Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

FinTech Legal Department

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What the team is known for Bringing together lawyers from its banking and finance, corporate and commercial, TMT and taxation practice groups, Schellenberg Wittmer is capable of meeting the legal service requirements of a wide variety of FinTech clients. The firm has stellar restructuring, insolvency and white-collar crime practices and is respected for its work on ICOs and STOs, especially where there are AML and other compliance matters to address. The firm has offices in Zürich and Geneva.

Strengths"The firm has assisted us on various banking and financial law matters. We value their input with respect to FINMA matters."

"When it comes to cross-border questions between Switzerland and Germany, they're very useful, particularly in what it means to share digital tokens across borders."

Work highlights Advised Crypto Fund AG in order to obtain the first FINMA Asset Manager licence in the field of cryptocurrencies.

Notable practitioners

Caroline Clemetson
is a partner in the firm's banking and finance group and operates across offices in both Zürich and Geneva. Her specialism is in financial regulation regarding asset management, collective investment schemes, derivatives, pension funds and insurance brokerage.

Olivier Favre
advises clients on financing transactions and on FinTech solutions legal implementation. His clients range from established financial institutions and insurance companies to buy-side firms and industry associations. Clients praise his technical knowledge, particularly in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, with one interviewee saying: "Olivier is really focused on derivatives." Another adds: "He's very competent in blockchain matters. There aren't many lawyers that have written as much, nor completed as many transactions, as Olivier in this field."