Team

  • Carlos
    Gómez-Jara Díez

    Founding Partner

  • Nacho
    Gallego

    Senior associate

  • Bernardo
    Feijoo Sánchez

    Of Counsel

  • Manuel
    Cancio Meliá

    Of Counsel

  • Andrés
    Tagliavia López

    Lawyer

Our team is lead by five experts with a long-standing practice in the area of White Collar Crime, all of them PhDs and University Professors.

Carlos Gómez-Jara Díez
Founding Partner

Carlos Gómez-Jara Díez, founding partner of Corporate Defense is a practicing attorney who has developed his career in both Spain and the United States. Gómez-Jara has worked on a number of cases in both jurisdictions, representing the interests of individuals as well as financial institutions, both public and private. He has extensive experience in complex financial crimes, particularly in matters connected to the Spanish banking crisis. Gómez-Jara is considered to be a leading expert in corporate criminal liability, European criminal law and extradition.

He has been included in the international legal directory Best Lawyers, listed as an expert in criminal law in Spain. He has been recognized with the Best 40 Unter Forty Award (Iberian Lawyer, Spain and Portugal) and the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (Columbia University, NY).

He holds a European Ph.D. in Law and a LL.M. from Columbia University. He is a Professor of criminal law at the University Autónoma of Madrid while conferencing at various universities and centers. He is the author of more than a hundred publications, including his books: Treatise on Corporate Criminal Liability (Tratado de responsabilidad penal de las personal jurídicas [Civitas, 2012]), Honest Service Fraud in the Corporate Context (La administración desleal de los órganos societarios, 2008), Corporate Culpability (La culpabilidad penal de la empresa [Marcial Pons, 2005]) and European Federal Criminal Law (Intersentia, 2015). List of relevant publications and conferences.

He is a Member of the Madrid Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the New York City Bar. He serves at the Legal Experts Advisory Panel (Fair Trials International). He is a member of the Technical Committee of the ISO 19.600 – Compliance Management Systems. Guidelines – and ISO 37.001 – Antribribery Management Systems -.

Experience

Recent matters involve representation of:

Bank of Spain’s Resolution Authority [Fondo de Restructuración Ordenada Bancaria] in the prosecution for unlawful self-dealing transactions and honest service fraud of the former directors of financial institutions bailed out by the government of Spain.

Spain’s FDIC [Fondo de Garantía de Depósitos] in the prosecution for unlawful self-dealing transactions and honest fraud of the former directors of financial institutions bailed out by the government of Spain.

A Big Four Accounting Firm in litigation concerning tax crime charges for aggressive tax strategies.

A Top Four Investment Bank (now Bank Holding Company) in litigation concerning fraud charges for derivatives transactions.

A US publicly traded company in litigation concerning Health % Safety charges for cadmium intoxication.

Major Spanish construction companies in litigation concerning allegations of illegal political contributions.

Contacto:

Carlos Gómez-Jara Díez
Abogado
Profesor de Derecho penal
Partner / Socio

Plaza de la Independencia, 2 - 5º Izq.
28001 Madrid - Spain
T: +34 91 781 9107
F: +34 91 577 7090
E: cgj@corporate-defense.com

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Nacho Gallego
Senior associate

Nacho Gallego is a senior attorney specialized in the area of white collar crime. PhD in Criminal Law and Professor at the Universidad de Barcelona he divides his practice between Madrid and Barcelona. His wide experience as a former Judge of the Court of Appeals of Barcelona enables him to approach complex cases from a judge-friendly point of view. He has counseled relevant clients in high profile cases.

Nacho Gallego manages Corporate Defense’s branch in Barcelona, Gallego y Gutierrez Abogados.

In the academic area, he is considered as the top expert in issue related to economic harm. His book Criminal Liability and Economic Harm (2002) is considered the most influential work in the field. He has published relevant studies on individual responsibility in complex organizations and other white collar crime issues. List of relevant publications and conferences.

Contacto:

Nacho Gallego
Abogado
Profesor de Derecho penal

Plaza de la Independencia, 2 - 5º Izq.
28001 Madrid - Spain
T: +34 91 781 9107
F: +34 91 577 7090
E: igs@corporate-defense.com

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Bernardo Feijoo Sánchez
Of Counsel

Bernardo Feijoo Sánchez is of counsel at Corporate Defense. Mr Feijoo is chair professor of criminal law at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, and brings with him extensive experience in the area of complex financial crimes from his time as a practicing lawyer since 1989.

Feijoo is the winner of both the thirteenth (1998) and twenty-third (2008) editions of the prestigious “Premio de Artículos Jurídicos de LA LEY” and a finalist in the fourteenth (1998) and fifteenth (2001) editions. He is the author of more than a hundred publications on criminal law. His publications include the books Tratado de responsabilidad penal de las personal jurídicas (Civitas, 2012), Resultado lesivo e imprudencia (JM Bosch, 2001), Derecho Penal de la empresa e imputación objetiva (Reus, 2007) and Cuestiones actuales de Derecho Penal económico (bdF, 2009). List of relevant publications and conferences.

Contacto:

Bernardo Feijoo Sánchez
Of Counsel
Catedrático de Derecho penal

Plaza de la Independencia, 2 - 5º Izq.
28001 Madrid - Spain
T: +34 91 781 9107
F: +34 91 577 7090
E: bfs@corporate-defense.com

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Manuel Cancio Meliá
Of Counsel

Manuel Cancio Meliá is Of Counsel at Corporate Defense. He holds a Chair in criminal law at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid and has been awarded several Doctor Honoris Causa by various Universities in Latin America. He has counsel national and multinational corporations in cases related to financial crimes.
Mr Cancio is the author of over a hundred publications on criminal law and has given conferences in Spain, Germany, USA, Belgium, Finland, Turkey, China, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Colombia. His publications include Conducta de la víctima e imputación objetiva en Derecho Penal (JM Bosch, 1998; 2nd ed. 2001), Consideraciones sobre una regulación común europea de la tentativa (UCLM, 2005), ¿Responsabilidad penal de las personas jurídicas? Algunas consideraciones sobre el significado político-criminal de la empresa (Reus/BdF, 2006) and Derecho penal europeo: ¿ahora, nunca o mañana? (CERA, 2006). List of relevant publications and conferences.

Contacto:

Manuel Cancio Meliá
Of Counsel
Catedrático de Derecho penal

Plaza de la Independencia, 2 - 5º Izq.
28001 Madrid - Spain
T: +34 91 781 9107
F: +34 91 577 7090
E: mcm@corporate-defense.com

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Contacto:

Dr. Andrés Tagliavia López
Abogado

Plaza de la Independencia, 2 - 5º Izq.
28001 Madrid - Spain
T: +34 91 781 9107
F: +34 91 577 7090
E: atl@corporate-defense.com