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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)

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. Regularly acts on criminal proceedings in the banking sector, with particular expertise in market manipulation, insider trading, securities fraud and other matters relating to the stock market. Also experienced handling cases arising from alleged environmental offences. Clients benefit from the brilliant reputations of a number of key practitioners, as well as the firm's top-ranked corporate compliance team.

Strengths Interviewees consider it a "very specialised, practical and efficient team."

Notable practitioners

Joaquín Burkhalter has significant experience acting as both prosecution and defence counsel. He acts for a number of public and corporate clients on criminal proceedings and investigations relating to securities fraud, money laundering and corruption. He is also experienced in handling international cases. He is noted for his "deep knowledge and technical experience," and sources describe him as "intelligent and brilliant."

Luis Jordana de Pozas leads the department and has lengthy experience in economic crime and tax offences. He is considered "very experienced and strategic" by market sources, who enthuse: "He is spectacular in court.""

José Maria Paret has a broad practice in business and economic crime. He regularly advises on fraud, workplace safety and environmental offences. Clients say he is "intelligent and defends himself well in court."

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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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 matters of international criminal law. Typical cases dealt with include bribery, corruption, misappropriation of public funds, tax and insolvency offences and money laundering. Noted for the academic expertise of its practitioners. Also assists with compliance issues.

Strengths The team is reputedly singled out as being one of the top criminal practices in the country.

Notable practitioners

Ignacio Ayala practises across all areas of business crime, with a specialisation in tax offences and matters affecting international jurisdictions. Market sources consider him a "brilliant" lawyer in the field.

Laura Martínez-Sanz has experience across the spectrum of criminal law, with a particular focus on economic, corporate and inheritance offences. She also teaches criminal law at universities in Madrid.

Javier Sánchez-Vera advises across the range of economic proceedings, with experience in matters concerning money laundering, extradition and European detention. Sources say: "He is a fantastic lawyer with a lot of practical experience."

About the Team (content provided by Oliva Ayala Abogados)

The firm specializes in the defense of procedural or pre-procedural interests (defense or, as the case may be, complainant) in all areas of criminal law, and has a substantial specialization in business criminal law. Accordingly, by way of example: ​ 

  • Patrimonial, Insolvency, Corporate,Tax, Intellectual and industrial property, Securities market, Bribery, corruption, embezzlement of public funds, influence peddling, Environmental and town planning crimes, Crimes against individuals, Professional negligence or others, as work accidents, Misrepresentation (public, official, business and private documents), Protection of honor and other personal rights, Procedural criminal protection of fundamental rights
  • The firm also provides reports and opinions on any area of criminal law
  • International Criminal Law: Extradition, European Arrest and Handover Warrant, International penitentiary law. Problems with criminal legality usually extend beyond national borders and require a multi-jurisdictional specialization with an in-depth knowledge of the increasingly exhaustive international criminal legislation as well as legislation of the various European Union Member States and Community regulations.
  • Corporate Liability: Preventive criminal defense, compliance policies. The current evolution of criminal law imposes the need to introduce programs for legal compliance and the preservation of corporate criminal liability (criminal compliance). 











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Uría Menéndez - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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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 compliance and pre-litigation advice through to investigations and appeals going up to the Supreme and Constitutional courts. Noted for the experience of certain key members as judges and recommended for particularly complex or delicate cases.

Strengths Clients confirm the firm's prestige in the market, saying: "Choosing Uría is a guarantee of quality."

Sources further highlight the team's knowledge of the "technicality of the procedures in Spain."

Notable practitioners

Carlos Bueren has significant experience in white-collar crime including fraud, the misappropriation of funds, asset concealment and tax offences. He previously acted as a judge in the Spanish Central Magistrates Court. Market sources describe him as "meticulous" and commend his "enormous experience in criminal cases."

Oscar Morales specialises in the area of corporate crime, assisting both companies and board members on issues of workplace safety and liability. He also advises on tax, environmental offences and online crime. Interviewees report: "He combines being very academic with being very action-oriented, which is difficult."

Ismael Clemente Casas advises on fraud, insolvency and other corporate offences, as well as on issues relating to the environment. One source says: "He comes to conclusions rapidly and confidently, and he is always available," adding that "he has the knowledge and judgement to implement controls and procedures that are proportionate to the risks that need to be mitigated."

Jaime Alonso focuses his practice on white-collar crime, handling a range of matters including fraud and insider trading. He also assists with tax, urban planning and environmental offences. Sources say: "He is relentless, with a very Anglo-Saxon mentality."

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Baker McKenzie - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, frequently engaged in public prosecution investigations concerning corruption and tax offences. Well versed in multi-jurisdictional cases. Makes use of the firm's leading corporate compliance practice.

Strengths Clients say: "The team is very strong in sessions with judges and prosecutors as well as during depositions by experts and witnesses."

Other interviewees report: "The team members are very efficient and act rapidly."

Notable practitioners

Víctor Mercedes has experience acting on both sides of corporate criminal litigation proceedings, affecting international or Spanish companies and employees. His expertise spans cases concerning financial and insolvency related fraud and corruption, IT offences and other white-collar crimes. He also advises on corporate liability. He is praised by one client for his "excellent knowledge and experience" and is characterised as "an extremely hard-working guy who always meets deadlines and makes us feel confident that the case is in the right hands."

Jesús Santos advises on a broad range of financial crime and economic offences, including negligent insolvency, fraud, tax and social security, aided by his knowledge of international criminal law and previous experience as a public prosecutor. Commentators report: "He is serious, discreet, prudent, and an expert on criminal matters."

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Garrigues - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 public corruption, and criminal insolvencies. Also assists with internal investigations, liability and labour offences. 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 Interviewees value the team's "excellence in all aspects, including the quality of work, meeting of agreed deadlines and effective use of time."

One client says: "The team's intervention was absolutely decisive and instrumental in attaining the best possible result in all of the cases."

Work highlights Represented the auditor at Deloitte that approved the accounts of Bankia before its bankruptcy, in an investigation into allegations of fraud.

Acted for FCC on investigation proceedings into public corruption before the National Court.

Notable practitioners

Gabriel Castro advises on corporate, tax and economic crime as well as environmental and workplace safety infringements and offences against public justice. One client remarks: "His commitment to the case was absolutely extraordinary," highlighting that "on top of the technical excellence one expects from a lawyer at his level, his attitude and empathy towards clients, judges and witnesses was simply outstanding."

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CMS - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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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, notably in the banking and financial services sector. Frequently assists with the design and implementation of criminal compliance programmes, in addition to relevant training programmes.

Strengths The department is praised for its "great vision and strategy."

Notable practitioners

Carlos Aguilar Fernández concentrates his practice on financial crime and regularly appears in the courts representing both corporations and individuals. He recently represented Red Eléctrica de España in a number of criminal cases concerning the theft of copper cables from substations. He also advises on the establishment of criminal compliance schemes. Interviewees commend his "impressive experience, especially in criminal law, and his skill in court."

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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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for 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 corporate liability, corruption, misappropriation of funds, forgery and money laundering. Additional experience in environmental crime and crime prevention matters.

Strengths The department is highlighted for its "excellent and available lawyers who offer great sector knowledge."

Notable practitioners

Carlos Sáiz Díaz is highly experienced in white-collar crime investigations and proceedings, aided by his former role as a public prosecutor. Interviewees state: "He combines the strong skills of a good criminal lawyer with two other strengths: knowledge of how administrations function and a great ease of interlocution."

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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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Experienced in cross-border work including extradition proceedings, asset freezing and European arrest warrants. Also advises on cases concerning jurisdictions in the Americas. Recommended for its multi-departmental approach.

Strengths Clients say the team is "professional, prudent and wise," and one source particularly highlights "its absolutely perfect communication."

Notable practitioners

Adriana de Buerba represents defendants in white-collar crime investigations and proceedings, as well as acting as a private prosecutor. She has particular experience in international matters, including mutual legal assistance, extradition proceedings and European arrest warrants. Interviewees describe her as " a strategist" and say: "She is wonderful: she's very easy to work with and always replies swiftly, no matter the time of day."

Juan Palomino has particular knowledge of cross-border corporate criminal investigations, including European arrest warrant proceedings. He also acts on domestic cases as both defence and prosecutor. Market sources describe him as "hard-working and very clever."

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Estudio Jurídico Rodríguez Mourullo - Dispute Resolution: Corporate Crime Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique firm specialising in business and economic crime. Represents defendants before courts and tribunals, as well as providing pre-litigation advice and assisting with the design and implementation of compliance programmes. Has expertise in fraud, corruption and corporate offences as well as advising on sector-specific criminal law and liability.

Notable practitioners

Gonzalo Rodríguez Mourullo is highly reputed in the field of economic crime, with decades of experience in the field. Sources tout him as "a magnificent veteran" and "a great criminal lawyer."

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Mourullo Otero focuses his practice on business and administrative criminal law. He has a wide range of experience in complex domestic matters.

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Senior Statesperson

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Bueren has significant experience in white-collar crime including fraud, the misappropriation of funds, asset concealment and tax offences. He previously acted as a judge in the Spanish Central Magistrates Court. Market sources describe him as "meticulous" and commend his "enormous experience in criminal cases."

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Senior Statesperson

Juan Córdoba Roda

Juan Cordoba Roda

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Córdoba Roda of Juan Cordoba Roda is well reputed for the impressive track record of his Barcelona-based criminal practice. His extensive litigation experience is combined with a strong academic profile.

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Senior Statesperson

Gonzalo Rodríguez Mourullo

Estudio Jurídico Rodríguez Mourullo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gonzalo Rodríguez Mourullo is highly reputed in the field of economic crime, with decades of experience in the field. Sources tout him as "a magnificent veteran" and "a great criminal lawyer."

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Band 1

Carlos Aguilar Fernández

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Aguilar Fernández concentrates his practice on financial crime and regularly appears in the courts representing both corporations and individuals. He recently represented Red Eléctrica de España in a number of criminal cases concerning the theft of copper cables from substations. He also advises on the establishment of criminal compliance schemes. Interviewees commend his "impressive experience, especially in criminal law, and his skill in court."

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Band 1

Oliva Ayala Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Ayala practises across all areas of business crime, with a specialisation in tax offences and matters affecting international jurisdictions. Market sources consider him a "brilliant" lawyer in the field.

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Band 1

Joaquín Burkhalter

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Joaquín Burkhalter has significant experience acting as both prosecution and defence counsel. He acts for a number of public and corporate clients on criminal proceedings and investigations relating to securities fraud, money laundering and corruption. He is also experienced in handling international cases. He is noted for his "deep knowledge and technical experience," and sources describe him as "intelligent and brilliant."

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Band 1

José Antonio Choclán Montalvo

Bufete Choclán Montalvo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Former magistrate José Antonio Choclán Montalvo of Bufete Choclán Montalvo has a wealth of experience in criminal defence, with particular knowledge of complex forensic investigations. Sources regard him to be "a great criminal lawyer" and say: "He is a person of reference for complicated legal problems."

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Luis Jordana de Pozas

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

Luis Jordana de Pozas leads the department and has lengthy experience in economic crime and tax offences. He is considered "very experienced and strategic" by market sources, who enthuse: "He is spectacular in court.""

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Cristóbal Martell

Martell Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cristóbal Martell of Martell Abogados is known as one of the leading lawyers in the region for in white-collar crime, fraud and public corruption cases. Interviewees call him "top-notch" and report: "He's very smart and good when speaking in court."

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Carlos Sáiz Díaz

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Carlos Sáiz Díaz is highly experienced in white-collar crime investigations and proceedings, aided by his former role as a public prosecutor. Interviewees state: "He combines the strong skills of a good criminal lawyer with two other strengths: knowledge of how administrations function and a great ease of interlocution."

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Band 1

Javier Sánchez-Junco Mans

Sánchez-Junco Abogados, SL

From the Chambers Europe guide

Javier Sánchez-Junco Mans of Sánchez-Junco Abogados, SL is highly reputed thanks to his experience as a public prosecutor and litigation expertise, with particular experience in anti-corruption prosecution proceedings and in business crime. Market sources insist he is "undoubtedly one of the best in Madrid." One interviewee says: "He is really good with clients and able to explain things properly," further describing him as a "humble and clever" lawyer.

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Band 2

Adriana de Buerba

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adriana de Buerba represents defendants in white-collar crime investigations and proceedings, as well as acting as a private prosecutor. She has particular experience in international matters, including mutual legal assistance, extradition proceedings and European arrest warrants. Interviewees describe her as " a strategist" and say: "She is wonderful: she's very easy to work with and always replies swiftly, no matter the time of day."

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Band 2

De Pedraza Abogados, S.L.P.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mar De Pedraza of De Pedraza Abogados, S.L.P. practises across the range of financial crime including fraud, misappropriation of funds, and corporate and insolvency offences. She offers further expertise in regulatory investigations by the environmental authorities. Sources describe her as "an intelligent, hard-working counsel with a lot of experience," and clients particularly highlight her strong performances in court.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Víctor Mercedes has experience acting on both sides of corporate criminal litigation proceedings, affecting international or Spanish companies and employees. His expertise spans cases concerning financial and insolvency related fraud and corruption, IT offences and other white-collar crimes. He also advises on corporate liability. He is praised by one client for his "excellent knowledge and experience" and is characterised as "an extremely hard-working guy who always meets deadlines and makes us feel confident that the case is in the right hands."

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Band 2

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oscar Morales specialises in the area of corporate crime, assisting both companies and board members on issues of workplace safety and liability. He also advises on tax, environmental offences and online crime. Interviewees report: "He combines being very academic with being very action-oriented, which is difficult."

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Band 2

José Maria Paret

Cuatrecasas

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Maria Paret has a broad practice in business and economic crime. He regularly advises on fraud, workplace safety and environmental offences. Clients say he is "intelligent and defends himself well in court."

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jesús Santos advises on a broad range of financial crime and economic offences, including negligent insolvency, fraud, tax and social security, aided by his knowledge of international criminal law and previous experience as a public prosecutor. Commentators report: "He is serious, discreet, prudent, and an expert on criminal matters."

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Band 3

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fernando Aizpún of Simmons & Simmons LLP offers expertise in fraud and business crime, with particular experience in criminal and civil litigation. Sources say that "he is a prestigious senior practitioner" and "a great banking law specialist."

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Band 3

Garrigues

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gabriel Castro advises on corporate, tax and economic crime as well as environmental and workplace safety infringements and offences against public justice. One client remarks: "His commitment to the case was absolutely extraordinary," highlighting that "on top of the technical excellence one expects from a lawyer at his level, his attitude and empathy towards clients, judges and witnesses was simply outstanding."

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Band 3

Ismael Clemente Casas

Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ismael Clemente Casas advises on fraud, insolvency and other corporate offences, as well as on issues relating to the environment. One source says: "He comes to conclusions rapidly and confidently, and he is always available," adding that "he has the knowledge and judgement to implement controls and procedures that are proportionate to the risks that need to be mitigated."

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Band 3

Javier Melero Merino

Melero & Gené Advocats

From the Chambers Europe guide

Javier Melero Merino of Melero & Gené Advocats is well regarded for his work in public corruption and economic criminal offences with political implications. He is also highly active in the academic community.

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Band 3

Ramon Rodriguez Arribas Abogados SLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Florentino Ortí of Ramon Rodriguez Arribas Abogados SLP has experience on a range of corporate criminal law, most notably in economic crime cases. His decades of experience in private practice are further bolstered by his time as a prosecutor of the National Court.

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Uría Menéndez

From the Chambers Europe guide

Jaime Alonso focuses his practice on white-collar crime, handling a range of matters including fraud and insider trading. He also assists with tax, urban planning and environmental offences. Sources say: "He is relentless, with a very Anglo-Saxon mentality."

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RCD – Rousaud Costas Duran

From the Chambers Europe guide

Diego Artacho of Rousaud Costas Duran (RCD) has particular experience in tax fraud and corruption cases. Clients appreciate his "intelligence and great understanding of the matters at hand," with one source adding: "He has the ability to judge situations as a whole and from every angle."

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Band 4

Miguel Bajo Fernández

Bajo & Trallero Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Miguel Bajo Fernández of Bajo & Trallero Abogados has a wealth of experience in economic and property crimes. He is also known in the market for his academic prowess.

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Band 4

José Angel González Franco

González Franco

From the Chambers Europe guide

José Angel González Franco of González Franco regularly acts on economic crime proceedings for companies and individuals. He is also experienced advising corporate clients on the design and establishment of corporate compliance programmes. He recently represented the president of the Barcelona football club in corruption litigation brought by investor DIS. One source describes him as "a modern criminal lawyer" who offers a "transparent analysis of the matters."

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Band 4

Laura Martínez-Sanz

Oliva Ayala Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laura Martínez-Sanz has experience across the spectrum of criminal law, with a particular focus on economic, corporate and inheritance offences. She also teaches criminal law at universities in Madrid.

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Band 4

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Enrique Molina of Ramón y Cajal Abogados acts on litigation concerning corporate, tax and environmental crime at an international and domestic level.

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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 a veteran of the field and is well versed in advising and representing corporate clients in varied criminal proceedings. He is also well known for his academic expertise.

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Band 4

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Mourullo Otero

Estudio Jurídico Rodríguez Mourullo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Gonzalo Rodríguez-Mourullo Otero focuses his practice on business and administrative criminal law. He has a wide range of experience in complex domestic matters.

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Band 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ignacio Sánchez of Hogan Lovells International LLP specialises in commercial fraud, appearing as defence counsel or prosecution in proceedings concerning the misappropriation of funds, banking and insurance matters and online fraud. He also advises on sensitive corporate liability cases. Clients value his "listening skills and ability to sympathise and identify the key points to use in a case." Sources also regard him to be "a great trial lawyer."

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Band 4

Javier Sánchez-Vera

Oliva Ayala Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Javier Sánchez-Vera advises across the range of economic proceedings, with experience in matters concerning money laundering, extradition and European detention. Sources say: "He is a fantastic lawyer with a lot of practical experience."

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Band 4

Bajo & Trallero Abogados

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfonso Trallero of Bajo & Trallero Abogados specialises in economic criminal law, with further knowledge of constitutional and administrative offences. He is also active in the academic sphere.

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Band 4

Emilio J. Zegrí Boada

Zegrí + de Olivar, Abogados Penalistas

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "well reputed" Emilio Zegrí Boada of Zegrí + de Olivar, Abogados Penalistas prosecutes and defends corporate or individual clients in criminal proceedings relating to financial, tax and environmental crime, as well as labour offences. Sources appreciate that he "has very clear ideas about how to manage cases."

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Associates to watch

Pérez-Llorca

From the Chambers Europe guide

Juan Palomino has particular knowledge of cross-border corporate criminal investigations, including European arrest warrant proceedings. He also acts on domestic cases as both defence and prosecutor. Market sources describe him as "hard-working and very clever."

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