6 Top Crypto Law Firms in Crypto Valley, Zug
One of the most critical parts of getting set up with a blockchain/crypto project is finding good legal counsel. In fact, you might say it is the most important piece of the puzzle - at least to start with.
Switzerland has gained a reputation as a world leader in legal innovation - as evidenced in the number of crypto projects coming to Crypto Valley and looking for help and guidance. Zug in particular has attracted a large percentage of them, not least because its law firms have provided innovative support in helping blockchain startups navigate the current legal structure with an eye to the future.
Here are five law firms in Crypto Valley which have built a reputation for their work in the crypto space.
As always - a short disclaimer: this is by no means an exhaustive database and the firms below are listed in no particular order.
A member of the Bitcoin Association of Switzerland, Froriep has quietly built a strong presence in advising crypto projects in the Valley. Their online material https://blog.froriep.com/en/practical-aspects-of-initial-token-offerings-ito-ico-kogens-luchsinger-froriep-switzerland into the different legal aspects of token sales in Switzerland and FINMA guidelines regarding various token types.
Also not the loudest voice in the room, the team at Wenger & Vieli has built a solid reputation for thorough work with startups and now with those of the blockchain variety as well. Martin Hess has been an active member of the Swiss Blockchain Taskforce which produced a white paper offering recommendations to the Swiss Federal Government regarding tokens and their uses and regulation.
A pioneer in Crypto Valley, MME was one of the first to work with crypto projects coming to Switzerland. They are a founding member of the Crypto Valley Association and very active in the local community. Luka Mueller has been a strong voice in the ongoing debate over token functions and token economics.
Alexander Voegel and the law firm of MLL have been active on the legal front of crypto for some time now. Their work includes strong guidelines for KYC and AML as regards token launches. MLL has supported the launch of the blockchain co-working space in Zug, Crypto Valley Labs.
A large firm with a presence in four Swiss cities, Baer & Karrer has worked extensively with fintech projects and now with crypto startups as well. Iacagelo Salvatore, COO and Chief Digital Officer was also a member of the Swiss Blockchain Taskforce. The Baer and Karrer team has produced guidance on taxes for ICOs.
Based in Baar, LEXcellence was founded by Katharina Lasota Heller, a lawyer from Poland with extensive experience working at the EU level and a Supporting Partner of the Crypto Valley Association.