Hall & Wilcox

Our Fintech team understand the challenges clients face in this evolving sector. Recognised as leading lawyers in their field, our team can advise on all aspects of financial services and IP/IT law affecting both new and established participants.

Our team comprises of financial services, tax and corporate experts who provide specialised advice to fintech companies. We are developing a reputation for our expertise in the area of non-cash payments, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. Our team regularly advise fintech companies on all aspects of their business including establishment, licensing, AML/CTF and software development.

In addition to our financial services advice, we provide a full suite of legal services that might be required by a startup (or established) fintech company, including general corporate, commercial, IP, IT, tax, employment, property, and dispute resolution.

Collectively, our fintech expertise includes:

  • AFSL, ACL, ADI and RSE regulation and licensing;
  • Blockchain/cryptocurrencies;
  • Payments;
  • IP / IT;
  • Funds management;
  • Superannuation;
  • Group life insurance; and
  • Anti-money laundering.

We are up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry and are involved with peak industry bodies within the industry. Hall & Wilcox has a partnership with Asia’s leading independent fintech innovation hub, Stone & Chalk. This partnership aligns with our Smarter Law strategy and our strong focus on fintech, financial services and insurance industries.

At Hall & Wilcox, we see ourselves as more than just a service provider to our clients. We aim to build long-lasting personal relationships with our clients and become a long-term trusted adviser. This approach is supported by our practice of Smarter Law, which challenges us to implement technology in the delivery of legal services.

Main points of contact

John Bassilios
Special Counsel, Corporate and Commercial, Banking and Financial Services
+61 3 9603 3580

Areas of expertise:

  1. Corporate and commercial
  2. Licensing
  3. Funds management
  4. AML/CTF
  5. Blockchain /cryptocurrency

Adrian Verdnik
Partner, Banking and Financial Services
+61 3 9603 3579

Areas of expertise:

  1. Superannuation
  2. Funds management
  3. Licensing

James Bull
Senior Associate & Head of Frank Startup Practice
+61 3 9603 3635

Areas of expertise:

  1. Corporate and commercial
  2. Startups
  3. Capital raising
  4. Mergers and acquisitions

Policy working groups

Hall & Wilcox are active in the following policy working groups:

  • Blockchain Working Group
  • Wealthtech Policy Working Group


Frank – We are committed to startups via our frank service offering, which supports entrepreneurs with frank advice, resources and access to our networks.

COVID-19 Resource Centre – With the current COVID-19 situation which is impacting businesses in the industry, we have developed a hub aimed at providing resources and tools to help businesses navigate legal and business uncertainty.