Michael Bacina

Partner

Profile

Michael advises companies dealing with Digital Law: the intersection of cutting edge technology, automation and innovation.  As a former software developer, Michael has a rare combination of technical, regulatory and legal skills which he leverages to assist his clients.

Michael works with Fintech, Regtech, Blockchain, digital asset projects from enterprise level deployments bringing technology to existing business models, scale-ups , start-up ventures, cryptocurrency payment providers, crypto-asset exchanges, RegTech, InsurTech, PropTech and compliance for other technology deployments.

Since founding and exiting a successful IT business in the early 2000s, Michael has maintained an active involvement in software development.  He is knowledgeable in the workings of (and legal issues surrounding) digital currencies and digital assets, blockchain projects, smart contract issues as well as FinTech and RegTech projects.

This technical knowledge coupled with a highly commercial approach enables Michael to add real value to his client’s business in front and back end advice. Michael delivers targeted advice for the whole of life software, start-up (including fundraising) and project lifecycle including design and analysis, commercial contracts including shareholder, advisory, supply and software agreements, financial services regulation including project analysis, compliance as well as fundraising documentation and ongoing support.

Michael regularly publishes on technology and Blockchain and technology matters and is a sought after speaker on regulatory issues facing smart contract, Blockchain and technology adoption, appearing both internationally (New York, San Francisco and Singapore) and in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane) and recently appearing before the Australian Senate Inquiry into FinTech and RegTech.  He has been ranked Band 1 in FinTech by the prestigious Chambers & Partners in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and serves on the Board of Blockchain Australia and the Board of the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce.

Expertise

Recognition

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.”
Chambers Professional Advisors: FinTech Legal Australia, 2020 edition

“I’ve worked with a few law firms over the years and Michael Bacina has to be one of the most engaging partners that I have ever come across. Michael’s enthusiasm and subject matter knowledge are second to none. It’s always a pleasure working with him, you know exactly what to expect and he always goes the extra mile.”
Client Testimony: Dougal Hawkes, Advisory Director – The Cyber Advisory Practice

Accolades

  • Blockchain Policy Maker or Influencer of the Year: Michael Bacina
  • Chambers and Partners, FinTech Guide 2021 – Band 1 for FinTech Legal in Australia
  • Chambers and Partners, FinTech Guide 2020 – Band 1 for FinTech Legal in Australia
  • Chambers and Partners, Professional Advisers: FinTech Guide 2019 – Band 1 for Legal in Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies in Australia
  • The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Australia – Recommended for Corporate and M&A – 2019 edition


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Memberships

  • Board Member, Canadian Australia Chamber of Commerce
  • Blockchain Australia

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