Michael Bacina

B.Com., LL.B., LL.M., G.D.L.P., F.B.A.

Partner, Piper Alderman Financial Services & Fintech Group

Michael delivers high performance and timely commercial legal advice for clients deploying disruptive technology and blockchain.  He leverages his past software development and interest in technology to provide my clients a valuable advantage in meeting the legal issues facing technology and business.  

 

Michael has years of experience in commercial negotiations, contracts, disputes and litigation, technology, construction, strata and insolvency/structuring. He regularly writes on blockchain and technology matters and presents Australia wide and internationally on legal issues in technology.

Specialties: Blockchain, Commercial Contracts, Information Technology, Regtech, Privacy, DATA Breaches, Compliance, Shareholder Agreements, Construction Contracts, Insolvency, Contract negotiation and drafting, Commercial Litigation, Contract Disputes, Strata Law, Mediation and Negotiations, and Business Advisory.

Qualifications and accolades

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce (MQU), a Bachelor of Laws (MQU), a Masters of Laws (UNSW) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (Collaw).  He is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.

Michael was one of only 4 lawyers in Australia ranked as Band 1 Fintech Lawyers in the prestigious Chambers & Partners 2020

In 2019 Michael was a finalist for Blockchain Leader of the Year and was named Blockchain Policymaker or Influencer of the Year by Blockchain Australia.

In 2019 Michael's Blockchain & Fintech Group was a finalist for Blockchain Advisors of the Year by Blockchain Australia.

Louisa Xu

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Overview:

Louisa is an associate specialising in blockchain technology, fintech and digital currency exchanges. She enjoys advising on legal issues arising from token offerings, SAFTs and financial service offerings including licensing requirements with ASIC and AML/CTF registration requirements with AUSTRAC. Louisa has expertise in commercial, dispute resolution and financial services law.

Qualifications:

​Louisa has a combined Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) and Juris Doctor from the University of Technology, Sydney and is admitted to practice law in New South Wales, and the High Court of Australia.

Tom Skevington

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Overview:

Tom is an enthusiastic early adopter of technology, and assists businesses ranging from startups to listed entities with commercial structuring, fundraising, intellectual property and blockchain issues. Tom regularly prepares letters of advice, commercial contracts, fundraising documents, privacy policies and token analysis for clients.

 

Qualifications:

​Tom has a combined Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Adelaide and is admitted to practice law in New South Wales and South Australia.

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