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Claudio J. Arruda advises domestic and international financial services firms and institutions, including banks, broker-dealers, Fintech companies, and investment advisory firms on a broad range of regulatory issues, as well as general corporate matters. He represents these institutions on matters related to the applicability and compliance with state and federal banking, and consumer laws and regulations.

Claudio also advises a wide range of investment advisers on all aspects of securities regulatory compliance, particularly including new and existing SEC rules, and has experience advising clients on corporate governance and general corporate matters.

In addition, Claudio represents public and private corporations in negotiating cross-border financing projects. He also has experience assisting in securities enforcement matters and FCPA-related investigations at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).


  • Banking and securities
  • Financial services, regulatory and compliance
  • BSA/anti-money laundering and OFAC sanctions compliance guidance
  • Corporate and finance
  • Development of anti-money laundering and OFAC compliance programs
  • FinTech, blockchain, digital payments license and regulatory compliance guidance



  • Advised several foreign financial institutions on various banking laws and regulations, including the Bank Holding Company Act, the International Banking Act.
  • Advised foreign financial institutions on obtaining banking licenses in the U.S.
  • Advised financial institutions and Fintech companies on various securities laws, including the Investment Advisory Act, the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, SEC and FINRA Rules, and consumer regulation.
  • Representation of GoDaddy Inc., a web hosting and domain registration services company, in connection with the acquisition of, a domain marketplace platform servicing clients worldwide.
  • Representation of Paysafe, a multinational online payments company, in its $441 million acquisition of SafetyPay, an ecommerce payment platform. With this acquisition, Paysafe will be the leading open banking and eCash solutions provider in Latin America.
  • Represented large corporations and U.S. and foreign financial institutions in cross-border secured and unsecured transactions.
  • Legal Intern, S. Securities and Exchange Commission, 2015-2016

Recognition & Leadership

  • Selected, National Law Review, "Go-To Thought Leader: Finance Law - Anti-Money Laundering Legislation," 2021
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch"
    • Banking and Finance Law, 2024
    • Corporate Law, 2024


  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law, 2016
  • B.B.A., cum laude, Florida International University, 2009
  • Florida
  • Portuguese, Native
  • Spanish, Conversational