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José Bonilla


(T) +34.91.520.3907
(F) +34.91.520.3938


  • Complutense University of Madrid (DEA in Criminal Law 2010; Law Degree 1989)

Bar Admissions

  • Madrid

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 matters. In addition, he regularly advises on compliance matters for large corporations. José leads the Investigations and 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. In addition, José advised clients involved in the criminal investigations that followed two large transportation accidents in Spain and advised the chairman of a major listed Russian company in a money laundering investigation that was carried out by the Spanish National Court.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers® (Criminal Defense, Spain, 2016-2019)

    The Legal 500 EMEA (2019)
José Bonilla