Michael Bacina

Partner
Piper Alderman

Michael Bacina

Partner
Piper Alderman

Michael is a Partner in Piper Alderman’s Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Group based in Sydney.

The cryptocurrency and Blockchain space presents unique challenges merging cutting edge technology and a challenging regulatory space as rapid development and adoption of this exciting technology occurs.

Michael has advised a significant number of the top ten token sales in Australia during 2017 and 2018 including CanYa (Australia’s 2nd largest ICO for 2017), Loki (3rd largest ICO in 2018 thus far), Invox, Adbit, Liven and Legaler.

Since founding and exiting a successful IT start-up in the early 2000s, Michael has maintained an active involvement in information technology. He is knowledgeable in the workings of, and legal issues surrounding, virtual currencies/crypto-currencies, crypto-tokens, blockchain and smart contracts.

This technical knowledge coupled with a highly commercial approach enables Michael to add real value to his client’s businesses. Michael delivers targeted advice for the whole token sale process, including securities analysis and negotiation of commercial agreements including shareholder, advisor, supply, and software development agreements.

Michael regularly publishes on cryptocurrency and Blockchain matters and presents on Smart Contracts and regulatory issues facing Blockchain businesses both internationally (New York, San Francisco and Singapore) and in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane). He is an active member of both the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce and Blockchain Australia.

Michael’s team also provides a retainer based agile counsel service for businesses who value a pro-active approach to their legal needs. This service includes a considered review of the business plans for the coming year, review, negotiation and deployment of commercial documents, regular strategic advisory meetings as well as early stage dispute resolution.

 

Lyria Bennett Moses

Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney
Director, Allens Hub for Technology (Law & Innovation)

Lyria Bennett Moses

Associate Professor, UNSW Sydney
Director, Allens Hub for Technology (Law and Innovation)

Lyria is Director of the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney. Lyria's research explores issues around the relationship between technology and law, including the types of legal issues that arise as technology changes, how these issues are addressed in Australia and other jurisdictions, the application of standard legal categories such as property in new socio-technical contexts, the use of technologically-specific and sui generis legal rules, and the problems of treating “technology” as an object of regulation. Lyria is currently a Key Researcher and Project Leader on the Data to Decisions CRC, exploring legal and policy issues surrounding the use of data and data analytics for law enforcement and national security. Lyria is also Lead of the UNSW Grand Challenge on “Living with 21st Century Technology” and a PLuS Alliance Fellow.

 

Athol Birtley

CTO & Co-Founder
Settify

Athol Birtley

CTO & Co-Founder
Settify

Athol Birtley is the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Settify, a client-facing technology that uses Expert System AI to provide intake and induction services in family law and estate planning. Launched in February 2017, Settify has been adopted by 80 firms around Australia, and has assisted over 10,000. Athol holds a combined Law and IT degree with first class honours from Melbourne University. Before starting Settify, he was a corporate lawyer at Allens, and before that, he ran a video game development studio that was sold to EA Games.

 

Jonathan Brayne

Partner
Allen & Overy

Jonathan Brayne

Partner
Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy partner Jonathan Brayne has been a leading member of the firm’s innovation programme for nearly 20 years, most recently as chairman of Fuse, A&O’s legal tech collaboration and innovation space in its London office. He is also the founding chairman of aosphere, a pioneering provider of alternative solutions for legal risk management. Previously, he was an elected member of the firm's board and chairman of its global banking group. Jonathan also worked in and was a founding partner of A&O’s New York and Hong Kong offices.

 

Adrian Cartland

Principal, Cartland Law
Creator, Ailira

Adrian Cartland

Principal, Cartland Law
Creator, Ailira

Adrian Cartland, the 2017 Young Lawyer of the Year, has worked as a tax lawyer in top tier law firms as well as boutique tax practices. He is now the Principal of Cartland Law, a boutique tax and commercial law firm. Adrian is also the Creator of Ailira, the Artificially Intelligent Legal Information Research Assistant, which automates legal research and advice. Ailira has enabled non-professionals to pass University Tax Law exams and is currently used by hundreds of Australian tax lawyers and accountants for tax research and to unlock internal intellectual property. Ailira can also provide tailored legal information to consumers, initially in the areas of Domestic Violence (for which Cartland Law has already delivered a SA Government funded prototype), Business Structuring, and Wills and Estates. Ailira has powered the world's first Law Firm Without Lawyers. Adrian is known for his innovative advice and ideas and also for his entertaining and insightful professional speeches.

Campbell Fisher

Managing Partner
FCB Group

Campbell Fisher

Managing Partner
FCB Group

Campbell has over 25 years’ experience in providing ASX 100 private companies and public-sector clients with high-level strategic advice. He is the only lawyer in Australia to be an accredited specialist in employment and industrial law in both New South Wales and Victoria.

Campbell is highly regarded by the legal and business communities not only because of his expertise in workplace relations law, but also for his innovative approach to delivering legal services. His clients value his creativity as a business strategist, his incisiveness as a lawyer, and his extensive experience of working in a broad range of industries.

Priya George

CEO & Security Evangelist
NIMIS Cybersecurity

Priya George

CEO & Security Evangelist
NIMIS Cybersecurity

Priya George, cofounder and CEO of NIMIS Cybersecurity. NIMIS is a Techstars backed company that has built an artificial intelligence based penetration testing platform for web applications. Her team has worked in cyber operations in Australian and U.S. Defence Intelligence, banks and technology companies.

Prior to NIMIS, Priya was the CEO of Necessary Security & National Cybersecurity Institute a security consulting company focused on security architecture, and evaluating new emerging cybersecurity technology products suited for clients.

Priya spent the first 13 years of her career leading significant transformation projects in technology, organisational restructure, and people engagement. Industries she has worked in include mining, energy, water, financial services, technology and government. Priya has also developed and co-founded an analytics and video software company that came out of two years of technology research and development as part of a motorsport business.

She has a passion for cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, technology, classic cars, motorsport, good food, animals, and the beach.

Brid Heffernan

National Sales Manager
LEAP Legal Software

Caryn Sandler

Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer
Gilbert + Tobin

Caryn Sandler

Chief Knowledge & Innovation Officer
Gilbert + Tobin

Caryn leads the Legal Service Innovation Team who provides specialised services to support Gilbert + Tobin’s legal service delivery and innovates to deliver new tools and services benefiting the firm’s practice and clients. A former practising corporate lawyer, Caryn brings 15 years of experience in legal, knowledge management, legal technology, change management, transformation and solution design to her role. Caryn regularly works with a variety of in-house legal clients to explore opportunities for legal triage, better workflow management and automated service delivery.

Caryn is a regular speaker at legal technology and innovation conferences.  Most recently, she was a keynote speaker on the ‘Economics of AI’ at the Artificial Intelligence in Legal Practice Summit organised by the Centre for Legal Innovation and also spoke at the CeBIT 2018 conference on ‘How machine learning is changing the future of law’.  Caryn was a panel member at both the ACC Australia Victorian Corporate Counsel Day, discussing ‘Legal Tech Insights: what are you using and is it working for you” and the World Forum Disrupt on ‘Open Innovation’. Caryn has been recognised as one of Australia’s top legal innovators in the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2018. 

Her team’s expertise and execution of successful innovative projects are recognised by the market as Gilbert + Tobin has been awarded ‘Most Innovative Firm’ in the 2018 AFR Client Choice Awards and ‘Most Innovative Australian Law Firm’ at the Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards 2017.

Daniel Weis

Lead Penetration Tester & Security Specialist
Kiandra IT

Daniel Weis

Lead Penetration Tester & Security Specialist
Kiandra IT

Dan has over 24 years’ experience in I.T, in a range of different industries, and was one of the first 10 people in the world to become a Certified Ethical Hacker.

Dan heads up Kiandra’s team of Cyber Security Experts, proactively assessing company and government networks to increase their security posture and not become the next "headline".

Earning the nickname “The General” as a result of his multitude of industry qualifications, Daniel also holds an additional 22 industry certifications.

In his spare time Daniel undertakes research on the cybercrime underground, facilitates training sessions for budding ethical hackers, is a regular on the speaker circuit, has a number of published resources including books, magazine articles, newspaper appearances, online posts and youtube videos, and is an active participant in a variety of renowned security and industry programs.

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