Title: The Tale of Swiss ICO foundations
Authors : Naskar, Arnab
Pasquier, Bruno
Published in : Aktuelle juristische Praxis
Volume(Issue) : 2018
Issue : 1
Pages : 89
Pages to: 94
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Dike
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2018
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 332: Financial economics
346: Private law (CH)
Abstract: The growth of blockchain technology has not only impacted the technology sector but also the legal and finance industry on a massive scale. The Swiss financial sector has seen the sudden growth of a new way of start-up financing, commonly known as the Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). ICOs enable Blockchain focused Fintech start-ups and SMEs to access crowd financing by issuing digital currencies. While in 2016 approximately 245 million USD have been raised through ICOs worldwide, this amount jumped to nearly 4 billion USD alone last year. This article aims at analyzing the legal aspects concerning the Switzerland based ICO vehicles. At first, the ICO process shall be described and the international context briefly explained. Further, it explains why Swiss law and the Swiss financial center are advantageous to the implementation of ICOs compared to other countries. Finally, the authors discuss the legal form, critically questioning the choice of the (non-profit) foundation.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Corporate and Tax Law (ZUS)
Publication type: Contribution to Magazine or Newspaper
ISSN: 1660-3362
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/17395
Appears in Collections:Publikationen School of Management and Law

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