Latham & Watkins (Brussels)

Javier Ruiz Calzado

Latham & Watkins (Brussels)
Lawyer (Partner)

Javier Ruiz Calzado is a partner in Latham & Watkins’ Brussels office and Co-Chair of the Global Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. He practices EU and Spanish competition law, focusing on cartel defense and merger control work in a variety of sectors. He is particularly active in the electricity and gas markets. Prior to joining Latham & Watkins, Mr. Ruiz Calzado served for six years as référendaire (clerk) to Judge García-Valdecasas at the Court of First Instance of the European Communities (CFI), now renamed as General Court of the European Union. He played an active role in preparing the CFI’s judgments in leading competition cases, such as Airtours/First Choice (one of the first annulments of a Commission merger decision ever) and Bayer-Adalat (a landmark case interpreting the principle of unilateral conduct and the legality of parallel trade restrictions under EU competition rules). Mr. Ruiz Calzado began his legal career in 1988 working as an adviser on EU affairs to the Catalan Government in Barcelona. From 1991 to 1997 he practiced in the Barcelona and Brussels offices of a leading Spanish law firm. He authored the chapter on "Cartels" in Competition Law of the European Community, Matthew Bender (Lexis-Nexis). Mr. Ruiz Calzado has been a regular speaker at the Masters Program in EU and National Competition Law at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and at the "Escuela Iberoamericana de la Competencia", the seminar for members of Antitrust Agencies from Latin America, which is hosted by the Spanish Competition Authority.


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Elisabetta Righini, Javier Ruiz Calzado, David Little, Pierre Bichet The EU Commission calls for contributions to gather ideas on how competition rules and sustainability policies can best work together


The European Green Deal & Competition Policy – Call for contributions on how EU competition rules and sustainability policies can work together* On 13 October 2020, the European Commission (EC) published a call for contributions to gather ideas on how EU competition rules (State aid, (...)

Jana K. Dammann de Chapto, Marc Hansen, Jean-Paul Poitras, Elisabetta Righini, Javier Ruiz Calzado, Georg Weindenbach The EU Commission opens a public consultation on a new tool to protect the EU from unfair international competition


This article has been nominated for the 2021 Antitrust Writing Awards. Click here to learn more about the Antitrust Writing Awards. The European Commission (the Commission) is consulting the market on a proposal to add a new tool to the EU protective gear against international competition. (...)


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