Henar González is a highly regarded competition practitioner who "quickly understands the issues" and "gives practical advice".
Henar González Durantez is a partner in Herbert Smith Freehills' Madrid office where she leads the competition team. Henar has extensive experience in competition law on both a Spanish and European scale, with a special focus on complex mergers and acquisitions, cartel investigations, dawn raids and abuses of dominant position. She also has an outstanding experience in aspects related to preventive advice and compliance programmes. Her experience encompasses a broad range of sectors, with deep experience in distribution, consumer goods, digital markets, infrastructures and energy, among others.
Henar successfully defended a leading multinational company in an extensive cartel investigation before the European Commission, a large industrial group in a cartel investigation, two large supermarket groups before the investigation initiated in Spain regarding a joint purchase agreement and a leading telecom and TV operator in a number of collusion and abuse of dominant position investigations before the Spanish Competition Authority. She has been involved in Phase II merger control proceedings before the European Commission and the Spanish Competition Authority and has helped clients design and implement collaboration agreements in full compliance with competition rules.
According to the most reputed legal directories, Henar is one of Spain's leading lawyers in competition law and was among the Iberian Lawyer's “40 under 40” in 2013. Henar has recently been recognised with the InspiraLaw Top 50 Women award and has been distinguished as one of the best lawyers in Europe at the annual W@Competition conference in Brussels.
Henar frequently speaks at courses and seminars at universities and business schools and has co-authored a number of collective works and written many articles on competition law for the specialised legal press.