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Fintech Market Overview

This article does not constitute legal advice.

Digital assets in Switzerland

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There are a number of projects to set up digital marketplaces in Switzerland. To date, digital marketplaces exist only for payment tokens, not for security tokens. However, the main Swiss exchange, SIX, recently obtained a licence for a digital exchange (SDX). The Nasdaq-listed Swiss company Smart Valor operates a digital exchange from Liechtenstein.1

Under the new DLT Act, the FMIA was amended to introduce a special licensing category for trading systems for DLT securities. These DLT trading systems may offer direct access to individuals (and not only to licensed entities) and have the right to offer not only trading, but also central depositary and payment system services (but may not act as a central counterparty). No licences have been granted to date.1

In addition to the above, a focus in 2022 may continue to be the tokenisation of shares, bonds, investment funds and other assets, as well as NFTs. Hence, the environment will remain very dynamic and will continue to be able to rely on industry support, by various associations and by the Swiss and cantonal governments.1

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