De Pedraza Abogados
c/ Antonio Maura Nº20 1º Dcha
Tel: +34 91 532 39 43
Fax: +34 91 523 98 70
Mar De Pedraza (Madrid, 1973) is the managing partner of the boutique criminal law firm De Pedraza Abogados.
Prior to establishing De Pedraza Abogados in 2011, she worked extensively as a corporate lawyer at some of the most prestigious Spanish and multi-national law firms, such as Garrigues and Baker & McKenzie. De Pedraza Abogados provides specialist criminal law services, covering both the traditional pre-litigation and litigation side of criminal law cases, acting as defence and prosecution lawyers, and the more novel “preventive” side of corporate defence and compliance, made necessary by the entry into force in December 2010 of the amended Spanish Criminal Code.
She studied at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid (1996) and the Universita degli Studi di Bologna (1995), and has been a member of the Madrid Bar Association (Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Madrid) since 1997.
Mar de Pedraza specialises in White-Collar Crime, such as offences against financial and socio-economic interests, fraud, criminal insolvency, misappropriation, misrepresentation and falsification of documents, corporate offences, offences against the tax and social security authorities, and offences against workers’ rights, against the environment and against intellectual and industrial property, among others. She was awarded Band 2 ranking in the Chambers Editions for both 2012 and 2013.
Keen to impart her knowledge and experience further, she is a regular speaker at the Institute for Business Training of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce (IFE), participates in exciting initiatives such as the Criminal Law and Financial Crime Observatory (Observatorio de Derecho Penal y Delitos Económicos) organised by the Cátedra de Investigación Económica y Forense URJC-KPMG, and currently teaches on a specialist degree course on criminal litigation at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.
Criminal Law Practice:
De Pedraza Abogados is able to act before the various criminal law courts in defence of the interests of individual or corporate clients –either as defence or prosecution lawyers-, at all stages of the proceedings, including vis-à-vis any relevant public registries. In addition, we can manage your defence in any investigations conducted by the Government Prosecution Services (investigations by the Anti-Corruption, Financial Offences and Industrial Accidents Units being the most common).
We also advise clients in investigations conducted by the employment, competition, environment or tax authorities, or by the Spanish Securities Market Commission (CNMV), among others, which may have criminal implications (from a litigation, pre-litigation or compliance perspective). We undertake and lead internal investigations both for verifying compliance with the applicable corporate compliance standards and for fraud prosecution. The outcome of such investigations is of vital importance when defining the strategy to be followed.
As a result of our impeccable and in-depth knowledge of the applicable national and international law, at De Pedraza Abogados we advise companies which may be in any way subject to the jurisdiction of the Spanish criminal courts. We can thus ensure that they have a suitable corporate compliance system in place in order to prevent or mitigate criminal liability under Article 31 bis of the Spanish Criminal Code, in force since 24 December 2010.
The innovative approach of corporate defence and corporate compliance reaches beyond the traditional legal framework and does not simply involve compliance with the Spanish Criminal Code (it being also essential to abide by legal requirements with respect to corporate governance, corporate liability or financial sustainability) or with national law (a knowledge of precedents emerging from the United States, the UK, Germany, Italy or Chile is also vital). Moreover, this specialist branch of law also requires the management of intangible risks such as reputational damage.
De Pedraza Abogados:
We are a specialist criminal law firm committed to providing our clients with highly sophisticated criminal law advice. Our specialist legal advisory services cover the traditional pre-litigation and litigation side of criminal law cases, in which we can act on your behalf either as defence or prosecution lawyers, and also the more novel “preventive” side (corporate defence and corporate compliance) of such cases, which has emerged since the introduction, among other legislation, of the current version of the Spanish Criminal Code, in force since 24 December 2010.
Such specialist legal services focus on the specific area of “white-collar crime”, namely, offences against financial and socio-economic interests, fraud, criminal insolvency, misappropriation, misrepresentation and falsification of documents, corporate offences, offences against the tax and social security authorities, and offences against workers’ rights, against the environment, against intellectual and industrial property or against the State Administration (such as bribery, acts of perversion of justice and embezzlement of public funds), among others.