MLAB Abogados

Rafael Allendesalazar

MLAB Abogados
Lawyer (Managing Partner)

Rafael Allendesalazar is Managing Partner of MLAB Abogados, a firm he founded in 1985 with Santiago Martínez Lage. Over more than 30 years he has advised and represented numerous companies as well as public and private bodies, before competition authorities and before the Spanish and EU courts and tribunals in sectors such as consumer goods, professional associations, copyright collecting societies, energy, fuel distribution, telecommunications, media, automotive distribution, finance and credit cards, and the new digital platform economy. Rafael was also editor of the Gaceta Jurídica de la Unión Europea y de la Competencia (‘EU and Competition Law Gazette’) and is correspondent for the Chroniques section of Concurrences. He has published numerous articles relating to different aspects of the application of EU and Competition Law and regularly delivers classes and seminars at universities and other public and private institutions both in Spain and abroad. He has been President of the Spanish Association for the Defense of Competition.

Articles

301 Bulletin

2881 Revue

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Spanish Competition Authority imposes fines on several companies for manipulating tenders for services of maintenance and management of the Spanish motorway network (Ferrovial servicios)

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The Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”] has imposed fines on 12 public works companies amounting to EUR 61.2 million for constituting a cartel that altered the results of tenders for the maintenance and operation services of the Spanish motorway network, between 2014 and 2018. The CNMC has, (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Audiencia Nacional finds that the Spanish Competition Authority did not infringe the non bis in idem principle when fining state-owned railway company for anticompetitive agreements and abuse of dominant position in the same decision (Renfe)

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The Audiencia Nacional has dismissed the appeal filed by the state-owned railway operator Renfe against a decision of the Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”] as it considered that the two sanctions imposed on the appellant, for infringing Articles 1 and 2 of the Spanish Competition Act (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Audiencia Nacional annuls the fines imposed by the Spanish Competition Authority on several bar associations for issuing price recommendations after concluding that the authority lacked territorial competence to decide on the cases (Bars associations)

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The Audiencia Nacional has upheld six out of seven appeals against a 2018 decision of the Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”], which sanctioned nine bar associations and imposed a total fine of EUR 1.455 million for the elaboration and distribution of legal fee scales, on the basis of an (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Audiencia Nacional confirms Spanish Competition Authority’s findings that three bar associations spread unlawful price recommendations to their members (Las Palmas, Alcalá de Henares and Guadalajara Bar Associations)

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The Audiencia Nacional has confirmed the decisions adopted by the Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”] declaring that various Spanish bar associations had infringed Article 1 of the Spanish Competition Act [“LDC”] through the publication of recommended collective prices (Audiencia Nacional, (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Audiencia Nacional finds that the conduct attributed to the association did not fit into the provisions prohibiting anticompetitive agreements and thus annulled the decision of the Spanish Competition Authority (Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto)

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The Audiencia Nacional has accepted the appeal brought by the Spanish Basketball Clubs Association ( Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto or “ACB”) and has quashed a decision of the Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”], to impose a fine on the ACB for implementing agreements which imposed unequal, (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Audiencia Nacional rules that the Spanish Competition Authority must inform the undertakings whether it has previously requested and obtained a judicial authorization (Altadis)

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The Audiencia Nacional has upheld the appeal brought by several tobacco firms belonging to the Altadis group against the Investigation Order issued by the Competition Directorate [“CD”] of the Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”], thus annulling the dawn raid carried out at the premises of these (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Spanish Competition Authority examines several mergers in the funeral services market and narrowly defines geographical markets (Funespaña / Alianza Canaria)

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The Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”] has fined the funeral services company Funespaña, a subsidiary of Mapfre, one of the main insurance group in Spain, for acquiring a local competitor in the Canary Islands (Funeraria Alianza Canaria) without prior notification (CNMC, Decision of 18 May (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Spanish Competition Authority fines several consulting companies for colluding in local public tenders and imposes surprisingly low fines (Consultoras)

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The Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”] has fined 22 consulting services firms and several of their executives for implementing two cartels through two separate collaborative networks, between 2008 and 2018. The CNMC has also initiated proceedings to exclude most of these firms from taking (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Audiencia Nacional rejects several appeals against a decision of the Spanish Competition Authority approving a merger in the telecommunication sector, thus confirming the Spanish Competition Authority’s ample discretion in setting sufficient conditions (Telefonica)

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The Audiencia Nacional has rejected the appeals brought by 7 telecommunications and television operators against a decision of the Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”] of 2015 which approved the acquisition by Telefonica of the exclusive control of Distribuidora de Televisión Digital [“DTS”], (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Spanish Competition Authority closes two investigations with commitments (“terminación convencional”) : firstly, an investigation into the market for the provision of dental services and, secondly, an investigation in the market for the hiring of mooring and casting-off workers in the Port of Algeciras (Servicios odontológicos, Amarres Puerto de Algeciras)

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In June 2019, following complaints filed by two dental chains—Dentoestetic Centro de Salud y Estética Dental (DENTIX) and Dental Global Management (iDENTAL)—the CNMC opened an investigation in order to determine whether, as a result of the growth of low-cost dental care clinics as alternatives to (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Spanish Competition Authority fines the two main suppliers of PET radiopharmaceuticals, in particular, 18F-FDG, a drug used in radiodiagnosis by positron emission tomography, as well as two of their managers, for sharing the market for supply contracts for this drug for at least four years (Radiofármacos)

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5162. Spain : The Spanish Competition Authority fines the two main suppliers of PET radiopharmaceuticals, in particular, 18F-FDG, a drug used in radiodiagnosis by positron emission tomography, as well as two of their managers, for sharing the market for supply contracts for this drug for at (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Spain : The Audiencia Nacional accepts the appeals lodged by several cement and concrete operators against a Spanish Competition Authority decision, quashing the decision and the fines imposed on them insofar as the Spanish Competition Authority did not provide enough evidence of a cartel (Cement cartel)

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In September 2016, the Spanish competition authority (CNMC) sanctioned 23 companies operating in the cement and concrete manufacturing and sales sector for four different infringements of Article 1 of the Spanish Competition Act constituting a cartel. In the concrete market, the CNMC (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : La Cour suprême d’Espagne valide le test "croisé" complémentaire au test du concurrent aussi efficace pour apprécier les effets d’éviction d’une pratique de compression de marge (BT / CNMC, Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange)

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By Judgment of 9 October 2018, issued in appeal n° 4509/2017, the Supreme Court has confirmed the Judgment of 27 May 2017 of the Audiencia Nacional (appeal nº 263/16) which decided on the appeal by British Telecommunications, PLC and BT España Compañía De Servicios Globales De Telecomunicaciones, (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : Le Tribunal de commerce de Barcelone octroie des dommages et intérêts à trois entreprises dans une série d’actions introduite à la suite de la condamnation d’un cartel par l’Autorité espagnole de la concurrence en 2013 (Misiones Salesianas / ADVEO ; CIFDSA / ADVEO ; Mutua Madrileña Automovilista / ADVEO)

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In March 2013 the Spanish Competition Authority (the “CNMC”) fined several paper envelope manufacturers for a single continuous infringement of Articles 101 TFEU and 1 of the Spanish Competition Act from 1977 to 2010 consisting of (i) price fixing and market sharing agreements regarding envelopes (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : La Cour Suprême espagnole confirme l’annulation d’une décision modifiant une notification de griefs et juge que la décision d’élargir la durée de l’infraction poursuivie ne constitue pas simplement la correction d’une erreur matérielle mais bien une modification des faits justifiant les poursuites, ce qui n’est pas permis par la loi (Nestlé España)

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By Judgement of 24 July 2018, issued in appeal n° 2665/2016, the Supreme Court has confirmed the Judgement of 11 July 2016 of the Audiencia Nacional (appeal n° 343/14) deciding on the appeal by Nestlé España S.A. against the decision of the Council of the Spanish Competition Authority (the “CNMC”) (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : L’Autorité espagnole de la concurrence sanctionne cinq agences médias et certains de leurs dirigeants pour échange d’informations sensibles ayant pour objet une répartition du marché des contrats “publics” de publicité (Agences Médias)

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Par décision du 7 mai 2018 adoptée dans l’affaire S/0584/16, Agences Médias, l’autorité espagnole de la concurrence (ci-après “CNMC”) a infligé aux agences Carat España SAU, Inteligencia y Media, Media Sapiens Spain SL et Persuade Comunicación SA des amendes dont le montant total avoisine 7 millions (...)

Paloma Martínez-Lage Sobredo, Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : La Cour Suprême espagnole rétablit la sanction imposée par l’Autorité de la concurrence à une association dans le secteur des mandarines (Club de variedades vegetales protegidas)

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Par décision du 4 juillet 2013, l’Autorité espagnole de la concurrence (ci-après “CNMC”) imposa à l’association Club de variedades vegetales protegidas (ci-après “CVVP”) une sanction de 4 974 027 euros pour une infraction à l’article 1 de la Loi de Défense de la Concurrence (ci-après “LDC”) ainsi qu’à (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : L’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole sanctionne quatre banques pour concertation sur les prix des instruments financiers dérivés des taux d’intérêts (Caixabank, Banco Santander, Banco Sabadell, BBVA)

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Par décision du 13 février 2018 adoptée dans l’affaire S/DC/0579/16, Instruments Dérivés Financiers, l’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole (ci-après “CNMC”) a sanctionné les banques Caixabank, Banco Santander, Banco Sabadell et BBVA avec des amendes pour un total de 91 millions d’euros pour une infraction (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : L’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole impose des engagements au principal détenteur et gestionnaire de droits de football en Espagne mettant fin à des préoccupations de concurrence sur le marché de la commercialisation en gros de chaînes de télévision de football (Mediapro Fútbol)

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Par décision du 7 février 2018 adoptée dans l’affaire S/DC/0604/17, Mediapro Fútbol, l’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole (ci-après “CNMC”) a imposé à Mediaproducción, S.L. (ci-après “Mediapro”), le principal détenteur et gestionnaire de droits de football en Espagne, certains engagements pour mettre fin à (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : La Cour suprême espagnole confirme l’annulation de la décision de l’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole sanctionnant l’opérateur postal public pour un abus de position dominante consistant en une compression des marges des opérateurs alternatifs (Correos)

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Par un arrêt du 5 février 2018, la Cour suprême espagnole a confirmé l’arrêt de l’Audiencia Nacional du 1er juillet 2015 (recours nº 118/2014) qui annula la décision de l’Autorité de la concurrence (ci-après “CNMC”) du 21 janvier 2014 (affaire S/0373/11, Correos 2) qui avait sanctionné Correos, l’opérateur (...)

Rafael Allendesalazar Espagne : L’Audiencia Nacional annule la décision de l’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole sanctionnant un cartel dans le domaine de la gestion de déchets et l’assainissement urbain (Recuperaciones Antonio Pérez Andreu e Hijos)

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Par un arrêt du 28 décembre de 2017 rendu dans le cadre du recours nº 93/2015 (un parmi une longue liste d’arrêts rendus le même jour, ainsi que d’autres rendus en janvier et février 2018), l’Audiencia Nacional a annulé la décision de l’Autorité de la concurrence espagnole (ci-après “CNMC”) du 8 janvier (...)

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Global Dictionary of Competition Law

The Global Dictionary of Competition Law is a dictionary dedicated to competition law worldwide, edited by Professors Deborah Healey (University of New South Wales), Bill Kovacic (George (...)

Date 1er janvier 1900
Auteur(s) : Deborah Healey, William Kovacic, Pablo Trevisán, Richard Whish (eds.)
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