Helena Prieto is a partner in the criminal law practice area. She is head of the internal investigation unit within this area and has broad experience in conducting investigations into transnational criminal conduct at multinational companies. Helena’s areas of expertise include the criminal liability of legal entities, the development of compliance programs, crimes relating to the securities market and economic crime in general.
After a period working in the M&A Department at Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank, she joined the Spanish Public Prosecution Service in 2004 and has worked in the prosecution offices of both Barcelona and Madrid. As prosecutor assigned to the Head Prosecutor for Road Safety, Helena was involved in the 2007 reform of the Criminal Code in this area as well as in the development and rollout of the network of regional road safety prosecutors. In 2008, she joined the Prosecutor General’s Office providing technical advice to the Prosecutor General and participating in the drafting of the Circulars, Instructions and Advice Notes comprising the Public Prosecution Service’s legal corpus.
Helena is a regular speaker at events covering criminal law and procedure. She lectures on the Compliance Program at Instituto de Empresa (IE Law School); on ESADE’s Corporate Compliance Program; on the Criminal Compliance Expert Postgraduate Course offered by Universidad de Barcelona (UB); on the Compliance Expert Course offered by Madrid Bar Association; at Centro de Estudios Jurídicos (CEJ); and on the Master’s course in Economic Criminal Law at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos.