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FinTech & Blockchain

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. 

Contact  us

 

This practice group is ranked by The Legal 500 in Tier 3 (EMEA Guide 2022):

The group is noted for its ‘extensive knowledge in the area of distributed ledgers and tokenisation, especially in the context of global capital markets.

The Legal 500, Fintech, Switzerland, 2022
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CMS Video Series | FinTech & Block­chain
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06/07/2022
Token­ized As­sets Roundtable Vol. 3
For the third time, CMS or­gan­izes a Token­ized As­sets Roundtable, cov­er­ing hot top­ics in the crypto and token space, such as De­Fi, de­riv­at­ives and NFTs. After a vir­tu­al event last year, we look for­ward...
12/05/2022
CMS ad­vised FRVR on the ac­quis­i­tion of com­puter game Krunker.io
An in­ter­na­tion­al team led by Stefan Brunnsch­weiler (CMS Switzer­land) in co­oper­a­tion with CMS UK and Min­ter­El­lis­on in Aus­tralia has ad­vised FRVR on all mat­ters re­lat­ing to the ac­quis­i­tion by FRVR of the free-to-play first-per­son shoot­er Krunker.io. Star­ted by Swiss game de­veloper Sid­ney de Vries in 2018 and already played by over 200 mil­lion unique play­ers world­wide, Krunker is a massively pop­u­lar shoot­er that fea­tures full mod­ding sup­port that can be played any­where, without hav­ing to in­stall the com­puter game.FRVR is a games plat­form com­pany build­ing an eco­sys­tem to con­nect bil­lions of play­ers to cap­tiv­at­ing games. FRVR’s mis­sion is to demo­crat­ize com­puter game dis­tri­bu­tion by mak­ing sure to de­liv­er great games for every­one, every­where, work­ing along­side amaz­ing de­velopers and in­nov­at­ive part­ners. With FRVR, find­ing great com­puter games is nev­er more than three clicks away. FRVR was foun­ded by com­puter games in­dustry vet­er­ans Chris Ben­jamin­sen and Bri­an Meidell in 2017 and has grown from a small pas­sion pro­ject in­to over 100 em­ploy­ees across 6 of­fices world­wide.CMS Switzer­land­Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, Man­aging Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/M&ADr Dirk Spacek, Part­ner, IT and IPT­ina Balzli, Part­ner, Fintech & Block­chain­Mark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, TaxDr Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, IP­Al­ex­an­dra Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AAndrea Relly, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AChristina Winter, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­mentCMS United King­do­m­Anthony Wall­er, Re­la­tion­ship Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/M&A
11/04/2022
CMS Switzer­land re­cog­nised by The Leg­al 500
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17/11/2021
CMS Switzer­land re­cog­nised by Lead­ers League
CMS Switzer­land has been re­cog­nized, once again, as a top Swiss law firm. Lead­ers League's 2023 rank­ings have dis­tin­guished our ex­pert­ise in the fol­low­ing prac­tice areas:
01/09/2021
Vaïk Müller | New part­ner at CMS
CMS Switzer­land is de­lighted to an­nounce that Dr Vaïk Müller has joined our law firm as a new part­ner to fur­ther de­vel­op our ex­pert­ise in Bank­ing & Fin­ance as well as FinTech & Block­chain. Dr Vaïk...
05/08/2021
CMS Glob­al Fintech Up­date
The leg­al frame­work in the fintech in­dustry is chan­ging very quickly and some­times var­ies greatly from jur­is­dic­tion to jur­is­dic­tion.Our glob­al up­date, will give you an over­view of the latest changes and top­ics we have been deal­ing with in Europe, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica re­gion. This will give you an at a glance sum­mary of a num­ber of art­icles that we have pro­duced on a loc­al basis.For a more in-depth ana­lys­is or for any ques­tions, please reach out to your usu­al CMS con­tact or lis­ted in this up­date Fintech ex­perts.
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. Epis­ode #11 | Ex­emp­tions from duty to pub­lish a pro­spect­us   ...
01/07/2021
The Power of Two: FinTech & Block­chain and Bank­ing & Fin­ance
Geneva | 1 Septem­ber 2021me­di­um Dr Vaïk Müller has joined our law firm as a new part­ner to fur­ther de­vel­op our ex­pert­ise in Bank­ing & Fin­ance as well as FinTech & Block­chain. Dr Vaïk Müller­'s main areas of ex­pert­ise are bank­ing and fin­ance, fin­an­cial ser­vices and products, in­clud­ing funds and de­riv­at­ives, as well as com­pli­ance and reg­u­lat­ory mat­ters.READ MORE­OR 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
Rank­ings of CMS Switzer­land in The Leg­al 500 EMEA 2021 edi­tion CMS Switzer­land is re­com­men­ded in 18 cat­egor­ies in this year's Europe, Middle East and Africa edi­tion of The Leg­al 500, pub­lished in April...
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...