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Bison Trails Hires Elizabeth Ralston As General Counsel

Former BlockTower Capital Legal & Compliance Director—and ex-Goldman Sachs Vice President—Elizabeth Ralston joins Bison Trails as General Counsel

Bison Trails Hires Elizabeth Ralston As General Counsel
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By Bison Trails · Aug 1 2020

New York, August 4, 2020 — Bison Trails, the premier blockchain infrastructure-as-a-service company, today announced it has appointed Elizabeth Ralston as General Counsel. Ralston previously served as the Legal and Compliance Director at BlockTower Capital, a leading crypto and blockchain investment firm, where she managed innovative and practical legal strategies on complex and cross-functional matters and novel regulatory issues.

“As a young and growing industry, it’s important that members engage with global policymakers to help educate and influence the regulations and policies that will undoubtedly have an effect on our future,” said Joe Lallouz, CEO of Bison Trails. “An in-house general counsel will add a trusted, strategic partner to the leadership team who will help drive strategy and operations as they intersect with risk, legal, policy, and compliance. As we continue to grow our team, the need for a business-minded legal advisor focused on moving our mission forward has become clear, and Elizabeth is the perfect fit to get that job done.”

At Bison Trails, Ralston will be focused on policy and regulatory issues specific to blockchain infrastructure. She will also aid in the development of business objectives while minimizing risk to the company, ensuring regulatory compliance, and upholding the company’s values. Ralston will directly oversee all legal, risk, compliance, and policy matters, as well as provide legal oversight for all functional divisions at the company, including business development, product, marketing, finance, and operations.

Prior to joining Bison Trails, Ralston was the sole in-house counsel at BlockTower Capital where she helped navigate the emerging regulatory environment (from early 2018 onwards) in a time when USA regulators were starting to focus on the crypto industry. In addition to fund formation and regulatory work, she negotiated countless agreements with custodians, exchanges, OTC desks, software providers, and other service providers within the crypto industry and handled venture investments in early-stage companies. Ralston is also a former Vice President of Goldman Sachs legal division where she was a key participant in various cross-divisional initiatives assessing legal negotiation issues, regulatory requirements, technology enhancements, and new business impacts.

“Today’s blockchain and cryptocurrency landscape has vastly changed from the Wild West it once resembled,” said Elizabeth Ralston, General Counsel at Bison Trails. “Given that thoughtful regulation is integral to mass adoption, I look forward to setting a regulatory precedent that paves the way for this budding ecosystem. I am determined to fiercely advocate for this transformative industry and effectively engage with regulators on behalf of Bison Trails.”

Ralston earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Outside of work, Ralston is also a member of various industry groups, including the TechGC community and the Digital Asset Regulatory and Legal Alliance (DARLA). For the past 2 years, Ralston served as a proud member and Officer of Women In Funds (WIF), an invite-only social community for female leaders working in the private investment funds industry.


About Bison Trails


Our mission is to provide superior infrastructure on multiple blockchains, to strengthen the entire ecosystem, and enable the pioneers of tomorrow.

Pioneering Blockchain Infrastructure®

Bison Trails is a blockchain infrastructure company based in New York City. We built a platform for anyone who wants to participate in 19 new chains effortlessly. We also make it easy for anyone building Web 3.0 applications to connect to blockchain data from 27 protocols with QT. Our goal is for the entire blockchain ecosystem to flourish by providing robust infrastructure for the pioneers of tomorrow.


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