An O’Reilly Radar Summit Bitcoin & the Blockchain

Realities, Risks, Rewards

January 27, 2015 San Francisco, CA

Karen Gifford

Karen Gifford
Chief Compliance Officer, Ripple Labs


Previously, Ms. Gifford worked as an attorney in the private sector and at the

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she was Counsel and Officer in the

Litigation and Enforcement Group. Her work at the New York Fed included the

successful defense of a claim by the Central Bank of Iran arising out of the

hostage crisis for over $1 billion, and co-heading an investigation into misconduct

in the sales and trading of complex leveraged derivatives at Bankers Trust. Later,

she was a Senior Director at Promontory Financial Group, where she advised

global banks and financial companies on regulatory issues and conducted

investigations. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an A.B. from Vassar

College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

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