Cani Fernández

Cani Fernández

Chairwoman of the CNMC.

She graduated in Law from the University of Zaragoza in 1986, with a qualification of Outstanding.

Licence Spéciale en Droit Européen from the Free University of Brussels in 1987, with High Distinction.

Between 1987 and February 2020 she exercised private practice in Law of Competition and of the EU, and she has been a teacher in the same subjects in prestigious Spanish and foreign universities (Toulouse School of Economics, McGeorge University of the Pacific, Carlos III University, Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, among others). From 1993 to 1997 she was a Lawyer of the European Communities Court of Justice. She has been Co-Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) (the first woman to hold this position), Vice-Chair of the Economics Committee of the Antitrust Section in the American Bar Association (ABA), Officer of the International Cartel Task Force of the Antitrust Section of the ABA, and a member of the IBA LPD Council. She has also been a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) of the European Commission and the National Commission for Markets and Competition (CNMC) before the International Competition Network (ICN).

In 1986 she was awarded under the NATO Fellowship Programme; among her multiple distinctions earned in her professional practice is her recognition, year after year, as one of the 30 best specialists in Competition/Antitrust worldwide in the Expert Guides Best of the Best category; her recognition as one of the "100 Women in Antitrust Worldwide" by GCR. In 2018 and 2019 Chambers named her “Star Individual ”in her speciality in Spain. She is the first woman to win the award “Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession” by Chambers.

She is also the author of numerous publications in the area of ​​Law of Competition and of the EU, and a regular speaker on these topics. 

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