Biography

Andrés Font Galarza is a Spanish qualified partner and a member of the Brussels Bar, based in the Brussels office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is a member of the firms' Antitrust and Competition, Litigation, Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, White Collar Defense and Investigations, and Fashion, Retail & Consumer Products Practice Groups.

Mr. Galarza’s practice encompasses antitrust and regulatory issues relating to distribution (especially online commerce), mergers, joint ventures, IP, the abuse of dominance and cartels.  He is experienced in European privacy issues, particularly those raised by the digital economy throughout the EU Single Market.  He successfully represents clients on FCPA and white collar crime issues in Europe.  In addition, he is regularly instructed by clients on major advocacy competition issues in China and Latin America.

Mr. Galarza has 25 years of professional experience. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Mr. Galarza spent 15 years as senior official of the European Commission particularly in the Information and Communication Technologies and consumer goods sectors.

Mr. Galarza is featured as a leading lawyer for Competition/European Law in both the current editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, in which clients have described him as "brilliant, practical and perceptive not just from the legal point of view but he realises the political situation", and noted "he is a pleasure to work with", and have also described him as "highly respected", "a strong asset to the practice" and "a very proactive counsel". In addition, he is recommended by GCR's Who's Who Legal: Competition, Legal 500 EMEA for Belgium: Competition and Belgium: EU regulatory - Telecoms, which describes him as an "e-commerce specialist", and by Best Lawyers 2016/7 for Belgium: Competition/Antitrust Law.

Mr. Galarza is a regular lecturer on antitrust and competition matters in a variety of international forums and has authored a number of publications that have been reproduced in several languages (including in English, Spanish, French and Chinese). He is an author of one of the leading works on European merger control, "Merger Control in the European Union: Law, Economics and Practice" (Oxford University Press, Chinese edition published by Law Press China). His paper on "RPM Under EU Competition Law: Some Considerations from a Business and Economic Perspective" was awarded 'Best Business Economics Article - 2014' by the Antitrust Writing Awards 2014. He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Education

  • College of Europe - Belgium - 1991 - Master of Laws (LL.M.)
  • University of Valencia - 1986 - Law Degree

Admissions

  • Belgium-French Section of the Brussels Bar - Registered European Lawyer
  • Spain - Colegio de Abogados (Valencia)