Michael Kunz

Senior Legal Associate, LL.M.

Profile

Michael Kunz joined MME in 2017. He previously worked as an attorney at a leading Swiss legal protection insurance company and worked for several organizations in the greater Seattle area after passing the Washington State bar exam. Michael Kunz focuses his practice on the areas of contract law, fintech and distributed ledger technology regulation. Furthermore, he is engaged in the areas of intellectual property law, technology transfer and intellectual property licensing.

Business activities

  • Contract Law
  • Blockchain | DLT | FinTech
  • Information Technology and Intellectual Property Law
  • Technology Transfer and License Agreements
  • Data Protection, Big Data, IT Compliance
  • Software Protection 

Education

2016
Admitted to the Washington State Bar (USA)
2016
University of Washington (LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law and Policy)
2013
Admitted to the Swiss Bar
2011
University of Zurich (MLaw)
2010
University of Zurich (BLaw)

Languages

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Practical Experience

since 2018
Senior Legal Associate at MME
2017
Legal Associate at MME
2017
Attorney at Intellectual Ventures, Bellevue (USA)
2017
Attorney at Seattle Symphony, Seattle (USA)
2016
Legal Intern at CoMotion Innovation Center, Seattle (USA)
2013-2015
Attorney at a Swiss Legal Protection Insurance Company
2011
Law Clerk at the District Court of Wil (SG)

Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV) 

Listings

The Legal 500 (www.legal500.com)

Rising Star 2020 for FinTech

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance's lawyers are 'professional, knowledgeable, and well co-ordinated' and provide a 'timely delivery' of fintech-related services. The practice assisted global bitcoin provider Xapo Holding with its Swiss operation and all Finma negotiations, and founded Daura AG alongside Swisscom – the first digital Swiss share register using blockchain. Thomas Linder and Andreas Glarner are 'exceptionally good' and founding partner and crypto-finance expert Luka Müller is routinely involved in asset regulation, developing DLT protocols and the set-up of peer-to-peer lending platforms. Senior associate Michael Kunz is another name of note; Michèle Landtwing Leupi made partner in January 2019.

‘The individuals we have worked with are true experts in their fields, and consistently very responsive. We have had a positive experience working with Andreas Glarner and Michael Kunz.‘

 

Rising Star 2020 for TMT

The 'availability, breadth of knowledge, and quality of service are exceptional' at MME Legal | Tax | Compliance. It handles software and pharmaceutical licensing disputes, public procurement tenders, as well as alleged copyright infringement matters. Founding partner Martin Eckert jointly heads the practice with Andreas Glarner, who provides 'impeccable and trustworthy' advice and proves himself to be of 'indispensable value' when advising international technology companies. Senior associate Michael Kunz is another name of note for GDPR contracts and other IT-based work.