Luis Ortiz Blanco is a partner in the EU and Competition Law Department at Garrigues, where he has continued to pursue his professional career after spending ten years (1987-1996) as an official in the Directorate General for Competition in the European Commission, Brussels.
Luis specializes in EU and Competition Law and, in particular, in advising and representing clients in administrative and court proceedings before authorities and courts at Spanish and European level (European Commission, National Antitrust Commission, commercial courts, National Appellate Court, Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the European Union). He is the go-to lawyer for a large number of multinational and Spanish companies on EU and Spanish competition law and is regularly involved in many of the most high-profile proceedings at European level.
His practice areas cover cartels, cooperation agreements between competing companies, distribution and agency agreements, abuses of a dominant position, merger control, State aid, free circulation of goods and trade defense proceedings.
Directories such as Chambers and Partners Global – The World’s Leading Lawyers, Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Global Competition Review, Who's Who Legal, and PLC Which Lawyer have recognized Luis as a distinguished specialist in antitrust law.
Luis teaches competition law and trade defense procedures at the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and the Brussels School of Competition (Brussels). He is also a lecturer on private international law at the law faculty of Universidad Complutense, Madrid and director of the annual EU and Spanish Competition Law Program at the IEB (Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles), Madrid.
He is a member of the Madrid Bar Association. At present, he serves as member of the Board of the AEDC (Asociación Española para la Defensa de la Competencia, Spanish Association for the Defense of Competition), an association which he chaired between 1998 and 2011, Secretary General of the AEDEur (Asociación Española para el Estudio del Derecho Europeo, Spanish group within the Fédération Internationale de Droit Européen, FIDE, an association which he was General Secretary between 2008 and 2011), and member of the Board of EMLO (European Maritime Law Organisation). In addition, he is the Editorial Director of the Gaceta Jurídica de la Unión Europea y de la Competencia (Madrid), and a member of the Advisory Board of the European Competition Journal (Oxford.