Switzerland is currently in the midst of the global crypto-finance boom and Swiss-related Initial Coin Offerings («ICOs») are attracting worldwide attention. The high volume of ICOs held in Switzerland suggests a fintech-friendly legal environment. Switzerland is an attractive jurisdiction for innovators to conduct an ICO.

However, ICO founders, issuers and operators as well as banks that offer services in connection with ICOs are well-advised to thoroughly check each ICO project in advance for compliance with financial market and securities regulations as well as the respective tax implications resulting from such an endeavor.

In this context, this publication presents a general step plan detailing in a chronological order the envisaged legal work relating to the implementation of an ICO project.

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