Global General Counsel, Paxos
Ben Gray is Global General Counsel at Paxos, a FinTech leader in regulated blockchain and cryptocurrency infrastructure technology. At Paxos, Ben oversees the company’s worldwide legal and compliance teams and provides executive leadership on company direction and strategy. Prior to joining Paxos, Ben served as Block, Inc.’s (formerly Square Inc.) Global Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel, where he administered the company’s anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, sanctions, and anti-bribery and corruption compliance programs and advised on Block’s payments and regulatory legal issues. Ben also guided Block’s financial crimes technical function, which included data science and engineering teams. Prior to joining Block, Ben practiced law at Schwartz & Ballen LLP, a Washington, DC based boutique financial services and banking regulatory law firm. At the firm, Ben advised traditional financial institutions, card networks, and fintech Fortune 500 companies on anti-money laundering compliance, licensing, enforcement, policy drafting, reporting, and record keeping. Prior to private practice, Ben worked as a federal financial regulator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Washington, DC reviewing banks for compliance with federal lending statutes and regulations.
Ben graduated from The George Washington University Law School and Brown University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Ben is CAMS certified, a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and a member of the California Bar.