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.