Marcela Blanco

Multifaceted bilingual international attorney, licensed to practice in both the U.S. and Colombia, Marcela Cristina Blanco is knowledgeable and experienced in international business transactions and cross-border disputes.

Fluent in Spanish and English, Ms. Blanco counsels corporate clients in governance, entity formation, and relevant local and international jurisdictional regulations and heads the Diaz Reus Bogotá office.

Experienced in partnership transactions, shareholder meetings, customs issues, and legal research, Ms. Blanco is skilled in drafting commercial contracts such as supply, service, sales, distribution, licensing, and inter-company agreements.

She is also a skilled adviser and negotiator in international contract disputes, and represents Diaz Reus clients in international and domestic litigation and arbitration in Colombia and the U.S.

She has co-authored several chapters on “Business Crime in Colombia” for the International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime, published by Global Legal Group, Ltd., London.


  • University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, Kansas, JD
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, Master in Corporate Law
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, LL.B


  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • U.S. District Court of Kansas
  • Colombia

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Finance Transactions
  • Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Securities
  • Fraud & Asset Recovery
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Government Relations
  • Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Personal & Business Services
  • Regulatory Compliance

Certifications & Specializations

  • Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • 8th Annual Latinoamericano Arbitration Conference
  • Fecoljuegos Trade Fair: Federación Colombiana De Empresarios De Casions Y Bingos


  • Latinvex Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers 2017 and 2018, Arbitration & Litigation

Prof. Avv. Luca Lupària

Luca Lupária is Full Professor of Criminal Procedure at the University of Rome III. He is a criminal defense lawyer, member of the Milan Bar and admitted before the Italian Supreme Court, with an extensive experience in business crimes, bankruptcy and tax frauds, corruption, computer crimes and corporate criminal liability.

He is legal consultant of primary Italian companies, multinational and state-owned entities. He is President or member of the Supervisory Boards (“O.d.V.”) of top-level companies.

He has worked on national and European leading cases in the field of business crimes. He is recognized as an expert in corporate compliance programs and in high-technology crimes.

He authored several books on central topics of criminal justice, and over a hundred scientific articles or essays, also published in foreign law reviews and international volumes. He is member of the editorial board or director of Law Journals and Editorial Series. He is visiting Professor in European and American Universities, and he has spoken at several important international conferences held abroad.


University of Milan (Law Degree, magna cum laude) – University of Bolonia Alma Mater Studiorum (PhD).


Union Internationale des Avocats – Center for Advanced Studies of Process and Justice – Deutsch-Italienischen Zentrum für europäische Exzellenz – Comité international des pénalistes francophones – Societé de législation comparée – Italy Innocence Project (Director) – Italian Biolaw Society (founding partner) – Tech&Law Center (founding partner).

Firm Overview:

Prof. Lupária Law Firm has its Offices in Milan and Rome, but it is also active in Genoa. It offers a wide range of legal services over corporate compliance and criminal litigation area. It mainly focuses on white-collar and financial crimes; corruption and business frauds; energy, tax and bankruptcy offences and cyber-crimes.

Special attention is also given to the criminal liability of legal entities for offences committed by their members: on this area, the Law Firm has acquired a notable experience in developing advanced compliance programs. The Firm’s Clients include individuals, major corporations and listed companies, either in Italy and abroad.

The Firm has excellent relationships with overseas lawyers and is often engaged to manage cross-jurisdictional cases. The working languages of the legal team are Italian, English, Spanish and French.

Clive Grossman, S.C.

Clive Grossman graduated BA and LL.B from the University of Cape Town. He was called to the Rhodesian Bar (later the Zimbabwe Bar) in 1967 and practised there until 1983.  He joined the then Hong Kong Legal Department in 1983 and worked in the Prosecutions and Civil Division.  Before he left the public sector in 1994, he had reached the position of Deputy Director of Public Prosecution and the Head of Commercial Crime Unit.  He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1993.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

Clive has served as Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association.  He was formerly an executive member of the International Criminal Bar Association and a World Court listed counsel.  He has been the General Editor of Archbold Hong Kong.

Clive is experienced in criminal matters such as commercial crime, money-laundering, corruption and cases involving human rights issues.  He has also experience in international criminal practice as he has advised Governments of several countries.

Clive has also an established public law and civil practice as he has been involved in judicial reviews relating to right of abode, town planning and professional bodies; in contractual disputes, probate, fraudulent trading etc.  He has been involved in many high-profile cases, both civil and criminal since 1983.  Clive also has experience of sitting as an arbitrator or appearing as counsel in arbitration’s.

Pascal Vanderveeren

Pascal Vanderveeren is a Belgian lawyer. He was the president of the International Criminal Bar (the bar association of the International Criminal Court) during 2007-2010. He was president of the bar in Belgium during 1998-2000. He also founded his own law firm, Vanderveeren & Associes, in Brussels, which specializes in business crime.

Vanderveeren received his Dr. Jur. from Université catholique de Louvain in 1968, and Lic. Econ. Law from Université Libre de Bruxelles in 1969. He is married to Ana da Silveira.

Firm Overview:

Our association is established in the heart of the City and near the Palais de Justice.

Is it a coincidence? Not really…

Brussels is a central city. It goes beyond the Belgian, even European, framework.

Being “in town” means being close to its inhabitants.

Our structure – of medium size – promotes easy and rapid contact. We are therefore close to our clients, respecting the tradition of the bar.

From the first contact, you will appreciate the quality of a personalised approach. You will benefit from sound advice and you will be helped in how to approach a dispute.