Transactions / M&A

Startup Desk

Pragmatic and cost efficient advice in the areas of legal, tax and compliance, particularly addressed to founders, startups and investors

Our Startup Desk is available for a non-binding, free 30-minute consultation. Leave your contact details and we will be happy to get back to you.

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We advise a large number of startups from inception about product development, through to the implementation of expansion strategies by means of financing. We offer cost-efficient advice while ensuring that you as the founder of a startup are always directly advised by an experienced lawyer, allowing you to benefit from our know-how. We have many years of experience in providing legal advice to start-ups and are, among other things, involved as coaches at Venture (, a well-known start-up competition for future entrepreneurs in Switzerland.

As a one-stop shop, we are able to support you in all legal, tax and compliance matters:


  • Company formation
  • Shareholders' agreements and investment agreements
  • Share purchase ageements
  • Employee participation schemes
  • Capital increases and financing rounds
  • Resolutions under company law (at General Meeting and Board of Directors level)
  • Protection, enforcement and defence of intellectual property rights (trademarks, designs, patents, copyright, know-how)
  • Licenses, software and IT contracts
  • Regulatory aspects
  • Employment contracts and social security issues
  • Transaction structuring


  • Tax-efficient structuring of investments with regard to optimal group structure as well as financing and exit strategy
  • Negotiations and rulings with the tax authorities regarding the valuation of securities, employee participation programs or financings
  • Assessment of variable salary components (e.g. within the framework of employee participation plans)
  • Distinction between private asset management and business activity
  • Tax benefits for research and development, intellectual property and other business activities
  • VAT / Customs
  • Tax compliance, voluntary declarations and objection proceedings


  • Protection of data privacy
  • Open Source (OSS) Compliance

We offer startups market-driven conditions based on the individual case. Contact us without obligation for an initial assessment!

Our service offering is based on the three pillars of legal, tax and compliance. We have a strong know how in all of these areas. This gives us the unique opportunity to advise start-ups not only on business law but also comprehensively on tax and regulatory issues such as the compliance of certain business models with supervisory regulations - from a single source, networked, forward-looking and solution-oriented.


  • The Legal 500

    The team at MME Legal | Tax | Compliance regularly acts for buyers, sellers and start-ups. In addition to transactional support, the team is also able to work with the wider firm to handle tax, compliance and employment matters as they arise in the context of M&A. Peter Kuhn leads the group, which also includes corporate governance specialist Balz Hoesly; Zug-based Andreas Rudolf, who is a key name for real estate deals; and private equity and venture capital specialist Alex Enzler.

    MME Legal | Tax | Compliance's Zurich-based team has an established practice and advises clients on corporate and public governance matters. It is also strongly involved in compliance, anti-money laundering, M&A and estate planning mandates. Balz Hösly also serves as the chairman and member on various boards of directors. Urs Isenegger combines his practice in this space with advice on competition and intellectual property law. Samuel Bussmann is also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Peter Kuhn (M&A)

    Other key lawyers:

    Balz Hoesly; Andreas Rudolf; Alex Enzler; Samuel Bussmann


    ‘Highly professional team with deep knowledge. Good understanding of local requirements and culture.’

    ‘Good network in different industries and good relations to local authorities.’

  • Who's who legal

    • Dr. Martin Eckert: Global Leader in Data Privacy & Protection, Information Technology, Telecoms & Media 2021.
    • Dr. Martin Eckert: National Leader in Data 2021.
    • Dr. Andreas Glarner: National Leader in Data 2021.

    WWL says: At MME Martin Eckert is 'top notch'. As former judge at the Swiss Federal Appeal Commission for Intellectual Property, he has a 'wealth of knowledge' and is respected in the field.

    Martin Eckert is widely regarded by sources as a leading light in data protection and an expert in complex projects. 

    WWL says: Andreas Glarner earns acclaim from respondents this year thanks to his exceptional expertise in blockchain and cryptocurrencies. 

  • BILANZ Top Law Firms Switzerland: "Technology and Telecommunications Law"

    MME Legal | Tax | Compliance was awarded in Bilanz one of the best law firms in the legal field "Technology and Telecommunications Law" 2021. 

  • BILANZ Top Law Firms Switzerland: "Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)"

    MME Legal | Tax | Compliance was awarded in Bilanz as one of the best law firms in the legal field "Mergers and acquisitions (M&A)" 2021.