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.
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Palestras / Aulas
- 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
- Complutense University of Madrid (DEA in Criminal Law 2010; Law Degree 1989)
- Member 63219 of the Madrid Bar Association
Chambers Europe (2021) — noted for the "great quality of his work" by a client
Best Lawyers (2016-2022) — criminal defense, Spain; corporate governance and compliance practice (2022)
The Legal 500 EMEA (2019-2021) — leading lawyer in white collar crime (2021)
- Spanish and English