Alfonso Lamadrid is a partner in the EU & Competition practice.
He has extensive experience in relation to cartel investigations, vertical and horizontal agreements, unilateral conduct, merger control and State aid. Alfonso also advises companies on the design, implementation and assessment of commercial strategies and compliance programs. He has a vast litigation experience before the General Court of the European Union and the Court of Justice of the European Union, having represented clients in over 60 Court cases.
The main legal directories consider Alfonso a leading international lawyer in his field. In 2020 he featured in Global Competition Review’s “40 under 40” list of the top antitrust experts worldwide, and was the recipient of the Client Choice Award for Competition in Belgium. In 2019 he was named “Lawyer of the Year (Under 40)” by Global Competition Review. In 2018 he was one of the six candidates shortlisted by the International Bar Association for the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award, covering all jurisdictions and practice areas.
Prior to his promotion to partner, Alfonso featured in the Chambers directory between 2014 and 2019 as the only “Star Associate” in EU competition law (“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 Lamadrid “thinks strategically, is smart, empathetic and understands the business” (2019)). He has also been singled out by The Legal 500 as a “Next Generation Partner” in EU competition law (2018-2020), and by GCR/Who’s Who as “Most Highly Recommended Future Leader” and as a “Thought Leader”. Other leading directories, such as Best Lawyers, IFLR1000, LMG’s Rising Stars and Acritas Star Lawyers, also consider Alfonso to be one of the most outstanding lawyers in his field.
He is director of the Spanish and European Competition Law Course at Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles (Madrid), a visiting professor at the Brussels School of Competition (Brussels), and has lectured at several national and international universities, institutions and forums, including Harvard Law School, the College of Europe, the European University Institute, the Academy of European Law, the London School of Economics, the Global Competition Law Center, the European Association of Competition Law Judges, the Spanish Antitrust Association, the Rome Antitrust Forum and the Spanish and Swedish competition authorities. He has also trained competition enforcers from China, Japan, India, Korea, Spain and ASEAN countries. Since 2017 Alfonso is a non-governmental advisor of the European Commission before the International Competition Network.
Alfonso Lamadrid is a member of the Madrid Bar Association, the Brussels Bar Association (List E) and the Spanish Antitrust Association.
Master in Law (LL.M.), Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (2010).
Master in Law (LL.M.), College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium (2007).
Degree in Law and European Community Law, Universidad San Pablo CEU (Valedictorian) (2006).
Alfonso is the author of the specialist EU competition law blog www.chillingcompetition.com. He co-published the “EU and Spanish Competition Law Handbook” (*), (Tecnos, Madrid, 2008) together with Luis Ortiz, Jerónimo Maíllo and Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, and has contributed articles to numerous specialist publications, notably including:
• Lamadrid, Alfonso, “Shortcuts and Courts in the era of Digitization”, Competition Policy International Antitrust Chronicle, October 2019.
• Lamadrid, Alfonso, “Competition Law at a Crossroads”, The Lawyer, The strategy Issue, June 2019.
• Lamadrid, Alfonso, “Competition Law as Fairness”. Journal of European Competition Law & Practice 8, no. 3 (2017).
• Lamadrid, Alfonso and Villiers, Sam, “Big Data, Privacy And Competition Law: Do Competition Authorities Know How To Do It?”. Competition Policy International, January (2017).
• Íbañez, Pablo and Lamadrid, Alfonso, “On the Notion of Restriction of Competition: what we know and what we don’t know we know”. Damien Gerard, Massimo Merola and Bernd Meyring (eds.), The Notion of Restriction of Competition: Revisiting the Foundations of Antitrust Enforcement in Europe. Bruylant (2017).
• Lamadrid, Alfonso, “The Double Duality of Two-Sided Markets”. Competition Law Journal 14, no. 1 (2015).
• Lamadrid, Alfonso and Balcells, Ana, “Proof of Cartels under Spanish Law” (*). Javier Porras, José María Beneyto, Jerónimo Maillo (eds.), La lucha contra los cárteles en España. Madrid: Aranzadi, 2015. p. 419-482.
• Lamadrid, Alfonso and Buendía, José Luis, “The Penalty Proceeding in relation to Cartels” (*) Javier Porras, José María Beneyto, Jerónimo Maillo (eds.), La lucha contra los cárteles en España. Madrid: Aranzadi, 2015. p. 569-600.
Some of his most recent talks and seminars include:
• Visiting Professor at the College of Europe Summer Courses on "EU Competition Law" and "EU Competition Law in Hi-Tech Markets", Bruges, July 2020.
• Speaker at "Privacidad, Regulación y Competencia en la era digital", ANADE, Mexico City, 26 February 2020
• Director of the 5th Chillin’Competition Conference, Brussels, 9 December 2019.
• Guest speaker at the Rome Antitrust Forum, Rome, 29 November 2019.
• Moderator at the International Competition Network, Unilateral Conduct Working Group, Mexico City, 14-16 November 2019.
• Guest Speaker at Les Mardis de la Concurrence: “Fiscal State Aid in Court: Recent Developments”, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 12 November 2019.
• Visiting Professor at the College of Europe summer courses for competition officials from China, Japan, India, Korea y países ASEAN, Bruges, July 2015-2019.
• Speaker at the seminar “Disruption, Innovation and the Future of Europe”, Harvard Law School, Cambrigde, Massachusets, 2 March 2019.
• Guest speaker at the seminar “The Role of Competition Policy in Hi-Tech Markets”, Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, Madrid, 15 February 2019.
• Speaker at the Annual conference of the Spanish Antitrust Association (AEDC), Madrid, November 26, 2018.
• Co-Director of the 4th Chillin’ Competition Conference, Brussels, November 20, 2018.
• Speaker at the LeadershIP EU 2018 Conference, “Recent Decisions from the European Commission: Lessons Learned?”, Brussels, November 7, 2018.
• Speaker at Core-CCIA-Vrije Universiteit Conference, “Competition Policy and Online Markets”, Brussels, October 24, 2018.
• Speaker at Laikikoulutus Competition Law 2018” The Android Decision", Helsinki, October 11, 2018.
• Visiting lecturer in EU Competition Procedure on summer courses for competition officials from China, Japan, India, Korea and ASEAN run by the College of Europe, Bruges, July 2018.
• Chair at the Academy of European Law (ERA) workshop, “Abuse of Dominance: Recent Developments and Their Practical Implications”, Brussels, April 12, 2018.
(*) Originally published in Spanish. See Spanish CV for further details.