Ashley Elsner

Ashley Elsner is COO and Founder of Artery Pay (acq. Artra Financial Inc.), a legal, easy to use digital transaction system with integrated bank level compliance built for the cannabis industry. She was CEO prior to Artery Pay’s acquisition by Artra Financial Inc. 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, an 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, 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, 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. She was recently named one of the Top 100 People in Finance by Top 100 Magazine. 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.


Wait: banking legal cannabis is not actually illegal? Explain how.
This presentation is designed to explain the interplay of Federal Banking Law and Regulations and Constitutional Law for financial institutions interested in banking emerging industries, like cannabis and hemp / CBD. The presentation will include discussion of primary legal sources and regulatory statements that can be used to support the case for banking legal cannabis with your General Counsels, Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Risk Officers, and other key FI stakeholders. It will also review how the federal prohibition creates operational limits for compliant MRB banking programs.