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Alessandra Carolina Rossi Martins

Alessandra Carolina Rossi Martins joined Penn Law S.J.D. program in 2021 [as a Dean’s Scholar][1]. She graduated from Penn Law’s LL.M. program in 2021, also a as Dean’s Scholar. In her doctoral studies, Alessandra pursues her primary scholarly interests that lie in the intersection of innovation, technology, and regulatory regimes, in particular the financial regulation.

During her time at Penn as an LL.M. student, Alessandra an associate editor to the Journal of International Law and a writer to The Regulatory Review. She also worked as a teaching assistant to Dr. Brittany Shields in the development of the Ethics module to Deep Learning class at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. While pursuing her LL.M, Alessandra obtained the Wharton Business and Law Certificate, and was a member of several student associations. During the summer following her LL.M., Alessandra continued working on a research focused on the independence of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Before joining Penn, Alessandra had been an associate in the banking & financing and technology & innovation departments of Pinheiro Neto Advogados law firm, in Sao Paulo, Brazil for ten years. She also worked as a foreign associate in the corporate department of Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP’s New York office. She has represented clients in connection with a wide range of corporate and regulatory matters and has played a critical role in some of the most significant corporate transactions in Latin America involving financial institutions and fintechs, as well as in the development of groundbreaking regulatory frameworks for Brazilian agencies such as the Central Bank and the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission. Alessandra is an author to several law review and op-eds on Brazilian fintech and financial regulation.

She earned her LL.B. from at Pontificia Universidade Católica de Sao Paulo - PUC/SP in 2012, after spending one semester studying banking, capital markets and European regulation at Université Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, in Paris, France. During her LL.B., Alessandra also held positions as research and teaching assistant both at PUC/SP and Fundação Getúlio Vargas Law School in São Paulo, Brazil. Also, during her LL.B., Alessandra conducted a research on Brazil’s asset segregation regime in real state developments as government funded scholar (PIBIC-CNPq).