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Web Summit 2019 - Opening Night

Joshua Ashley Klayman

U.S. Head of FinTech | Blockchain and Digital Assets, Linklaters LLP

Joshua Ashley Klayman is one of the best known Blockchain and Cryptocurrency lawyers in the world. Recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of only 3 “Band 1”-ranked U.S. Blockchain & Cryptocurrency lawyers for 2019, Josh also is one of the original top 12 global Blockchain & Cryptocurrency lawyers ranked by Chambers in its inaugural 2018 list. Josh is U.S. Head of FinTech and Head of Blockchain and Digital Assets at Linklaters LLP. She chairs the prominent Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (“WSBA”) Legal Working Group and serves on the WSBA’s Board of Directors.

A recognized thought leader in the blockchain space, Josh also is a Forbes Contributor for blockchain and crypto matters and is a member of the global Wharton Reg@Tech think tank. In 2019, Modern Consensus named her #89 on its list of the 100 Most Influential People in Crypto, and Innovate Finance has named Josh to its PowerList , in the Senior Leaders category. Josh works collaboratively with blockchain leaders from around the world to advance the industry, anticipate and address regulatory concerns and seize strategic opportunities. She speaks frequently with regulators and was appointed by the State of Delaware to serve on its Blockchain Strategy Committee.

Passionate about the advancement of women and other diverse groups, Josh is a co-founder of the non-profit Diversity in Blockchain, Inc. and a founding member of Collective Future. She has five children and one grandchild, leading some in the blockchain industry to nickname her “Mother of Blockchains.”

Josh received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and her law degree, cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law Faculty Scholar.