Paul Klimos

Senior Associate

Silicon Valley

New York

Paul is a lawyer and lecturer in law with expertise in entrepreneurship and a global perspective forged through extensive international experience. He heads the MENA strategy of the firm’s Technology Companies Group, and is a member of its Silicon Valley Europe Desk.

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 across jurisdictions, as well as investors in the different forms and stages of their investments. He is admitted to practice in California, New York and Lebanon.

Earlier in his career, Paul worked at the legal and compliance department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as 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. He also practiced at international financial institutions and law firms in North America, Central America and MENA.

Paul is an instructor at the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project and the UC Hastings Legal Garage. He acts as a mentor to various start-up accelerators, and sits on the jury of Mentor Arabia's Social Entrepreneurship Award and Columbia University’s Venture Community Demo Day.

Paul is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper, and was elected Curator of the Global Shapers Community in Silicon Valley. He also sits on WEF’s Global Future Council on Agile Governance, and is a member of WEF’s network of experts on each of geopolitics, justice, and the future of financial and monetary systems.

His published works include "Regulatory Technology for the 21st Century" (2022), "The Distributed Ledger Technology: A Potential Revamp for Financial Markets?” (2018) and “The Legal Regime of the Collateral on Financial Markets” (2013).