• Eli Bernstein

    Fintech & Commercial Lawyer

    I am a fintech and commercial lawyer dealing with startup and business law, financial services, and commercial litigation. I have a keen interest in fintech and the application of new technologies to legal and regulatory systems. I head NXT Legal’s Perth office.


    I have worked in corporate finance, management consulting, and business development and throughout my career applied innovation to the development of new products and services, emerging markets and disruptive technologies (including blockchain, AI and IoT). Over the past two decades, I worked across a range of companies, large and small, in industries ranging from finance to technology, energy and resources. These days my core area of interest is the intersection of law, finance, and technology with research interests in:

    1. smart legal contracts 
    2. security tokens
    3. online dispute resolution

    I serve on committees of the Law Society of WA (including the Tech & IP committee), the advisory board of the ANZ Business Chamber, as chapter founder of Legalhackers (Perth), and as a mentor to a number of SOSV’s accelerators (including the blockchain-focused dlab). I also served with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, as University Associate for Curtin’s Blockchain R&D Lab and as VP (Blockchain) for IEG Banking Group. I was chairman of an ASX-listed company and president of the Australia-India Business Council (WA).
     

    In my spare time, I dabble with libertarian thought and amateur photography. I am founder and president of Liberty WA, a voice for civil and economic liberties, and serve on the board of the Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Foundation.

  • professional experience

    Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life - Anon

    NXT Legal

    Commercial and Fintech Lawyer | 2020

    Nxt Legal is a next-generation law firm specialising in commercial, technology and property matters.

    Cryptiq Ventures

    Partner | 2017-20

    Cryptiq Ventures is a micro-VC and boutique advisory firm based in Singapore backing emerging technologies and the innovators who create them. Cryptiq acts as venture catalyst and advisors in three core areas: growth, technology and capital.

    Crowded Space

    Venture Catalyst | 2014-17

    CrowdedSpace facilitates early pre-seed investment, acceleration and incubation of technology solutions that have the potential to disrupt traditional sectors by utilizing crowdsourcing and decentralized technologies.

    Quantum

    Chairman | 2015

    Nova Minerals Ltd (formerly Quantum Resources) is an exploration company based in Australia and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX:NVA), the OTC Markets (OTC: NVAAF) and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FRA:QM3). Nova is focused on gold exploration in Alaska and Northern Australia.

    Energia Consulting

    Principal Adviser | 2012-13

    Energia Consulting is a management consulting and corporate advisory firm with a focus on international trade and investment in the energy and resources sector.

    Horizon Power

    Strategy & Policy Manager | 2007-11

    Horizon Power is a vertically integrated energy provider for regional WA. I worked in the strategy and business development team with responsibilities for the development of strategy and policy, including business development, long-term strategy formulation, engagement with external stakeholders as well as carbon management & renewable energy analysis.

    Montagu Corporate (now Patersons)

    Corporate Consultant | 2006-07

    Corporate consultant with capital markets experiece including Initial Public Offerings, RTOs and placements on the ASX, M&A activities and corporate advisory services. The energy and resources sector was an area of specialty.

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  • Education

    ...is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel - Socrates

    UWA

    Juris Doctor | 2017

    Graduated from a Juris Doctor

    UWA

    MBA (Adv) | 2003

    Graduated cum laude Masters of Business Administrations. Advanced specialization in finance.

    Curtin Uni

    B.Comm(Hons) | 2001

    Graduated from a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours after majoring in Commercial Law and Marketing. Minor in International Business.

    AICD

    GAICD | 2011

    Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    ACFS

    DipFS(FP) | 2006

    Completed a Diploma of Financial Services, specializing in financial planning for RG146 compliance requirements.

  • Writings

    Musings on Liberty & Law

    My two cents on the Middle East & GeoPolitics

  • Associations

    EMMM Foundation

    Director

    The Eeny Meeny Miney Mo foundation believes children should feel free to love and spend time with both parents and raises awareness of parental alienation in family separation.

    Legal Hackers

    Perth Chapter President 

    Legal Hackers is a global movement of lawyers, policymakers, designers, technologists, and academics who explore and develop creative solutions to some of the most pressing issues at the intersection of law and technology. Through local meetups, hackathons, and workshops, Legal Hackers spot issues and opportunities where technology can improve and inform the practice of law and where law, legal practice, and policy can adapt to rapidly changing technology.

    Computational Law & Blockchain Festival

    Perth Co-Convener (March 18 2008)

    The first annual Computational Law & Blockchain Festival (#clbfest2018) is a three-day global event bringing together coders, designers, lawyers, policymakers, researchers, and students to co-create the future of law, legal practice, and policy. In the spirit of decentralization, the Festival will be hosted at independent, self-organized nodes in cities around the world.

    Liberty WA

    President (pro-term)

    Liberty WA is a Perth-based group of libertarian thought leaders and civil rights advocates who value your right to life, liberty and property and seek to see the role of government shrink, wherever possible. We are unaffiliated with any political party.

    Australia-India Business Council

    WA President (2009-11), Committee member (2011-current)

    The AIBC is a business association that exclusively promotes, develops and maintains bilateral trade and business relationships between Australia and India. I founded the Western Australian chapter.

    Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA   

    Committees: International Trade; Climate Change 

    CCI is the peak business body in in Western Australia and one of the most influential chamber of commerce in Australia. I was a member of the Climate Change Committee

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