The Initiative features an 11-person Board comprising members of the broader Initiative and representative of its diverse spirit, including men and women, practitioners in both countries, practitioners in larger and boutique law firms, and practitioners with various areas of expertise.
The Board serves a two-year mandate and is responsible for spearheading the Initiative’s work by organizing meetings and sessions, maintaining its website, coordinating or otherwise promoting group publications, organizing social events, and exploring additional opportunities to further the Initiative’s mission.
The Initiative’s Inaugural Board is listed below:
Rogério Taffarello (Board Member)description
Partner at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga law firm, Rogério has deep experience in matters relating to crimes committed within the corporate environment. He is a counselor at the Commission on Professional Prerogatives for the São Paulo State Bar Association (OAB-SP), where he is also a member of the Committee of Criminal Procedure Law. He is a professor at post-graduate program on economic crimes at the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-SP) School of Law and also a guest professor for graduate courses in criminal law and procedural law nationwide; editorial advisor for the Revista Brasileira de Ciências Criminais (Brazilian Journal of Criminal Sciences); and author of several publications dedicated to criminal law and procedure with a focus on economic crimes. Rogério has been mentioned as "a world-class white-collar defense lawyer" by The Legal 500, and has also been ranked among Brazil's leading white collar lawyers by Chambers and Partners, Who's Who Legal, Leaders League, Latin Lawyer, Análise Advocacia, among others.
Ella Alves Capone
Ella Alves Capone (Board Member)description
Ella is a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is a member of the firm’s White Collar Defense and Investigations and Anti-Money Laundering practice groups. Her practice focuses primarily in the areas of white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement defense, and compliance counseling. Ella regularly conducts internal investigations and advises multinational corporations and financial institutions, including major banks, virtual currency businesses, and casinos, on anti-corruption, Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering, and sanctions compliance. She has significant experience representing clients in white collar and securities matters involving DOJ, SEC, FinCEN, OCC, OFAC, and the Fed. Ella’s practice additionally includes advising clients on the effectiveness of their internal controls and compliance programs, as well as conducting and advising on compliance due diligence for corporate deals. She regularly works 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.
Alyssa DaCunha (Board Member)description
Alyssa’s practice focuses on government and internal investigations and crisis management assistance. She has represented major corporations and individuals in congressional, white collar and civil matters, and has extensive experience representing companies facing parallel proceedings, including cross-border investigations, civil and criminal litigation, and state attorney general inquiries. She also advises on anti-corruption and regulatory compliance matters, and provides strategic counsel to companies facing complex regulatory, legal and policy issues in the glare of the media spotlight. Alyssa’s clients span a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, technology and media companies, banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, energy companies and professional sports leagues.
Gerardo Gomez Galvis
Gerardo Gomez Galvis (Board Member)description
Gerardo has extensive experience in securities litigation, with a focus on white collar criminal defense, SEC and regulatory enforcement, and corporate internal investigations. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Gomez Galvis was an associate at a large international law firm in New York, where he represented financial institutions and other clients in complex commercial litigation, internal investigations, and regulatory proceedings, including actions based on alleged manipulation of LIBOR rates, deficient anti-money laundering controls, marketplace lending regulation, and federal securities law class actions and proceedings. Prior to this, Mr. Gomez Galvis served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York.
Jason Smith (Board Member)description
Jason focuses his practice primarily on white collar defense, corporate compliance, and securities enforcement. He has particular experience representing multinational corporate clients in government investigations, including before the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other regulatory and enforcement agencies. He has advised clients on, and conducted internal investigations involving, alleged securities and accounting fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and other anti-corruption laws. Jason was selected by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in White Collar Defense for 2019 and 2020 and was one of only ten attorneys to be included on the “Rising Star” shortlist in White Collar Defense by IFLR in 2020.
Mariana Tumbiolo (Board Member)description
Mariana is a partner at FeldensMadruga and the CEO of Zela Consulting. She is a dual-qualified attorney (Brazil and US – California). Mariana is a member of the Women’s White Collar Defence Association and of Concilium – Global Compliance, Investigation & Defense Network. She practices in the areas of business crimes and criminal litigation, with a focus on white-collar crimes and money laundering. Author of the Brazilian Chapter for the Latin Lawyer anticorruption reference guide, in 2019 and 2020. LLM from Northwestern University, in Chicago. She holds a master’s degree in criminal law from University of São Paulo (USP) and graduated in law from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-SP).
Eloy Rizzo (Board Member)description
Eloy is a partner at Demarest Advogados based in São Paulo, Brazil. He is the chair of the firm’s compliance, investigations and white-collar practice group, where his practice focuses on internal investigations related primarily to Brazil’s anticorruption legislation and associated litigation matters. He has assisted companies from around the world with multi-jurisdictional investigations and has special expertise with US–Brazil cross-border investigations (he is ranked in Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America in compliance). In 2015, Rizzo spent 10 months as a visiting associate in the FCPA and international anticorruption practice group at Miller & Chevalier in Washington, DC. He holds an LLB from the Faculty of Law of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and an LLM from the University of London, King’s College.
Arthur Prado (Board Member)description
Arthur is a partner of Malheiros Filho, Meggiolaro e Prado Advogados, in São Paulo, Brazil. He is specialized in investigations and litigation, working in the many of the most complex criminal litigation cases in Brazil for the last 10 years. He holds a master of law and development degree from the São Paulo Law School of Fundação Getulio Vargas. LL.B. from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. with degrees in Economic and European Criminal Law from Fundação Getulio Vargas, from the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Sciences and from the Institute of Economic and European Criminal Law of the University of Coimbra.
Gabriela Viana (Board Member)description
Gabriela is a compliance and investigations senior lawyer at Machado Meyer Advogados, in São Paulo, Brazil. She graduated from Mackenzie University in São Paulo, is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional - International (CCEP-I), and is an LLM Candidate at Columbia University in New York City. Gabriela specializes in conducting corporate investigations of various types, including relating to complex matters involving corruption scandals (such as Operation Lava Jato and its related branches). Gabriela has been working on compliance matters since the beginning of her career and has significant experience in connection with administrative liability procedures (PAR) relating to the Brazilian Clean Company Act, as well as negotiating leniency and non-prosecution agreements. Gabriela also has experience working in transactions such as M&As and IPOs and in providing legal opinions on sensitive anti-corruption matters, having been recognized by The Legal 500 as one of the two rising stars for the Compliance practice in Brazil in 2020.
Daniel Aun (Founder and Chair of the Board)description
Daniel founded and chairs the Brazil-U.S. 40 and Under White Collar Lawyers Initiative. He is a New York-based Brazilian senior litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton, where he focuses on white collar defense, internal investigations, compliance, crisis management, and international arbitration involving Latin America. Among other things, Daniel has been actively involved in matters relating to Brazil’s Operations Lava Jato, Zelotes, and Carne Fraca, as well as the U.S.-led FIFA investigation, representing both individuals and companies. In recent years, he has participated in matters involving U.S., Brazilian, U.K., Portuguese, Mexican, and Swiss authorities, working in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Daniel obtained his law degree at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and received his LL.M. from the New York University School of Law, was a teaching assistant at both institutions, and is admitted to practice law in Brazil and New York. He was recognized by Who’s Who Legal as a Future Leader in the United States in the Investigations and Arbitration categories, and was awarded the Becas Líder Scholarship by Spain’s Fundación Carolina and the Hon. Clarence J. Herlihy Award by Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York. Daniel is a member of the Criminal Law Commission of the State of São Paulo Bar Association (OAB-SP), the Compliance Commission of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, and the NYU Law Alumni Association Board of Directors. He has authored articles for Brazilian, U.S., Mexican, and Spanish publications, and has spoken at events in the United States and Latin America.
Kyle sheahen (Board Member)description
Kyle is a Partner in the Special Matters and Investigations practice in King & Spalding’s New York office. Kyle’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense litigation, federal and state government investigations, corporate internal investigations, and advice concerning corporate compliance programs. Kyle has represented corporations and individuals in a wide array of matters, including FCPA/anti-corruption, Bank Secrecy Act/anti-money laundering, securities, false claims, taxation, and cybersecurity. Kyle has handled investigations involving a range of federal, state, and foreign authorities, including the Justice Department, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Senate, the New York State Department of Financial Services, and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority. Kyle has also worked on the ground in jurisdictions in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Asia to serve his clients’ needs.