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Alvaro Pliego Selie


Antitrust and competition | Antitrust litigation | ESG and sustainability | Merger control | Regulatory and compliance advisory |

Alvaro Pliego Selie is an intelligent, sharp and pragmatic lawyer who thinks in terms of solutions and displays a high level of strategic thinking

Chambers Europe 2022

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About Alvaro Pliego Selie

Alvaro is a Counsel in our global Antitrust, Competition and Trade practice, specializing in:

  • Antitrust / competition law
  • EU state aid
  • EU market regulation (single market, telecoms, tech, energy) 

He acts on many international and high-profile litigious and M&A matters, including appeals against the EU tax ruling decisions in the area of state aid, as well as EU cartel and merger litigation (UPS/TNT, KPN v. Commission). Alvaro advises clients in (online) technology, telecommunications, media, Fast Moving Consumer Goods and energy sectors on complex EU regulatory matters (sector regulation, free movement, consumer protection).  

Before joining Freshfields in 2011, Alvaro spent five years at the Dutch Competition Authority as a member of its Legal Service. During his 2015 secondment to Freshfields' London office, Alvaro advised on a number of large UK transactions. 

Alvaro is held in high regard by international sources thanks to his "excellent understanding of market and stakeholder sensitivity". He speaks Dutch, Spanish and English.



  • University of Amsterdam (LL.M),
  • Grotius Competition Law (postgraduate specialisation training)

Professional memberships

  • Admitted to the Amsterdam bar


  • Upcoming offshore wind energy tenders in the Netherlands – what you need to know Video

  • The Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 2016 The Commission’s State Aid Control over Renewable Energy Stimulation Measures Reinforced Case T-47/15 Germany v. Commission

  • Een beetje merkbaar mag wel; een reactie op de column van Paul Glazener, Markt en Mededinging, 2016 Hoe merkbaar moet het zijn?

  • (ed. VerLoren van Themaat/Reuder), contributor chapters on art. 102 TFEU and art. 106 TFEU, Edgar Elgar, 2015 European Competition Law: a case commentary

  • noot bij CBB-uitspraken inzake Boomkwekerijen Markt en Mededinging, 2014 '‘Aan een boom zo vol geladen …’'

  • (red. VerLoren van Themaat/Reuder), contributor chapters on abuse of dominance and market distorting state activities, Kluwer 2012 Nederlands Mededingingsrecht 2012/2013

  • Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht, 2012 Aansprakelijkheid moeder en recidive - Rechter eist zorgvuldigheid bij toepassen mededingingsrechtelijk ondernemingsbegrip

  • Marge-uitholling onder de Sherman Act Markt en Mededinging, 2009