Paul Klimos

Global Shaper, Palo Alto Hub

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. At Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Paul heads the MENA strategy of the firm’s Technology Companies Group. Earlier in his career, Paul 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. He also practiced at international financial institutions and regional law firms in Central America and the MENA region. Paul is an instructor at each of the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project and UC Hastings Start-up Legal Garage. He is an advisor to various start-up accelerators and innovation centers, and sits on the jury of Mentor Foundation's Social Entrepreneurship Award and of Columbia University’s Venture Community Demo Day. Paul sits on the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council, an invitation-only community dedicated to providing thought leadership, and is a member of 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 was selected by the US State Department for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), a premier professional exchange program for foreign leaders. In the course of his civic engagement, he 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. Driving his efforts further, Paul was called by the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the UN to attend the 69th and 71st sessions of the General Assembly, and to participate in elaborations on gender equality and women empowerment. His published works include "How RegTech tools can help alleviate the cost of regulatory uncertainty" (2022), "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). Paul is a “40 under 40” awardee, and a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He has received various awards from Lions Clubs International (LCI) including its “Centennial Award” and "International Membership Key." He previously served as representative of LCI’s District 351 to the United Nations and as its Chairperson for the World Peace Day, and was appointed as Chairperson of UN75 by the Council of Governors of LCI’s Multiple District 4. Paul also received the "Opération 7e Jour" award from Université Saint-Joseph in recognition of his efforts in co-founding Lebanon's first student-led legal clinic. Paul holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, and both a Masters and Bachelor of Laws from Université Saint-Joseph (USJ).

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