Bacina, Michael

  Sydney New South Wales 2000, Australia
 +61 2 9253 3815
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Michael is a Partner in Piper Alderman’s Blockchain Group based in Sydney.

The Blockchain space presents unique challenges merging cutting edge technology and a challenging regulatory space as rapid development and adoption of this exciting technology occurs.  As a former developer, Michael has a rare combination of technical, regulatory and legal skills which he leverages to assist his clients

As Initial Coin Offerings rose to prominence in 2017, Piper Alderman was on the forefront, advising a significant number of the top ten ICO offerings.  As the space has matured, Piper Alderman continues to advise projects on structuring security offerings and other tokenization deployments within existing businesses. We now assist a range of Blockchain projects from enterprise level deployments to start-up ventures, exchanges, RegTech and compliance businesses.

Since founding and existing a successful start-up in the early 2000s, Michael has maintained an active involvement in software development.  He is knowledgeable in the workings of (and legal issues surrounding) virtual currencies and cryptocurrencies, blockchain projects, smart contract deployments 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. Michael delivers targeted advice for the whole of life software, start-up 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 matters and is a sought after speaker in relation to legal issues facing smart contract and Blockchain adoption both internationally (New York, San Francisco and Singapore) and in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane).

In 2018, Michael was recognised for his technology work by the prestigious Chambers & Partners, being ranked as a “Band 1” FinTech Lawyer in Australia.  Only four lawyers in Australia achieved this ranking. 

Michael also sits on the board member of the Canadian Australia Chamber of Commerce, is a member of numerous advisory boards, and is a member of the Australian Digital Commerce Association and Blockchain Australia.