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Ella Alves Capone is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of the White Collar Defense and Investigations, Global Financial Regulatory, FinTech and Digital Assets, and Anti-Money Laundering practice groups.
Ella has been featured as a fintech “Rising Star” by Law360 in its 2023 publication of “attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.” She has also been recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2022 and 2023 White Collar Defense “Rising Star.” In addition, she was recognized for her White Collar Litigation and Investigations work in the 2023 Lawdragon 500 X – The Next Generation edition, an inaugural guide highlighting attorneys “who will define where the legal profession of our country goes” and whose “leadership will be called upon by businesses and individuals when they face their crossroads.”
Ella’s practice focuses on advising multinational corporations and financial institutions on Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering (BSA/AML), anti-corruption, sanctions, payments, and consumer financial regulatory and enforcement matters, with a particular focus on regulatory matters impacting banks, casinos, social media and gaming platforms, marketplaces, fintech, payment service providers, and digital assets businesses. She regularly advises clients on the implementation, enhancement, and assessment of their compliance programs and internal controls and on platform terms and conditions, including Terms of Service, Merchant Agreements, Sales Agreements, Payment and Refund Policies, and Payment Service Provider Agreements. Ella frequently provides clients with training on financial services regulations and corporate compliance programs, including enforcement trends, industry best practices, and regulator expectations.
Ella has significant experience representing clients in white collar and regulatory matters involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Federal Reserve, and state financial services regulators, including the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS). She has successfully defended global clients in multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency enforcement matters involving Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), AML, consumer financial, securities, fraud, and sanctions allegations.
A significant portion of Ella’s practice entails advising cryptocurrency, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), and other blockchain businesses on regulatory compliance and enforcement matters. She regularly advises these types of entities on structuring products and payment models for regulatory compliance. She also has extensive experience advising clients on regulatory coverage and licensing under state money transmitter regulations, including BitLicense requirements.
Ella has significant experience working on international matters, with particular expertise in Latin America. She is fluent in Portuguese, and her representative matters include several anti-corruption and corporate compliance matters in Brazil, including the representation of Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras in connection with investigations by the SEC and DOJ. She is also a member of the Board of the Brazil-US 40 and Under White Collar Lawyers Initiative.
Ella’s representative matters include:
Ella regularly speaks and writes on anti-corruption, BSA/AML, and compliance issues.
Representative speaking engagements and writings include the following:
Ella graduated from New York University School of Law in 2011, where she was a member of the Honorary Moot Court Board. She graduated summa cum laude and with departmental honors for all years from Fordham University, where she earned a dual degree in Psychology and Sociology and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, she practiced at a major international law firm in Washington, D.C. and New York, where she specialized in white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, and internal investigations.
Ella is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and New York, as well as before the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
New York University - 2011 Juris Doctor
Fordham University - 2008 Bachelor of Science
District of Columbia Bar
New York Bar