OECD Competition Open Day 2021


Cani Fernández

Spanish National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC)



Cani Fernandez is the President of the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (the Spanish Competition Authority) since she was appointed in June 2020. Prior to that, she was the director of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira’s EU and Competition Law group and head of the Brussels office with expertise in EU and competition law. where she advised leading Spanish and international companies on Spanish and EU competition law matters, including advice on merger control, antitrust (defense in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations by national and European authorities) and litigation in these fields. She was also a member of the Board. Her experience covers a wide range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food, automotive, media, telecommunications and energy. She also advised companies, Governments and EU Institutions on wider EU law. She also has an extensive experience in litigation before the General Court of the EU and the European Court of Justice. Cani teaches in Spain and the US. She was référendaire and chef de cabinet at the EC Court of First Instance (General Court of the EU). She is the author of numerous articles on EU and competition law in several prestigious publications. Recommended as a leading lawyer by several legal directories including Chambers, Plc Which Lawyer and Who’s Who Legal, among others. Cani has also been named as one of the 25 leading specialists in Competition/Antitrust worldwide by The Best of Best 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (Expert Guides) and Best Lawyers’ 2012 Lawyer of the Year in Antitrust-Spain.

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