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Number of employees: 36 partners and over 150 professionals
Languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Established in 1957, Homburger is one of the largest Swiss law firms. All of Homburger’s more than 150 professionals, including certified tax experts and support professionals have one goal: the efficient support of clients at highest levels.

As a leading Swiss corporate law firm, Homburger advises and represents enterprises and entrepreneurs in all aspects of commercial law — transactions, proceedings and complex cases, in both a domestic and a global context.

Main Areas of Practice
Curiosity in working with new technology and connected legal expertise characterise Homburger’s practice area technology and digital economy. With the interdisciplinary team of tech-savvy and experienced lawyers, Homburger’s TechGroup supports clients who digitise their business models in a global and competitive environment, implement new technology and prepare their offerings for the future.

Homburger is a highly respected in traditional areas of finance and regulatory work and has secured innovative mandates in the areas of fintech and crypto- and crypto-backed finance.

Thanks to the teamwork of the experienced specialists of Homburger’s TechGroup, the firm can offer comprehensive and professional advice in the following areas:
■ Advising financial service providers, insurance companies and start-ups on the structuring and implementation of innovative, digitised products, e.g. in the fields of investment management (robo advice, social trading), platform and crowd funding, financial analytics (artificial intelligence, machine learning), open banking, identity and security management, payment systems and insurance solutions (on-demand insurance, eBrokers, insurance cross-selling and digital insurers)
■ Coordination with supervisory authorities (e.g. FINMA FinTech Desk), obtaining licenses (e.g. fintech licence, membership in self-regulatory organisations) and no action letters as well as leveraging networks with third parties (e.g. interest groups, technology providers)
■ Use of new technologies and platforms for capital market transactions
■ Structuring, implementation and documentation of capital market instruments tracking the performance of and/or backed or collateralised by crypto-assets, i.e. by means of exchange traded or structured products;
■ Tokenisation of securities (equities | bonds | derivatives) and other financial instruments
■ Advice on securities token offerings (STOs)
■ Advising financial service providers and financial market infrastructures in the areas of custody services and trading (incl. digital exchanges, clearing and settlement) using innovative technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technology)
■ Coordination with supervisory authorities and representation in supervisory proceedings

The firm uses its synergies to meet clients’ highest quality expectations across disciplines. For each project, the firm put together a team of specialists, including at least one partner. It ensures that clients’ matters are dealt with in a fully professional manner, regardless of their complexity and the time constraints.

Recent work highlights of Homburger’s TechGroup include the following:
■ Representing the Singularity Group in administrative proceedings with the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA (obtaining all necessary Swiss regulatory approvals and licenses). The Singularity Group is a newly founded Swiss company advising clients on investments in new technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing, big data, bioinformatics, blockchain, IoT, nanotechnology and robotics
■ Structuring of the world-wide first collateralised crypto-currency linked Exchange Traded Product listed on a regulated securities exchange. The issuer is Amun AG, a Silicon Valley-backed fintech company based in Zug, Switzerland, which has established an ETP program for listing on the Swiss securities exchange SIX Swiss Exchange. Each product issued under the ETP program has its own specified pool of crypto currencies mirroring its underlying(s). The entire back-to-back issuance and collateralisation process relies on the blockchain technology and is set-up on such a platform
■ Advising UBS Switzerland AG (UBS) on the FinTech 2020 establishment of key4, its new open online mortgage platform for the financing of self-occupied real estate. UBS has established key4, an innovative real estate financing platform offering selected third parties as financing providers (such as pension funds, investment foundations or banks) as well as UBS itself the opportunity to invest in mortgage loans for the financing or refinancing of self-occupied real estate properties
■ Advising SIX on open banking platform b.Link for standardised data exchange between financial institutions and third-party providers. With the open banking platform b.Link, SIX is creating the basis for innovative partnerships between financial institutions and third-party providers
■ Advising MotionWerk, a German start-up company active in the energy sector, on an initial coin offering via a Swiss foundation set up in Zug, Switzerland, and obtaining a no action letter from the the FinTech Desk of the Swiss Financial Market Authority FINMA
■ Advising UBS Switzerland AG (UBS) in the establishment of the first mortgage financing disintermediation platform UBS Atrium (the Platform). The Platform brings together institutional investors such as pension funds seeking to invest in mortgages on incoming producing real estate and borrowers seeking to finance such objects
■ Providing an expert opinion regarding the tokenisation of Swiss securities issued by the investment bank of a major Swiss bank. Homburger assisted in the legal structuring of the tokenization process and provided an expert opinion confirming the legal viability of the tokenization of an investment product on the public blockchain Ethereum
■ Structuring of a automated fully automated multi-issuer platforms for structured products of a major Swiss private bank
■ Advising Temasek on investment and membership in the Swiss Libra Association. Advice included all Swiss law related aspects of the membership and the investment, including regulatory and corporate matters

Main contacts at Homburger
Daniel Haeberli
Email: [email protected]

Stefan Kramer
Email: [email protected]

Benedikt Maurenbrecher
Email: [email protected]

Luca Dal Molin
Email: [email protected]

FinTech

This firm is also ranked in:

Global 2021 Europe 2021 High Net Worth 2020

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Cartels 2021 in Switzerland

Authors: Marcel Dietrich, Franz Hoffet, Richard Stäuber, Ramin Silvan Gohari

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Acquisition Finance 2021 in Switzerland

Authors: Daniel Haeberli, Simone Gloor

Law and Practice

Public Procurement & Government Contracts 2021 in Switzerland

Authors: Marcel Dietrich, Franz Hoffet, Richard Stäuber, Andreas Burger

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FinTech Legal
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Switzerland

FinTech Legal: Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies


Daniel Haeberli
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