Wenger&Vieli - Financing for Startups in Times of ICO and Bitcoins – Legal and Tax Considerations
15. Mar 2018 13:30 - 15:00
3.1 - Floor - Workshop 4
Financing investments into startups typically occur by way of equity- or debt-financing by VC/PE investors. Developing an appropriate funding strategy is crucial to the success of your company and will impact both – who controls the company and your upside on exit. In our workshop, the specialized lawyers of Wenger & Vieli will guide you through the legal and tax basics of the financing round. We will share our experience in startup financing and will give you specific guidelines how to avoid stumbling blocks. We will show you how to ensure that specific preferential investors’ rights only apply under certain conditions (“pay to play”). In times of ICO and bitcoins, many startups consider ICOs, in the primary market, or cryptocurrencies in general, in the secondary market, as an alternative to the expen-sive traditional capital-raising processes. However, to this new form of contributing to or investing in startups, the existing laws and regulations for financial instruments apply in Switzerland. The legal discussion just started. Since we are one of the leading Swiss law firms in this area, we are able to share with you our experience from actual and concrete cases. Our goal is to give you the do’s and don’ts based on the current legal developments with a focus on ICO and cryptocurrencies as the things are right now in Switzerland.