Swiss Associations or Foundations are currently the leading DAO / DeFi entity solution, chosen by many established and upcoming crypto projects alike. We will take care of the complete corporate, regulatory and tax setup tailored to your vision. Get the legal framework for your decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) or decentralized finance (DeFi) project.
We will provide a legal wrapper for your DAO / DeFi project to:
Beyond setting up your legal entity, we help you solve all further legal challenges with our wide range of additional services.Book a free call
We understand that every vision is different, and we are here to identify and execute a sound legal strategy. Our Add-on services will be tailored to your needs – either as a flat fee or upon hourly work. Here are a few examples:
The DAO as a community has no legal status and is thus fundamentally different from a traditional company. Nonetheless, DAO are often tasked with key decision-making for the governed projects, similar to stakeholders in traditional entities. For that, DAOs require a legal form to be able to sign contracts, act as counterparties, hire staff and external service providers or issue a token. A legal wrapper is therefore the representation of the DAO in an entity that is legally recognized. Apart from the above, the legal wrapper also provides a certain liability protection for the community, developers and other stakeholders, facilitates the implementation of on-chain governance votes and is often the first step in the way of truly decentralizing your project.
There are many different legal forms under various jurisdictions to be considered for a DAO Legal Wrapper. However, due to crypto-friendly environment and legislation, Switzerland has emerged as the leading choice for many projects in the crypto and web3 space. This includes the likes of Ethereum, Solana, Cardano, Near or Tezos, DeFi projects such as Aave and many other web3 companies. While many project choose the legal form of a Swiss Foundation or Association, the exact corporate setup depends on your specific needs and goals.
For new projects, setting up a Legal Wrapper (often along with a development company) is best considered early on following the process of deciding the exact scope of the project, the tokenomics etc. Later on, the set-up can be more complex as you first need to align all relevant stakeholders but is still feasible and done by various projects.
Legal Expertise: We have worked with our customers for years in the setup of decentralized protocols, blockchain infrastructure and VASPs. Where needed, we help building the bridge to the traditional financial world.
Tech Know-How: Crypto moves notoriously fast. We are personal users of blockchain technology because we are genuinely interested in where the future is heading. We hold tokens, we interact with DeFi, we act as keyholder of the tzBTC and we follow crypto twitter.
Community Voice: We lecture and educate on the intersection of blockchain and legal, we take part in community events, and we are part of the Swiss Blockchain Federation to help shape the future crypto laws in Switzerland.
Some of our clients:
We’re a growing team of 30+ legal professionals. Some of our experts include:
Florian advises clients in the fields of Blockchain, DLT, Digital Assets, and FinTech, predominantly focusing his practice on financial market regulation and corporate law matters. He also lectures on legal and compliance issues related to Digital Assets, DLT, and DeFi.
Florian Prantl, Senior Legal Counsel
Christian is an entrepreneur and lawyer with a focus on the intersection between technology and law. He regularly speaks, publishes, and advises on blockchain-related topics and is specialized in financial market regulation.
Christian Meisser, CEO & Legal Expert
Silvan is our tax counsel. He specialises in corporate taxation of fintech, asset management and crypto and has substantial experience in the setup of investment funds, management companies, banks and structured ICOs, stable coins as well as more traditional financial instruments.
Silvan Amberg, Tax Counsel
As part of our regulatory expert team, Nihat advises customers on financial market regulation matters, with a particular focus on anti-money laundering and FinTech enterprises.
Nihat Cingöz, Senior Legal Counsel
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