Hall Of Fame

Firms To Watch: White-collar crime

Kickstarted by former Baker McKenzie partner Victor Mercedes and Gómez-Acebo & Pombo practitioner Sofía Fernández Mariño back in 2022, the white-collar crime team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP is a trusted adviser to banks, private equity funds, and listed companies seeking assistance with white-collar defence and insolvency litigation. Since then, the team has continued on its upward trajectory, with the arrival of Begoña Campos Suñer from De Pedraza Abogados.

White-collar crime in Spain

Baker McKenzie

Recommended for its ‘experience, dedication and top-level technical preparation‘, Baker McKenzie remains a dominant force in matters of corporate crime, offering assistance to domestic and international clients with judicial proceedings and compliance matters. The team is well positioned to act for companies and individuals, including executives and employees, in investigations and cases at all levels of the Spanish court system. Jesús Santos leads the practice from Madrid, assisting defendants and prosecutors in criminal proceedings and pre-litigation matters. Barcelona-based David Velazquez focuses on compliance, while María Massó often handles cases concerning misappropriation, fraud, public order and malfeasance.

Practice head(s):

Jesús Santos; David Velázquez

Other key lawyers:

María Massó; Juan Pedro Cortés


‘David Velázquez is excellent! I think what characterises him most is his empathy. He provides a very complete vision of the subject.’

‘A team of exceptionally prepared lawyers, who maintain constant contact and communication with the client about the development of the ongoing legal process. And most importantly, a very personalised and close treatment.’

‘Maximum availability and dedication to the topics. Deep theoretical and practical knowledge of the topics. Excellent quality in both formal and content deliveries. The direct contact with the partner, willingness and dedication of the entire team stand out.’

Key clients

Barinvest B.V. And Barenza Hoeve B.V.


Coca-cola Europacific Partners

Credit Suisse Sucursal En España

Defex S.A. S.M.E.

El Laboratorio De Almagro 36, S.L.

Francisco González

Fundación Contra Maltrato Animal

Ibercaja Banco, S.A.

Iberdrola, S.A.

Ing Bank N.V. Sucursal En España.

Mr. Gerard Piqué And Kosmos Global Holding, S.L.

Mr. Neymar Da Silva Santos Júnior And His Parents (Mr. Neymar Da Silva Santos And Mrs. Nadine Gonçalves).

Mr. Rodrigo De Rato Figaredo

Pablo Casado Blanco

Parques Reunidos, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Defended Mr. Neymar Da Silva Santos Júnior and his parents in criminal proceedings for alleged crimes of fraud and corruption over Neymar’s transfer from Santos C.F. to Fútbol Club Barcelona in 2013.
  • Acting for Mr. Gerard Piqué, the famous soccer player and businessman who founded the Kings League, in criminal proceedings.
  • Representing DEFEX, a state-owned company dedicated to the promotion of Spanish companies in the defense sector, in criminal proceedings involving corruption.


The corporate crime group at Cuatrecasas handles a spread of matters related to fraud, corruption, environmental crime and insolvency offences at the national and international level. Based in Madrid, co-head Joaquín Burkhalter acts for large Spanish and international clients, including banking, technology and construction companies, in high-profile investigations into money laundering and tax evasion. Fellow co-leader Josep Riba in Barcelona handles mandates concerning bankruptcy, social security and environmental crimes. The team also includes criminal lawyer José Bonilla, who has a strong focus on the financial sector, and Alfredo Domínguez, who is a key name to note for litigation, investigations and the design and implementation of compliance and crime-prevention programmes.

Practice head(s):

Joaquín Burkhalter; Josep Riba

Other key lawyers:

José Bonilla; Alfredo Domínguez; Pablo Villaseca


Garrigues stands out for its ‘team of professionals’ who adeptly handle all manner of criminal law, compliance and internal investigations and pre-procedural mandates. The group is routinely engaged by major corporate clients in matters concerning cybercrime, money-laundering, and extradition procedures. Criminal lawyer Gabriel Castro is highly experienced in defending high-profile clients before the Spanish high courts, while ex-prosecutor Helena Prieto possesses notable strength in cross-border investigations, extradition proceedings and compliance matters. Principal associate Beatriz Bustamante stands out for her in-depth knowledge of criminal compliance, assisting clients with the design and implementation of crime prevention programmes.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Castro; Helena Prieto

Other key lawyers:

Beatriz Bustamante; Álvaro Mato; Marta Sánchez


‘Helena Prieto, a partner in the criminal law practice, truly stands out in her field. Specialising in criminal litigation and extradition, her abundant court experience is evident in the way she handles cases. What sets Helena apart from competitors is her strategic approach, rooted in her extensive courtroom experience.’

‘They are a very competent team of professionals who compare with excellence to the teams of other firms.’

‘ A professional team that provides a very complete service and responds quickly and effectively to any question, problem or query that is posed to them, thus making it possible to keep up with the pace that our business demands. They are professionals, facilitators and work at the pace that our company’s business needs. ’

‘Gabriel Castro is the best criminal lawyer I know in every possible way: he is extraordinarily clear in explaining situations to us, he is committed when it comes to participating in decision-making, he is an excellent speaker in addition to writing magnificent writings, and he is also deeply empathetic with the client, something that is especially valued in a delicate matter.’

Key clients

Inmobiliaria Espacio

Yining Liu

Helena Revoredo (Prosegur) and Vicente Tardio (Allianz)

DIA Group


Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

British Council


Cines Renoir

DIA Group (Franchisees Matter)

Work highlights

  • Defending BBVA against alleged crimes of bribery, disclosure of secrets and corruption in connection with the alleged criminal activities of former police chief officer Villarejo.
  • Acted for the President of Prosegur and the former CEO of Allianz before the Spanish National Court in matters regarding their former role as board members of Banco Popular, involving alleged crimes of fraud, misappropriation, and false accounting.
  • Defending DIA Group against alleged crimes of false accounting and malfeasance.

Uría Menéndez

Boasting a wealth of experience in cases concerning money laundering, fraud, corruption and tax offences, Uría Menéndez is a key point of contact for clients, particularly financial institutions, seeking representation in the defence of high-profile criminal proceedings. The department is overseen by highly regarded Jaime Alonso, who specialises in white-collar crime matters, and Ismael Clemente, ‘an excellent professional’ who not only ‘studies cases carefully’ but is ‘brilliant in the way he defends them’. The ‘exceptional criminal lawyer’ Alberto Gómez Fraga also stands out.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Alonso; Ismael Clemente

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Álvarez; Alberto Gómez Fraga; Patricia Leandro


‘The team is agile, has great technical knowledge and proposes pragmatic strategies.’

‘Ismael Clemente – closeness to the client and strategic vision in the defence of matters.’

‘Total availability and a practical approach to advise on criminal matters.’

‘Alberto Gómez is an exceptional criminal lawyer both in his knowledge of the regulations and his pragmatic approach.’

‘This is a very senior team due to their experience and knowledge. They stand out for their way of working and their precision.’

‘I have worked a lot with Ismael Clemente and I find him to be an excellent professional. He studies cases carefully and is brilliant in the way he defends them. It is very important to highlight that the topics we work on with Uría have media relevance, which gives them added complexity.’

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

Listed companies, major financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals all turn to CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo for its ability to navigate high-profile corporate crime cases involving money laundering, corruption, fraud and bribery allegations. The team is jointly led by Enrique Remón, who leverages a wealth of experience as a public prosecutor in investigations and white-collar crime cases to advise clients on criminal law matters, and Carlos Aguilar, who heads up the dispute resolution department. Specialised in corporate crime matters, Manuel Sánchez-Puelles and Emilio Moyano are recognised for their experience in defending clients before various courts in Spain.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Aguilar Fernández; Enrique Remón Peñalver

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Sánchez-Puelles; Emilio Moyano


‘Knowledge of the client to be able to not only attend to but anticipate needs. Great expert knowledge.’

‘Great professionalism and technical knowledge of criminal law. Proximity to the client.’

‘Deep knowledge of the entire Spanish legal system.’

Key clients

Deimos Space, S.L.U.

CM Capital Markets Holding, S.A.

Alejandro Antonio López Rodríguez (Onculture Capital, S.L.)

Deoleo, S.A.

Red Eléctrica de España

Banco Sabadell, S.A.

Portobello Capital, S.L.

Sociedad de Gestión de Activos Procedentes de la Reestructuración Bancaria (SAREB).

Work highlights

  • Acted for Deimos Space, a technology subsidiary of the Elecnor Group, in criminal proceedings before the Central Court of Instruction of the Spanish National High Court and judged before the Criminal Chamber of the same Court, derived from a set of contracts entered into by the company DEFEX SA with the Ministry of the Republic of Cameroon in 2010.
  • Advised Alejandro Antonio López Rodríguez, CEO and owner of Onculture Capital, S.L. on criminal proceedings before the Courts of Granada concerning administrative malfeasance, embezzlement of public funds, fraud in administrative contracting, misappropriation and money laundering.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo fields 'a team of highly specialised lawyers with a deep understanding of the legal complexities surrounding the criminal and compliance sector'. The group is adept at handling high-profile cases for major companies, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals in instances of tax offences, money laundering, asset tracing, fraud and corruption; its broad service offering also extends to environmental and labour issues. Carlos Sáiz is recommended for marrying ‘humility, humanity and availability’ with deep expertise in criminal proceedings. He jointly heads up the team with Vanessa Fernández , whose experience in compliance matters and litigation before the national courts is noteworthy.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Sáiz; Vanessa Fernández

Other key lawyers:

Enrique Luzón


‘The absolute availability of Carlos Sáiz and his team at all levels, the technical expertise and the admirable knowledge of the subject make the firm stand out.’

‘Carlos Sáiz is a great jurist, his passion for the law and the profession and his tempered character to manage complex situations that stress the corporations he advises make him a stellar adviser.’

‘Carlos Sáiz treats all his colleagues with the same kindness, consideration and humanity, regardless of whether they are a private lawyer or the Secretary of the Board of the multinational, and this demonstrates the extraordinary values ​​he possesses as a person.’

‘A team of highly specialised lawyers with a deep understanding of the legal complexities surrounding the criminal and compliance sector. This includes not only knowledge of current laws and regulations, but also an up-to-date view of emerging trends and challenges in this constantly evolving sector.’

‘Commitment to excellence and a client-centered approach, always from a practical perspective.’

‘What sets them apart from their competitors is their comprehensive and personalized approach to each case. These attorneys not only seek to understand the legal situation, but also delve into the particular needs and goals of each client. Vanessa Fernandez Lledó stands out.’

Ius+Aequitas Trial Lawyers

Equipped with ‘high specialisation and experience’ as well as ‘excellent client service’,  boutique firm Ius+Aequitas Trial Lawyers offers legal support to a variety of clients, including financial institutions and infrastructure companies, in cases involving white-collar and financial crimes. The ‘tireless’ Elíseo Martínez, specialises in bankruptcy proceedings and arbitration, is recognised for his 'unique power of argumentation’ and ‘impressive ability to grasp the case'. Noted for her 'high level of technical expertise’, Carolina González de la Fuente is proficient in sensitive white-collar criminal proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Elíseo M. Martínez; Carolina González de la Fuente


‘The dedication they put into the case is exceptional, especially in criminal matters that are particularly sensitive.’

‘Always able to combine outstanding technical legal skills with a solution-oriented approach. My experience is that the team has a quick understanding of very complex matters. They are always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Eliseo Martínez is tireless. He possesses an impressive ability to grasp the case, paying attention to the smallest details. He has a unique power of argumentation.’

Key clients

OCU (Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios)

Dentix Group

Plataforma de Perjudicados de Abengoa


Arc Global Trader

Lazard Frères



Mr. Vicente Ferro, Beaulac’s CEO

Ms. Mariló Montero


Work highlights

  • Defended the Plataforma de Perjudicados por Abengoa in an alleged false accounting and investor scam carried out by Abengoa, and Abengoa’s subsidiaries, Abeinsa and Inabensa.
  • Advised the Association of Users of Banking Services (AUSBANC) on a matter against BBVA.
  • Representing the Brazilian companies D.I.S and the Brazilian Football Federation FAAB in their €39m claim against Neymar Jr. and FC Barcelona, among others, for the economic rights of the companies as part of the transfer of the player to the Spanish team in 2013.

Oliva-Ayala Abogados

Boutique law firm Oliva-Ayala Abogados attracts engagements from a stellar roster of clients from the worlds of sports, banking, construction and engineering (among other sectors) for whom it handles a wide range of political and corporate crime cases. Typical mandates for the team include cases and investigations concerning allegations of corruption, bribery, cybercrime and money laundering. With over 35 years in the industry, founding partner Ignacio Ayala Gómez is a key figure in the team, handling court cases with national and international significance. Javier Sánchez-Vera is experienced in extradition processes and pardon petitions, while María Gutiérrez Rodríguez is best known for her focus on economic and environmental criminal cases.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Ayala

Other key lawyers:

Javier Sánchez-Vera; María Gutiérrez Rodríguez; Laura Martínez-Sanz Collados; Rafael Alcácer Guirao; Jaime González Gugel

Key clients

Banco de Chile

Enrique Sarasola

BBVA senior executives

Pegasus Aerogroup

Commercial Director of Grupo DIA



Vivotecnia Research, SL

Uber B.V.

Grupo Secuoya Comunicación


Fielding a ‘very well coordinated, rigorous team with deep technical knowledge’, Pérez-Llorca is popular choice for clients from a variety of sectors, including telecoms, infrastructure and banking, looking for legal advice on corporate crime cases and investigations. Tax fraud, money laundering and corruption matters are key areas of expertise for the practice, which is also well positioned to advise on corporate responsibility and governance issues. Practice head and former public prosecutor Adriana De Buerba has handled numerous criminal proceedings concerning tax evasion, fraud, environmental offences and workplace accidents. The team also includes: Juan Palomino, who focuses on IP criminal infringements and cyber fraud; Jorge Walser, whose strength lies in high-stakes disputes, and Mayte Requejo, whose broad expertise extends to cross-border criminal proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Adriana de Buerba

Other key lawyers:

Juan Palomino; Mayte Requejo; Guillermo Meilán; Jorge Walser


‘Very well coordinated, rigorous team with deep technical knowledge.’

‘They stand out for their empathy and communication skills, which facilitate joint work with the client and make it possible to better defend their interests.’

‘Adriana de Buerba and Juan Palomino – quality, effort and dedication. Outstanding lawyers.’

‘The team is highly trained, provides a quick response without losing quality in the advice.’

‘Adriana de Buerba is a professional with years of experience, a curriculum and training that places her among the best professionals in criminal matters.’

‘It is a very professional and well-reputed firm that exists in multiple locations in Spain and abroad.’

‘Work could be done in a swift and professional manner where each team was well informed of what needed to be done.’

Del Rosal, Adame & Segrelles

Fraud, misappropriation of funds, money laundering and tax evasion matters are all core areas of activity for the boutique law firm Del Rosal, Adame & Segrelles, which provides support to corporations and individuals alike. Bernardo Del Rosal Blasco, 'an exceptional lawyer' with a wealth of experience in economic criminal law, is at the helm of the practice. Other noteworthy practitioners include Fernando Adame García, who handles criminal investigations and proceedings, and Iñigo Segrelles de Arenaza, who is proficient in domestic and international matters.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo del Rosal Blasco

Other key lawyers:

Fernando Adame García; Iñigo Segrelles de Arenaza; Francisco Mena


‘Bernardo Del Rosal Blasco – an exceptional lawyer, with great knowledge of the subject and closeness in dealing with clients.’

‘They are a very close team, which transmits trust and professionalism, as well as empathy with the client’s situation.’

‘A very dynamic firm with great experience within the sector. Very professional and close treatment.’


‘Characterised by excellence’, the white-collar crime team at ‘multidisciplinary’ firm ECIJA is well positioned to advise on internal investigations, dispute resolution, regulatory compliance and anticorruption policies. White-collar and corporate crime specialist Pablo Jiménez De Parga also provides assistance to clients with corporate governance issues. José María Abella is a key force in the dispute resolution scene, regularly advising on cases involving fraud and corruption, while Noelia Álvarez is often involved in fraud investigations, compliance and regulatory enforcement.

Other key lawyers:

Pablo Jiménez De Parga; José María Abella; Noelia Álvarez; César Zarate


‘A team characterised by excellence.’

‘César Zárate Gómez is a great professional. Thanks to his knowledge and experience, we know that we are always in the best hands.’

‘ECIJA’s strengths lie in the quality of its work, its treatment of the client, along with the trust it instils in just a phone call.’

‘Up-to-date on crimes developed in the technological field.’

‘The attention of the Ecija team has been exceptional. They demonstrate deep knowledge of the field and make the client feel like they are in the best hands.’

‘ECIJA is a multidisciplinary firm that is a leader in the use of technology in all areas of practice, in addition to being very decisive and professional.’

‘It is a firm that combines several work areas, which allows you to have a 360 view of matters.’

Key clients


JMAC Corporation (Aristrain Case)



Indra BPO


Sky Deutschland




Manuel Chaves González

Pantano Case


Avatel Telecom

Alicia Velarde Valiente & Mercedes Gracia Díez

Javier Briones

Work highlights

  • Represented INDRA BPO SERVICIOS, a subsidiary of Indra, in a case involving misappropriation and fraudulent practices.
  • Represented REPSOL in the Villarejo case, which resulted in the company’s complete exoneration from criminal responsibility.
  • Represented MAKRO in an internal investigation uncovering misappropriation and documentary falsification by multiple employees.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Offering guidance across all manner of corporate crime matters, including corruption, fraud, bribery and money laundering cases as well as regulatory investigations, Hogan Lovells International LLP is the ‘trusted adviser’ to several domestic and international clients from across the life sciences, IT, transport and industrial sectors. Ignacio Sánchez represents high-profile clients in criminal proceedings, and is regularly called upon to assist with the design and implementation of compliance programmes. He is supported by Sara Sanz Castillo, who is recognised as ‘a true star’, standing out for her key role in developing the firm’s internal investigations practice.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio Sánchez

Other key lawyers:

Sara Sanz Castillo


‘The team is very competent and pleasant. They take the time to understand the situation and treat it with care and insight.’

‘Sara Sanz Castilho is a true star, very meticulous and makes sure everything gets the attention it deserves. She is a force when fighting in her corner, cannot be recommended enough.’

‘The differentiating factor of Hogan Lovells compared to other firms is that at all times I have felt that “the client comes first”. All the recommendations made by the team make one as a client feel that one is reaching the best possible scenario. The team has become my trusted adviser.’


ONTIER fields a ‘very close, multidisciplinary team with high levels of training’ who readily advises clients on matters relating to tax fraud, cyber crime, bribery and money laundering. The ‘magnificent professional’ Berta Aguinaga Barrilero has extensive experience representing clients before various courts and tribunals. She oversees the team which is also home to seasoned criminal law practitioner Javier Cuairán García and Enrique Muñoz Blanco, who has a strong focus on socio-economic crimes and compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Berta Aguinaga Barrilero

Other key lawyers:

Javier Cuairán García; Enrique Muñoz Blanco


‘Lawyers with experience in criminal matters, perfectly coordinated by the partner. Collaborations with people outside the firm are carried out magnificently under the direction of the partner. ’

‘Berta Aguinaga Barrilero is a magnificent professional. She studies the issues in depth, giving, without a doubt, confidence to her clients. Apart from her professional qualities, we must highlight her personal values: friendliness, perseverance and serenity.’

‘It is truly a team effort between the members of the firm.’

‘Professionalism. They have studied and prepared the matter well in advance of our arrival. They know how to handle the topic and ask the right questions to obtain the necessary information without the client feeling pressured. Berta Aguinaga Barrilero and Enrique Muñoz  Blanco were excellent at their work. They listened to the client and oriented the matter appropriately.’

‘Excellent in every way, both on a professional and human level.’

‘A very close multidisciplinary team – always available and with high levels of training.’

‘Ontier is an outstanding boutique law firm in Spain. They are very knowledge and can assist even in very complicated legal matters. They work as a team and they employ staff with different areas of expertise.’

‘Juan Casanueva Pérez-Llanta: A seasoned very experienced lawyer who reads between the lines and thinks out of the box. He can come up with defense strategies that normal lawyers would not think about. Juan is available 24/7.’

Key clients

Antonio del Valle Ruiz (former member of the Board of Directors, BANCO POPULAR)

Ángel y Mr Álvaro Pérez-Maura García

Jesús Díaz Gómez (former Mayor of Noja, Cantabria) & Mr José Luis Sainz Messia-Jiménez (former Secretary of Noja, Cantabria)

Pablo Balbín Seco (Delegate of the General Directorate of Media in the Ministry of Education of the Community of Madrid)

Florencio Campos (former Mayor of Alcalá de Henares, Madrid)



Work highlights

  • Defending Antonio del Valle Ruiz, former member of the Board of Directors of Banco Popular, in criminal proceedings brought by Central Examining Court number 4 of the Audiencia Nacional against former directors of Banco Popular.


Auren's broad white-collar crime-focused service offering encompasses all types of offences, including tax evasion, fraud, cyber crimes, trade secrets, money laundering and false documentation. Practice head Mario Blanco Fernández 'is an extraordinary criminal lawyer who stands out for his professionalism and human qualities'. Key support is offered by Daniel Martinez Gómez and Amalia Rebollo Castro, who are experienced in contentious matters before various Spanish courts.

Practice head(s):

Mario Blanco Fernández

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Martínez Gómez; Amalia Rebollo Castro


‘I have had the opportunity to work with the labour and criminal areas and they have always been very effective. As a client, I think the most important thing is safety, seriousness and effectiveness.’

‘Mario Blanco has been very effective and has always generated confidence in his actions. He is an extraordinary criminal lawyer who stands out for his professionalism and human qualities.’

‘The work teams are fully involved with the client, maintaining constant communication. They immerse themselves in each case, giving the client peace of mind to be able to delegate problems, something that is not easily found.’

‘The treatment and professionalism make the firm stand out.’

Key clients

Algeria-elecnor Case – Borja De Arístegui

Odrebecht Case – María Lourdes Elexpe Tudela

Caso Urbas – Julio Raúl Baclini Achkar


Intrum Group

Excel Hotels & Resorts Sa


Brihuega Norte

Leroy Merlin

Rueda Case – Nuria Rodríguez – Atresmedia

Campaner Law

With offices in Madrid, Palma and Ibiza, Campaner Law is adept at defending a variety of clients in white-collar crime cases concerning fraud, corruption, extradition and embezzlement. Jaime Campaner steers the group, and is singled out for his ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of Spanish criminal law and procedure’ and ability to find ‘innovative solutions for the most difficult cases’. Germán García, a seasoned associate, is regularly called upon to handle criminal proceedings with a financial component.

Practice head(s):

Jaime Campaner

Other key lawyers:

Germán García


‘I consider the firm to be one of the best white-collar practices in Spain. The firm has substantial international reach and deals with some of the most complex cross-border cases in the market.’

‘Jaime Campaner is one of the leading white-collar layers in Spain. He is excellent to work with and has encyclopaedic knowledge of Spanish criminal law and procedure. He finds innovative solutions for the most difficult cases. Most importantly, he provides exceptional service in every case. He provides excellent strategic advice early in every case which gives individuals the best prospect of successfully defending their case.’

‘Without a doubt, the plus of the firm is the technical quality and in-depth knowledge of criminal law. With  Jaime Campaner at the helm, continuous training, experience and rigour are guaranteed.’

Key clients

Futbol Club Barcelona

Luis del Rivero


Federation of Majorcan Hotels


Pachá Group

OK Mobility Group

Cap Vermell Group

Pabisa Hotels


Bashkim Osmani

Shkodran Mustafi

Michael Brown

Concesionaria Hospital Universitario Son Espases

Guy Gerber

Glen Point Capital

Mallorca Viva, S.L.

Juan Gayá

Juan Mut

Josep Pujol Ferrusola

Manuel Vázquez Cotarelo

Teyco, S.L.

Anton Pinskiy

Vladimir Naumovich Turovetskyi

Matteo Moretti

Frank Haupt

Work highlights

  • Represented Luis del Rivero, Sacyr’s founder and former CEO, as a prosecuting party against several companies, their CEOs and other individuals in criminal proceedings concerning corruption conducted by the Spanish National High Court.
  • Assisted Futbol Club Barcelona with an internal investigation and the filing of a criminal complaint before the Spanish Public Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Successfully defended Javier Collado, the former general director of the real estate company Haras de Gestión de Suelo, in a case before the Spanish National High Court  against charges of misappropriation of funds from Sa Nostra Bank.

Clifford Chance

Focused on corporate crime, compliance and internal investigations, the group at Clifford Chance is equipped to handle mandates concerning tax evasion, corruption, bribery, money laundering and environmental offences. preventative advice right through to litigation. The group, which offers preventive and litigation services, is led by Fernando Irurzun. Sonia Trendafilova is singled out for her expertise in investigations and risk management. Former co-head Carlos Zabala is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Irurzun

Other key lawyers:

Sonia Trendafilova


‘The firm’s international team is a key factor when choosing Clifford Chance as adviser for certain matters that concern different jurisdictions in which the entity has a presence.’

‘Knowledge of the industry and the search for practical and efficient solutions to the challenges that arise throughout the projects.’

‘A team with a vision of the market and our position that has been the key to a good relationship. Practical vision of law, not only looking for the best legal solution, but also the best business solution.’

‘Availability and ability to understand the problem and alternatives.’

Key clients


BT España


The Stars Group


Saint Gobain


Grupo Cursach


Vía Celere Desarrollos Inmobiliarios S.A.

AIG Europe

Matrix Renewables Spain


Instituto de Empresa (IE)


Elewan Energy



Synlab Europe


CTG Europe



Based in Madrid and Barcelona, DWF-RCD covers the whole spectrum of white-collar crime mandates, including embezzlement, fraud, tax evasion, corruption and social security crimes for large corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals. The team is well versed in both investigations and litigation on an international and national basis. Diego Artacho steers the group from the Barcelona office, predominantly advising clients on tax fraud-related matters. Acting for both defendants and plaintiffs in criminal law cases, Borja Vives has a strong track record in proceedings before the Spanish courts.

Practice head(s):

Diego Artacho

Other key lawyers:

Borja Vives

Work highlights

Ramón y Cajal Abogados

Equipped with ‘great knowledge of criminal law and the functioning of the justice system’, the team at Ramón y Cajal Abogados advises well-known Spanish companies and high-profile individuals on a wide range of white-collar crime matters, including tax evasion, corruption, forgery, fraud and environmental offences. Leadership is shared between 'excellent criminal lawyer' Enrique Molina, who is ‘highly respected in the courts and tribunals’, and Javier Gómez Bermúdez, who has extensive experience in corruption cases.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Molina; Javier Gómez Bermúdez


‘Transmits security to the client. Enrique Molina is the lawyer we work with.’

‘Enrique Molina is an excellent criminal lawyer. Masters the practice and criminal process.’

‘Great knowledge of criminal law and the functioning of the justice system.’

‘Enrique Molina – one of the best criminal lawyers in Spain. He is agile and very knowledgeable of Spanish criminal and procedural law. Furthermore, due to his extensive experience, he knows how to make the best decisions at the right time. He is highly respected in the courts and tribunals.’

Key clients

Banco Mediolanum

Grupo Renta 4


General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) Santa Bárbara

Endesa – Enel Green Power

Grant Thornton


Dominion Global Dominion Access



Work highlights

  • Defended Bartolomé Cursach during the trial that took place in 2022 and concluded with a notable withdrawal of charges by the Public Prosecutor’s Office which was echoed by all the media.
  • Acting as a private prosecutor in the ongoing trial against Judge Mr. Penalva, Prosecutor Mr. Subirán, and the police group specialised in money laundering for the crimes of disclosure of secrets, obstruction of justice, and judicial misconduct committed during the investigation stage of the Cursach Case.