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.
After practising as a lawyer for fifteen years at two of the leading national and international firms (J & A Garrigues and Baker & McKenzie), and securing her position as a Band 2 lawyer of the prestigious directory Chambers Europe, our managing partner decided to set up the firm as a personal undertaking, in pursuit of a new and exciting challenge, but continuing with her clear commitment to practising law in a “clear, direct and concise manner”.
Another key aim of the firm was to properly assist those non Spanish individuals and corporates who in one way or another (corporate compliance/defence) require a criminal law expert with whom they may communicate in a common language, normally English.
Thus, the firm primarily seeks to assist the traditional corporate client (individuals and corporates, both national and international), but also provides support to law firms that may require the assistance of De Pedraza Abogados because their own lawyers are unable to provide the specialist advice on financial criminal law offered by De Pedraza Abogados, because they prefer the case to be managed by an expert due to the difficulty or sensitivity of the matter, or because a conflict of interest exists.
To be the reference firm for highly sophisticated advice on financial criminal law and to achieve recognition as such.
To offer the best comprehensive advisory service on criminal law, both from a compliance and litigation perspective, grounded on robust and impeccable training and on an exhaustive knowledge of the client and their needs and of national and international legal frameworks and any developments therein, thus enabling us to keep one step ahead of any future events.
–Band 1– : 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.”
–Band 1– : “Mar De Pedraza of De Pedraza Abogados, S.L.P. is “athorough, magnificent professional who always keeps you up to date.” She is commended for her experience, knowledge and manner with clients, and sources also comment: “She has great poise in court.”
–Band 2– : “Mar De Pedraza leads boutique De Pedraza Abogados, S.L.P. and is highlighted for her “technical ability and empathy.” Clients also note her “immediate availability, client attention and practicality and simplicity in responding to questions.”
–Band 2– : “Clients value Mar De Pedraza of De Pedraza Abogados, S.L.P.: “She’s diligent, has in-depth knowledge of the law, is very close to the client and shows a lot of empathy. She’s completely available and dedicated to the case.”
–Band 2– : “Clients appreciate the personable approach and honest style of Mar De Pedraza of De Pedraza Abogados, S.L.P. One impressed interviewee says of her: “She’s a clear communicator and inspires much trust in her clients.”.
–Band 2– : “Previously at Baker & McKenzie, corporate crime expert Mar de Pedraza recently set up her own boutique firm, De Pedraza Abogados, S.L.P. Peers and clients praise her for being ‘diligent and strategic, with an excellent focus and clear approach: she is extremely knowledgeable but doesn’t get lost in the rhetoric”.
–Band 2– : “Tenacious and committed”, department director Mar de Pedraza is unconditionally praised for her “clear, direct and concise manner” and her considerable experience”.