Ashley Elsner is COO and Founder of Artery Pay, a legal, easy to use payment processing system with integrated bank level compliance built for the cannabis industry, a 2020 Benzinga Listmaker for both Best Payments App and Best Use of Blockchain, and one of Exeleon Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Watch in 2020. She was named one of the Top 100 People in Finance by Top 100 Magazine in 2019.
Ashley is a FinTech expert with 15 years of global financial law, regulation and operations experience. Prior to Artery Pay, she cofounded and was Vice President of Operations for Greenshoe Asset Management, a fintech online hedge fund investment platform. Ashley managed the investment process and regulatory compliance of $600M+ transactions for Bessemer Venture Partners in their legal and operations group, including interests and responsibilities for LinkedIn’s IPO and Amazon’s acquisition of Diapers.com, among many other exits, and developing the regulatory compliance strategies for India’s new foreign investment laws.
Ashley spent 4 years in the financial regulatory group of Sidley Austin LLP in New York, NY, where, in addition to managing SEC and state regulatory compliance for its top-ranked fund services team for 800+ hedge funds and 6 publicly traded companies, she was instrumental in managing a year-long internal regulatory audit of an $850B+ international investment bank, saving the firm $40M+ in fines.
Ashley holds a B.A. with majors in Political Science and Classics from Yale College and a J.D.M.B.A from Northwestern School of Law focused on the intersection of Law and Economics and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management with majors in Finance and Innovation and Entrepreneurship.