Luis Blanquez is an international antitrust and competition law attorney with 15 years of experience at the European Commission and major international law firms. Before moving to the United States in 2016, Luis served with the Merger Task Force, Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission in Brussels, (DG Comp), where he investigated and analyzed numerous proposed mergers including: Oracle/Peoplesoft, Banco Santander/Abbey, and EDP/GDP/ENI. From there he spent ten years with major international law firms in Brussels, Madrid, and London, representing clients in cartel and other competition-law related investigations, merger control proceedings, as well as general competition law advice and compliance.
Luis’ earlier European experience also includes training at the Directorate General of Information Society of the European Commission in Brussels, where he was actively involved in the drafting process of the Regulatory Framework of Electronic Communications Networks and Services (i.e. the Framework, Authorization, Access and Interconnection Directives, User’s Right’s Directive, Data Protection Directive and Unbundled Local Loop Regulation); and the “Leonardo da Vinci” European program––where he supported French legal chambers and judges as a junior attorney working in several local French law firms in Nantes.
Luis joined Bona Law PC in 2016 and was admitted to the California Bar in 2018. Luis recently has been appointed Vice Chair of the ABA Antitrust Section’s Distribution and Franchising Committee (2023-2024).
Since joining Bona law, Luis has prosecuted and defended clients in antitrust actions in federal and state courts, including the defense of a Japanese capacitor manufacturer against class action antitrust claims (In re Capacitors Antitrust Litigation). Luis’ practice also includes global merger control, with particular focus on premerger clearance and antitrust investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission, and state antitrust authorities as well as Hart-Scott-Rodino matters. In addition, Luis continues to provide support to our US and international clients on EU competition law and process.
Luis is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English, and proficient in French.