The Spanish Supreme Court recognises the investigated companies’ rights of opposition to dawn raids in an energy sector case (Repsol)

On 17 September 2018, the Spanish Supreme Court reinforced the necessary requirements for the Spanish Competition Authority (“CNMC”) to carry out competition dawn raids by recognizing the investigated companies’ “right of opposition” to inspections when the inspectors refuse to inform them of the existence or lack of a judicial search warrant. [1] Introduction According to Spanish competition law, a dawn raid must be authorised in advance by the Competition Directorate of the CNMC through an inspection order. An inspection order must contain a series of elements (based on legal provisions and settled case-law). Among those elements are the indication of the

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Carlos Vérgez Muñoz, Aida Oviedo Martínez, The Spanish Supreme Court recognises the investigated companies’ rights of opposition to dawn raids in an energy sector case (Repsol), 17 septembre 2018, e-Competitions Due Process Research Program, Art. N° 89723

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