Kepler-Karst, law firm specialized in Restructuring and Insolvency, Corporate and Financial Law, has announced the appointment as Of Counsel of Eduardo de Urbano Castrillo, Doctor in Law and Criminal Judge at the Provincial Court of Madrid, who is now on leave of absence.
As a specialist in economic crime, de Urbano will also be the coordinator of the firm’s Economic Criminal Law area, an area that encompasses all types of crimes in which a legal entity may be involved: corporate crimes, tax crimes, fraud, white collar, crimes against workers, punishable insolvency, urban and environmental crimes, corporate compliance, etc.
From 2013 to 2021, Eduardo served as Criminal Magistrate at the Provincial Court of Madrid. He previously was President of the Provincial Court of Las Palmas (1992-1999) and for fourteen years was coordinating magistrate in the Criminal Chamber of the Technical Office of the Supreme Court (1999-2013). During this time, among other activities, he coordinated the preparation of the annual Jurisprudence Notebooks of the Chamber, the Chronicles of the Criminal Chamber of the SC, and the thematic notebooks of jurisprudence (Criminal Cassation, Sexual Crimes, Corporate Crimes, Fraud, Punishments and Punishable Insolvencies), all of them so useful for the daily work of all judicial bodies.
His high technical expertisein criminal procedures and in ethics and legal safeguards led him to collaborate with international institutions in international legal matters in America (USA, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru, Guatemala) and Europe (Germany, Luxembourg, Holland, Poland, Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Romania).
PhD in Law and BA in Political Science and Sociology from the UCM, he is also a member of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation of Spain, holder of the Cross of San Raimundo de Peñafort, 1st Category. Eduardo is accredited by ANECA as a university lecturer, he is a professor at the UNIR and at the IEB, where he leads a course on Economic Criminal Law. He also directs doctoral theses.
Kepler-Karst, a firm recognized for its ability to handle highly complex and public matters and with a presence in Madrid, London and Las Palmas, strengthens not only the area of Economic Criminal Law, but also the comprehensive advice it offers to companies and its position in the market of highly specialized boutique firms.
“Eduardo’s experience as a Criminal Magistrate and his high technical knowledge in all types of economic crimes is the perfect reinforcement for our services to companies, from the implementation of criminal risk prevention models to advice on corporate operations. And of course for the team; working with a person with more than 30 years of experience in the judicial career is an honor and a privilege”, says Davinia Sánchez, Partner and President of Kepler-Karst.
On his side, Eduardo de Urbano states: “For me, this unexpected professional change has been a surprise, but the team of professionals that I have met, as well as the profile of clients and matters of the firm and, above all, its innovative, courageous and bold approach to understanding the law of our time, have been decisive in making this decision. I am delighted to put my knowledge and experience at the service of the firm’s clients and very excited about this new stage that will allow me to advise and defend all those who have problems in the corporate world and the possible criminal liabilities they may have to face”.
This signing, together with the incorporation earlier this year of Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal, Professor of Banking and Finance Law at Queen Mary University of London, positions Kepler-Karst as a leading boutique firm in the provision of comprehensive, high-level advice to companies.
“Our growth strategy is clear: to have professionals of the highest level and experience to offer the best advice to our clients, and to continue providing different solutions and developing innovative and effective legal strategies for the best defense of our clients’ interests,” concludes Davinia Sanchez.
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