Paul Klimos

Managing Associate

Silicon Valley

New York

Paul is an Attorney admitted to practice in California, New York and Lebanon, and a Lecturer in Law. He is passionate about empowering youth, shaping public policy, and redefining opportunities in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

In his legal practice, Paul helps founders navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship and emerging technologies, and investors evaluate, structure, and manage various types of investments. He represents emerging growth companies at all levels of development, and investors in the different forms and stages of their investments. 

Earlier in his career, Paul practiced at international law firms and financial institutions. He also served in the compliance department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as a legal counsel at the Central Bank of Lebanon where, alongside his core functions, he co-founded a legal research and intelligence unit designed to advise on the governance of FinTech and the drafting of laws and regulations. 

Paul was appointed to the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Agile Governance, an invitation-only community dedicated to providing thought leadership and promoting innovative thinking, and to the forum’s network of experts on each of geopolitics, justice, and the future of financial and monetary systems. He was also recognized by the World Economic Forum as a "Global Shaper," and elected Curator of the Global Shapers Community in Silicon Valley. Paul acts as a mentor to various start-up accelerators, and sits on the jury of Mentor Foundation's Social Entrepreneurship Award.

In the course of his civic engagement, Paul contributed to numerous policy-related endeavors including a peace building project by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and anti-corruption initiatives by the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS) in advocation for legal and judicial reforms. He was selected by the US State Department for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a premier professional exchange program for foreign leaders.

His published works include “The Distributed Ledger Technology: A Potential Revamp for Financial Markets?” (2018) and “The Legal Regime of the Collateral on Financial Markets” (2013).