, Stephen Weatherill The future of sport governance in Europe (Brussels, 13 January 2023)


On 13 January 2023, Concurrences held a conference in Brussels on «The future of sport governance in Europe». Important topics were discussed such as the interpretation of Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in the sports sector, the conclusions of Advocate General (...)

Oles Andriychuk, Diane Coyle, David J. Gerber, Pier Luigi Parcu, Amelia Fletcher, Jorge Padilla, Salvatore Piccolo, Philip Lowe, Maurits J. F. M. Dolmans, Daniel Zimmer, Juliane Kokott, Ariel Ezrachi, Maurice Stucke, Svend Albaek, Hanna Schröder Competition Overdose: Exploring the Limitations, searching for the treatment


In this On-Topic issue we have invited prominent competition lawyers and economists – from academic, judicial, enforcement and practice sides of the profession – to discuss a book by two leading antitrust thinkers. The book ’Competition Overdose: How Free Market Mythology Transformed Us from (...)

Leman Hilal Öztürk, Gönenç Gürkaynak, Hakan Demirkan, Jorge Padilla, Salvatore Piccolo, Joe Perkins, Paul Reynolds, Frédéric de Bure Competition policy in the post-COVID 19 economy: what to do of zombification risks? (New frontiers of antitrust, 10 June 2021)


Table of contents: The zombie threat in the post-Covid-19 economy: Competition policy implications, Frédéric de Bure, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Paris How can merger control serve de-zombification?, Gönenç Gürkaynak, Founding Partner, ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law, Istanbul (...)

Richard S. Taffet, Marc Rysman, Katie Glynn, Jonathan M. Jacobson, Linda Cenedella, Joanna Christoforou, Nicholas Pellow, Jon R. Roellke, Jorge Padilla, Albert Riera, Xavier Vives, Rainer Schwabe Tech’s Impact on Financial Services Competition


Technology’s impact on competition in the financial services sector is profound. It has changed the competitive landscape by laying the ground for new financial products and services offered by traditional banks, fintechs and big tech. This has created new issues for antitrust enforcement and (...)

Jorge Padilla, Nicolas Petit Competition policy and the Covid-19 opportunity


This short paper argues that the Covid-19 crisis provides an opportunity for improvements in long term growth in the EU by allowing the exit of zombie firms that trap industries into low productivity cycles, limited technology diffusion, and weak economic dynamism. To seize this opportunity, (...)

Jorge Padilla, Koren W. Wong-Ervin An economic approach to antitrust analysis of discriminatory licensing, grantbacks and cross-licenses, no-challenge clauses, and patent thickets


Antitrust enforcement involving intellectual property rights - particularly standard-essential patents - continues to receive significant global attention, including most recently by OECD member countries at the June 2019 OECD Competition Committee meetings. This Article provides an economic (...)

James Killick, Jorge Padilla, Josef Drexl Standard setting organizations and processes: Challenges and opportunities for competition and innovation (New Frontiers of Antitrust, 15 June 2015, Paris)


In this roundtable, speakers discuss the challenges and opportunities that the standard setting organizations and processes represent for competition and innovation. First, Josef Drexl’s introductory remarks focus on defining the scope of the roundtable. In the second contribution, Jorge Padilla (...)

Jorge Padilla, Olivier d’Ormesson, Raphaël De Coninck Quantifying damages in civil proceedings: Can economists and should competition authorities help? (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference - Paris, 11 February 2011)


La deuxième table-ronde de la conférence New Frontiers of Antitrust du 11 février 2011 à Paris est dédiée à la quantification des dommages dans les procedures civiles. Raphael de Coninck, membre de l’équipe du chef économiste de la Commission européenne, présente dans la première contribution, plusieurs (...)

Allan Fels, Frédéric Jenny, Henry Ergas, John Fingleton, Jorge Padilla, Mark Armstrong Behavioural economics: Questioning the foundations of antitrust? (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference - 15th February 2010 - Panel II)


Behavioural economics: Questioning the foundations of antitrust? Introduction Frédéric JENNY President, OECD Competition Committee President of the International board of the Review Concurrences Professor, Co-Director of the Centre Européen de Droit et d’Economie, ESSEC, Paris 1. Ladies and (...)

Jorge Padilla Merger control & credit crunch


Should merger control take account of the current economic and financial crisis? While there are no credible reasons to support a more or less lenient policy, it is important to recognise that the credit crunch may have an impact on (a) the merger rationale, (b) the pro- and anti-competitive (...)


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