White-collar crime in Spain


With a large fraud and white-collar crime team, Cuatrecasas is a heavyweight in the area. While covering the full range of work, the group recently handled numerous public corruption and insider trading cases. Luis Jordana de Pozas, Joaquín BurkhalterJosé María Paret and Alfredo Domínguez are key names, with senior associate Íñigo de Ros a promising junior.

Oliva-Ayala Abogados

Boutique firm Oliva-Ayala Abogados represents clients across the full spectrum of corporate and tax crime allegations. Ignacio Ayala Gómez is a standout practitioner in the field who receives praise from peers. Laura Martínez-Sanz Collados and Javier Sánchez-Vera Gómez-Trelles are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie 'keeps the client informed about progress' while also providing 'meticulous work' and 'real engagement'. It regularly defends companies, directors and employees in criminal investigations and before the court, and is increasingly active setting up compliance programmes. Recent work includes handling corruption, tax evasion and environmental crime allegations. Jesús Santos has a 'good understanding of the positions of the prosecutors and judges'.  Recently made-up partner María Massó and Barcelona-based Víctor Mercedes are also recommended. Rafael Jiménez-Gusi retired.

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo

CMS Albiñana y Suárez de Lezo's white-collar crime practice counts numerous banks and their executives as clients. For example, it is representing the former president of BFA's audit committee Ángel Acebes in investigations into the bank's accounts. Other cases concern misappropriation, fraud and stock market manipulation allegations. Carlos Aguilar leads the team, which added senior associate Emilio Moyano, who joined from Ramón y Cajal Abogados, in November 2017.

Gómez-Acebo & Pombo

The 'flexible' team at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo 'adapts to clients' needs' and is 'clear and transparent'. The group recently handled allegations of corruption, tax fraud and bribery of public officials, and regularly cooperates with the compliance department. Carlos Sáiz Díaz and Vanessa Fernández are the key names.

J&A Garrigues SLP

J&A Garrigues SLP has expanded its practice in recent years and now includes two partners and one of counsel, some of whom are former public prosecutors. Gabriel Castro handles criminal litigation, Helena Prieto regularly conducts internal investigations, and of counsel Eduardo Torres-Dulce covers both areas as well as compliance. Recent work includes representing the auditor Francisco Celma of Deloitte, who had approved the accounts, in separate investigative proceedings regarding Banco de Valencia's and Bankia's bankruptcies.


Pérez-Llorca handles both cross-border and domestic cases on behalf of companies and top-level management. It successfully defended the president of savings bank CAM in a trial concerning alleged accountancy fraud. Adriana de Buerba is a leading lawyer in the area who can count on the assistance of associate Juan Palomino.

Uría Menéndez

Uría Menéndez's 'determined and persistent' lawyers offer 'analysis paired with excellent communication skills'. The team represents numerous banks and industry companies in criminal allegations - with a focus on financial cases - and assists listed companies with compliance matters. Óscar Morales and Ismael Clemente are recommended along with senior associates Alberto Gómez Fraga and Patricia Leandro.

Jones Day

Jones Day regularly represents companies and individuals in proceedings related to economic and financial crimes. For example, it defended three of the 65 accused individuals in the Caja Madrid Black Cards case, which concerned the alleged misuse of company credit cards. José Bonilla and associate Berta Viqueira Sierra are recommended.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons defends companies, financial institutions and individuals in criminal proceedings, investigations and raids. Fernando Aizpún is the name to note.