EU/Competition Law

“Extremely knowledgeable and practical

– Chambres Europe Guide 2020 –

“Transparent and realistic approach

– Chambers Europe Guide 2019 –

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.



Chambers Europe Guide 2022 – Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga regularly advises clients on cartel investigations and merger control proceedings. She also assists with related compliance matters.

Chambers Europe Guide 2022
Chambers Europe Guide 2021 – Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga of Araoz & Rueda regularly advises clients on cartel investigations and merger control proceedings. She also assists with related compliance matters.

Chambers Europe Guide 2021
Chambers Europe Guide 2020 – Competencia

The "practical and knowledgeable" Ainhoa Veiga routinely assists with day-to-day competition mandates, as well as advising on merger control proceedings and distribution agreements. She represents clients in cartel and infringement investigations, in addition to appealing CNMC decisions.

Chambers Europe Guide 2020
Chambers Europe Guide 2019 – Competition/Antitrust

Clients appreciate Ainhoa Veiga of Araoz & Rueda's "transparent and realistic" approach. She has considerable experience in dealing with distribution agreements, representing clients before the CNMC due to complaints and cartel cases. Veiga also advises on merger control procedures.

Chambers Europe Guide 2019
Chambers Europe Guide 2018 – Competition/Antitrust

Ainhoa Veiga of Araoz & Rueda has experience in merger control, compliance and private enforcement matters. Her additional experience in unfair competition mandates was demonstrated in advice to Pompadour Ibérica on European competition and food law concerning the comparative advertising of food supplements. Sources say she is "very keen to achieve success for the client," with one client adding: "She is extremely knowledgeable and practical, and is able to adapt to the client's requests."

Chambers Europe Guide 2018
Chambers Europe Guide 2017 – Competition/Antitrust

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
The EMEA Legal 500 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
Chambers Europe Guide 2016, “Recommended Firm” in 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
The EMEA Legal 500 2016, “Recommended Firm” in 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
Chambers Europe Guide 2015, “Recommended Individual” in Competition/Antitrust_AinhoaVeiga

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
The EMEA Legal 500 2015, “Recommended Firm” in Competition/Antitrust_AinhoaVeiga

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
Chambers Europe Guide 2014, “Recommended Individual” in Competition/Antitrust_AinhoaVeiga

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

Chambers Europe Guide 2014
The EMEA Legal 500 2014, “Recommended Firm” in Competition/Antitrust_AinhoaVeiga

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

The EMEA Legal 500 2014
Chambers Europe Guide 2013, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

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

Chambers Europe Guide 2013
The EMEA Legal 500 2013, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

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
The EMEA Legal 500 2012, “Recommended firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

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
Chambers Europe Guide 2012, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

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

Chambers Europe Guide 2012
Chambers Europe Guide 2011, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

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
The EMEA Legal 500 2010, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

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
Chambers Europe Guide 2010, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

"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
The EMEA Legal 500 2009, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

Araoz & Rueda boasts sound expertise in competition issues.

The EMEA Legal 500 2009
Chambers Global Guide 2009, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

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

Chambers Global Guide 2009
Chambers Europe Guide 2008, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law

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
Chambers Global Guide 2007, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

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

Chambers Global Guide 2007
Chambers Global Guide 2006, “Recommended Firm” in EU/Competition Law_AinhoaVeiga

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

“Overview of class/collective actions and current trends”

Publication: Country Q&A - Class/collective actions in Spain
Authors: Ainhoa Veiga
Date: December 2020

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“The exclusion of operators from public tendering due to infringements of competition law in Spain”

Publication: Competition & Antitrust Law 2020 - Expert Guides
Authors: Pedro Láinez
Date: April 2020

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

Publication: Tratado de Derecho de la Competencia. Unión Europea y España (Wolters Kluwer)
Authors: Ainhoa Veiga and Julio Costas
Date: September 2017

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“¿Qué pasa con Uber?”

Publication: Expansió
Authors: Ainhoa Veiga
Date: May 2017

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Iberian Lawyer Magazine, February 2018 (Ainhoa Veiga)

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Summer Law School III Edition

Venue: San Sebastián

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Seminario sobre Perspectivas en el Arbitraje Internacional

May 2022

Organises: Union International des Avocats
Lecturer: Ángel S. Freire

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Webinar – Competition and State of Alarm

April 24, 2020

Organises: Asociación Española para la Defensa de la Competencia (AEDC)
Lecturer: Ainhoa Veiga

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Jornada LegalTech

February 25, 2020

Organises: IEB
Lecturer: Ainhoa Veiga

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