Mills Oakley hires blockchain and cryptocurrency special counsel
National firm Mills Oakley has recruited a new special counsel to help enhance its innovation and technology credentials.
Joni Pirovich, who previously headed up the blockchain and cryptocurrency tax team at Hall & Wilcox, will be working with partner Andrew Spalding to service clients in the Melbourne Private Advisory team.
She started with the firm last week.
Mills Oakley CEO John Nerurker said that the firm would be a direct beneficiary of Ms Pirovich’s deep knowledge in this area: “Joni’s insights into gender diversity will be invaluable given our focus on increasing the number of women in senior leadership roles at Mills Oakley and the launch of our newly revamped diversity and inclusion committee.”
“In Joni, we are gaining not only a respected tax practitioner, but someone with a track record for thought leadership in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space and a genuine passion for innovation. We are fortunate to make a hire so closely aligned with MO’s strategic goals in multiple areas,” he added.
Ms Pirovich said that she was looking forward to making a contribution to the firm’s digital strategy: “Australia needs law firms that are digitally literate. Change is occurring quickly and I am looking forward to playing a part in the cutting-edge work which is occurring at Mills Oakley to build digital capabilities, technology infrastructure and partnerships and a future-fit business strategy – and particularly calcifying a strong digital backbone across each practice in the firm.”
In a statement, the firm said that Ms Pirovich had “advised on the tax aspects of Australia’s first token offer by a cryptocurrency exchange, including the world’s first detailed tax disclosure in a [white paper].”
“She is a sought-after public speaker on blockchain and cryptocurrency and was a key driver of innovation and technology initiatives at her previous firm,” it continued.
The firm also noted that she is a “strong advocate for female founders and women in start-ups, especially in the legal and technology sectors”.