Cani Fernández is the President of the National Commission for Markets and Competition. She Graduated in Law with merit from the University of Zaragoza in 1986 and has obtained a Special Degree in European Law for the Free University of Brussels in 1987, with Great Distinction. In 1986 she was awarded with the NATO Fellowship Program. Between 1987 and February 2020, she worked as a lawyer in private practice specialized in EU and Competition Law. She also taught those topics at prestigious Spanish and foreign universities such as Toulouse School of Economics, McGeorge University of the Pacific, Carlos III University, Autonomous University of Barcelona and Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, among others. From 1993 to 1997 she was référendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union. She was the first woman to be appointed as a Co-Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA). In addition, she held the position of Vice-chair of the Economics Committee of the Antitrust Section at the American Bar Association (ABA), Officer of the International Cartel Task Force of the ABA Antitrust Section, and member of the IBA LPD Council. She was also a Non Governmental Advisor (NGA) of the EU Commission and the National Commission for Markets and Competition before the International Competition Network (ICN). Among her many distinctions awarded for her professional practice stands out her recognition as one of the 30 best specialists in Competition/Antitrust worldwide in the Best of the Best category of the Expert Guides year after year; her recognition as one of the "100 Women in Antitrust Worldwide" by Global Competition Review (GCR). In 2018 and 2019 Chambers named her "Star Individual" in her specialty in Spain. She is the first woman to obtain the “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession” award by Chambers. In 2020 she was appointed President of the Spanish National Commission for Markets and Competition. Since January 2021 she is member of the OECD Competition Committee Bureau. Additionally, she is the author of numerous publications in the area of Competition and EU Law, and a regular speaker on these matters. She has practiced and lectured EU and Competition Law since 1989. She was référendaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union. The first woman appointed as Co-Chair of the IBA Antitrust Committee, she also held the position of Vice-chair of the Economics Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section, Officer of the International Cartel Task Force of the ABA Antitrust Section, and member of the IBA LPD Council. She was also an NGA of the EU Commission and the CNMC before the ICN. Recognized year after year as one of the 30 best specialists in Competition/Antitrust worldwide in the Best of the Best category of the Expert Guides. GCR recognized her as one of the "100 Women in Antitrust Worldwide". In 2018 and 2019 Chambers named her "Star Individual" in her specialty in Spain. She is the first woman awarded with the “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession” by Chambers.
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We are delighted to contribute once again a foreword to the Concurrences’ special issue on Dominance in the Telecommunications Sector. We participated to this Bulletin for the first time in 2013, and later updated it to cover the EU and national case law until 2015; this implied the analysis of around 190 cases summaries on European and national decisions before administrative bodies and courts concerning the application of article 102 of the Treaty (TFEU) and the corresponding national provisions in the telecoms sector.
This article has been nominated for the 2014 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. It is an honor for us to write this updated introduction to a special issue on Dominance in the Telecommunications Sector. We welcome this initiative and are (...)
On July 16, 2013, the National Court issued judgment number 3472/2013 on the appeal the Junta de Andalucía submitted against the decision of the Comisión Nacional de la Competencia (Spanish Competition Commission, “CNC”), of October 6, 2011. The National Court considered that when a public entity (...)
On May 29, 2013, the Spanish Supreme Court issued judgment number 2660/2013 on the appeal that Canarias Explosivos, S.A. (“Canarias Explosivos”) submitted against the judgment of the Spanish National Court (Audiencia Nacional) on December 10, 2009. The Supreme Court considered that there were no (...)
On December 5, 2012, the Spanish National Court (Audiencia Nacional or “AN”) annulled the decision of the Spanish Competition Commission (formerly called Comisión Nacional de la Competencia or “CNC”), to close file S/0017/07. The AN considered that the CNC should have further investigated whether (...)
On December 4, 2012, the Spanish National Court (Audiencia Nacional) annulled the decision of the Spanish competition authority (formerly called Comisión Nacional de la Competencia or “CNC”, now called Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y de la Competencia or “CNMC”) to incorporate evidence gathered (...)
The CNC’s Directorate of Investigations learned through several press reports of the statements that Mr. Joan Gaspart, chairman of the Tourism Board of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations of the CEOE, made on January 19, 2011, at the 2011 Spanish International Tourism Fair (...)
On June 20, 2006, the Spanish Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo, “TS”) annulled the judgment of September 22, 2003, of the Spanish National High Court (Audiencia Nacional, “AN”). This last judgment partially upheld a Decision of the former Spanish Competition Authority (Tribunal de Defensa de la (...)
Interview conducted by Paloma Martinez-Lage Sobredo, Partner, Baker McKenzie, Madrid. After your ground-breaking career both as a lawyer and as a référendaire at the Court of Justice, you are once again a pioneer: you are not only the first woman to be appointed as president of the CNMC but it (...)
Competition enforcement benefits significantly from international cooperation among agencies – thanks to forums such as the OECD or ICN, or the ECN at a more regional level – an unstoppable trend witnessed over the last two decades in all enforcement areas, particularly mergers. Cooperation among (...)
Un programme de recherche international regroupant des avocats et des académiques a été constitué sous l’égide de Concurrences afin de comparer les modes de calcul des amendes sanctionnant des pratiques anticoncurrentielles. Une double méthodologie émerge de cette comparaison internationale suivant (...)