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What the team is known for

MME is a specialised boutique firm that seeks to combine knowledge from a legal, tax and compliance perspective in order to assist clients in cryptocurrency or blockchain-related FinTech projects. The firm is widely regarded as one of the first movers in the sector and remains a ubiquitous presence today across the Swiss FinTech ecosystem. The firm is based in Zürich and Zug.

Strengths

"In the field of crypto-technology, it's MME that is leading. They have definitely have one of the best reputations on a worldwide basis for this."

"They're very knowledgeable about the space, as well as highly innovative and hard-working. We found them to be dedicated to achieving success, strategic in their thinking and at the same time focused on the details to execute a seamless path to the right result for their client."

Work highlights

Acted as the lead firm in setting up the technical and operational structure of Sygnum Bank, focusing on connecting digital and fiat assets as an integrated service and product package.

Notable practitioners

Andreas Glarner specialises in the fields of intellectual property, information technology and data protection, among other areas. He is experienced in handling blockchain technology applications, both from a legal and a compliance perspective. "Andreas is very well connected and networked in blockchain circles. He goes beyond the scope of his work and helps push forward the industry," says a market insider. Various other sources describe him as "smart," "very active" and "probably doing more legwork in FinTech than anyone else."

Luka Müller-Studer is one of the three founding partners of MME and an expert on complex regulatory compliance, AML, anti-corruption and general digital finance matters. "A star," according to one interviewee, with another adding: "Luka is the main guy behind crypto's growth in Switzerland; he's the crypto lawyer, for sure." A satisfied client attests: "Luka has a rigorous knowledge of the law as well as an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. That is a very powerful combination."

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Overview

In order to successfully set up and operate crypto, blockchain or fintech services in Switzerland, regulatory burdens must be overcome, and compliance obligations be met. Therefore, MME has created its FinTech Team, led by Dr. Luka Mueller (Compliance), Dr. Andreas Glarner (Legal) and Thomas Linder (Tax), in order to combine knowledge from a legal, tax and compliance perspective and to assist crypto, blockchain or fintech clients in the management of complex projects. The team consists of more than 20 additional technology, banking, corporate law, distribution, tax, compliance and AML experts jointly providing solutions and expertise.

Since 2013 – when Ethereum Foundation was setup in Zug – MME has supported a significant number of projects in the FinTech community. New technologies, such as distributed ledger technologies (blockchain), new payment methods are part of the daily business. This assures that the legal expertise is combined with a thorough technical understanding of the technology underlying the client's business models.

MME has been advising various banks, brokers and financial market infrastructure providers (including exchanges) in the integration of digital assets into their systems and to obtain the required regulatory licenses in Switzerland.

MME is very proud to have served more than 50% of the Crypto Valley Top 50 and most of the Top 5 with its services.

MME is a founding member of the Crypto Valley Association and the International Token Standardization.

Members

Müller-Studer, Luka (Head of Department)

Glarner, andreas

Glarner, Andreas

Linder, Thomas

Clients

BProtocol Foundation

Custodigit AG

Daura AG

Falcon Private Bank

Golem Factory GmbH

MAMA Multichain Asset Managers Association

Melonport AG

Metaco AG

MKS Switzerland AG

Sygnum Bank AG

Xapo Group

Industries

Banking

Finance

FinTech Legal Department

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

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Zollstrasse 62

Zürich

Zurich

Switzerland

CH-8031

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Switzerland

FinTech Legal


Andreas Glarner
Band 2

FinTech Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies


Luka Müller-Studer
Band 1