Irene Fraile

Irene is an associate in the firm’s Antitrust Litigation and Counselling practice group at the London office. She is dual-qualified to practice in England & Wales and in Spain. Irene advises clients on all aspects of EU and UK competition law, in both contentious and non-contentious matters. She has previously represented clients before the European Commission in European-wide investigations and complaint filings. She has experience acting for clients in competition damages claims before the English courts.

Irene has acted for a wide range of corporate clients, including leading global and European retailers, payment service providers, mobile network operators, car rental companies, and others. She has extensive knowledge of the EU regulatory framework of network industries and has developed significant industry expertise in the payments sector.

With specialist studies to become a legal adviser to the Spanish Parliament, Irene has represented clients’ interests before European institutions, including the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, she trained in the competition law department of Clifford Chance in Madrid.

Representative matters

  • Representing a global payments company in antitrust litigation in the High Court involving multi-million pound damages claims.
  • Representing a client active in the payments sector before the European Commission in relation to an investigation of alleged industry-wide anticompetitive practices.
  • Acting for a number of leading merchants in competition damages litigation against Visa and MasterCard in the High Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal.
  • Advising a large global retailer in relation to potential anticompetitive practices in the fintech sector.
  • Acting for a payment services provider in disputes with a payment system.
  • Representing clients’ interests before the European Parliament and the European Commission in connection with the EU payments legislative framework.
  • Acting for large corporate clients in the notification to the European Commission of a full-function JV in the mobile payments sector.

Irene graduated in law from Universidad Complutense in Madrid and holds a postgraduate degree in competition law from King’s College of London.

She is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian.

Irene Fraile's Publications & Speeches

Dec12014
Drug Test: When Are Pay-for-Delay Agreements Illegal?

“Drug Test:  When Are Pay-for-Delay Agreements Illegal?” an article by Irene Fraile, Ankur Kapoor, and Rosa Morales was published in Global Competition Litigation Review, Issue 4,...

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Nov142014
New EU Rules Will Encourage Competition Damages Claims

with Richard Pike, Law360 (November 14, 2014) Click here to read the article.

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Sep112014
The European Court of Justice dismisses the final appeal in a case regarding inter-bank card fees (MasterCard)

e-Competitions publishes article by Constantine Cannon associate Irene Fraile (September 11, 2014). Click here to read the article.

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Jun102014
EU High Court Opens The Door To Umbrella Liability

Law360 (June 10, 2014). Click here to read the article.

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