María Hernández is Partner of the Compliance Department at Eversheds Sutherland Nicea 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 Departments of the European and Middle Eastern divisions of large multinationals. It is worth noting its worldwide compliance position of the Tyco Group based in the United States from 2010 to 2012, reporting directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the parent company.
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 & 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 (Awards 40 under 40).
María was founder member and President of the Compliance Section of the Madrid Bar Association (ICAM) and founder member and Vice President of the Association of Regulatory Compliance Professionals (CUMPLEN). She actually chairs 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 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, favoring the construction of a participatory and representative democracy.
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 and the Master in Transnational Business Law at IE. María participates as a speaker in Compliance and Ethics in business at international conferences, including the European Annual Conference of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics (SCCE), the C5 Annual Anticorruption Congress, the “International Law Office Annual General Counsel Awards”, in New York among others. In 2016 she was invited by Harvard Law School as a speaker at her Center on the Legal Profession and in 2019 she has been invited by University of Miami as speaker in its Annual Compliance Congress. She is the author of several publications on Business Ethics & Compliance.
She has a degree in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid, with European Union specialization from the San Pablo CEU University of Madrid and a Post-degree in Law and Economics from the European Union from the University of La Sorbonne in Paris. She has lived and worked in several countries (Spain, United Kingdom, Argentina, France, Italy and the United States) and speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian.