Alfonso Lamadrid is the head of the firm's Brussels office and a member of our EU & Competition practice.
He has extensive experience in relation to competition investigations, litigation, strategic advice, compliance programs, merger control and the application of State aid rules across a wide variety of sectors. Alfonso also has a vast litigation experience, having represented clients in over 60 cases before the General Court of the European Union and the Court of Justice of the European Union.
In 2019 he was named “Lawyer of the Year (Under 40)” by Global Competition Review. In 2020 and 2021 he was the recipient of the Client Choice Award for Competition in Belgium. He features in GCR's “40 under 40” list of top antitrust experts worldwide (2020). 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.
All major legal directories (including Chambers, Legal 500, GCR/Who's Who, IFLR, Best Lawyers and Acritas Star Lawyers) recognize Alfonso as a leading competition lawyer internationally. Prior to his promotion to partner, between 2014 and 2019, Chambers ranked him 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 (2018-2021), and by GCR/Who’s Who as “Most Highly Recommended Future Leader” and as a “Thought Leader”.
He is the director of the EU and Spanish Competition Law Course at the IEB (Madrid), Visiting professor at the Brussels School of Competition (Brussels), and has lectured at several national and international universities and institutions , 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 Centre, the European Association of Competition Law Judges, the Rome Antitrust Forum and the Spanish and Swedish competition authorities. He has also trained competition enforcers from China, Japan, India, Korea, Spain, ASEAN countries and the EFTA Surveillance Authority. Since 2017 he is a non-governmental advisor of the European Commission before the International Competition Network.
Alfonso 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 published extensively on competiiton law matters, including:
• Lamadrid, Alfonso and Bayón, Nieves, “Why the Proposed DMA Might be Illegal Under Article 11 TFEU, And How to Fix It", Journal of European Competition Law and Practice
• Lamadrid, Alfonso and Buendía, José Luis, “A Moment of Truth for the EU: A Proposal for a State Aid Solidarity Fund", Journal of European Competition Law and Practice, Vol 11. No 1-2, 2020.
• 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(3), 2017.
• Lamadrid, Alfonso, “Case T-289/03: BUPA, The Illusion of Flexibility that Confirmed Altmark” in C. Buts and J.J. Buendía, Milestones in State Aid Case Law, EStAL’s First 15 Years in Perspective, Lexxion, 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.
• Ibáñez, 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(1) (2015).
• Lamadrid, Alfonso and Balcells, Ana, “La Prueba de los Cárteles en Derecho Español”, 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, “El procedimiento sancionador en materia de cárteles”, 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:
• College of Europe Summer Courses on "EU Competition Law" and "EU Competition Law in Hi-Tech Markets", Bruges, July 2021.
• College of Europe Summer Courses for competition officials from China, Japan, India, Korea and ASEAN, July 2021.
• Podcast “Competition & Digital Markets”, Jammin’Digital, June 2021.
• “Derecho de la Competencia en la UE y Plataformas Digitales”, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile, 30 April 2021.
• “Competencia y Mercados Digitales”, San Pablo-CEU University, 1 February 2021.
• Speaker at the American Bar Association’s “Our Curious Amalgam” podcast, Still the Largest Tax Payer in the World? Apple Avoid Massive Tax Payment to Ireland, September 2020.
• "El Tribunal de Justicia de la UE ante los grandes retos jurídicos europeos", Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, 10 September 2020.
• College of Europe Summer Courses (EU Competition Law and High-Tech Markets), July 2020.
• College of Europe Summer Courses (EU Competition Law - A professional guide to EU Competition Law), July 2020.
• “Privacidad, Regulación y Competencia en la era digital”, ANADE, Mexico City, 26 February 2020.
• 5th Chillin’Competition Conference, Brussels, 9 December 2019.
• Rome Antitrust Forum, Rome, 29 November 2019.
• UCL/White&Case Brussels Autumn Antitrust Conference (“A New Procedural Framework for the Digital Age”), Brussels, 21 November 2019.
• Moderator at the International Competition Network’s Unilateral Conduct Working Group, Mexico City, 14-15 November 2019.
• “Fiscal State Aid in Court: Recent Developments”, Université Libre de Bruxelles’ Les Mardis de la Concurrence, Brussels, 12 November 2019.
• Speaker at the EFTA Surveillance Authority, Meeting and Shifting the Burden of Proof, 11 October 2019.
• “Ayudas de Estado: Política Europea, Normativa y Control”, CEARC, Santander, 8-11 April 2019.
• Harvard European Law Conference 2019, “Disruption, Innovation and the Future of Europe”, Harvard Law School, Cambrigde, Massachusets, 2 March 2019.
• “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 Asociacion Española de Defensa de la Competencia (“AEDC”), Madrid, 26 November 2018.
• Co-Director of the 4th Chillin’Competition Conference, Brussels, 20 November 2018.
• Speaker at LeadershIP EU 2018 Conference, “Recent Decisions from the European Commission: Lessons Learned?”, Brussels, 7 November 2018.
• Speaker at the Core-CCIA-Vrije Universiteit conference, “Competition Policy and Online Markets”, Brussels, 24 October 2018.
• Speaker at Laikikoulutus “Competition Law 2018”, Helsinki, 11 October 2018.
• College of Europe Summer Courses for competition officials from China, Japan, India, Korea and ASEAN, July 2018.
• Chair at ERA’s (Academy of European Law) Workshop on “Abuse of Dominance: Recent Developments and Their Practical Implications”, Brussels, 12 April 2018.