Alexa Freeman

About Me

Alexa joined Holley Nethercote in the Sydney office in 2016.  She has experience in financial services law, anti-money laundering and commercial law.

At a Glance

Summary My Details
Key areas of expertise:
  • Financial Services
  • Anti-money laundering
  • FinTech, RegTech and AI
  • Cryptocurrency exchanges and other cryptocurrency businesses
  • Commercial agreements
  • Over the counter (OTC) Derivatives
  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy Law
Admitted to practice:  2016 
Career achievements: 
  • Assisting a range of digital currency businesses understand and comply with their regulatory obligations in Australia. 
  • Working in-house in the commercial law team of a major financial institution.
  • Introducing and reviewing processes, procedures and technology to enable a major financial institution’s compliance with the OTC derivatives reporting legislation internationally and to ensure its ongoing compliance with these reforms. 
  • Corporate advice for ASX listed clients and the Australian government. 
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
Interests outside of work: 
  • Keeping active – pilates and running
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Travelling
  • Reading
Favourite quote:  “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most recent blogs written by me

  • Financial Services Law

    Cryptocurrency Exchanges must now fully comply with the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Laws in Australia

    Thursday, 4 October 2018
    If you are operating a cryptocurrency / digital currency exchange (DCE) which exchanges fiat (Australian or foreign currency) for digital currency and/or vice versa, you would be aware that from 3 April 2018, you have had obligations under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (AML/CTF Act).

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  • Financial Services Law

    5 Frequently Asked Questions for Setting up a Cryptocurrency Exchange in Australia

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018
    With digital currencies having cemented themselves in daily finance updates, they have begun to attract the wider market. Due to the returns that have been made in cryptocurrencies, and the regulatory roadblocks in countries outside Australia, it is no surprise that many people are planning on setting up digital currency exchanges in Australia. This article addresses the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive about exchange setups, and prepares you for talking to lawyers if you’re serious about setting up in the highly regulated Australian jurisdiction.

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  • Financial Services Law

    Room to improve AML/CTF Systems and Controls - Our take on AUSTRAC’s Risk Assessment

    Wednesday, 25 October 2017
    In July this year, AUSTRAC released its latest money laundering and terrorism financing (ML/TF) risk assessment which focuses on the securities and derivatives sector. Similar to past risk assessments released by AUSTRAC, this risk assessment has a broader application to the financial services industry as a whole.

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