Francisco-Enrique González Díaz

Francisco-Enrique González Díaz is a partner based in the Brussels office of law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Mr. González Díaz’s practice focuses on European and Spanish competition law, including mergers and acquisitions, restrictive practices, abuse of dominance and State aid.

Mr. González Díaz joined the firm in October 2003 as a partner. He has law degrees from the University of Granada, the Free University of Brussels and Harvard University as well as an economics degree from the Open Univesity.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. González Díaz held a number of positions within the European institutions. Between 1998 and 2003, he headed one of the enforcement units of the European Commission’s Merger Task Force and led the European Commission in its review of a number of large and complex cases in a wide array of market sectors. He also represented the European Commission in a number of important legislative projects relating to mergers and acquisitions and the application of Articles 81 and 82 EC. Between 1996 and 1998, Mr. González Díaz clerked for Judge García Valdecasas at the European Court of First Instance in Luxembourg. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. González Díaz was a member of the European Commission’s Legal Service. His responsibilities included providing legal advice to the European Commission, in particular to DG Competition, and representing the European Commission before the European Courts in Luxembourg in a significant number of cases on a wide range of issues arising under the EC Treaty.

Mr. González Díaz has written extensively on EU law matters, particularly in the field of antitrust/competition law. He was a lecturer in Private International Law at the University of Alicante from 1985 to 1989. He also serves on the advisory/editorial boards of a number of legal publications.

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