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Ana-Christina Vizcaino Diaz, LL.M., Counsel

Ana-Christina Vizcaino Diaz, LL.M.

Counsel

Rechtsanwältin

Languages

German, English

Practice areas

  • Fraud and financial crime
  • Global Compliance Crisis Management
  • Litigation and dispute management
  • Regulatory investigations and enforcement

Practice notes

Ana-Christina Vizcaino Diaz works as a Counsel in the area of compliance and commercial criminal law in the Dusseldorf office of Eversheds Sutherland.

Her field of activity includes advising and defending national and international companies and individuals in all areas of commercial criminal law and criminal tax law. Her practice focuses on criminal law in the areas of competition and insolvency. She represents companies in criminal and administrative fine proceedings before public authorities and courts. In addition, she also regularly represents managing directors and executives within the context of commercial and tax offence proceedings.

Her activities further focus on the provision of preventive advice to companies in compliance matters. This includes in particular advice in the context of the establishment and implementation of compliance management systems, compliance risk analyses, preparation of company guidelines as well as staff training and conducting internal investigations. She furthermore represents the interests of companies which were harmed by criminal offences within the framework of criminal proceedings.

Ana-Christina studied at the University of Bielefeld and specialised early on by putting her focus on criminal law. Furthermore, she also completed a part-time master's course in "Commercial Criminal Law" at the University of Osnabrück, where she obtained a Magister Legum degree (LL.M.). Ana-Christina successfully passed the examination for Certified Compliance Officers (TÜV Rheinland).

Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland in the year 2022, Ana-Christina had worked since 2016 for the boutique law firm Park | Wirtschaftsstrafrecht specialising in criminal tax law in Dortmund. There, she defended companies and leaders and was a member of the Compliance practice group.

Ana-Christina is the author of numerous articles on criminal and administrative offences law. Since 2022, she has been a lecturer for the "DeutscheAnwaltAkademie" (German lawyers' academy) where she gives lectures on topics such as "Defence in the Context of Search and Seizure" in the area of criminal procedure.

Ana-Christina is the second chairperson and founding member of the Female Lawyers' Association for Commercial Criminal Law and Criminal Tax Law (Juristinnen im Wirtschafts- und Steuerstrafrecht (JuWiSt e. V.)), member of the Association of German Criminal Defence Lawyers (Deutsche Strafverteidiger e. V. (DStV)) as well as part of the international network Women's White Collar Defense Association (WWCDA).

Since January 2020, she has been a part of the working group "Internal Investigations & Whistleblowing Systems" (Interne Untersuchungen & Hinweisgebersysteme) of the German Compliance Institute (Deutsches Institut für Compliance (DICO e. V.)).

The Best Lawyers in Germany lists Ana-Christina Vizcaino Diaz under "Ones to watch" in the area of commerical criminal and criminal tax law.

The German magazine WirtschaftsWoche recommends her as a top lawyer for compliance.

  • Corporate defence of a globally operating industrial company for steel production and staging in the context of allegations within the framework of a fatal occupational accident;
  • Defence of a de facto manager of a real estate and investment company against allegations of fraud, incorrect statements in the annual balance sheet, falsification of documents as well as provision of incorrect information in the form of false representation regarding a capital increase;
  • Defence of a broker within the framework of an aspect of the "cum-ex trial", a major court case in German surrounding cum-ex transactions, against tax evasion allegations;
  • Witness assistance for management level staff of a leading global car manufacturer in the context of allegations in the "Diesel trial" (regarding the Diesel scandal also referred to as Dieselgate);
  • Comprehensive compliance risk analysis for a global packaging manufacturer in the medicinal products sector;
  • Provision of compliance advice to a municipal electricity and energy company.