Margarita Fernandez Alvarez-Labrador

Sky (Milan)
Lawyer (Senior counsel)

Margarita Fernández works at Sky Legal Counsel. In the past, Margarita was an associate in Ashurst and Freshfields, with experience in EU and Spanish Competition Law, focusing in the ICT sector. Margarita has also worked on placement contract at DG Competition in Brussels, and is a she is visiting lecturer on competition law matters in LLM programs in Madrid. Margarita holds a double degree in Law and Business Management and an LLM in EU Law from the College of Europe.

Articles

17706 Bulletin

Margarita Fernandez Alvarez-Labrador The Spanish Audiencia Nacional annuls the Competition Authority’s decision fining a natural gas supplier on the basis of Art. 82 EC for impeding third parties access to regasification capacities (Gas Natural)

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Introduction On June 2006, the Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia - TDC - (the second-tier competition authority) imposed a hefty fine of 8 million euro for an abuse of a dominant position to one of the leading companies within the gas industry in Spain, Gas Natural. Gas Natural further (...)

Margarita Fernandez Alvarez-Labrador The Spanish Competition Appeal Tribunal annuls the 57 M € fine imposed by the Competition Authority to the telecommunications incumbent for an alleged abusive marketing campaign (Astel / Telefónica)

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Background On April 2004, the Spanish Competition Authorities imposed Telefónica a 57 million euro fine for an abusive practice consisting of hampering the process of pre-selection by consumers of alternative operators to Telefónica in fixed telephone services. At the time the decision was (...)

Margarita Fernandez Alvarez-Labrador The Madrid Commercial Court of appeal lifts interim measures having blocked a key merger on the basis of alleged anticompetitive agreement (Gas Natural/Endesa)

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Background The Gas Natural vs. Endesa battle continues before the Spanish courts. On June 2006, a commercial court in Madrid “provisionally” halted the takeover bid launched by Gas Natural more than 17 months ago. This decision was adopted in the proceedings brought by Endesa to challenge the (...)

Margarita Fernandez Alvarez-Labrador The Spanish National Competition Authority opens a merger phase II investigation in the brewing sector (Mahou-San Miguel / Cervezas Alhambra)

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Introduction In November 2006, Mahou-San Miguel (GMSM), a Spanish brewing company, notified the Spanish first-tier competition authority (Servicio de Defensa de la Competencia, SDC) the acquisition of control over Alhambra, a local brewer operating mainly in the Andalusia region. Alhambra has (...)

Margarita Fernandez Alvarez-Labrador The Spanish Supreme Court confirms a judgment annulling a fine imposed by the Competition Authority upon the professional lawyers’ association for adopting an advertising regulation contrary to Spanish competition rules (CGAE)

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On 20 September 2006, the Spanish Supreme Court confirmed a judgment annulling a €180,360 fine imposed by the Spanish Competition Authority (Tribunal de Defensa de la Competencia, TDC)upon the professional lawyers’ association (Consejo General de la Abogacía Española, CGAE). The TDC had ruled that (...)

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