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Blockchain Technologies & FinTech

Assisting Clients in Navigating Through the Potential of Disruptive Technologies

Schellenberg Wittmer’s multidisciplinary and integrated “Blockchain Technologies and FinTech” group features experts and specialists with a strong blockchain technology
background across our various practice groups (Information and Communication Technology, Corporate and Commercial, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Taxation, Dispute Resolution).

Our team advises clients looking to take full advantage of the high potential of blockchain technology, such as cryptocurrencies sale and purchase, project launch and financing (ICO, DAO), and execution of the projects and promotion to commercial partners.

We know each project is unique with its own technical and commercial features, which is why a specialist team is ready to evaluate the project needs to provide expert,
tailored advice adapting to each project’s specificities.

„incredible commitment, simple communication and useful output“

Chambers & Partners

Contact

Roland Mathys
Partner Zurich
Dr. Olivier Favre
Partner Zurich
Partners
Caroline Clemetson
Partner Zurich / Geneva
Dr. Olivier Favre
Partner Zurich
Tarek Houdrouge
Partner Geneva
Pascal Hubli
Partner Zurich
Roland Mathys
Partner Zurich
Dr. Michael Nordin
Partner Zurich
Full Team
Caroline Clemetson
Partner Zurich / Geneva
Dr. Olivier Favre
Partner Zurich
Tarek Houdrouge
Partner Geneva
Pascal Hubli
Partner Zurich
Roland Mathys
Partner Zurich
Dr. Michael Nordin
Partner Zurich
Prof. Dr. Olivier Hari
Of Counsel Geneva
Fabio Elsener
Associate Zurich
Joane Etienne
Associate Zurich / Geneva
Benjamin Gottlieb
Associate Zurich
Fabio Hurni
Associate Zurich
Claudia Jung
Associate Zurich
Dr. Samuel Klaus
Associate Zurich
Clément Neveceral
Associate Geneva
Gabor Sebestyen
Associate Zurich
Grégoire Tribolet
Associate Geneva
Derric Yeoh
Associate Singapore

Expertise

Our team advises clients across all industries in relation to blockchain technologies and FinTech (e.g. financing, real estate, commercial, charity), e.g. in the following areas:

  • Crowd-funding project preliminary analysis and set-up, incorporation of legal entities in Switzerland or abroad with the assistance of carefully selected advisors;
  • Initial Coin Offering (ICO) setup (incorporation of legal entities, white paper drafting and review, token emittance, ruling with authorities in Switzerland and abroad, especially with financial market supervisory authorities);
  • ICO execution (negotiation and drafting of agreements with investors and commercial partners, filing with authorities);
  • Smart contracts;
  • Cryptocurrencies sale and purchase, mining, e-wallet deposits;
  • Data protection and transaction security;
  • Tax implications;
  • Internal continuing executive education (compliance in the area of cryptocurrencies and tokens);
  • Dispute resolution.

Our experience includes:

  • Legal opinion for regulatory authority related to the legal qualification of cryptocurrencies and segregation of digital data;
  • Corporate, finance, regulatory and contractual legal advice to a newly established company active in the fields of financing and brokerage of cryptocurrencies;
  • Regulatory advice to businesses dealing with funds in cryptocurrencies;
  • Legal support to a technology provider in the development of a storage solution for crypto assets.

Awards and Recognitions

Leading practitioners of the group are highly recognized in:

  • Chambers
  • Legal 500
  • Who’s Who Legal

Selected Publications