Mário Marques Mendes is a partner at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, leading the EU/Competition group of the firm’s Lisbon offices. He was formerly senior partner of the boutique firm Marques Mendes & Associados, which merged into Gómez-Acebo & Pombo in early 2015. He has a lifetime experience in merger control, restrictive practices, dominance and State aid matters, having represented national and international clients in cases conducted before the European Commission and the Portuguese Competition Authority and having handled important litigation before national and EU courts. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, having written extensively on various subjects of EU law, notably competition/antitrust, merger control, State aid and State intervention, as well as of international trade law. Following his graduation in the Lisbon University Law School, Mário Marques Mendes is a law graduate from the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium), and, as a Fulbright Scholar, an LL.M. graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor (USA). He was a founding member and first Chairman of the Board of the Portuguese Association of Competition Lawyers (“CAPDC”), having meanwhile served as Charmain of the Advisory Council of which he is currently a member.