EU/Competition Law

“Excellent service, prompt response time and ability to explain issues in context

– The Legal 500 –

Our highly experienced EU Law and antitrust law team defends the interests of our clients before the EU and Spanish competition authorities. We assist our clients in obtaining the necessary authorization from the competition authorities in those transactions and contracts in which such are required (notifications of transactions of concentration, opposition to proceedings of concentration, administrative and court proceedings or antidumping matters, etc).

We also advise in the preparation of compliance programs for companies in order to verify the observance of the competition legislation and regulatory matters.

Furthermore, we advise on EU Law, particularly regarding internal market issues.

Our competition team works closely with specialists in other areas of practice of the firm to offer our clients the most comprehensive advice.



Araoz & Rueda’s Ainhoa Veiga “was effective when dealing with the competition authorities and was very good all round”. She commonly assists companies with merger proceedings, distribution contracts and CNMC investigations. She has recently been instructed by IBA Molecular to advise on public procurement proceedings in hospitals.

Chambers Europe Guide 2017 - Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga is the main contact at Araoz & Rueda, which is especially active on the transactional and merger-control side. The team recently advised Eni on antitrust issues related to its Union Fenosa Gas joint venture with Gas Natural Fenosa.

The EMEA Legal 500 2017 - Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga of Araoz & Rueda is the head of department and is well regarded in the market. Her practice includes advising on merger control and IP related matters. Market commentators describe her as "very good, straightforward and practical."

Chambers Europe Guide 2016 - Competition/Antitrust

At Araoz & Rueda, practice head Ainhoa Veiga advised Eastman Chemical on the notification to the CNMC of the acquisition by its wholly owned subsidiary Taminco of Cepsa Química.

The EMEA Legal 500 2016 - Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga heads Araoz & Rueda's competition practice and is highlighted for her proactivity and noted presence on the competition market.

Chambers Europe Guide 2015 - Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga heads Araoz & Rueda's "very competent team", which has "a practical approach" and "knowledge of the domestic authority". Highlights included advising Apollo on merger control matters concerning its acquisition of Evo Banco.

The EMEA Legal 500 2015 - Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga of Araoz & Rueda heads the firm's competition department. Clients highlight her efficiency and commitment.

Chambers Europe Guide 2014 - Competition/Antitrust

At Araoz & Rueda Ainhoa Veiga heads the competition team and is recommended.

The EMEA Legal 500 2014 - Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga at Araoz & Rueda is "pragmatic and well rounded".

Chambers Europe Guide 2013 - Competition/Antitrust

Araoz & Rueda’s ‘excellent’ team advised waste management company Daorje on antitrust issues in the recycling market, and provided merger control advice to clients such as SK Capital Partners and Ferroatlántica. Practice head Ainhoa Veiga is ‘tough and energetic".

The EMEA Legal 500 2013 - Competition/Antitrust

Araoz & Rueda's team is "always available, with a high level of commitment". Practice head Ainhoa Veiga is "really intelligent; she captures the essence of the problem in a second and quickly provides solutions".

The EMEA Legal 500 2012 - Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga at Araoz & Rueda receives praise for her "direct, clear and analytical style".

Chambers Europe Guide 2012 - Competition/Antitrust

High-calibre team led by partner Ainhoa Veiga: "She receives widespread recognition as a competition specialist with experience in M&A and IP".

Chambers Europe Guide 2011 - Competition/Antitrust

At Araoz & Rueda, Ainhoa Veiga´s team was praised for its "excellent service, prompt response time, in-depth subject knowledge and ability to explain issues in context".

The EMEA Legal 500 2010 - Competition/Antitrust

"This Spanish boutique has a compact but strong competition team. The firm aims to deliver a tailored service and happy clients comment that "compared to the big multinational firms it seems to dedicate a lot more time to the clients." Leading the team, and at the forefront of each case, is partner Ainhoa Veiga, a skilled competition lawyer specialising also in IP.

Chambers Europe Guide 2010 - Competition/Antitrust

Araoz & Rueda boasts sound expertise in competition issues.

The EMEA Legal 500 2009 - Competition/Antitrust

"They provide a real personal treatment within a speedy and flexible framework".

Chambers Global Guide 2009 - Competition/Antitrust

Clients are delighted with Ainhoa Veiga at Araoz & Rueda, noting her "solid, well-constructed arguments" as well as her "diligent and flexible service".

Chambers Europe Guide 2008 - Competition/Antitrust

Interviewees describe department head Ainhoa Veiga as "a smart lawyer who really knows what she is doing".

Chambers Global Guide 2007 - Competition/Antitrust

This widely admired corporate firm has a small but highly efficient competition practice that offers splendid transactional and litigation services. Ainhoa Veiga is seen as an energectic and rising star on the team.

Chambers Global Guide 2006 - Competition/Antitrust

“Derecho de la competencia y propiedad industrial, comercial o intelectual”

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