Adam Tepper explains Bitcoin

It is truly a global currency that spans borders and can be sent across the world almost instantly.

Adam Tepper
Founding Partner

Independent Reserve was founded in 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Our mission is to transform digital currency technology into secure, robust and regulated financial services, and do things the right way. Our foundation is a strong and experienced executive team, with a broad range of skills in corporate leadership, financial markets, software engineering and regulatory compliance.

Our Governance

Independent Reserve is a registered Australian company (ABN 46 164 257 069), underpinned by Australia's highly regulated financial sector. It is audited annually by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Independent Reserve is overseen by an experienced advisory board, chaired by Michael Go, with over 25 years' experience as an executive in global markets.

Independent Reserve is a member of the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association (ADCCA) which represents the Digital Currency industry in Australia.

Independent Reserve is a member of the Australian Digital Currency Commerce Association (ADCCA) Independent Reserve is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers

Our Technology

Our core servers are securely located at two Tier 3 data centres, in Sydney, Australia. This allows us to synchronously replicate all data across both locations, in real-time to ensure zero data loss should disaster strike and we have a fully configured production environment ready to fail over to should the need arise. Our data is signed and encrypted multiple times using geographically dispersed keys, spread across four data centres and we of course utilise cold storage to hold the majority of Bitcoins completely offline.

To highlight our commitment to security, we have enlisted Cobalt as our penetration testing partner. Read more about our Bug Bounty program here.

Our Foundation

Independent Reserve is the result of a fifteen year partnership between Adam Tepper and Adrian Przelozny. Specialists in digital platforms and security they envisaged an exchange that made digital currency easy to understand, use and trade by all people.

To help achieve this they enlisted market experts, driving knowledge, security and openness through everything they did.

Since launch Independent Reserve has achieved a number of milestones.

Unfortunately, Adam died six months after launch. But the shared vision lives on, Adam has been significant in changing the face of digital currency, striving to set higher standards, make it more obtainable, and ensuring that Independent Reserve continues to raise the bar, making it the Bitcoin and Digital Currency Market.

Management

Adrian Przelozny Chief Executive Officer

Adrian's career spans more than 15 years in Information Technology and Services, specialising in the design and development of critical business systems... more

Adrian's career spans more than 15 years in Information Technology and Services, specialising in the design and development of critical business systems. Prior to founding Independent Reserve, Adrian was the principal consultant at a Sydney-based IT consultancy he founded with inaugural Independent Reserve CEO, Adam Tepper. Through this challenging role, Adrian led the delivery of many enterprise solutions for financial institutions across Sydney, as well as holding a long-standing role as Solutions Architect at Nine Entertainment in Sydney. At Nine Entertainment, Adrian oversaw the design and development of their mission-critical broadcast systems and mobile solutions, as well as supplying and managing the software engineers through his own company.

Adrian loves to ski, often frequenting the slopes at Perisher and Thredbo, Australia. When he has the time, Adrian and his wife pick up their ski gear and head North to Nagano, Japan, where they like to ski at Hakuba.

Adrian has Bachelor of Business Systems and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University in Melbourne.

Lasanka Perera Chief Business Development Officer

With a decade of experience as a trader, broker, market-maker, analyst and managing director in FX, derivatives and funds management, Lasanka is a co-founder of Independent Reserve... more

With a decade of experience as a trader, broker, market-maker, analyst and managing director in FX, derivatives and funds management, Lasanka is a co-founder of Independent Reserve. In 2011, he launched the Australian subsidiary of the global FX firm Admiral Markets before launching his own FX firm, Global FX Partners. Lasanka acquired and maintained the highly sought after AFSL for market making in derivatives, for which he has been the AFSL Responsible Manager.

Lasanka has been a regular commentator in financial media including the Australian Financial Review, Morningstar, ABC Newsradio, Sky TV and remains a weekly guest on the CNBC. Lasanka is also a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, and he enjoys staying fit by playing squash.

Michael Locke Chief Marketing Officer

With over 20 years of global experience in business strategy and activation, across all aspects of marketing, Michael works with businesses to identify and unlock their true market potential... more

With over 20 years of global experience in business strategy and activation, across all aspects of marketing, Michael works with businesses to identify and unlock their true market potential. This has resulted in the creation, reengineering, and management of many iconic, market-leading brands.

Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and a Certified Practising Marketer; currently serving as the Vice President of the Australian Marketing Institute. He is a guest lecturer on brand/marketing strategy and activation for various institutions; and Academic Advisor on the Master of Management / CEMS Master of International Management at the University of Sydney Business School, working with clients such as SAP, QBE, Jones Lang LaSalle, CSIRO, The Smith Family, Deloitte and EY on a diverse array of industry specific business issues.

Michael Go Chairman, Advisory Board

Michael has over 25 years’ experience working in the global markets businesses of a number of investment banks in Australia, Asia and Europe. His experience extends to commercial banking in Australia... more

Michael has over 25 years’ experience working in the global markets businesses of a number of investment banks in Australia, Asia and Europe. His experience extends to commercial banking in Australia, mobile payments in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as setting up an exchange to accommodate the move of over-the-counter products to an electronic venue. Michael is well placed to support the market in the current and future regulatory climate.

Michael also has extensive experience in the Chinese market, having worked with the regulators and representatives of the central banking authority in China over a number of years. Having a background and interest in electronic trading in appropriately regulated environments, there is a natural alignment with the aims and direction of Independent Reserve.

Michael has a Global Executive MBA from the University of Sydney, having completed his education at Stanford, London School of Economics, and the IIM in Bangalore.

Allan Ritchie Advisory Board

Allan's specialty is complex deal structuring focused on large value global deals for institutional and corporate clients... more

Allan's specialty is complex deal structuring focused on large value global deals for institutional and corporate clients including BHP, RIO, BP, Woodside, Santos, Australian Wheat Board, Electricity Victoria (SECVIC), and NSW Treasury Corporation.

Allan is an investment banking professional with a career of over 25 years, holding senior positions in Westpac, ANZ Bank, HSBC and BNP Paribas.

Allan has extensive hands-on experience within capital markets and derivatives for vanilla and structured deals in major and emerging markets and currencies. He is a leader in the industry; receiving accolades from his clients, peers and the press. His postings have included London, New York, Melbourne and Sydney.

Allan was voted number one in the BRW Australia magazine poll of financial markets bankers for every year in which he competed.

Allan graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with Bachelor of Business. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia.

James Livingston External Financial Officer

James serves as Independent Reserve’s financial controller and advisor. He is also the Founder and CEO at Arc Business Partners, a boutique business services firm... more

James serves as Independent Reserve’s financial controller and advisor. He is also the Founder and CEO at Arc Business Partners, a boutique business services firm that specialises in taxation and advisory services for start-ups and fast growing companies. James’ depth of knowledge and experience in financial markets, financial services, structured products, investments, derivatives and risk management provides a unique perspective on digital currency and an invaluable asset at Independent Reserve.

James is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and a Master of Applied Taxation from the University of New South Wales.

Contact Details

Independent Reserve Pty. Ltd.
Level 32, 101 Miller Street
North Sydney, 2066
New South Wales, Australia