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Alfonso Lamadrid

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Official Bio

17 Dec 2018 - Brussels, Belgium - © Bernal Revert/ BR&U

Alfonso Lamadrid is a Partner at the EU and Competition Law Department of Garrigues (Brussels). He holds LL.M. degrees from Harvard Law School (2010) and the College of Europe (2007), and obtained a Law degree with a specialization in EU Law (Summa cum laude) from San Pablo CEU University (2006).

He has extensive experience in all areas of competition law as well as vast litigation experience, having acted on behalf of clients in over 60 cases before EU Courts.

In 2020 he was the recipient of the Client Choice Award for Competition in Belgium, and featured in Global Competition Review’s “40 under 40” list of the top antitrust experts worldwide. In 2019 he received Global Competition Review‘s “Lawyer of the Year (Under 40)” Award. In 2018 he was among the 6 candidates shortlisted by the International Bar Association for the “Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year” Award, which covered all jurisdictions and areas of practice. Between 2014 and 2018 he was ranked as the only “Star associate” for EU competition law.

He is consistently recognized as one of the leading EU Competition lawyers by Chambers (“widely regarded as the rising star in EU competition law” with “outstanding experience in court appeals” (2017); “a dream lawyer in that he combines technical skills of the highest level and absolutely outstanding public relationship skills” (2018), “one of the brightest lawyers of his generation (…) clients enthuse that Lamadridthinks stratetically, is smart, empathetic and understands the business” (2019). He is also recommended by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner” (2019, 2020, 2021), GCR/Who’sWho, WWL Thought Leaders, Best Lawyers, IFLR, LMG’s Rising Stars and Acritas Star Lawyers.

Alfonso has published extensively on international and EU competition law matters and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. He is a Visiting Professor at the Brussels School of Competition and co-Director of the annual EU & Spanish Competition Law Course at the IEB (Madrid). He is a European Commission Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network (Unilateral Conduct Working Group).

He can be contacted at:

Representative Highlights

  • Representing Alphabet and Google before the General Court of the EU on its application for the annulment of the European Commission’s Android decision.
  • Representing Banco Santander, World Duty Free, Abertis, AXA and Prosegur before the General Court and the CJEU in the saga related to the European Commission’s financial goodwill State aid decisions.
  • Representing Cisco Systems before the General Court of the EU on its application for the annulment of the European Commission’s Microsoft/Skype decision.
  • Representing a major ethanol producer in ongoing proceedings before the European Commission in relation to the alleged manipulation of ethanol price assessments.
  • Representing over 40 applicants before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU in annulment proceedings against the European Commission’s State aid decision in the Spanish tax lease saga.
  • Representing the UK Producers Alliance for Cinema and TV in the context of the European Commission’s Hollywood Studios/Pay-TV investigation.
  • Representing Cellnex Telecom and several other applicants in various annulment proceedings before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the EU against two European Commission Decisions regarding alleged State aid to Digital Terrestrial Television.
  • Representing a cement producer before the European Commission and the General Court of the EU in relation to the European Commission’s Cement investigation and challenged requests for information.
  • Representing the European Commission in various annulment proceedings concerning its Pre-Stressed Steel cartel decision.

Some stuff behind the official bio

I was born and raised in Reinosa (Cantabria, Spain), arguably the coldest place in Spain, which makes me one of the least complaining expats in Brussels. I lived there (at the top of the hotel that my parents run) until the start of my university studies in Madrid. Since graduating from law school I have lived in Bruges, Brussels, Cambridge (Massachusetts) and once again Brussels. 

I am the father of three amazing boys: Eduardo (7), Pablo (3) and Daniel (1), the oldest of four siblings, and the first lawyer in a family where everyone runs their own small businesses.

Before becoming a father I used to play basketball, unsuccesfully try to follow triathlon training plans, visit restaurants and read. I now mostly drive the kids around, play Lego, read Asterix books and cook. 

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

26 January 2011 at 2:05 pm

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