Margarita Fernandez Alvarez-Labrador

Womenat (Brussels)

Lawyer focused on EU antitrust and litigation in the tech, internet and media sectors. She currently works at the European audiovisual group Sky in Milan. Previously, she worked for Hewlett-Packard as a competition counsel for the EMEA region and, prior to that, as a competition associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Ashurst. She regularly lectures on antitrust at various post-graduate programmes; she co-chaired an association on in-house counsels in Spain.


18073 Bulletin

Margarita Fernandez Alvarez-Labrador The Spanish Competition Court of Appeal 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)


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 €57M fine imposed by the Competition Authority on the telecommunications incumbent for an allegedly abusive marketing campaign (Astel / Telefónica)


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)


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)


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)


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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