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Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler

Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler

Catrina Luchsinger is a specialist in financial market law and corporate law. She has a wealth of experience advising financial market clients, including banks, asset managers and investment vehicles, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of various companies, some of which are in the financial services sector. Catrina Luchsinger joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina Luchsinger advises financial services clients and investment companies on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She furthermore has considerable experience in acquisition and financing transactions, in general corporate work, both for listed and privately held companies, in mergers and acquisitions – predominantly in the financial services sector – and regularly advises in equity capital market transactions both for SIX Swiss Exchange, where she is admitted as a listing agent, and for BX Berne eXchange. Chambers Europe and Chambers Global have identified her as a Recognised Practitioner in the field of banking and finance, where clients have commended her client orientation. She is also ranked as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000 guide for financial services regulatory and M&A. Catrina Luchsinger obtained her law degree from the University of Zurich in 1991 and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1995. She gained her PhD in 2004. Her working languages are German, English and French. She is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Pacific Bar Association.

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Topics: Technology  DLT (Blockchain) & Fintech 

Qualification of LIBRA under Swiss Financial Market Laws - FINMA publishes 'stable coin' guidelines

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA (FINMA) published a supplementary guideline to the ICO guidelines February 16, 2019, where FINMA outlines on how it treats so-called ‘stable coins’ under Swiss financial market law. In addition, FINMA provides an indication on how it will apply the financial market laws to Libra, the crypto project initiated by Facebook.  

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Topics: Financial Services 

Switzerland is strenghtening its competitiveness as Fund Centre - a new, unregulated fund category for qualified investors is proposed

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Topics: Technology  DLT (Blockchain) & Fintech 

Practical Aspects of Initial Token Offerings (Part 2)

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Topics: Technology  DLT (Blockchain) & Fintech 

Practical Aspects of Initial Token Offerings (Part 1)

Each one of the many ICOs on which we have advised or are advising have their own peculiarities and different treatment. However, there are some underlying fundamentals which remain the same for tokens of the same token class (see our token framework proposal).

We have decided to share these insights with the community. This article therefore is the start of a series of blog posts with practical insights on specific things to be considered when preparing an Initial Token Offering.

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Topics: Technology  DLT (Blockchain) & Fintech 

How Crypto-Tokens qualify under Swiss Law: a comprehensive Framework

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Topics: Corporate & M&A  Insolvency & Restructuring 

The Ins and Outs of the Proposed Restructuring Regime for Distressed Companies

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Topics: DLT (Blockchain) & Fintech 

Swiss Regulation of FinTech – Federal Council initiates consultation on new rules

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Topics: Corporate & M&A 

Federal Council wants to modernise Swiss Corporate Law

In 2005, more than ten years ago, Swiss politicians agreed that Swiss Corporate Law needed a serious revision. After long discussions, including notably the "Say on Pay" vote initiated by Mr. Minder, the Federal Council relaunched the revision process in Summer 2013, and has just recently published and adopted the revised report and draft for the new Swiss Corporate Law on 23 November 2016. The Swiss Parliament has now to decide on it.

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