Cuatrecasas chairman called to give evidence against tax fraud allegations

The chair of Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Emilio Cuatrecasas, has been called to give evidence on allegations of tax fraud made against him totalling an estimated €3.7m (£2.9bn)

Cuatrecasas has been called to the Barcelona Prosecutor’s Office on 21 September to give evidence following allegations filed last December that he and his ex-wife Mercedes Barceló avoided paying €3.7m in taxes by channelling personal expenses through companies (23 July 2012).

Many of these companies, such as engineering business Emesa, have helped Cuatrecass amass a personal fortune in recent years to make him one of Europe’s richest lawyers.

He and his ex-wife were originally called to give evidence on the 24 February but the deposition was adjourned by the judge as the defence had not received information about Barceló that was considered important to the case.

Cuatrecasas is being represented internally by his own firm’s lawyers, which includes one of the country’s leading white-collar crime specialists Luis Jordana de Pozas.

There is no suggestion that his personal financial situation is in linked to the firm’s financials.

The firm confirmed the date of the deposition but declined to add further comment.

In July a labour partner at Cuatrecasas’ Barcelona office was called in for questioning by police in relation to the largest ever data-trafficking network scandal in Spanish history (31 July 2012).