Javier Ruiz Calzado is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Brussels office and Co-Chair of the Global Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. He practices EU and Spanish competition law, focusing on cartel defense and merger control work in a variety of sectors. He is particularly active in the electricity and gas markets. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Ruiz Calzado served for six years as référendaire (clerk) to Judge García-Valdecasas at the Court of First Instance of the European Communities (CFI), now renamed as General Court of the European Union. He played an active role in preparing the CFI’s judgments in leading competition cases, such as Airtours/First Choice (one of the first annulments of a Commission merger decision ever) and Bayer-Adalat (a landmark case interpreting the principle of unilateral conduct and the legality of parallel trade restrictions under EU competition rules). Mr. Ruiz Calzado began his legal career in 1988 working as an adviser on EU affairs to the Catalan Government in Barcelona. From 1991 to 1997 he practiced in the Barcelona and Brussels offices of a leading Spanish law firm. He authored the chapter on "Cartels" in Competition Law of the European Community, Matthew Bender (Lexis-Nexis). Mr. Ruiz Calzado has been a regular speaker at the Masters Program in EU and National Competition Law at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and at the "Escuela Iberoamericana de la Competencia", the seminar for members of Antitrust Agencies from Latin America, which is hosted by the Spanish Competition Authority.