Our team takes an inquisitive approach to technological developments and benefits from a network of legal expertise. Our interdisciplinary, tech-savvy team advises companies on all legal and regulatory issues where financial services and information technology overlap. Our team support clients in the development, implementation and legal protection of new business models, as well as in the distribution and marketing of innovative services and products. Our clients include startups, established financial institutions, large technology companies and investors with a focus on blockchain, DLT and digitalisation.
Taking a holistic approach, we offer you comprehensive expertise in the fields of law of intellectual property, data protection, financial markets, competition, tax, telecommunications, contract, corporate and notary law.
We attach great importance to pragmatic and solution-oriented advice and help you to realistically assess and act on both opportunities and legal risks in this new, digital world.
Our team offers you access to experts in the field of blockchain & distributed ledger technology (DLT) and competent advice on the following interdisciplinary topics:
- Development and implementation of comprehensive structuring, strategies and measures to create, maintain and protect digital business models and platform solutions
- Regulatory reviews (qualification of tokens and business models, licensing and registration requirements in all financial market areas and obtaining no-action letters)
- Coordination with and representation before supervisory authorities (such as FINMA, SNB, SROs, AOs) and courts, conducting relevant preliminary clarifications and proceedings
- Examination of tax structuring options and coordination with the responsible tax authorities for direct and indirect taxes (obtaining tax rulings)
- Comprehensive support for coin/token issuing projects (ICOs/STOs/IEOs/TGEs/etc.) (Company founding, creation of prospectuses and basic information sheets)
- Infrastructure for the global, digitalised economy
- Digitalised capital market, digital (equity/debt) financing structures, tokenisation and documentation
- Fintech, insurtech, regtech and Legal Tech
- Artificial intelligence, machine learning & autonomous systems
- Cyber security
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Präsentation anlässlich des LES-CH Rigi Seminars zum Thema «IP & Blockchain: Aktuelle Entwicklungen und Anwendungsfälle».
Präsentation über Anwendungsbereich von Blockchaintechnologie im Immobiliensektor, MLL Legal
Chambers and Partners, Global Practice Guides, Fintech 2023, 20 April 2023
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Prof. Dr. Andreas Furrer | Nouveau Special Counsel
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