Our Team


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Alessandro Palombo

CEO & CoFounder Jur

Alessandro is an expert in legal technology and Fintech. He is currently CEO and co-founder of Jur, a decentralized oracle system for legal agreements on the blockchain .

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Alessandro also founded another legal tech company and worked as an advisor or cofounder for many other start-ups. He is qualified as a lawyer and has a Ph.D. in Public Law at Sapienza University, and a Master’s degree in Global Market Regulation.

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Ana-Maria Andronic

Counsel , Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Technology, DLA Piper Bucharest

Ana-Maria Andronic is an accomplished attorney and former Romanian judge. She has dual legal qualifications in the United States and Romania.

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She is licensed to practice in Romania and in New York, USA. Her practice includes both routine and complex IT related transactions, and she covers the entire lifecycle and range of issues confronting IT operators and investors, with an emphasis on angel and venture capital investments, Internet privacy matters, copyright and trademark related matters and all related corporate, M&A and labour issues. She has been retained by the World Bank as consultant to a comprehensive assessment of the entire Romanian Intellectual Property legal framework with emphasis on the technology transfer and options to create spin-offs and technology hubs to foster local and international investments in the relevant market sector.

A strong contributor to the Romanian entrepreneurial business environment, Ana-Maria co-founded Venture Connect, a bi-annual event that brings together top investors in the region with Romanian entrepreneurs in the technology sector in search for funding for their businesses. In five years, Venture Connect has become a milestone for local entrepreneurial initiatives and an investment hub in Eastern Europe, facilitating investments and paving the way to investment for over 400 entrepreneurial teams.

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Antonis Polemitis

CEO University of Nicosia

Chief Executive Officer of the University of Nicosia, the largest university in Cyprus.

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Cecile Baird

Founder Decentrl & Blockchain for Good

Cecile Baird co-founded Decentrl a blockchain consultancy for startups and investors, based in London and Los Angeles.

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She has worked in the blockchain industry since 2013 with over 40 startups. Cecile is also the founder Blockchain For Good, a think-tank which brings together the greatest minds in blockchain, government, academics, and social impact to explore and debate the development of blockchain, for the greater good of humanity, society, economy and our environment. She is an author with publications featured in Coin Telegraph and Coindesk and a speaker at conferences such as SXSW, InnovateUK and Cambridge and Oxford university. Cecile is an expert advisor for the UK Government’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Blockchain and a mentor and investor of the UC San Diego Blockchain Innovation Lab.

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Chiara Petrioli

Professor at Universita di Sapienza, Rome

Chiara Petrioli is professor of Computer Science, coordinator of the Ph.D. program, and director of the Sensor Networks and Embedded Systems laboratory (SENSES lab) in the department of Computer Science of the University of Rome “La Sapienza.”

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She also leads the Cyber Physical System lab of “La Sapienza” center for Cyber Intelligence and Information Security, and is a founding partner of “La Sapienza” spinoff WSENSE S.r.l. Professor Petrioli research interests concern the design and optimization of future wireless, embedded, IoT and cyber physical systems. Prof. Petrioli is member of the steering committee of IEEE SECON, was program co-chair of IEEE INFOCOM 2016, workshop co-chair of ACM MobiCom 2014, and general chair of ACM SenSys 2013. She has been member of the steering committee and associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, member of the steering committee of ACM SenSys, associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, member of the executive committee of ACM SIGMOBILE, associate editor of Elsevier Computer Communications, guest editor of special issues for IEEE Access, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, Elsevier Physical Communications, and has been program co-chair of leading conferences in the field, such as ACM MobiCom and IEEE SECON. Prof. Petrioli has published over a hundred and fifty papers in prominent international journals and conferences (over 4700 citations; h-index 36). She has been the PI of over twenty national and international research projects, serving as coordinator of two EC projects (FP7 projects GENESI and SUNRISE) highlighted as success stories on the Digital Agenda of Europe and featured by international mass media including RAI SuperQuark and Presa Diretta, Wired USA, the Guardian, Bild magazine, and National Geographics. Her research has resulted in international patents and in award-winning innovative technologies. She is a pioneer of the Internet of Underwater Things, an area on which she has led the development of breakthrough technologies listed in the NT100 Top “Social Global Techs changing our lives 2016.” Prof. Petrioli was a Fulbright scholar.

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Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament, Chair of STOA Committee

Eva Kaili is a Member of the European Parliament and a member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

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She is Chair of the STOA Panel, as well as Chair of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, a member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, of the Conference of Delegation Chairs, She has, been working intensively on promoting innovation as a driving force of the establishment of the European Digital Single Market and has been particularly active in the fields of AI, blockchain technology, big data, fintech and cybersecurity.

Eva was the Rapporteur of the European Parliament of the Blockchain Resolution, the Legislative Opinion of the EFSI, the Annual Tax Report, and the negotiator of the Social-democratic party in the files of Capital Markets Union and Family Business.

She has an undergraduate degree in Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Piraeus and has served as Member of the Greek parliament from 2007 to 2012.

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Guenther Dobrauz

Partner & Leader of PwC Switzerland

Guenther is a Partner at PwC Zurich and Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland as well as a member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s global legal practise with 4000+ lawyers in 90+ countries.

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He and his team are building the law firm of the future. Every day. Prior to this he was a successful Venture Capitalist, served as in-house counsel at an international hedge fund and practised in court and with a leading business law firm. Guenther holds a PhD in law from Johannes Kepler University (Austria), an MBA from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and has completed the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. He is the author of 10 books mostly on investment law and regulation but also of “Making Money out of Technology” (2003), “Uptake Revisited: How Innovative Products succeed in International Markets” (2007) and the forthcoming “New Suits. Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World” (2019). Guenther is a permanent member of the Swiss Fund & Asset Management Association’s Specialists Committee “Legal & Compliance Asset Management”, of the ecomomiesuisse “Financial Market Regulation” working group, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Swiss LegalTech Association and the Swiss Innovation Valley and Co-Host of Legal Hackers Zurich. He is also the host of the educational video series “Appetite for Disruption”, the Founder of the global Disruption Disciples Collective, privately invested and actively involved in numerous ventures and lectures at various universities.

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Harry Kalogirou

CEO Ebakus

Harry Kalogirou is a seasoned computer scientist, software engineer and entrepreneur.

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Introduced to Bitcoin and blockchain technology in 2011 and recently founded Ebakus with the purpose of developing and deploying Blockchain 3.0 smart contract technologies.

His experience ranges from low level system programming to high end computer systems architecture and infrastructure, operating system design and implementation, 3D accelerated graphics and high performance algorithms.

He is a big enthusiast of open source software, having contributed to numerous open source projects, including the Linux kernel where he contributed the TCP/IP stack and virtual memory implementations for embedded devices. Harry also opensourced his 3D game engine Sylphis3D which was used to publish several games across mobile devices.

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Igor Tasic

CEO Startup Europe Week

Igor Tasic is the founder and CEO of Startup Europe Week, the largest entrepreneurship movement in Europe and one of the largest in the world, with events in over 300 cities in 50 countries, promoted in collaboration with the European Commission.

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He is a serial entrepreneur, as well as a specialist in entrepreneurial ecosystems and in internationalization of small and medium-sized companies, being a member of the World Economic Forum’s Digital Leaders Network and advisor on multiple acceleration programs / startups. He previously worked as a strategy consultant at Strategy& (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton) and as executive in multinationals like DuPont and Telefonica among others. Tasic is a PhD candidate at UPCT and a MSc. at Columbia Business School / FGV-EAESP.

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Josh Crumb

Founder Abaxx Technologies

Mr. Crumb is a co-founder of Goldmoney Inc. and has served as its Chief Strategy Officer and Director since 2014.

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Mr. Crumb was previously an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs – the Senior Metals Strategist in the Global Economics, Commodities and Strategy Research Division in London; a co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Coffee Flour, and a Director of Corporate Development at the Lundin Group of Companies. Mr Crumb holds a Master of Science in Mineral Economics, a Graduate Certificate in

International Political Economy, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

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Lionel Dricot

lecturer École Polytechnique, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

Lionel Dricot, mostly known under the nickname Ploum, is an engineer, writer, blogger and blockchain consultant.

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Passionate about freedom and decentralisation, he contributed to multiple free software and open source projects, wrote one of the first book ever published about Ubuntu before joining the Bitcoin community in 2010, foreseeing Bitcoin as a tool to build a more decentralised future. In 2012, he was 14 votes short to become the first Pirate Party member elected in Belgium.

Lionel is an invited lecturer at École Polytechnique, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). In 2017, after more than a decade in the industry, he started a PhD on the subject of Democracy & Blockchain.

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Maria Boile

Assoc. Professor at University of Piraeus

Dr. Maria Boile is Associate Professor of “Port and Inland Terminal Policy and Management” at the University of Piraeus, Department of Maritime Studies, and Head of Unit on Transport Economics and Environment, Maritime and Air Transport, at the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH).

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She was elected and served as Research Director at CERTH/HIT, in the field of “Analysis and Operations of Freight Transport and Logistics Systems and Applications of ICT”; Associate Professor of Transportation in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at Rutgers University, U.S.; co-Director of the Freight and Maritime Program (FMP) at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT); Academic Fellow with the Center for Supply Chain Management of the Rutgers School of Business; and Assistant Professor of Transportation at Lafayette College. She has a diploma in Civil (Transportation) Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1990), M.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rutgers University, US (1992), and Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, US (1995). Her research interest and expertise is in the areas of passenger and freight intermodal transport system modeling, freight and maritime logistics, port and inland terminal operations and management. She has participated in over 70 sponsored research projects in the U.S., Europe and Latin America, as a principal investigator in over half of them. She has developed graduate and undergraduate curricula at three Academic Institutions and she has taught graduate and undergraduate transportation and logistics courses, short courses and seminars at several Institutions in Europe, U.S., Asia and Africa. She has authored and co-authored over 170 technical articles and 12 book chapters. Her teaching and research work has received several awards, including a Best Paper Award (2000), a Transportation Engineering Education Award (2009), an Award for Excellence as a Distinguished Educator (2006-2007) and the prestigious Partnerships for Innovation award, through the National Science Foundation, Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships.

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Michela Magas

Chair Industry Commons Foundation, Sweden

Michela Magas is the first winner of European Woman Innovator to represent the Creative Industries and was appointed Innovation Luminary for Creative Innovation by the European Commission and Intel Labs Europe.

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She is advisor on Industry Innovation to the European Commission and the G7 Leaders.

She is Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation which assembles a range of industry verticals around a global open innovation community platform supported by decentralised systems which tracks IP embedded in radical breakthroughs for emerging markets.

Michela is the founder of Music Tech Fest, a global community platform of over 7000 creative innovators and scientific researchers. The platform places music at the centre of innovation in areas as diverse as neuroscience, microcomputing, blockchain and the primary industries, and has been hosted worldwide by partners including Microsoft Research New England, Centre Pompidou in Paris, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London.

She has 25 years of experience in developing product futures for a series of international clients including Apple, Nike and Nokia, and is co-author of a patent in music AI.

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On Yavin

CEO & Founder Cointelligence

On Yavin is the founder and CEO at Cointelligence, the data layer of the crypto economy.

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On has extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, as well as more than 20 years of experience in the tech industry. On uses his deep, hands-on experience and knowledge of online marketing to create winning strategies for ICOs, crypto, and blockchain companies. Having earned the reputation of “crypto expert”, On continues to contribute to this industry in ways that advance cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies. On has a law degree (LLB) and is also a certified Advocate by the Israeli Bar Association.

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Patrick Berarducci

Dep.Gen. Councel Consensys

Patrick Berarducci is the Deputy General Counsel at ConsenSys and Co-Chair of The Brooklyn Project.

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Prior to joining ConsenSys, Pat co-founded and was the software architect and full-stack developer of a health-tech startup. Pat also worked as an attorney for seven years at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

As Co-Chair of The Brooklyn Project, Pat helps lead the innovative “open source” industry initiative to develop blockchain-focused policy, thought leadership, technology, and products, all with the aim of protecting and empowering consumers. As Deputy General Counsel at ConsenSys, Pat helps navigate the evolving global intersection of blockchain technology and the law.

In addition to a wide array of legal topics, Pat, who majored in computer science and minored in mathematics, has researched, published and presented on technical topics such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and blockchain technology.

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Petros Kavassalis

Assoc. Professor at University of Aegean

Petros Kavassalis is is Associate Professor with the University of the Aegean(Dpt of Financial and  Management Engineering) and Senior Researcher at CTIP (Computer Technology Institute & Press– Research Unit 9, RU 9), Greece – web location: ATLANTIS Group.

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Petros Kavassalis holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a Ph.D. from Dauphine University in Paris (Economics and Management). In the past, he worked as a Researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique, Paris (Centre de Recherche en Gestion), at MIT (Research Program on Communication Policy – now part of SSRC), where he has contributed to the foundation of the MIT Internet Telecommunications Convergence Consortium MIT-ITC, and at ICS-Forth, Greece.

His interests focus on the fields of Information Management, Business Process Modeling and Automation, Document Engineering, Identity and Privacy Management in Federated Environments, Organization of the Digital Economies, Economics and Policy of Industrial and Technical Change.

In the last years, he served as: a) Principal Investigator for LGAF Project – which aims at implementing “BPM over SOA” solutions for e-government purposes, b) Member of the Core Technical Team of STORK 2.0 EU Project and, c) as evaluator for FET-Open Programme(European Commission). Since October 2010, he represents Greece in the ISA Technical Group for Interoperabiliy (ISA Programme, Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations, European Commission). He also collaborates with the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), the Greek Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) and NTUA (Infostrag) in the definition of a new industrial policy for the ITC sector in Greece (since 2011)

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Prof. Eleni Kosta

Prof. Dr. Eleni Kosta is full Professor of Technology Law and Human Rights at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society (TILT, Tilburg University, the Netherlands).

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Eleni obtained her law degree at the University of Athens (Greece) in 2002 and a Masters degree in Public Law at the same University in 2004.

In 2005 she completed an LL.M. in legal informatics at the University of Hannover (Germany) and in 2011 she was awarded the title of Doctor of Laws at the KU Leuven (Belgium) with a thesis on consent in data protection. Eleni is conducting research on privacy and data protection, specialising in electronic communications and new technologies, as well as on health law.

She has been involved in numerous EU research projects and is teaching “Capita Selecta Privacy and Data Protection” at the LLM Law & Technology of the Tilburg Law School. In 2014 Eleni was awarded a personal research grant for research on privacy and surveillance by the Dutch Research Organisation (VENI/NWO), which she is currently working on. Eleni also collaborates as associate with timelex (www.timelex.eu).

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Prof. Lampros Kotsiris

ELONTech Chair, Emeritus Prof. Law School of Aristotle university of Thessaloniki

Born in Athens in 1934.

Graduate of the Faculty of Law University of Athens (1956)

Officer at the Navy (1957-1959) , Registration at the Athens Bar (1959)

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Ph.D. (Dr.) in Law from the Maximilean University of Munich (1960), Practicing Law in Athens (1961 – )

Extended studies in several Universities (1963 – 1969)

Teacher’s research work (habilitation) accepted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1972)

Professor at the Faculty of Law Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1973 – )

Fulbright Scholar at SMU, Dallas (1986 – 1987)

Visiting Professor at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas (1987 – 1988)

President of the Faculty of Law University of Thessaloniki (1989 – 1995)

President of the Legal Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1995 – 2001)

Professor at the National School of Judges (1996 – 2004)

Member (ass.) of the Academy of Athens (elected in 1998 life member)

Emeritus Professor (2001)

Legal Counsel of Banks (1990 – 2007, Ionian Bank, Chios Bank, Piraeus Bank)

Doctor h.c. of the Faculty of Law of the University of Athens (July 2007)

Main Writings
Books:

  1. Bankruptcy Law (8th ed.) 2011
  2. Greek Copyright Law (6th ed 2011)
  3. Law of Competition (6th ed) 2011
  4. Company Law (in Engl.) 3rd ed. 2001.Forthcoming 4th ed. (2012-2013)
  5. Law of Restructuring of undertakings (in collabor. with Hatzinikolaou) 2rd ed. 2007
  6. European Commercial Law I (Introduction to EU legal order – fundamental freedoms – Competition Law – Intellectual property law – 2003. Forthcoming 2nd ed. (Oct. 2012)
  7. European Commercial law II – Company Law. Insolvency Law
  8. Law of Conciliation (2nd ed. 2011)
  9. Greek Copyright Law (in eng.) 2012

Editorship (in English)

The Law at the turn of the 20th century – International Conference (1993)

Racism – International Conference (2005)

Treatises:

Teilhaberschaft und Aktie (1960)

On unjust enrichment (1967)

On goodwill (1971)

On Bankruptcy as Institution and reality (1980)

Essays:
Writer of more than three hundred essays and legal opinions into Greek, English, French and German language published in law journals and honorary volumes (republished in four volumes 1980, 1994, 2004, 2006), among which many legal opinions on competition issues to be used before the courts and the Commission of Competition.

Lectures at the Academy of Athens
Five published extended lectures

Teaching Curricula:
He has been teaching at the Faculty of Law and the National School of Judges mainly: Bankruptcy Law, Competition Law, Company Law, Banking Law, European Business Law (permanent course Jean Monnet), Erasmus Student European Company Law and European Competition Law, Open University of Thessaloniki.

Current Memberships

  • Chairman of the National Copyright Organization
  • Member of the Legal Council of the national Organization for the Projection of the Greek Civilization
  • Member of the national “Committee of Professional Athletics”
  • Chaiman of the Law-making Committee for Bankruptcy Law (main reporter Law 3588/2007) of the Ministry of Justice and for Copyright Law of the Ministry of Culture (Law 2121/1993).
  • Chairman of the law-making committee for “Crossborder Insolvency”
  • Chairman of the National Mediators’ Accreditation Committee

 

(source: http://legal.ihu.edu.gr/index.php/en/ihu-legal-studies-faculty?fid=17 )

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Thimbault Verbiest

Attorney at Ulys Law Firm

An attorney in Paris and Brussels since 1993, Thibault Verbiest founded Ulys, a law firm dedicated to new technologies. He was notably able to develop a renowned expertise in legislation pertaining to payments and e-money, gaming and other regulated online activities.

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Between 2000 and 2004, he was the chairman of I’Observatoire des droits de I’intemet, an organisation tasked with advising the Belgian federal government on its policymaking approach towards the internet. In 2013, he founded two fintechs, including Payservices. Until 2015, he was also partner of investment bank Largillière Finance, which specializes in Fintech M&A.

ln 2015, he joined the law firm de Gaulle Fleurance as a partner to create the fintech, blockchain and cryptocurrency practice, which has, since then earned a solid reputation before moving to DS Avocats in September 2017 to create the first Pole entirely dedicated to Fintech, Digital Banking and Crypto-finance.

He is also the co-author of several books, including the first book on blockchain in French and the seminal piece ‘Fintech et Droit”. He regularly contributes to the public debate on blockchain, and is a speaker at fintech-blockchain focused events. He is a legal advisor for a number of ICO’s, exchanges and crypto funds in Europe. He also acts as expert with the European Blockchain Observatory and Forum and with World Bank. Thibault is also a SF novelist and co-founder of www.cryptobooks.club.

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Vikram Nagrani

Partner Hassans’Law Firm, Gibraltar

Vikram is a Partner in Hassans’ Corporate and Commercial department and co-leads the firm’s FinTech Team.

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Vikram acts on ICOs and other distributed ledger technology matters, including licence applications under Gibraltar’s DLT Providers Regulations. Vikram has also been involved in assisting with the drafting of some of the Guidance Notes to Gibraltar’s DLT Providers Regulations. He is also contributing to the EU Commission’s Blockchain Observatory and Forum.

In addition, Vikram acts on all aspects of corporate transactional work and commercial projects, specialising in investment and finance structures and mergers and acquisitions. Vikram advises numerous multinational companies on tax and corporate matters and is very experienced in cross-border structures and transactions. Vikram also advises certain high net worth individuals and families on their personal and business structures.

Hassans has been consistently ranked as the leading law firm in Gibraltar by Chambers Europe, Chambers Global and Legal 500. Vikram has been ranked annually in Chambers Global and Chambers Europe since 2012 as a leading lawyer in General Business Law. More recently, Vikram has been ranked by The Legal 500 EMEA as a Leading Lawyer in Technology, Media and Telecommunications.

A graduate of Cardiff University, Vikram attended Cardiff Law School as a member of the Middle Temple and was called to the Bar in England and Wales and in Gibraltar in 2001. Vikram is a qualified and full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and, is also a qualified and practising Notary Public in Gibraltar. In addition, Vikram is an Executive MBA graduate of Cranfield School of Management.

Outside the office, Vikram has served as a long-standing president of the Gibraltar Hindu Community and, as a member for over a decade of the Gibraltar Police Authority. Vikram is a panel member of the Gibraltar Office of Fair Trading.