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Manuel Contreras

Manuel Contreras

Senior Associate

Manuel Contreras is a senior associate specialized in competition law.



He has been ranked by the legal directory Chambers Europe 2020  as a prominent specialist in competition law in Spain: “Manuel Contreras has a great relationship with clients and is always available and willing to clarify everything".

He is included by the National Markets and Competition Commission in the list of Non-Governmental Advisors to the International Competition Network. In addition, Manuel is ranked in the latest edition of " Best Lawyers" for his work in competition law in Spain. 

He previously served as a legal intern at the DG Competition of European Commission in Brussels, where he worked on several merger control investigations in the basic industry sector.

Manuel is a teacher of postgraduate students at the Carlos III University in Madrid, a frequent presenter at both business and legal conferences, and has authored several articles relevant to his practice area.

A member of the Madrid Bar, he is a case contributor for the publication specialized in competition law of Oxford University.

Manuel's experience includes advising and/or representing:

  • Europac on a cartel investigation and on the ensuing antitrust appeal that resulted in the annulment by the National Court of antitrust fines worth c. 50 million euros
  • Chevron on the disposal of its downstream business to Cepsa and successfully obtained conditional merger control clearance in Phase II subject to behavioral commitments and conditions
  • a listed company involved in an antitrust investigation where the European Commission decided, exceptionally, to close the investigation without imposing any fines
  • a confidential client on the acquisition of a competing business active in the Spanish telecom sector and successfully obtained conditional merger control clearance in Phase I subject to behavioral commitments
  • a listed corporation in antitrust litigation and successfully obtained a dismissal of the claimant's request for access to confidential documents in the context of a follow-on action
  • a multinational company active in rolling stock and signaling in relation to the planned merger of Siemens and Alstom which was blocked by the European Commission