Helena Prieto González

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Head of the Corporate Investigations Unit.

Experienced litigator dedicated to both prosecution and defence in all sorts of national and international criminal proceedings with particular knowledge on white-collar crimes and legal entities’ criminal liability.

Renowned expert in corporate compliance and specialist in conducting and assessing on corporate investigations, having worked on most sensitive corporate investigations across a broad range of industry sectors with implications in different jurisdictions (FCPA, DOJ, SEC; UK Bribery Act, FCA, OFAC, SFO).


Partner of the Criminal Law Practice Area and Head of the Corporate Investigations Unit of Garrigues since 2016.

Helena previously joined the Public Prosecution Service in 2004, serving in 3 different A.G.’s cabinets, being responsible for Spanish A.G.’s Office Memo 1/2016 defining legal entities’ criminal liability regulation in Spain.

Professional Memberships

Madrid Bar Association.


Degree in Law and Business Administration, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE).

Master’s Degree in Criminal Economic Law, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.

Doctoral studies at Universidad de Barcelona: “Market-based manipulation: when challenging the laws of physics deserves a penalty”.

Lecturer on the Compliance Program at Instituto de Empresa (IE Law School); Corporate Compliance Program at ESADE; Criminal Compliance Expert Postgraduate Course at Universidad de Barcelona; and Compliance Expert Course at Madrid Bar Association.