We thrive both in administrative litigation, (i.e., judicial review of antitrust and regulatory decisions), and in civil litigation. We have a first-class track record with the Spanish courts and have litigated before the national High Court (Audiencia Nacional) and the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo). We have experience in litigation before the European courts, having participated in various antitrust related appeals.
Civil litigation has become highly relevant for us. Although the key EU competition law provisions may in theory be litigated before the Spanish courts since Spain joined the EU, national competition law can be invoked before commercial courts without a prior and final administrative decision only since 2007. Furthermore, only as recently as 7 November 2013 has the Supreme Court issued its first judgment on a follow-on damages action as a result of a cartel. We have been pioneers in the area of civil litigation of unfair trade and antitrust cases. We scored a victory on behalf of a technology client of ours specialized on IPTV solutions, with damages awarded to our client as a result of our claim based on unfair trade (inducing employees to a contractual breach) and antitrust grounds. We have also had leading consultancy roles working alongside civil litigators in the largest antitrust damages case to date in Spain in the pay-TV sector and in the postal sector and we advise in connection with follow-on actions related to large European Commission cartel Decisions.
We represent internet and technology high growth companies throughout all stages of their development as well as the venture capital firms and other investors that finance these high growth companies.