Herbert Smith Freehills (Madrid)

Pilar Carrasco

Herbert Smith Freehills (Madrid)
Associate

Pilar joined Herbert Smith Freehills in September 2016 as a junior associate in its competition department. Before joining the firm as a junior associate, she completed nine months as a trainee lawyer in Herbert Smith Freehills and three months as a work experience student in the Spanish Prime Minister’s office.

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Articles

1842 Bulletin

Kyriakos Fountoukakos, Henar González Durántez, Pilar Carrasco, Gonzalo Sanz-Magallón, Jose Munoz, Anna Sol The Spanish Competition Authority imposes sanctions on a pharmaceutical company for misusing litigation strategies regarding patents (Merck Sharp & Dohme)

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On 21 October 2022, the Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) imposed a €38.9 million fine on pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) for abusing its dominant position in the Spanish market for contraceptive vaginal rings. In particular, the CNMC concluded that (...)

Henar González Durántez, Pilar Carrasco The Spanish Government transposes into national law and increases the scope of the EU Directive 2019/633 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain

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The amendment of Law 12/2013, of 2 August, on measures to improve the functioning of the food chain (Law 12/2013) was approved by Spanish Congress on 2 December and entered into effect on 16 December 2021. The primary purpose of the amendment is to transpose into Spanish law Directive (EU) (...)

Henar González Durántez, Javier Guillén, Pilar Carrasco The Spanish Supreme Court upholds suspending the start of proceedings to determine the scope and duration of public procurement bans on grounds of competition offences (Transporte Escolar Murcia)

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The Spanish Supreme Court (SC) has delivered a judgment in which it confirmed that courts are able to issue injunctive relief to temporarily prevent decisions on penalties rendered by the National Markets and Competition Commission (the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, or (...)

Henar González Durántez, Pilar Carrasco, Gonzalo Sanz-Magallón The Spanish Supreme Court declares that the exchange of information on elements that have a significant impact on prices constitutes an infringement by object of competition rules and constitutes a cartel (Fabricantes de automóviles)

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In its judgment dated 6 May 2021, the Spanish Supreme Court (the "SC") found that an exchange of information among competitors that does not directly relate to final prices but that affects certain elements linked to final prices such as commercial margins, may reduce competition in (...)

Henar González Durántez, Javier Guillén, Pilar Carrasco The Spanish Parliament publishes a decree which greatly amends national competition law as a result of the transposition of the ECN+ Directive

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On 28 April 2021, Royal Decree-Law 7/2021, of 27 April, was published in Spain’s Official State Journal (RD 7/2021). RD 7/2021 has the aim of transposing into Spanish legislation a number of EU directives, including Directive (EU) 2019/1 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 (...)

Henar González Durántez, Pilar Carrasco, Daniel Vowden, Adrian Brown The Spanish National Court annuls the Competition Authority’s decision imposing fines on several companies for taking part in four cartels (Cementos)

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The National Court has annulled the CNMC’s decision in case S/DC/0525/14 CEMENTOS. In this case, the CNMC fined a number of companies for taking part in four cartels, which constituted four separate single and continuous infringements. However, the National Court, found that the conditions for (...)

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

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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

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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, Pilar Carrasco, Gonzalo Sanz-Magallón The Spanish Provincial Court of Pontevedra reduces the amount of damages received by an individual for the acquisition of a truck when the trucks cartel was in place (Man Truck & Bus Iberia / Trucks Cartel)

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The Provincial Court of Pontevedra, Spain (Provincial Court) reduced the amount of damages received by an individual for the acquisition of a truck from one of the companies sanctioned by the European Commission’s decision in case AT.39824 -Trucks (EC Decision) when that cartel was in place (...)

Henar González Durántez, Pilar Carrasco, Gonzalo Sanz-Magallón The Spanish Supreme Court declares that members of governing bodies of companies may be penalised for competition law infringements and that their identity can be revealed (Infraestructuras Ferroviarias)

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In its judgment dated 9 April 2019, the Spanish Supreme Court (the ’SC’) found that the members of the governing bodies of undertakings that infringe competition rules can be penalised for their participation in those infringements regardless of the individual or collegiate nature of the (...)

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