Antonio Martinez is the head of the competition and European law department at Allen & Overy LLP Spain. He has over 20 years’ experience and is considered by leading directories as among the top competition law practitioners in Spain, and regularly quoted. Chambers Europe (Spain) 2015 states: “‘Eminently practical and flexible’ department head Antonio Martínez is extremely well recognised by the market.”
Antonio has broad experience in advising international and domestic clients on all aspects of competition law. He focuses in particular on infringement and merger control proceedings both before the European Commission and the Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC).
Antonio has recently advised Banco Sabadell in its filing to the European Commission in relation to TSB’s acquisition (COMP/M.7597) and OPTrust, PGGM and USS in their acquisition of Global Vía (COMP/M.7851). He has also represented 888 Holdings (case C/0686/15), Goldman Sachs/Redexis (case C/0630/14) and Yildirim Group in merger control filings to the CNMC.
At present, he is representing Spanish public TV and radio broadcaster Corporación de Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) in its intervention in case C-449/P before the Court of Justice of the EU, having successfully represented the company before the General Court. Antonio is also advising collecting societies AGEDI/AIE in their appeal against a fining decision of the CNMC for an alleged abuse of dominance. Additionally, he is advising a multinational concrete producer in two different infringement proceedings opened by the CNMC.
He also has significant experience setting up competition law compliance programmes for Spanish and international corporations.
Other companies advised by Antonio include Abertis, Altadis SA (Spanish subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group), Azucarera, Berkshire Hathaway, CEPSA, DS Smith, GlaxoSmithKline España, Huntsman, Janssen Cilag, Novartis, RTVE, Randstad, Saria, Sumitomo Corporation and Telefónica, among many others.
He is the vice secretary general of the Spanish Association for the Study of European Law and a member of the board of directors of the Spanish Association for the Defence of Competition. He was a professor on the European law master's degree course at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
Antonio is the author of numerous legal publications and co-author of the Comentario a la Ley15/2007, de 3 de julio, de Defensa de la Competencia, a reference book on competition law to which he contributed the chapter on infringement proceedings.
Antonio received a law degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid and holds a master's degree in European law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Prior to joining Allen & Overy, Antonio headed the competition department in the Barcelona office of major Spanish law firm Uría Menendez.
Allen & Overy's antitrust and competition practice comprises over 100 specialists located across Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. The practice advises corporate clients and financial institutions on their global antitrust policies, litigation and regulatory strategies and has acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex cases in recent years.
WWL says: A "superb merger control lawyer", he also stands out for his private competition expertise
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