Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)

Cani Fernández

Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)

Cani Fernández is the President of the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (the Spanish Competition Authority) since she was appointed in June 2020. Prior to that, she was the director of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s EU and Competition Law group and head of the Brussels office with expertise in EU and competition law. where she advised leading Spanish and international companies on Spanish and EU competition law matters, including advice on merger control, antitrust (defense in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations by national and European authorities) and litigation in these fields. She was also a member of the Board. Her experience covers a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, automotive, media, telecommunications and energy. She also advised companies, Governments and EU Institutions on wider EU law. She also has an extensive experience in litigation before the General Court of the EU and the European Court of Justice. Cani teaches in Spain and the US. She was référendaire and chef de cabinet at the EC Court of First Instance (General Court of the EU). She is the author of numerous articles on EU and competition law in several prestigious publications. Recommended as a leading lawyer by several legal directories including Chambers, Plc Which Lawyer and Who’s Who Legal, among others. Cani has also been named as one of the 25 leading specialists in Competition/Antitrust worldwide by The Best of Best 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (Expert Guides) and Best Lawyers’ 2012 Lawyer of the Year in Antitrust-Spain.



3895 Bulletin

Cani Fernández, Javier Arana Rodríguez, Patricia Sánchez-Calero Barco The Spanish Competition Commission rejects that a public entity exceeding its legal authority, but not acting as an economic operator, can be held responsible for participating in anticompetitive conducts (Junta de Andalucía)


On July 16, 2013, the National Court issued judgment number 3472/2013 on the appeal the Junta de Andalucía submitted against the decision of the Comisión Nacional de la Competencia (Spanish Competition Commission, “CNC”), of October 6, 2011. The National Court considered that when a public entity (...)

Borja Palacios Moreno, Cani Fernández, Cristina Vila Gisbert The Spanish Supreme Court validates the Competition Authority’s interpretation of excessive prices (Explosivos de Canarias)


On May 29, 2013, the Spanish Supreme Court issued judgment number 2660/2013 on the appeal that Canarias Explosivos, S.A. (“Canarias Explosivos”) submitted against the judgment of the Spanish National Court (Audiencia Nacional) on December 10, 2009. The Supreme Court considered that there were no (...)

Cani Fernández, Irene Moreno-Tapia, Silvia Segade Sanz The Spanish National Court annuls CNC decision closing pharmaceutical dual pricing case (European Association of Euro-Pharmaceutical Companies / Pfizer / Novartis / Sanofi-Aventis)


On December 5, 2012, the Spanish National Court (Audiencia Nacional or “AN”) annulled the decision of the Spanish Competition Commission (formerly called Comisión Nacional de la Competencia or “CNC”), to close file S/0017/07. The AN considered that the CNC should have further investigated whether (...)

Cani Fernández, Irene Moreno-Tapia, Javier Arana Rodríguez The Spanish National Court annuls the CNC decision to incorporate evidence gathered during an inspection to the case file of a new investigation (Montesa Honda)


On December 4, 2012, the Spanish National Court (Audiencia Nacional) annulled the decision of the Spanish competition authority (formerly called Comisión Nacional de la Competencia or “CNC”, now called Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y de la Competencia or “CNMC”) to incorporate evidence gathered (...)

Cani Fernández, Cristina Vila Gisbert, Irene Moreno-Tapia The Spanish Competition Commission imposes a €50,000 fine on an individual, for collective price recommendations (CEOE and Mr. Joan Gaspart)


The CNC’s Directorate of Investigations learned through several press reports of the statements that Mr. Joan Gaspart, chairman of the Tourism Board of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations of the CEOE, made on January 19, 2011, at the 2011 Spanish International Tourism Fair (...)

Cani Fernández, Tatiana López Garrido The Spanish Supreme Court annuls previous decisions fining the telecom incumbent for abuse of dominant position (Retevisión / Telefónica)


On June 20, 2006, the Spanish Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo, “TS”) annulled the judgment of September 22, 2003, of the Spanish National High Court (Audiencia Nacional, “AN”). This last judgment partially upheld a Decision of the former Spanish Competition Authority (Tribunal de Defensa de la (...)

2678 Revue

Cani Fernández, Christopher Bellamy QC, Delphine Riccardi-Benin, Eszter Ritter, Hugues Calvet, Julien Neto, Laure Gauthier, Stefan Thomas Antitrust fine quantification : Results of an international survey


An international survey among lawyers and professors was launched under the aegis of Concurrences in order to compare the antitrust fine quantification. Two fine-setting methodologies compete across the selected jurisdictions depending on the implementation of the concept of a basic fine. On (...)


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