Piper Alderman

FinTech Legal Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for expertise in blockchain and cryptocurrency and noted for accepting Bitcoin as payment for services. Handles a wide range of matters for FinTech startups, such as cryptocurrency tax and employment matters, security token issuances, risk analysis and company set-up. Also advises multinational payment platforms and exchanges on entering the Australian market including compliance with privacy, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism legislation as well as licensing requirements.

Strengths"It has a strong reputation for providing legal services in the blockchain space."

"They give me the confidence that comes from dealing with a firm that understands the FinTech and blockchain arenas."

Work highlights Advised LAG Foundation on the structuring of its B-loki token and its engagement with various regulatory authorities, including on the obtaining of its charity status.

Acted for Bricklet on the establishment of its technology platform, which allows for the tokenisation of property titles, enabling investors to buy fragments of property titles.

Significant clients Bricklet, Blockchain Australia, MarbleBlue Finance, Bitcoin.com.au

Notable practitioners

Michael Bacina is recognised as being "one of the thought leaders in the FinTech space." Bacina is renowned for his expertise in blockchain and cryptocurrency and often advises on issues around tokenisation. He recently acted for Avestix on the establishment of its accelerator hub as well as its asset tokenisation strategy and corporate structuring. "Given his experience in computer science," say commentators, "he is able to explain complex and foreign ideas to legal practitioners in a way that is digestible."