Jim Needham is Head of Strategy at MERJ Exchange, a technology led operator of digital market infrastructure comprising exchange, clearing system and securities depository. MERJ seeks to combine the best elements of digital assets and traditional capital markets offering innovative listing, trading, clearing, settlement and registry services for issuers of traditional and digital securities. During his time at MERJ the team have successfully completed the world’s first digital IPO and been recognized as the world’s fastest growing stock exchange in both 2019 and 2020. Jim’s career began in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley and he has spent the last 20 years working in both primary and secondary capital markets in London. Jim has a degree in Law from Durham University and in 2018 took part in the first cohort of the Blockchain Strategy Programme developed by the University of Oxford.