Manuel Contreras

Gold Abocados (Madrid)

Manuel Contreras joined Gold Abogados in May 2021 as partner and head of the competition department. He advises on all aspects of EU and Spanish competition law. He previously served as a legal intern at the DG Competition of European Commission in Brussels, where he worked on several merger control investigations in the basic industry sector. Manuel is a teacher of postgraduate students at the Carlos III University in Madrid, a frequent presenter at both business and legal conferences, and has authored several articles relevant to his practice area. A member of the Madrid Bar, he is a case contributor for the publication specialized in competition law of Oxford University.


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Pilar Carrasco, Manuel Contreras, Henar González Durántez The Spanish Competition Authority confirms the final version of the guide on competition compliance programs as a mitigating factor and means of avoiding public procurement bans


The Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission (“CNMC”) has confirmed in the final version of the Guide on compliance programmes in relation to competition rules (the “Guide”) that compliance programmes could potentially modulate the penalties imposed on companies investigated for (...)

Pilar Carrasco, Manuel Contreras, Henar González Durántez The Spanish Competition Authority launches an online hotline for reporting anti-competitive practices and making competition law inquiries related to practices adopted due to the COVID-19 outbreak


The CNMC bolsters its online whistleblowing hotline to pursue anticompetitive conduct in any sector, although with a special interest in the medical equipment, funeral and cremation services sectors. An enquiries platform is also launched so that operators can make competition law enquiries to (...)

Henar González Durántez, Manuel Contreras, Pilar Carrasco The Spanish Supreme Court rules that officers of companies that infringe competition rules may be penalised for their passive conduct in the infringement (FENIN)


In its recent judgments dated 1 October 2019 (in connection with appeals 5280/2018 and 5244/2018 ), the Spanish Supreme Court (the "SSC") has found that the legal representatives and members of the management boards of undertakings that infringe competition rules need not have a decisive or (...)

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