Pedro Callol

Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
Lawyer (Partner)

Pedro is a dual qualified (Spain and England and Wales) lawyer with twenty years of specialist antitrust, trade regulation and transactional experience. Previously (2008-2014) a corporate partner leading the EU & competition practice of one of Spain’s larger law firms. Before that (2002-2008) he created and led the EU & competition practice of a London magic circle law firm in Spain. Prior to that he worked with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. and London (1999-2002), and before that he trained with some of Spain’s best practitioners in Madrid and Brussels. Law Degree Universidad Complutense and Business degree San Pablo University (Madrid). Law graduate, University of Chicago Law School (Fulbright – Banco Santander scholar). Master in European law, College of Europe, Bruges (sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs). He is author of several specialist publications and is the Spanish correspondent of the European Competition Law Review. Board Member of the Fulbright Alumni Association in Spain and Secretary of the Board of University of the Chicago Alumni Association of Spain. Member of the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute in Washington, DC. He reads specialist seminars in the Carlos III and San Pablo Law Schools and regularly speaks on other academic and business venues including the ABA, IBA and UIA.

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27705 Bulletin

Enrique Fayos, Jorge Manzarbeitia, Pedro Callol The Commercial Courts of Barcelona and Madrid render judgements in follow-on suits against a cartel in the envelopes market (Sobres de Papel)


Update on damages claims in Spain - paper envelope cartel damages recovery. Several rulings have been issued by Spanish lower courts shedding light on key aspects of antitrust damages claims, such as the treatment of evidence concerning the calculation of compensation for damages. Also the (...)

Pedro Callol The Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission fines five companies and three company executives for bid-rigging of public tenders for institutional advertising services (Agencias de Medios)


On 7 May 2018, the NMCC imposed fines amounting to €7.12 million upon five companies : Carat España, S.A.U, Inteligencia y Media, S.A. (YMEDIA), Media By Design Spain, S.A. (MEDIA BY DESIGN), Media Sapiens Spain, S.L. and Persuadé Comunicación, S.A. and three of their managers or legal (...)

Pedro Callol The Spanish Competition Authority closes proceedings by means of a commitments against a tonic water company in a case related to restrictions of parallel trade (Schweppes)


The NMCC has closed with commitments an investigation against Schweppes, S.A. related to restrictions of parallel trade. The Coca-Cola group and Orangina Schweppes Holding B.V. (OSHBV) share the ownership of the Schweppes trademark in the EU. Coca-Cola owns the Schweppes trademark in the UK (...)

Pedro Callol The Spanish government implements the EU antitrust damages directive


The government has issued an urgent Royal Decree-Law 9/2017 of 26 May (RDL) implementing Directive 2014/104/UE, of the European Parliament and the Council, of 26 November 2014 (Directive) into Spanish law. A Royal Decree-law is an instrument used by the government to legislate on matters that (...)

Pedro Callol The Madrid Commercial Court dismisses a lawsuit for unfair competition stating that a platform that focuses exclusively on private transport is not subject to transportation regulations (CONFEBUS / Blablacar)


A First Instance Commercial Court dismisses the lawsuit filed against Blablacar for unfair competition stating that Blablacar is a platform that focuses exclusively on private transport and is therefore not subject to transportation regulations (Judgement of the Commercial Court of 2 February (...)

Pedro Callol The Spanish Government partially overturns the Competition Authority’s phase 2 merger decision regarding the audiovisual sector and softens the merger conditions (Antena 3 / La Sexta)


On 24 August 2012 the Cabinet, using the powers granted to that end by the 2007 Competition Act, has decided to soften the conditions included in the NCC Decision. The Cabinet has acted using as legal basis Article 60 of the Competition Act, which enables the Government (the Cabinet) to amend (...)

Pedro Callol The Spanish Competition Commission publishes a study on the relationships between producers and distributors in the food sector analysing various aspects of buyer power in Spain


The NCC has recently published a study on the relationships between manufacturers and distributors in the food sector (Study). The 160 page long Study, provides an interesting perspective on issues related to buyer power in Spain which have caused quite a few problems in the last few years. (...)

Pedro Callol The Spanish Competition Authority closes with commitments proceedings initiated against two companies for alleged restrictive practices in the printed advertising sector (Vocento / Godό)


On 30 June 2011 the NCC has decided to close a formal proceeding opened ex officio against Corporación Vocento S.A.U. and Vocento, S.A. (VOCENTO) and Publipress Media, S.L.U. and Grupo Godó de Comunicaciones S.A. (GODÓ) for possible restrictive practices under Article 1 SCA. The practices (...)

Pedro Callol The EU Court of Justice acknowledges the need to weigh the different interests at stake when granting access to documents containing leniency applications in the context of civil claims for damages, in line with US courts (Pfleiderer)


The European Court of Justice has issued a Judgement (Decision of 14 June 2011, Pfleiderer, Case C-360/09) on a preliminary ruling from a national court, on a key matter regarding antitrust damages claims. The situation encountered by the national court, in essence, referred to a petition by a (...)

Pedro Callol The Spanish NCC closes, subject to commitments, proceeding against the performer’s collective management organization for unfair and discriminatory tariffs on TV broadcasting of audiovisual works (AISGE)


The commitments finally presented by AISGE redesign the calculation of the tariffs to reflect effective use of its repertoire and have been considered adequate to resolve the anti-competitive effects of the conduct of AISGE ; AISGE was under investigation in relation to unfair and (...)

Pedro Callol The Spanish Competition Commission fines a company and its subsidiary for abuse of dominant position in the market of resale of audiovisual retransmission of Spanish football clubs (Mediapro, Gol Tv)


Mediapro holds the broadcasting rights for the Spanish first division league (Liga) and King’s Cup (Copa de S.M. el Rey) for 2009/2010 and subsequent seasons. Therefore Mediapro has a dominant position in the market for the resale of broadcasting rights. Furthermore, Mediapro is (...)

Jorge Manzarbeitia, Pedro Callol The Spanish telecommunications regulator fines the incumbent € 20 M for abuse related to access to the subscriber loop but raises questions on its relationship with Spanish Competition Authority regarding competition law enforcement (Telefónica)


On the 16 November 2006, the Spanish telecommunications regulator ("Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones", CMT) fined the incumbent Telefónica € 20 M for failing to comply with the conditions for access to the subscriber loop applying to third party operators in connection with the (...)

Jorge Manzarbeitia, Pedro Callol The Spanish Government is compelled to modify the divestitures conditions imposed by its Energy Regulator to clear a merger in the electricity sector following a decision from the EC Commission (E.ON / Endesa)


On 26 September 2006 the European Commission (Commission) ruled against the decision of the Spanish energy regulator (Comisión Nacional de la Energía or CNE) granting clearance to E.ON’s takeover bid for Endesa subject to a number of conditions, on the grounds of a breach of Article 21 of Council (...)

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