Blockchain Australia Board
John Bassilios, Board Director & Company Secretary
Special Counsel, Hall & Wilcox
I have a broad range of corporate commercial, financial services, funds management and banking and finance experience with a particular emphasis on financial services and funds management.
I have taken a keen interest in Blockchain and crypto currencies having advised clients on the establishment of crypto currency funds, establishing crypto currency exchanges (including Terms & Conditions and AML/CTF Compliance), initial coin offerings (ICOs) security token offerings (STOs) and operating ICO marketing platforms. I am a Fellow of Blockchain Australia and a Course Mentor for the RMIT Blockchain Strategy Course.
I also have a keen interest in startups and fintech companies and I am the firm lead for Hall & Wilcox’s membership of Fintech Australia and an active participant of the firm’s sponsorship of Stone &Chalk.
I have acted for a wide range of financial services providers including retail and wholesale fund managers, investment advisers, financial planners, stock brokers, IDPS operators and managed discretionary account providers. I have advised financial service providers on all aspects of managed investments schemes, AFSL and ACL licensing, disclosure requirements and ongoing compliance with regulatory requirements, including AML/CTF compliance.
I also have extensive experience in advising in relation to the establishment and development of various financial products, as well as the preparation of disclosure documents such as financial services guides, product disclosure statements and information memoranda.
I also provide general corporate and commercial law advice to clients. This includes advice on IPOs, ASX listing and ASX listing rules, prospectus drafting, due diligence and verification, share purchase agreements, contract advice, negotiation and drafting, corporate law advice, advice on directors duties, company formation, mergers & acquisitions, business sales and acquisitions and shareholder/unit holder/partnership agreements.