Gabriel Benincasa is a corporate attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office. Mr. Benincasa brings more than 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles in legal, risk and compliance in the financial sector.

Mr. Benincasa has a long history of helping companies revamp their legal, compliance and risk structures while influencing the corporate cultures to comply with the heightened regulatory scrutiny. He has extensive knowledge of capital markets, especially concerning environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), regulation of brokers/dealers and other financial regulations.

Mr. Benincasa also has significant knowledge of fixed income, equities, derivatives and structured products. He also has transactional experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), initial public offerings (IPOs) and insolvency, and worked on the bail-out of Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM), secondary trading, anti-money laundering, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX), Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and Consumer Protection Act, and the Volcker Rule. Mr. Benincasa also has Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) qualifications in Series 3, 7, 24 and 99.

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Benincasa is a guest lecturer at Baruch College and Fordham University School of Law, and a speaker at industry conferences. He is also a certified public accountant.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Benincasa was the first chief risk officer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he identified, monitored and mitigated key risks facing the agency and served as a key adviser on other matters such as potential systemic risks to the markets.

Mr. Benincasa also has served as director of enterprise risk management and vice chair of the risk control committee for a financial services holding company; deputy global head of operational risk management for an investment bank; general counsel and chief compliance officer for an institutional asset management company; and global head of compliance for a financial technology company. He began his legal career as an attorney at an international law firm and held a number of senior roles at financial firms.

Not yet admitted to District of Columbia Bar; admitted to New York Bar only and practicing under supervision of lawyers licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Baruch College of the City University of New York, B.B.A., Accountancy, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Master Netting Agreement Committee, Co-Chair, 1999-2001
  • Global Documentation Steering Committee, Counsel, 1999-2001
  • Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM) Steering Committee, Counsel, 1998-1999
Honors & Awards
  • SEC OCOO Vision Award, Office of the Chief Risk Officer, 2021


Speaking Engagements