Leading international expert on Competition Law, Luis Berenguer, joins BROSETA

| 4 September, 2013
  • BROSETA’s new Senior Advisor is one of the foremost international experts on Competition Law.
  • He was the first president of Spain’s National Competition Commission and has served as chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Foreign Trade, Research and Energy.
  • He has advised several Latin American countries, such as Bolivia and the Dominican Republic, on issues of competition.

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Luis Berenguer, former president of Spain’s National Competition Commission and also former chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Foreign Trade, Research and Energy, joins BROSETA to reinforce the Spanish firm’s Competition Area and its international standing, particularly in Europe and Latin America. An attorney with a long and distinguished academic and professional career, Mr. Berenguer will join the firm as a Senior Advisor.

According to Manuel Broseta, Managing Partner of BROSETA, “the incorporation of Luis Berenguer is a major step forward for the firm. Our team will now feature a renowned legal expert and one of the foremost authorities on competition, both nationally and internationally, who is very highly regarded for his work in Brussels and Latin America.”

In 1999, Luis Berenguer was elected to the European Parliament, and was appointed Chair of the Committee on Industry, Foreign Trade, Research and Energy in 2003. He has been a member of both the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market. Since 2012, he has served as special counsel to the vice-president of the European Commission, Joaquín Almunia, and as a member of the expert Advisory Group to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

He has also been a member of the Delegation for relations with the Member States of ASEAN, South-east Asia and the Republic of Korea. As a European parliamentarian, he has delivered more than 20 reports, the majority of which are of a legal nature, predominantly related to issues of competition, industry, and the internal market (intellectual property, reform of corporate directives, takeovers, etc.). He has worked in close collaboration with Commissioner Mario Monti to modernise the EU’s competition system.

In addition, he has advised the authorities of several Latin American countries, such as Bolivia and the Dominican Republic, on issues of competition.

In Spain, Berenguer was the first president of the CNC from its creation in 2007 until the conclusion of his term in 2011. Previously, he served as president of the Competition Tribunal (2005-2007) and member of the Defence of Competition Tribunal for the Community of Madrid (2005).

On a regional and national level, Berenguer was a member of the Cortes Generales from 1979 to 1993, speaking largely in defence of reform for Spanish commercial law and acting as coordinator for several committees. He has also served as vice-president of the Cortes Valencianas (1995), member of the Committee of the Regions (1994-1995), minister of Public Administration, and spokesman for the Valencian government (1993-1995).

ACADEMIA

Mr. Berenguer has had an extensive career as a professor and lecturer in the field of Commercial Law, European Community Law, and Competition in several university programmes and specialised forums at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, the Universidad de Valencia, and the Colegio Universitario de Alicante, among others.

Luis Berenguer is the author of more than sixty articles in specialised journals, focusing primarily on matters of competition, and is the president of the Editorial Board for the Gaceta Jurídica. In collaboration with professors César Giner Parreño and Antonio Robles Martín-Laborda, he co-authored the book, “La Nueva Legislación Española ante la evolución del Derecho de la Competencia” and spearheaded the collective books: “Ley de Competencia y Ley de Ordenación del Mercado Minorista,” “La Prohibición de Venta a Pérdida” and “La Liberalización en Europa: el mito de España.”