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José-Antonio de la Calle

José-Antonio de la Calle

DelaCalle Abogados SLPC/ Velázquez 94 – 1st FloorMadridSpain28006

Global Leader

Competition 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

José-Antonio de la Calle is “highly experienced on the anticompetitive behaviour and cartel side", say sources who add he always “finds creative solutions to complex problems”.


A passionate advocate for the European project and its competition policy, José-Antonio de la Calle y Peral de Vergara is the co-founder and managing partner of DelaCalle Abogados SLP, a Spanish legal boutique specialised in EU, antitrust and competition law.

DelaCalle’s partners act for companies and investors alike in complex cartel investigations, advise on merger-control assignments and craft sophisticated defence strategies for clients affected by abusive behavioural practices. Founded in January 2013, the firm was awarded the 2017 European medal of merit in recognition of its excellence, relevant services to the European Union and outstanding contribution to the legal field.

Prior to DelaCalle’s foundation José-Antonio worked for 15 years at the Madrid and London offices of a top-tier United States law firm, where he became partner in 2009.

José-Antonio is the author of the EU and Spanish merger control chapter of Francis Lefebvre's Memento de Sociedades (the leading reference book on Spanish corporate law). He has also co-authored the Spanish chapters of Oxford University Press' Global Leniency Manual, GTDT's Private Antitrust Litigation and Tottel's Telecommunication Laws in Europe.

José-Antonio graduated magna cum laude in law from Madrid Complutense University and specialised in EU law at San Pablo CEU University, Madrid. He holds a master’s degree in European business law with grande distiction from the Free University of Brussels and has also completed the US law international programme at the University of California, Berkeley and Davis, graduating with the highest grade of his class. 

He is recognised as one of Spain’s leading EU and competition lawyers in, among others, Chambers Europe, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.

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