New guidelines push to support Swiss blockchain ecosystem

The Crypto Valley Association (CVA), a non-profit organization supporting the blockchain ecosystem in Switzerland, today welcomed the issuance of new guidance from the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) to its members, regarding the treatment of blockchain-based companies in the country. The new guidance directed to member banks of the SBA is intended to provide increased clarity and assurance and remove barriers to the growth of the Swiss blockchain ecosystem.

The guide, which was developed with the help of the CVA Regulatory Working Group makes key distinctions between blockchain-focused companies seeking to raise capital through an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) and those who do not. According to the outline, companies which do not fundraise through an ICO should be treated no differently than regular Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Further distinction regarding documentation needed is made between ICOs carried out with fiat currencies and those using cryptocurrencies. The guide has been welcomed by FDF, the Federal Department of Finance, and FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Oliver Bussmann, President of the Crypto Valley Association” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“We have seen a lot of positive growth in the ecosystem over the past 18 months and now it was very important that the SBA and CVA could come together and work on a solution that can ease some of the restrictions that could hamper the continuation of that growth.”[/perfectpullquote]

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Dr. Mattia Rattaggi, who chairs the CVA Regulatory Working Group” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“This guide is an important and timely contribution. As a multi-stakeholder organization, it was important for us at the CVA to bring a diverse range of perspectives and expertise to the table for the development of these guidelines and we hope that it will benefit the healthy advancement of the crypto and blockchain industry in Switzerland.”[/perfectpullquote]

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