Joshua Ashley Klayman is Of Counsel in the Financial Transactions Group and is a founding member and the head of MoFo’s Blockchain + Smart Contracts Group. Ms. Klayman is resident in the New York office and is a member of the firm-wide Women’s Strategy Committee, as well as Co-Chair of the New York Women’s Affinity Group. Ms. Klayman’s practice focuses on finance and corporate matters. In her finance practice, Ms. Klayman regularly represents lenders and borrowers in leveraged finance transactions involving senior, mezzanine and subordinated debt and equity offerings and co-investments, as well as in general lending matters. In her corporate practice, Ms. Klayman represents public and private organizations in a broad array of commercial transactions (including mergers and acquisitions, as well as royalty purchase and licensing transactions) and corporate governance matters.
Ms. Klayman’s clients have included, without limitation, investment banks and other financial institutions; private equity, venture and hedge funds and their portfolio companies; major publicly traded organizations (including, without limitation, bio-pharmaceutical companies, REITs and apparel companies) and professional sports teams.
Ms. Klayman has served for several years as an adjunct professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she has taught “U.S. Business Planning for International Transactions,” a capstone seminar for J.D. and L.L.M. candidates. At Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Klayman is active in diversity recruiting efforts and is the founder and serves as the senior advisor for MoFo's Pro Bono name change practice assisting low-incomed transgender men and women. She also Chairs the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance’s Legal Working Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee for the New York City Opera. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Klayman served as Corporate Consultant, Global Accounts for a global, publicly traded organizational consulting and career transition firm and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Special Projects for a nationally recognized political watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Klayman was named to the “Roll of Honor” for exemplary pro bono service by the First Judicial District (Philadelphia, PA). Ms. Klayman was also named to Super Lawyers’ New York Metro Area “Rising Star” list in 2015 and 2016 for Securities & Corporate Finance, Banking, and Business/Corporate Law.
Ms. Klayman received her J.D., cum laude, from Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she was a Law Faculty Scholar and a member of the Temple Law Review. Ms. Klayman received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Klayman is admitted to practice in New York and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
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