ICO Regulation in Switzerland in a Nutshell

FINMA, ICO, TGE, Token Classification

Dr. Andreas Glarner, Partner at the MME Crypto Team, provides a high level overview on how Switzerland’s regulator FINMA assesses ICOs / TGEs based on the guidelines recently published. 

Learn about the different token models (payment/currency, utility, asset) and their regulatory treatment during the different stages of your project. Further, understand which ones qualify as securities and where KYC / AML regulations apply.

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FINMA provides opinion on Libra

FINMA provides an indicative classification of the Libra project under Swiss supervisory law on the basis of the information available so far.

FTA Crypto Working Paper

The Federal Tax Administration (FTA) sets out its developed practice with regard to crypto currencies and ICOs in a working paper based on the existing tax laws.

Consultation on DLT

In March 2019, the Federal Council initiated the consultation on the adaptation of the Federal law to the developments of the DLT. As an independent law firm with a broad and long-standing experience in providing legal advice on blockchain projects, we are happy to comment on it.

Publication VAT Practice for Tokens

The FTA has published its practice adjustments for VAT on supplies in connection with blockchain and distributed

Digitize Your Shares!

MME and Swisscom have jointly developed the blockchain-based “daura” Platform that enables Swiss SMEs to now keep their share register simply and digitally, and to conduct capital procurement transactions at the push of a button.

How to declare bitcoins?

The declaration of bitcoins and other digital information units ("tokens") in the Swiss tax return is in practice still unclear. Our article (in German) provides some guidelines.

Framework for Crypto Tokens

The current "Block 2" version of the "Conceptual Framework for Legal and Risk Assessment of Crypto Tokens" includes several amendments to the initial genesis version from September 2017. The Framework can be considered in all jurisdictions, regardless of national legal and regulatory frameworks.

ICO Code of Conduct

Crypto Valley Association (CVA), the Swiss-based not-for-profit association supporting the development of blockchain and cryptographic related technologies and businesses, announced the launch of a Code of Conduct for Initial Coin Offerings (ICO).

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