Jesus Santos

Jesus Santos

Baker McKenzie Madrid S.L.P.


Partner of Baker McKenzie since 2012; Jesus started his Public Prosecutor's career in 1985, year in which he also passed the competitive examinations to the Judicial Career. He worked at the Audiencia Nacional Prosecutor's Office in 1989 as a consequence of the murder of his fellow prosecutor Carmen Tagle and in September 1998, he was appointed Deputy Prosecutor of the National Court Prosecutor's Office.

Jesus acted as Chief Prosecutor from February 6 to May 17, 2006 and during this period of time in the Prosecutor's Office he was Coordinator of International Judicial Assistance, acquiring relevant experience in the handling of Extradition Proceedings and European Arrest Warrants. In 2003 he was appointed Coordinator of Jihadist Terrorism.

In his long career as Prosecutor, he has participated in numerous proceedings for socio-economic crimes such as the "CISSA" cases, International Insurance Company, Banco de Santander (credit assignments), several VAT carousel tax frauds, the "Air Madrid" case related to an alleged fraud of the airline or cases of fuel fraud related to the special tax on hydrocarbons and VAT.

He has developed a strong international experience in which he stands out as a consultant for the United Nations in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and his appointment as Liaison Judge with the Republic of Italy in 2004. While serving as Liaison Magistrate in Italy, he was heavily involved in organized crime investigations with the Italian National Anti-Mafia Directorate as well as in activities related to fraud against the interests of the European Union through the coordination carried out by OLAF.

At Baker McKenzie, the White Collar Crime Department he heads has positioned itself in the Band 1 of the most prestigious international directories being one of the criminal defense departments of reference by participating as a lawyer in the main proceedings regarding economic crimes and corruption (Neymar, Defex, Gurtel - PP, Bankia, Francisco González, Emilio Saracho, Deloitte, OHL, ICBC, Rodolfo Martín Villa and others).

Practice Focus

Mr. Santos advises companies and individuals on preventive criminal law, pre-litigation situations and criminal proceedings, from the perspective of both the prosecution and the defence. He also advises on issues relating to financial crime and offenses against socio-economic order, fraud, negligent insolvency, corporate crime, tax and social security offenses.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Madrid Bar Association - Member


  • Madrid~Spain (1983)

Author, "The European Arrest Warrant and Extradition," International Judicial Cooperation Seminar, The European Judicial Network, June 2007

Author, "European Arrest Warrant and Surrender Procedures. Temporary Surrender. Extradition. Joint investigation teams. Official Orders: practical application and current issues," International Judicial Cooperation Seminar, May 2007