If you’re investing in crypto or your business uses blockchain, you will no doubt be in need of a lawyer at some stage in the game to help navigate the rules and regulations of this fast moving space.
Here is a list of the 10 best crypto lawyers in Australia offering expert advice providing legal services for all things cryptocurrency, including: initial coin offerings (ICO), smart contracts, digital assests, financial products and cryptocurrencies, blockchain businesses, securities laws and more.
Salerno Law provides expert legal solutions to clients in Australia and overseas, with offices in Western Australia, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Los Angeles and Ayrshire in the UK. The Salerno team has international knowledge of legislation and regulations, while also focusing on clients’ needs at a local level. The team of crypto lawyers includes managing partners Matteo Salerno and Emma Salerno, and expert fintech lawyer Krish Gosai, who co-founded DayTek Capital, a Queensland-based Financial Services/Fintech company, which was granted an AFS licence in approximately six months. The company has developed a range of innovative banking products and services in both the fiat and cryptocurrency space.
Gilbert and Tobin Law recognises that developments in the local financial technology (fintech) landscape have elevated Australia as a leader in this sector. GT Law aims to help clients navigate all aspects of cryptocurrency regulation. The firm is headed by co-founder and managing partner Danny Gilbert, with partner lawyer Simon Burns, a specialist in Technology + Digital and fintech.
Lander & Rogers
Lander & Rogers is a multi award-winning law firm providing advice for blockchain businesses. Its excellent stable of lawyers practising Blockchain and Digital Assets law includes Jared Smith, Lisa Fitzgerald, Robert Neely and Simon Davidson. These lawyers specialise in smoothing the path through legal issues that can delay or derail the development of new products and processes. They provide legal and commercial advice to: technology founders and startups; foreign blockchain businesses entering the Australian market; and established Australian companies launching blockchain projects. Lander & Rogers’ blockchain law team combines comprehensive technical knowledge with the expertise and experience of a leading commercial law firm. It is one of few Australian firms with the expertise to help businesses realise the potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Impressively, Lander & Rogers board member Dr Philippa Ryan is a lead author of international standards for smart contracts through her role with Standards Australia’s Blockchain Technical Committee. She has published two books in the field of blockchain and digital trust, and sits on the editorial board of Stanford’s Journal of Blockchain Law and Policy.
Nicholson Ryan Lawyers
Melbourne-based firm Nicholson Ryan Lawyers acts for a number of Australia’s largest cryptocurrency providers. The team has considerable experience with: blockchain and cryptocurrency-related transactions; establishment of cryptocurrency exchanges and funds; initial coin offerings (ICO); preparation for possible regulatory changes; and AFS licensing advice and compliance. Director Shannon Ryan leads Nicholson Ryan’s financial services and corporate transactions section, her areas of expertise including ASX listing rules, capital raising (public and private), financial services and managed investment schemes, bitcoin transactions, cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges.
LegalVision is a tech-driven, full-service commercial law firm that uses technology to deliver a fast, high-quality and cost-effective client experience. The majority of its clients are LVConnect members. By becoming a member, you can stay ahead of legal issues while also staying on top of costs. From just $119 per week, get all your contracts sorted, trademarks registered and questions answered by LegalVision’s highly experienced business lawyers.
Neo Legal specialises in blockchain technology. They are first and foremost lawyers who are passionate about tech and business. Its specific interest in the cryptosphere has led Neo Legal to become a blockchain law firm working with all aspects of blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, with a team of lawyers who advise on cryptocurrency projects and crypto exchanges, as well as niche blockchain-related startups. The Neo Legal team includes co-founder and managing partner Kenny Lee and partner Harly Zappino.
Piper Alderman has a blockchain team that is passionate about the opportunities provided by distributed ledger technologies and is ideally placed to help clients navigate this complex landscape. With law and regulation struggling to keep up with technology, clients can rely on the team for issues related to blockchain and for its deep general industry knowledge. Piper Alderman can assist with fund structuring and fundraising, DAO and token structuring, licensing advice, taxation, privacy, anti-money laundering, corporate structuring and other regulatory advice. Its knowledge and experience have been gained in advising leading Australian and international blockchain projects since 2017. Piper Alderman lawyers regularly present on blockchain-related legal issues at conferences around Australia and overseas, and PA was the only law firm recognised as a finalist in Blockchain Australia’s Advisor of the Year Awards for 2019. It was the first major Australian law firm to accept bitcoin (and now other major cryptocurrencies) as payment for legal services. It has built strong relationships with trusted developers and other professionals with expertise in assisting clients in the blockchain space.
HG Lawyers has broken new ground across the emerging areas of cryptocurrency, initial coin offerings and blockchain. As one of the first Australian firms advising on fintech and digital commerce, it works with ICO and token issuers, cryptocurrency exchanges and blockchain companies. HG Lawyers offers a dedicated fintech digital assets team within the firm, and is presently advising on multiple ICOs relating to platforms across various industries and assisting virtual currency industry clients with ASIC, AUSTRAC, ATO compliance and privacy issues. HG has experience in: token generation and economics, initial coin offerings (ICO), token sale and purchase agreements, terms and conditions of digital offerings, disputes related to distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrency regulatory guidance, privacy and data security, engagement with regulators, advising on the creation of digital assets, the internet of things, smart contracts, supply chain logistics, digital databases, and digital payments systems and services.
Mills Oakley is a leading Australian law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Perth. With over 100 partners and more than 670 staff, it offers strong expertise across all key commercial practice areas. With over 30 years’ experience providing Australian and cross-border digital law solutions for clients across a broad range of government and private sectors, MO has market-leading expertise (as recognised in Best Lawyers) in data privacy/cybersecurity, multi-jurisdictional privacy compliance, information (including Big Data analytics, AI, IoT), digital transformations, blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrency.
Hall & Wilcox
Hall & Wilcox is a practice specialising in blockchain, cryptocurrency, initial coin offerings (ICO) and security token offerings (STO). The digital landscape is changing quickly. By considering commercial, tax (including the GST treatment of digital currency) and regulatory issues, the Hall & Wilcox team looks at the big picture to advise on blockchain, cryptocurrency, ICO and STO opportunities.
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