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María Hernández, Partner

María Hernández

Partner

Compliance

Practice areas

  • Financial services disputes and investigations

Practice notes

María Hernández (pictured) is the Managing Partner of the Compliance department at Eversheds Sutherland and chair of the Compliance Committee of the Latin American Alliance of Eversheds Sutherland International.

Before joining Eversheds, María has led the Legal and Compliance department of the European and Middle Eastern divisions of large multinationals. She was also the only non-USA person to be appointed Ombudsman at Tyco International, reporting to the Board of Directors in the USA. Maria’s professional career has led to her winning several awards in the Legal & Compliance field, including being named as one of the Top 50 Inspiring Women Lawyers Spain & Portugal 2018 and 2019; The Corporate Compliance Lawyer of the Year (Spain & Portugal) at the 2014 Golden Awards Iberian Lawyer and winning the Outstanding Award as Best Business lawyer under 40 in 2011 (Forty under 40). She is also consecutively ranked in Chambers and Best Lawyers.

María was founder and president of the Compliance Section of the Madrid Bar Association and founding member and Vice president of the Association of Regulatory Compliance Professionals (CUMPLEN). She was appointed head of the International Affairs at the Spanish Association of Compliance (ASCOM). In 2016, she was elected to the Women Leaders of the Americas Committee, an initiative of the Organization of the American States and the Documentation Sciences Foundation whose mission is to contribute to improve the capacities and skills of current and potential political leaders, as well as to strengthen the role of women in all spheres of society, favouring the construction of participatory and representative democracy. She is an elected member of the B20 Saudi Arabia and B20 Italy Integrity & Compliance Task Force which aims to advance the global anti-corruption agenda, touching upon key topics such as regulatory compliance, transparency and high standards of ethics and integrity.

She is the academic director of the LLM Global Corporate Compliance at IE Law School in collaboration with New York University and director of Corporate Compliance at the International Business Law LLM. She is also adjunct professor at Deusto Law School. María is a frequent speaker in Compliance and Ethics in business and ESG at international conferences.

She has a degree in Law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, with Legal-Community degree from the Universidad San Pablo CEU de Madrid and a Post-degree in Law and Economics from the European Union from the University of Sorbonne in Paris. She has lived and worked in several countries (Spain, United Kingdom, Argentina, France, Italy and the United States).

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