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José Bonilla is one of the leading lawyers in Spain in the area of criminal law. He represents individuals and companies in white collar criminal proceedings with a particular focus on financial and securities matters, including tax fraud and money laundering. In addition, he regularly advises on compliance matters for large corporations. José leads the Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice in the Madrid Office.

José has advised private funds in connection with the purchase of Spanish companies involved in criminal proceedings as well as individuals involved in corruption cases related to embezzlement of public funds, individuals and entities in large financial frauds and investment frauds, and clients in connection with insider trading and market abuse in IBEX 35 companies in Spain. He also has extensive experience advising clients in criminal cases such as extradition proceedings and multijurisdictional/cross-border matters.

José has worked extensively in the financial sector and has led some of the most important cases in Spain involving complex securities and financial structures. His clients have been involved in important cases including the Bankia IPO investigation, the Andalucia ERE case related to "slush funds" involving trade unions, the Banco de Valencia investigation into the alleged misuse of funds, and a global investigation into an international bank.

José is on the faculty for the Diploma of High Specialization in Economic Criminal Law program at the School of Legal Practice at Complutense University of Madrid.


  • Global transportation company conducts internal investigation into leak of confidential business informationJones Day conducted an investigation on behalf of a global transportation infrastructure company into the leak of confidential business information, which resulted in identifying the culpable individual and taking action against the individual.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • October 10, 2019
      A multi-jurisdictional approach to anti-corrupt enforcement, Jones Day
    • December 18, 2018
      Consideraciones importantes para investigaciones internas, Cintra
    • 28 noviembre, 2017
      Desayuno Gestión de Crisis
    • 25 de mayo, 2016
      Las multas a los directivos por infracción de la normativa de Competencia y la Responsabilidad Penal