Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

The way to beat the Commission in a court

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After many years of reflection, we think we have found a way to beat the Legal Service and DG Comp and in a court:

Playing basketball.

The Legal Service has put together an all-star team, known as the LS Lakers. No kidding.

Following a victory against OLAF, they will soon be opposing DG Comp’s team (while they often team up for Luxembourg matches, where they have an astonishing away record, they often play non-public games with each other…).

And they have challenged us to compete with them.

We see this an opportunity here for those people in private practice that would like to know how it feels to beat the Commission in court, even if just once. Or at least to entertain the thought for a while 😉

Any lawyers, economists or consultants out there who think can be up to the challenge, please drop us a line and we’ll try to set it up. We can show the world the teamwork spirit, lack of individualism and superior physical skills that characterize our profession.  It’s about time we stop being known only for our humility and integrity.

We would also appreciate suggestions for a possible team name. Please feel free to submit them as comments to this post. Best suggestion gets a Chillin’Competition sports bag and running t-shirt!

If this initiative is successful, we might ask MLex to cover games instead of hearings (box scores alerts, highlight videos and full summaries directly via email).

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

25 February 2019 at 11:28 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Antitrust Wizards


    25 February 2019 at 12:44 pm

  2. It seems to me that you having a pool of thousands of people you would have an advantage. I heard this LS Lakers have a couple of players over 50yo. You may not need tricks this time to win.
    Wait. What did I just see?
    ‘Are you a young top basketball player and have vague notions of law? Garrigues offers you one month traineeships. You teach us basketball, we teach you law’


    25 February 2019 at 12:58 pm

    • 😂 Fake news!

      Alfonso Lamadrid

      25 February 2019 at 1:11 pm

    • Chilling and Billing can be the team’s motto 😉

      Alfonso Lamadrid

      25 February 2019 at 1:12 pm

  3. Either

    A — “Alfonso Lamadrid, for the defence, leapt into the air, twisting and turning to swot away the Legal Service’s faltering approach….”


    B — Alfonso Lamadrid dribbled.

    Lewis Crofts

    25 February 2019 at 1:35 pm

  4. Chillin’ Villans


    25 February 2019 at 4:19 pm

  5. You’re welcome…

    – The BXL Billables (Unfortunately Buffalo Bill(able)s is NFL and not NBA)
    – The BXL Trial Blazers (Get it? Trial instead if Trail…hahaha)
    – The Curia Chargers
    – The Curia Cavaliers
    – The Niedergrünewald Knicks
    – The Member State Warriors
    – The Chicago School Bulls
    – The Market Mavericks


    25 February 2019 at 5:27 pm

    • 😉 These are great! I see a strong candidate here…

      Alfonso Lamadrid

      26 February 2019 at 12:16 pm

      • Btw. if anyone knows of a job that consists exclusively of doing competition law related puns, please let me know…


        26 February 2019 at 2:25 pm

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