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Alfonso Lamadrid

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Official Bio


Alfonso Lamadrid is a Principal Associate at the EU and Competition Law Department of Garrigues (Brussels).

He has extensive experience in relation to cartels, unilateral conduct, vertical and horizontal agreements, merger control and the application of State aid rules in a wide array of sectors, including high technologies, audiovisual, finance, transport, sports, telecommunications, energy and industrial products. Alfonso has ample litigation experience, having acted on behalf of clients in over 50 cases before EU Courts.

Chambers Europe ranks him as the “Star Associate” for EU Competition/Belgium and Competition/Spain (“He is widely regarded as the rising star in EU competition law. He is smart, hard-working, practical and business-minded”). He is also recommended by GCR/Who’sWho (“Most Highly Recommended Future Leader” for EU Competition), Best Lawyers, IFLR1000 and LMG’s Rising Stars.

He has published extensively on international and EU competition law matters and is regularly invited to lecture and participate in conferences. He is a Visiting Professor at the Brussels School of Competition and at the LL.M in International Transactions and co-Director of the annual EU & Spanish Competition Law Course at the IEB (Madrid). He has been appointed a European Commission Non-Governmental Adviser to the International Competition Network.

Alfonso obtained a Law degree with a specialization in EU Law (Summa cum laude) from San Pablo CEU University (2006) and has completed an LL.M in European Legal Studies at the College of Europe (2007) and an LL.M at Harvard Law School (2010).

His full CV is available here: CV_Alfonso_Lamadrid-en_2017

He can be contacted at:

Some stuff behind the official bio







(Picture taken at a recent bar exam)
I was born and raised in Reinosa (a place colder and with as little light as Brussels, which makes me one of the least complaining Spanish expats here). I’m the oldest of 4; lived in my hometown (on the top of my parents’ hotel ) until at age 17 I had to decide between accepting a scholarship to play basketball and moving to Madrid to study there. I did the latter (no regrets, I had no future at all in basketball) and chose to study Law. I’m the first lawyer in a family in which everyone runs small businesses (which is why I generally understand clients better than my fellow lawyers). When I was not at the office I used to travel, read and visit restaurants; that changed a bit (for much better) three years ago when my son Edu joined the family. Any remaining time is used for preparing triathlon training plans that tend not to be strictly complied with.

I’m also much better looking than what it may appear from the pics above !

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

26 January 2011 at 1:05 pm

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