Squire Patton Boggs has hired Gorka Navea (pictured) as a partner in the competition-antitrust practice in Madrid. Gorka, with more than 20 years of experience, has a long career in competition law, both in private practice and in the civil service, having been a senior official in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition (DG-COMP) for more than a decade. Navea will work in the firm’s Madrid and Brussels offices, expanding and strengthening its competition law offering.
Navea has been in charge of antitrust investigations in a wide range of sectors, including TMT, pharmaceutical, healthcare, food, industrial and transport. He worked in Brussels and Madrid in the competition departments of leading international law firms, before joining DG-COMP in 2008. During his ten years at DG-COMP, Gorka has been in charge of antitrust investigations in a wide range of sectors, including TMT, pharmaceutical, health, food, industrial and transport. From 2013 to 2014, he was in the cabinet of European Commission (EC) Vice-President and Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, and subsequently held the position of Deputy Head of Unit in DG-COMP’s Cartel Directorate. In 2018, Gorka Navea returned to private practice as a partner in the competition practice of the international law firm Wilson Sonsini.
Madrid office managing partner Teresa Zueco said: “Gorka joins the Madrid team and will work closely with the commercial practice; providing our Spanish and international clients with the expertise and competition analysis they need, not only from a Spanish but also from an EU point of view. He is a great addition to our team and we warmly welcome him.”