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Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime — Spain


Cuatrecasas - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners

What the team is known for Excellent practice that advises on all aspects of criminal offences, from tax evasion and fraud to money laundering and corruption. Assists some of the biggest Spanish companies and international heavyweights with high-profile matters. Also acts on individual criminal offences, with particular expertise in matters relating to the stock market. Clients benefit from the brilliant reputations of a number of key practitioners, as well as the firm's top-ranked corporate compliance team.

Strengths "The team is outstanding in all aspects: it is efficient, communicative and uses its time well."

"The lawyers are really great at working in a team and they find it easy to co-ordinate with others."

Notable practitioners

"Magnificent criminal lawyer" Joaquín Burkhalter receives tremendous feedback for his broad practice, which covers fraud and misrepresentation. Market commentators say: "He knows his subject very well and he is skilled at presenting it." Sources also highlight his language skills.

According to interviewees, department head Luis Jordana de Pozas is "clearly one of the best criminal lawyers in the country." He has great experience handling some of the biggest criminal cases to take place in Spain, and his recent work has included major fraud and tax evasion cases. Sources also note his background as a public prosecutor.

Josep Maria Paret has an excellent reputation in Barcelona as "a great criminal lawyer who is very meticulous and has a good capacity for analysis." He advises corporations on some of the department's most important economic cases. He has additional expertise in environmental and tax matters.

About the Team (content provided by Cuatrecasas)

Please visit our website to find out more about how we work in this field: http://www.cuatrecasas.com/practice_areas/criminal_law.html

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Oliva Ayala Abogados - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding criminal boutique with an excellent reputation among peers and clients alike. Recommended for representing individuals across the whole spectrum of criminal offences, such as professional negligence, economic crime and in terms of international criminal law. Typical cases dealt with include bribery, corruption and money laundering. Noted for the academic expertise of its practitioners. Also assists with compliance issues.

Strengths "Oliva Ayala is a magnificent option: they can take on many different types of matters that larger firms can't."

"A recognised boutique with a great name in criminal matters in Spain."

Notable practitioners

"Experienced and excellent litigator" Ignacio Ayala boasts a tremendous reputation in the market for his work acting on some of the biggest and most relevant criminal cases in Spain, with recent appearances defending clients against allegations of appropriation and fraud. Peers unanimously consider him to be one of the best practitioners in the country.

Laura Martínez-Sanz primarily acts on criminal law cases but also possesses an expertise in inheritance and company law. She has been active in high-profile corruption cases.

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Uría Menéndez - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading team of renowned professionals with significant experience of defending large corporations, including multinationals, against allegations of corruption, fraud and money laundering. Covers all stages of proceedings from investigations through to appeals. Noted for the previous roles of certain key members as judges and recommended for particularly complex or delicate cases.

Strengths "The team is excellent, outstanding. They are focused, hard-working lawyers who are very much up to speed on the legislation and who communicate clearly."

"We want to be in the best hands, we want the best firm at a national level and that is what Uría is."

Notable practitioners

Carlos Bueren is recommended for his white-collar practice as he is "very good from a technical point of view and he knows his way around the matters." His work encompasses misappropriation, fraud and forgery and he has appeared in some of the most important criminal cases in recent years. Market commentators note his previous position as a judge.

Clients appreciate the fact that Oscar Morales "is able to give you his opinion, transmit confidence and control the situation." His recent work includes advising clients on allegations of tax fraud. Market commentators also highlight his academic expertise, adding that "he is a very well-prepared and skilled person."

Sources say Ismael Clemente Casas "stands out because he is innovative, clear, practical and he cuts to the chase in court." His areas of expertise include banking and insolvency fraud and environmental crime.

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Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Criminal litigation department which frequently handles cases arising from allegations of corruption, defamation, fraud and the falsification of documents. Commonly represents high-profile individuals and is most active in assisting defendants. Well versed in multi-jurisdictional cases. Makes use of the firm's leading corporate compliance practice.

Strengths "The firm is effective, rapid, treats clients well and has the ability to respond to several matters at once."

"The lawyers have excellent knowledge of the applicable law and can resolve highly complex situations."

Notable practitioners

"Good communicator" Víctor Mercedes leads the department in Barcelona and divides his practice between civil disputes and corporate crime. His clients – which include both individuals and corporations – highlight his negotiation and communication abilities, saying that he is "skilled at anticipating the consequences of actions taken."

Jesús Santos is recommended for his prior experience as a public prosecutor, with interviewees stating: "He has very deep expertise and knows how things work." He has acted on some of the most media-covered criminal cases in recent years, spanning tax evasion, defamation and fraud.

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Garrigues - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recommended practice for tax-related offences and also typically instructed on a wide range of matters including fraud, bribery and criminal insolvencies. Acts for key domestic clients from a range of sectors, and has the capacity to handle international criminal cases for both claimants and defendants. Utilises the firm's premier compliance team to assist clients with tailor-made programmes for crime avoidance.

Strengths "The team was very helpful and had good communication skills in English."

"They adapted to what we asked of them, were excellent in all aspects and offered good value for money."

Work highlights Represented Publicis Groupe in proceedings arising from an allegation of corruption in publicity and communication tenders won by the client from Bankia.

Significant clients Vodafone, FCC, Deloitte, Zurich, Leroy Merlin.

Notable practitioners

Gabriel Castro's practice spans corruption, falsification of documents and unsafe working environments. Market commentators note his great experience in the area and say: "He isn't a lawyer who gets lost in the theory: he is concise, specific and very practical."

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CMS - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently acts on economic, civil and company crime mandates, including money laundering, tax offences, workplace accidents and theft. Offers a full spectrum of services, including arbitration, to clients ranging from high-profile individuals to important domestic corporations. Also assists with the design and implementation of criminal compliance programmes.

Strengths "The lawyers have always been fully available and are flexible."

Significant clients Haulotte, Boluda Corporación Marítima, Hertz, Novo Banco, Red Eléctrica de España.

Notable practitioners

Carlos Aguilar Fernández receives superb feedback for his criminal defence practice. He particularly acts on behalf of clients from the banking sector and also assists with criminal compliance issues. Sources commend his experience and preparation of criminal cases, saying: "He is a phenomenon: he is technically very good," with another adding: "He is a wonderful person and a pleasure to work with."

About the Team (content provided by CMS)

Over many years, our professionals have acquired a genuine know-how in the defence of the interests and rights of the client before Courts, participating in all types of civil, commercial, economic-criminal and insolvency proceedings, in addition to arbitration (the Department's partners are arbiters in the Arbitration Court of various arbitration bodies).

The department comprises of a large team of professionals dedicated to this practice area, advising on Civil, Commercial, Insolvency, Criminal, Economic and Arbitration matters, on a national and international scale.

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Gómez-Acebo & Pombo - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expanding team that is well reputed for its advice to companies from numerous industries, including infrastructure, telecommunications and finance. Covers the full spectrum of criminal offences with a particular focus on economic crime, advising on liability, documentation, fraud and forgery. The firm has additional experience in environmental crime and crime prevention matters.

Strengths "The lawyers are good listeners and we have an easy relationship: there is a good atmosphere both personally and professionally."

"The response times are very good."

Significant clients Ineco, A Novo Comlink, EY, CLH, US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).

Notable practitioners

"Real specialist" and department head Carlos Sáiz Díaz is commended for the hard work he puts into cases and his practical approach to mandates. His practice includes economic offences and IP infringement. Sources note his previous role as a public prosecutor as well as his expertise in related areas such as compliance and liability.

Vanessa Fernández's practice includes misconduct and environmental crime. Sources say: "Her expertise and work ethic are, frankly, astounding." She also assists with compliance.

About the Team (content provided by Gómez-Acebo & Pombo)

Thanks to the expertise of our senior lawyers specialized in Criminal Law, as well as our experience in economic crime and technical support from experts in other practice areas such as environment, tax, employment, urban planning and administrative and regulatory, we are leaders in the sector.

In addition, we enjoy the support of a former member of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office as well as a judge on leave from the Provincial Court of Barcelona.

Our team is accessible and generates confidence in our clients, which are two key aspects necessary for a criminal lawyer.

In addition, our Legal Compliance System (SCL) in Spain ensures legal compliance in the various business areas of the company and complements any existing system.

We provide twofold advice:

1. Defence in criminal proceedings for:

•    Fraud: fraud, misappropriation, computer crimes
•    Corporate crimes
•    Insolvency and bankruptcy crimes
•    Offences:

  • Tax, accounting and money laundering​o    
  • Against worker rights
  • Environmental and urban planning
  • Public and private corruption
  • Intellectual property rights

•    Defence of honour, privacy or image
•    Representation of foreign citizens before the Spanish and Portuguese courts
•    Extradition proceedings

2. Preventive criminal law:
•    Criminal allegations prevention programmes (Corporate Legal Compliance)
•    Adaptation of the internal control systems to the UK Bribery Act and the US FCPA

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Pérez-Llorca - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for a broad range of domestic and foreign clients on criminal matters, with typical work concerning allegations of tax fraud, money laundering, personal injury and environmental crime. It has experience in cross-border work and is recommended for its multi-departmental approach to cases.

Strengths "The corporate crime department is strongly supported by other departments, allowing it to provide complete and tailored services."

"The lawyers work to develop personalised solutions and have great expertise."

Notable practitioners

Adriana de Buerba has a broad criminal practice, with recent cases covering everything from theft to various types of fraud. One impressed interviewee states: "She is an amazing lawyer who understands that the criminal courts are the last place to take private disputes."

About the Team (content provided by Pérez-Llorca)

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Senior Statesmen

Juan Córdoba Roda

Juan Cordoba Roda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Barcelona-based Juan Córdoba Roda is very well known for criminal practice at Bufete Córdoba Roda. Peers recognise his lengthy and relevant work in litigation and on key cases.

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Senior Statesmen

Gonzalo Rodríguez Mourullo

Estudio Jurídico Rodríguez Mourullo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gonzalo Rodríguez Mourullo of Despacho Rodríguez Mourullo is known for his academic prowess and lengthy experience in criminal matters. Peers confirm that he is "very good."

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Band 1

Carlos Aguilar Fernández

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Aguilar Fernández receives superb feedback for his criminal defence practice. He particularly acts on behalf of clients from the banking sector and also assists with criminal compliance issues. Sources commend his experience and preparation of criminal cases, saying: "He is a phenomenon: he is technically very good," with another adding: "He is a wonderful person and a pleasure to work with." 

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Band 1

Oliva Ayala Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Experienced and excellent litigator" Ignacio Ayala boasts a tremendous reputation in the market for his work acting on some of the biggest and most relevant criminal cases in Spain, with recent appearances defending clients against allegations of appropriation and fraud. Peers unanimously consider him to be one of the best practitioners in the country.

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Band 1

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Bueren is recommended for his white-collar practice as he is "very good from a technical point of view and he knows his way around the matters." His work encompasses misappropriation, fraud and forgery and he has appeared in some of the most important criminal cases in recent years. Market commentators note his previous position as a judge.

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Band 1

Joaquín Burkhalter

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Magnificent criminal lawyer" Joaquín Burkhalter receives tremendous feedback for his broad practice, which covers fraud and misrepresentation. Market commentators say: "He knows his subject very well and he is skilled at presenting it." Sources also highlight his language skills.

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Band 1

José Antonio Choclán Montalvo

Bufete Choclán Montalvo

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Antonio Choclán Montalvo of Bufete Choclán Montalvo is well regarded for his expert criminal practice, with particular note given to his knowledge of tax fraud. Sources say that he "really knows how criminal law works and is very solid technically, too."

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De Pedraza Abogados, S.L.P.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients fully appreciate Mar De Pedraza of De Pedraza Abogados' people skills and dedication. Her recent work includes both defence and prosecution of crimes such as bribery, forgery and misappropriation. She is particularly recommended for tax offences. Sources say: "She deals with every case as if it were the only one she had."

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Luis Jordana de Pozas

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to interviewees, department head Luis Jordana de Pozas is "clearly one of the best criminal lawyers in the country." He has great experience handling some of the biggest criminal cases to take place in Spain, and his recent work has included major fraud and tax evasion cases. Sources also note his background as a public prosecutor.

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Band 1

Cristóbal Martell

Martell Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers unanimously consider Cristóbal Martell of Martell Abogados to be one of the country's most impressive criminal lawyers. He commonly appears in the most high-profile criminal cases to take place in Spain, usually in defence of fraud or corruption allegations. He is described by interviewees as "very intelligent, with a practical focus and a very good strategy."

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Band 1

Carlos Sáiz Díaz

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Real specialist" and department head Carlos Sáiz Díaz is commended for the hard work he puts into cases and his practical approach to mandates. His practice includes economic offences and IP infringement. Sources note his previous role as a public prosecutor as well as his expertise in related areas such as compliance and liability.

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Band 2

Adriana de Buerba

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adriana de Buerba has a broad criminal practice, with recent cases covering everything from theft to various types of fraud. One impressed interviewee states: "She is an amazing lawyer who understands that the criminal courts are the last place to take private disputes."

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Good communicator" Víctor Mercedes leads the department in Barcelona and divides his practice between civil disputes and corporate crime. His clients – which include both individuals and corporations – highlight his negotiation and communication abilities, saying that he is "skilled at anticipating the consequences of actions taken."

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Band 2

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Clients appreciate the fact that Oscar Morales "is able to give you his opinion, transmit confidence and control the situation." His recent work includes advising clients on allegations of tax fraud. Market commentators also highlight his academic expertise, adding that "he is a very well-prepared and skilled person." 

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Band 2

Ramon Rodriguez Arribas Abogados SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ramon Rodríguez Arribas Abogados' Florentino Orti is known in the field for his litigation skills. His practice includes economic crime and sources are of the opinion that "he is one of the best litigators in Madrid." He has particular expertise in fraud issues.

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Band 2

José Maria Paret

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Josep Maria Paret has an excellent reputation in Barcelona as "a great criminal lawyer who is very meticulous and has a good capacity for analysis." He advises corporations on some of the department's most important economic cases. He has additional expertise in environmental and tax matters.

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Band 2

Javier Sánchez-Junco Mans

Sánchez-Junco Abogados, SL

From the Chambers Europe guide

Javier Sánchez-Junco Mans of Sánchez-Junco Abogados is described as "a magnificent litigator" by interviewees, who also note his previous position as a public prosecutor. He has a broad corporate crime practice.

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Band 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Aizpún of Simmons & Simmons' practice includes defending public bodies against criminal accusations. Peers enjoy working alongside him and one interviewee states: "His performance was excellent, and I would highlight his lengthy experience."

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Band 3

Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Diego Artacho of Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD) has a great reputation in the market for his corporate crime practice, and is particularly known for handling tax cases. Sources say he "has a very good global understanding of related corporate and commercial law," and add: "He is passionate about his work: he genuinely enjoys what he does."

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Band 3

Miguel Bajo Fernández

Bajo & Trallero Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Bajo Fernández of Bajo & Trallero Abogados is considered an excellent lawyer by peers who note his considerable experience in the field. He advises on both corporate crime and inheritance matters. Sources say: "You can't argue against the fact that he has had a first-rate career."

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Band 3

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gabriel Castro's practice spans corruption, falsification of documents and unsafe working environments. Market commentators note his great experience in the area and say: "He isn't a lawyer who gets lost in the theory: he is concise, specific and very practical."

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Band 3

Laura Martínez-Sanz

Oliva Ayala Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laura Martínez-Sanz primarily acts on criminal law cases but also possesses an expertise in inheritance and company law. She has been active in high-profile corruption cases.

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Band 3

Javier Melero Merino

Melero & Gené Advocats

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to market sources, Melero & Gené Advocats' Javier Melero Merino "has a great career behind him." He is known for his role in high-profile economic crime cases, in particularly those stemming from allegations of corruption.

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Band 3

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jesús Santos is recommended for his prior experience as a public prosecutor, with interviewees stating: "He has very deep expertise and knows how things work." He has acted on some of the most media-covered criminal cases in recent years, spanning tax evasion, defamation and fraud.

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Band 4

Ismael Clemente Casas

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say Ismael Clemente Casas "stands out because he is innovative, clear, practical and he cuts to the chase in court." His areas of expertise include banking and insolvency fraud and environmental crime.

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Band 4

José Angel González Franco

González Franco

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Angel González Franco of González Franco is described by market commentators as "a brilliant lawyer" who is "very reasonable and fair." He is known for acting on some of the biggest fraud and tax fraud cases to come out of Catalonia in recent years. He is also recommended for compliance advice.

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Band 4

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers state that Enrique Molina of Ramón y Cajal Abogados has "an exceptional court manner." Sources also note his previous position as a public prosecutor. He has recent experience of representing individuals and companies in corruption, fraud and environmental cases.

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Band 4

Fermín Morales Prats

Gabinete Jurídico Fermín Morales Prats

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fermín Morales Prats of Gabinete Jurídico Fermín Morales Prats is well respected for his criminal law practice in Barcelona. Market commentators acknowledge his academic expertise.

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Band 4

María Pascual Guiteras

González Franco

From the Chambers Europe guide

María Pascual Guiteras of González Franco has recently handled a number of high-profile fraud cases. Sources say: "She really analyses the matters and can explain them well to the client."

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Sánchez of Hogan Lovells frequently appears on key cases relating to corruption and investigations. He has recently acted on behalf of five managers and directors of ADIF concerning the Santiago de Compostela derailment.

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Band 4

Emilio J. Zegrí Boada

Zegrí + de Olivar, Abogados Penalistas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources say that Zegrí + de Olivar's Emilio Zegrí Boada "has great technical knowledge and offers very personalised client attention." His practice spans tax crimes, counterfeiting and corruption.

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Up and Coming

Vanessa Fernández

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vanessa Fernández's practice includes misconduct and environmental crime. Sources say: "Her expertise and work ethic are, frankly, astounding." She also assists with compliance.

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