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FinTech & Blockchain

Switzerland

The CMS Switzerland FinTech & Blockchain team combines strengths of market-leading legal, commercial and technological expertise with practical industry knowledge.

We cover a broad range of Fintech projects including:

  • Promotion of specific blockchains and/or cryptocurrencies in the realm of foundation or association structures
  • Cryptocurrency exchanges
  • Security token offerings (STOs)
  • Initial coin offerings (ICOs)
  • Crowdfunding platforms
  • Investments in FinTech companies
  • KYC (Know Your Customer)-Outsourcings (White Listing)
  • Distribution of tokenized instruments into Switzerland
  • Licensing procedures and requests for no action-letters
  • Platforms to digitalize debt or equity

Our experienced lawyers and tax experts guide banks, financial services providers, start-ups, technology company providers and investors on the various legal issues they face when implementing FinTech-projects. In addition, we always try to anticipate developments that may be waiting around the corner and suggest solutions to them in advance.

The CMS team, for instance, supported clients with licensing applications and applications for no-action letters before the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), developed complex licensing agreements, drafted many blockchain terms and conditions, advised on data protection within blockchain projects, and provided numerous clients with insights as to whether their intended set-up is subject to Swiss regulatory law and solutions how to accommodate that.

The FinTech industry is global – just like our services

Since FinTech-matters are often internationally driven, CMS brings a unique network of global CMS firms together with local specialists of more than 40 jurisdictions well versed in FinTech-matters, which facilitates the rollout of any global project.

Our interdisciplinary FinTech team includes various experienced specialists with a background in banking & finance, IT/IP and privacy matters and/or commercial law. We view FinTech as a new interdisciplinary matter and strive to provide the best legal advice by gathering multiple-area experts working together as a team for you.

We are continuously monitoring the most recent developments in the Swiss, European and global legislation, case law and practice of the authorities within the global CMS FinTech group and keep our clients up to date on all relevant developments. Moreover, our firm is a proud host of business-oriented seminars and round tables, in which legal, tech, and finance specialists share their latest know-how. The specialists of the CMS FinTech group also regularly publish and give presentations in the field.

Contact our Swiss team

Whether you are developing your own FinTech business, nurturing or investing in the field, we are at your disposal if you require legal advice. Feel free to reach out, even if only for a first informal chat. 

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26/07/2021
CMS Video Series | FinTech & Block­chain
In our video series, our CMS law­yers and leg­al ex­perts will present key top­ics im­pact­ing, in­nov­at­ing and dis­rupt­ing the Fintech in­dustry.Sub­scribe To Chan­nel  Epis­ode #1 | Swiss Fintech Li­cence What...
01/07/2021
The Power of Two: FinTech & Block­chain and Bank­ing & Fin­ance
Zurich | 1 Ju­ly 2021me­di­umT­ina Balzli has joined our law firm as a new part­ner to fur­ther de­vel­op our ex­pert­ise in FinTech & Block­chain as well as Bank­ing & Fin­ance.  She spe­cial­izes in bank­ing, in­sur­ance, fin­an­cial and cap­it­al mar­kets law, gen­er­al cor­por­ate and com­mer­cial law as well as mer­gers & ac­quis­i­tions, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on fintech and block­chain. READ MORE OR WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
01/07/2021
Tina Balzli | New part­ner at CMS
CMS Switzer­land is de­lighted to an­nounce that Tina Balzli has joined our law firm as a new part­ner to fur­ther de­vel­op our ex­pert­ise in FinTech & Block­chain as well as Bank­ing & Fin­ance.Tina Balzli...
14/04/2021
CMS Switzer­land ranked by The Leg­al 500
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17/02/2021
We­bin­ar: Token­ized As­sets Roundtable
On 1 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the first tranche of the new Swiss block­chain/DLT laws has entered in­to force. CMS Zurich thus or­gan­izes the second round of our unique Token­ized As­sets Roundtable.  We will provide...