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What the team is known for

MME is widely regarded for its work in this area. It offers legal, tax and compliance advice to financial institutions, infrastructure providers and startups involved in cryptocurrency and blockchain-related FinTech projects. The firm is based in Zürich and Zug.

Strengths

A source says: "When it comes to digging deep and to understanding how blockchain and tokens work then they are the ones to go to."

"MME is arguably the number-one law firm in Switzerland when it comes to blockchain technology. Their domain expertise is unparalleled," remarks a commentator.

Work highlights

Advised Sygnum Bank on technical and operational matters arising from the establishment of this digital asset bank.

Notable practitioners

Andreas Glarner specialises in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property, information technology and data protection matters. He is also experienced in handling blockchain technology applications. A source says that he is "very competent, analytical, pragmatic and precise," adding that he is also "technically savvy with regulatory know-how of blockchain and crypto."

Luka Müller-Studer is a founding partner of MME and an expert on complex regulatory compliance, AML, anti-corruption and general digital finance matters, including blockchain issues. "First and foremost, he is a good lawyer with a very clear understanding of the client's needs. He is very creative," explains an interviewee. Another source says that "he is the one who really brought crypto to Switzerland," and adds that he is "a visionary."

Thomas Linder is a tax partner at the firm who regularly advises on FinTech matters, including those involving distributed ledger technology, blockchain and cryptoassets. "Yes, he will be involved," says an interviewee, adding: "In all crypto matters, taxes are always a major question."

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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.

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

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

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Location

Zollstrasse 62

Zurich

Zurich

Switzerland

CH-8031

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Switzerland

FinTech Legal


Andreas Glarner
Band 1
Thomas Linder
Band 4

FinTech Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies


Luka Müller-Studer
Band 1