Carlos Martinez Rico

Carlos Martínez Rico

Baker & McKenzie CVBA/SCRL


Carlos Martínez Rico is a counsel in Baker McKenzie's European & Competition Law Practice.  He qualified in Spain and has been practicing in Brussels, the UK and Spain for over 15 years.

Before joining the Firm, Carlos worked for the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (and its predecessor, the OFT) as a Deputy Director of Competition Policy and a Mergers Principal Case Officer, and for the UK energy regulator (Ofgem) as a Regulatory Economist and in other strategy roles.

Carlos is well acquainted with the functioning of the European Commission's competition directorate, as a result of his training there and years of cooperation while in UK Government roles.  He has also practiced at the Brussels and London offices of a major international law firm and at a leading Spanish law firm. 

Practice Focus

Carlos' practice focuses on EU, UK and Spanish Competition law, including merger control, anticompetitive conduct, State aid and economic regulation.


  • England & Wales [REL]~United Kingdom (2017)
  • Brussels [E-List]~Belgium (2015)
  • Barcelona~Spain (2000)


  • College of Europe (LLM) (2005)
  • London School of Economics (MSc) (2004)
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid (LLB Summa Cum Laude) (2000)


  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Catalan


Speaker, Merger Control and the Digital Economy (Academy of European Law, 2019)

Speaker, Brussels Conference on Competition Law and the Energy Sector  (Florence School of Regulation, 2018)

Speaker, Mergers and Acquisitions  (College of Europe, 2018)

Speaker, Athens Conference on European Energy Law  (Florence School of Regulation, 2017)

Speaker, Competition Conference on Land Agreements  (London, 2011)