Helena Prieto is a partner in the Criminal Law practice area.
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 roll-out of the network of regional road safety prosecutors.
In 2008, she joined the Prosecutor General’s Office and has worked in the cabinets of Cándido Conde-Pumpido, Eduardo Torres-Dulce and Consuelo Madrigal, 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’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.
She is head of the internal investigation unit within the Criminal Law practice area and has broad experience in conducting investigations into transnational criminal conduct at multinational companies.
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.
Helena Prieto is a member of Madrid Bar Association.
Degree in Law and Business Administration, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE E-3), specializing in financial management.
Participation in exchange program, University of Tübingen (Germany).
Master’s Degree in Criminal Economic Law, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Madrid).
Doctoral studies at Universidad de Barcelona (UB): Thesis entitled “Market-based manipulation: when challenging the laws of physics deserves a penalty”.
Certificate of research proficiency from Barcelona University (UB): Criminal responsibility of legal entities.
“The Criminal Law on the asphalt: A practical approach on road safety criminal offences” (*), AAVV, Ed. Comares, Granada, 2012.
“Road Safety and Criminal Law” (*) MIR PUIG/CORCOY BIDASOLO/CARDENALMONTRAVETA (Coord.), Ed. Tirant lo Blanch, Valencia, 2008.
(*) originally published in Spanish. See Spanish CV for more information.