Rafael Allendesalazar is managing partner of the firm, which he joined at its foundation in 1985.
Over almost 40 years, he has advised and represented numerous companies as well as public and private bodies, before competition authorities and before the Spanish and EU courts and tribunals in sectors such as consumer goods, professional associations, copyright collecting societies, energy, fuel distribution, telecommunications, media, automotive distribution, finance and credit cards, and the new digital platform economy. Furthermore, he also has an ample experience in advising companies on how to design and implement compliance programmes in Competition Law.
Chambers rates him as Band 1 in the fiel of Competition and EU Law. In its latest edition of 2023, it describes him as «one of the godfathers of competition law in Spain», adding that «he is very experienced, knows the matters and is a strategic thinker who we use for complex issues» and that «he is available when needed and offers clear and concise answers to the questions». In previous editions Chambers has noted that «Rafael Allendesalazar Corcho remains a towering figure in the market, dedicating his practice to unfair competition claims, investigations and annulment proceedings. He is depicted by clients as «empathic, honest and clear, with high ethical values». Clients refer to him as a “top lawyer in the market” (The Legal500 2016) and Which Lawyer considers him to be “a leading authority in all aspects of Spanish competition and EC law.
(…) Praised by clients and competitors alike for his excellent technical skills”. He was appointed “Lawyer of the year 2013” in the Competition and EU Law area by Best Lawyers International.
Rafael was also editor of the Gaceta Jurídica de la Unión Europea y de la Competencia (‘EU and Competition Law Gazette’) and correspondent for the European Competition Law Review, and has published numerous articles relating to different aspects of the application of EU and Competition Law. He regularly delivers classes and seminars at universities and other public and private institutions both in Spain and abroad.