Blockchain, also known as Distributed Ledger Technology, is an emerging type of business improvement software.

Globalisation is one of the driving forces behind this digital technology, with consumers, businesses and governments expecting fast, reliable and secure ways of storing and transferring critically important data. While Bitcoin has captured the headlines, the blockchain technology that underlies Bitcoin has received much less attention but has the potential to have a more wide-ranging impact. From Banking and Financial Institutions, Education, Government and beyond, blockchain technology has endless applications for addressing the changing digital landscape.

Cryptocurrency is only one application of blockchain technology, the most widely known cryptocurrency being Bitcoin. There are now over 1,000 cryptocurrencies.

Hand in hand with the rise of cryptocurrencies is the advent of ‘initial coin offerings’ or ICOs and ‘security token offerings’ or STOs.

Understanding how blockchain, cryptocurrency, ICOs and STOs may change your environment, both professionally and on a personal level, is imperative to making the most of this technology and your businesses future in the emergent digital age.

Key contact

John Bassilios

Financial services

Special Counsel
T: +61 3 9603 3580

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Blockchain centre – John and Karen

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Security Tokens – What You Need To Know

Financial services

  • Advising on and establishing, cryptocurrency funds
  • Reviewing and signing off on whitepapers and accompanying disclosure documents
  • Advice on operating digital currency exchanges, including the new Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing registration requirements for operators of exchanges
  • Advice on whether a cryptocurrency or digital token is a financial product  (which requires compliance with licensing and disclosure requirements) or whether the token environment constitutes the operation of a non-cash payment facility
  • Advice on how to restructure an ICO so that it is not a managed investment scheme
  • Advice on the legal implications of conducting a security token offering (STO)

GST

  • Advising on the GST implications of trading cryptocurrency through online platforms
  • Reviewing business-to-business as well as business-to-consumer onshore and offshore transactions where consideration comprises of cryptocurrency
  • Advising operators of electronic distribution platforms (websites, mobile phone applications, gaming platforms and other marketplaces) of the GST implications and compliance obligations

Litigation and dispute resolution

  • Advising in relation to a dispute pertaining to a subscription in an ICO
  • Advising in relation to jurisdictional and enforcement issues pertaining to the rights of a cryptocurrency owner

Tax

  • Advice regarding the income tax treatment of dealing in cryptocurrency
  • Private binding ruling applications to the Commissioner of Taxation regarding the income tax treatment of dealing in cryptocurrency
  • Advice regarding tax structures available for cryptocurrency investments
  • Advice regarding tax structures and implications of undertaking an ICO in Australia – both domestic and international
Harry New

Harry New

Financial services

Partner
T: +61 3 9603 3559

John Bassilios

Financial services

Special Counsel
T: +61 3 9603 3580

Peter Murray

Peter Murray

Tax

partner
T: +61 3 9603 3686

Joni Pirovich

Joni Pirovich

Tax

Lawyer
T: +61 3 9603 3615

Hall & Wilcox Lawyers - Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle - Michael Parker

Michael Parker

GST

Partner
T: +61 3 9603 3540

Raoul D'Cruz

Raoul D’Cruz

GST

Lawyer
T: +61 3 9603 3642

Mark Inston

Banking and finance

Partner
T: +61 3 9603 3597

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