Julia Blanco’s practice focuses on EU competition law.

She advises clients on a wide range of antitrust issues, including restrictive practices, merger control proceedings, abuse of dominance, and litigation before EU courts.

Julia joined the firm as a stagiaire in 2015 and returned to the firm as an associate in 2017.

Notable Experiences

  • Global Layer Genetics and European Layer Distribution’s acquisition of Novogen and Verbeek.

  • Illumina in its acquisition of Grail and related litigation.

  • OpenText in its $6 billion acquisition of Micro Focus.

  • Allied Universal in its acquisition of Attenti Group from funds advised by Apax Partners.

  • Cobepa in Enoflex’s acquisition of Sparflex.

  • LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in its acquisition of a 50% stake in Mr. Shawn C. Carter’s (also known as Jay-Z) Ace of Spades Holdings that owns the champagne brand Armand de Brignac.

  • Latour Capital and Bpifrance in connection with their consortium acquisition of the environment division of Plastic Omnium.

  • KLA-Tencor Corporation in its $3.4 billion acquisition of Orbotech.

  • Google in its $1.1 billion business cooperation agreement with HTC Corporation.

  • Telefónica S.A. on various matters, including as a remedy taker in the Vodafone/Liberty Global transaction, conditionally cleared by the EU Commission and in its £31.4 billion joint venture with Liberty Global, creating a new fixed-mobile provider in the UK.

  • Telefónica Deutschland regarding the alleged breach of EU Commission merger commitments in the Telefónica Deutschland/E-Plus case. This was the first-ever alleged breach of commitments case.

  • Global Steel Wire and others in an appeal proceeding before the EU General Court and the EU Court of Justice regarding the European Commission investigation in the prestressing steel sector.

  • SES Astra before the EU General Court in winning the dismissal of appeals against the EU Commission decision finding that the State measures at issue constituted unlawful and incompatible State aid.

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