Bona Law (San Diego)

Luis Blanquez Palasí

Bona Law (San Diego)
Lawyer

Luis Blanquez is an antitrust and compliance attorney with 15 years of experience at the European Commission and major international law firms in the European Union. Luis joined Bona Law PC in 2016 in San Diego, and qualified as a US attorney in the state of California in 2018. His experience includes work for French legal chambers and judges as part of the “Leonardo da Vinci” European traineeship program. Furthermore, he worked as a trainee at the Directorate General of Information Society of the European Commission in Brussels, before moving to the former Merger Task Force (“MTF”) at the Directorate General of Competition, as a case handler. There he gained extensive experience on merger cases such as the Oracle/Peoplesoft, Banco Santander/Abbey and EDP/GDP/ENI transactions, among others. Luis has also worked during the past 10 years in several international law firms such as Simmons & Simmons LLP, CMS, and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in Madrid, Brussels and London, advising clients in merger control, cartel and other antitrust investigations, as well as antitrust and non-antitrust compliance issues. Luis is a Spanish native speaker and is fluent in English and proficient in French.

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Luis Blanquez Palasí The US Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit rejects an undertaking’s attempt to assert state-action immunity from antitrust liability in the water services and natural gas distribution sector (City of LaGrange)

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ANTITRUST NEWS: THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT AGREES THAT THE SUPREME COURT’S PHOEBE PUTNEY DECISION REALLY DID CHANGE THE STATE-ACTION-IMMUNITY TEST FROM THE EARLIER HALLIE AND OMNI DECISIONS* The Eleventh Circuit recently rejected the City of LaGrange’s attempt to assert state-action immunity from (...)

Luis Blanquez Palasí The EU Commission fines manufacturers over €111 million for restricting the ability of online retailers to set their own retail prices for a variety of widely-used consumer electronics products (Asus / Denon & Marantz / Philips / Pioneer)

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Antitrust News: The European Commission imposes fines for the first time in 15 years as a result of online retail price restrictions (RPM)* On July 24, 2018, the European Commission fined manufacturers Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer for over €111 million for restricting the (...)

Luis Blanquez Palasí The Spanish Competition Authority fines postal operator for abuse of dominant position in the wholesale market for access services to the public postal network and the retail services market for administrative notifications (Correos)

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The National Competition Commission (“CNC”) has imposed a fine of 3.3 million euros on Correos for having abused its dominant position in: (i) the wholesale market for access services to the public postal network and (ii) the retail services market for administrative notifications. In May 2011 (...)

Luis Blanquez Palasí The Spanish National Court issues a third judgment in the asphalt roads cartel case addressing the issue of the burden of proof in bid rigging cases (Asphalt roads cartel)

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In October of 2012 the Spanish National Court (“NC”) concluded its first two judgments on the Spanish asphalt roads cartel (“the Cartel”). In both cases the NC explained how the companies involved in the public bid process decided in a “competitive way” who was going to win the bid. The NC stated in (...)

Luis Blanquez Palasí The Spanish National Court applies the ECJ "dual pricing" ruling to quash a decision by the Competition Authority concerning prices imposed to wholesalers by pharmaceutical company (Pfizer)

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The Spanish National Court has applied the landmark ECJ dual pricing ruling to quash a decision by the Spanish Competition Commission dismissing a complaint against Pfizer’s pricing policy for pharmaceutical products. On 13 June 2011, the Spanish National Court («Audiencia Nacional« or «the (...)

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