Manuel Contreras holds a degree in Law with a specialisation in EU Law from San Pablo CEU University and is a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills. Manuel regularly advises clients involved in competition law investigations and litigation in the European Union.

Prior to joining the firm, Manuel participated in the European Commission's traineeship programme in Brussels (2009), where he mainly dealt with cases related to the basic industries sector (Directorate General for Competition), including the investigation following the takeover of Sanyo by Panasonic Corporation.

At the academic level, Manuel directs the Seminar on Damages arising from Competition Infringements held annually at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid as part of the Master's Degree in EU Law. He has published a number of doctrinal articles in specialised works such as Oxford University Press, Anuario de Derecho de la Competencia or Perspectives of International Antitrust, among others.

Manuel regularly participates in specialised events and conferences on competition law in both national and international fora and has published in the national press on the reform of the private enforcement system of competition law.

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