Goldblum and Partners provides a full-range of legal services in the sphere of FinTech, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and ICO covering all related aspects.
We keep constantly updated on the regulatory framework in these particular, ever-changing areas. We love innovations: Our clients come with challenging, ambitious and creative projects, fuelled by new technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence. We help our clients build their visionary ideas, while making sure they are compliant with the latest legal requirements. ICO’s, alternative payment systems and exchange platforms are becoming a usual part of our everyday life and they still constitute a partially grey area when it comes to regulation.
Providing us with a privileged spot on these phenomena and their evolution, our offices are located in Zug, at the heart of the Swiss “crypto valley”, and in Zürich, — the financial capital of Switzerland.
Goldblum, its Partners and Attorneys received several prestigious awards. We were top-ranked in the renowned IFLR 1000 for the categories Banking and Finance and M&A and Restructuring both in 2015 and 2016; we have been awarded the M&A Awards 2017 as Best European Corporate Law Firm and received four ACQ Law Awards in 2017 as Business Restructuring Firm, Corporate Law Firm, Capital Markets Law Firm and Game Changer of the Year. Finally, we were awarded the 2017 Corporate INTL as Corporate Firm of the Year in Switzerland.
We are able to provide expert assistance with regard to the following areas in the field of FinTech, Blockchain, Crypto and ICO:
Legal Advice on Project Structuring and Regulation:
– Legal analysis of the project or the company core business with regard to compliance with Swiss Law; Analysis of the business plan and related funding requirements
– Legal opinions on the regulation matters for the project and on the company’s planned or already conducted operations
– Inquiries to FINMA regarding necessary regulation
– Advising investors or project participants on the legal issues with regard to the Swiss system
– Recommendations on the advertisement materials
– Company formation or acquisition of the Swiss shelf company
– Introduction to banks which are responsible for handling proceeds from funding. Establishing reliable and trustworthy relationship with the Swiss banks involved in the process.
– Obtaining tax rulings with Cantonal Tax Authorities (for income tax) and Federal Tax Authorities (for withholding tax, stamp duties and VAT) – if applicable
– Day-by-day company maintenance
– External AML office service for tracing cryptocurrencies
– Communicating with Trade Register, Bank, FINMA (Financial Market Supervisory Authority) regarding the business activity
Assistance in Obtaining Special Authorisations:
– Application for SRO-Membership (“License for services in financial sphere” or “para-banking activity”)
– Authorisation under the Collective Scheme Act
IP Rights for our Clients:
– Trademarks and patents registration
– Advice on special tax regimes related to the IP ownership
Corporate law is one of the key practices at Goldblum and Partners. Our expertise allows us to mitigate risks and find tailor-made legal solutions to various issues faced by our clients in the corporate law space.
We offer our clients both business-as-usual and strategic support. Our lawyers have exceptional technical skills and extensive experience gained from multijurisdictional projects.
We have developed hands-on expertise in supporting investment projects and establishing businesses, mostly related to international trade in commodities and raw materials.
Our firm has vast experience in handling projects related to M&A transactions. We offer a full range of services, including due diligence, structuring advice and overall transactional support (from “term sheet” to closing).
We also offer standard fixed-fee services, such as company registration, tax advice, or trade operations structuring, making it easy for you to plan your budget.
Legal advice and registration of a trademark in Europe for a Ukrainian inventor of a new petrol-based fuel mix (Hamburg, Germany.)
Goldblum and Partners (office in Kyiv)
acted as a legal advisor and
contractor in the business
restructuring of BTL LLC (Ukraine)
Registration of intellectual property
rights, tax planning and providing legal support in
an acquisition of a Düsseldorf-based supplier of auto
spare parts and technology.
The firm’s Kyiv and Hamburg offices advised
Virtual Data Computing Operator, a Ukrainian
entity based in Kyiv on tax issues,
IP rights and optimal corporate structure
Goldblum and Partners have been providing
registration and company secretarial support
for Emerald Group in Switzerland since 2010
Goldblum and Partners (Switzerland)
assisted NSC Global,
a UK-based electronic components
suppler in opening their office in Switzerland
Goldblum and Partners has been providing registration
and company secretarial services to Project People
in Switzerland since 2010
Goldblum and Partners
acted as a legal advisor and supported the
acquisition of 100%
RID Logistic Solutions GmbH (Austria)
Goldblum and Partners (Hamburg office)
has been a legal advisor and auditor
to BST Automotive Gmb, a producer of
auto spare parts (Sander) since 2010.
Legal and tax consulting as well as
corporate structure optimisation services
to a supplier of electronic components
for measurement devices, computer hardware
and road equipment.
In 2013, Goldblum and Partners advised
the largest telecommunications provider in China
on banking law, taxation, and immigration law issues.
Goldblum and Partners advises on taxation of individuals and legal entities as well as on risks arising from various contractual arrangements. Our primary focus is on legal advice relating to private equity restructuring, individual investments and business restructurings.
We support clients in obtaining individual tax rulings and assessments as well as advise on international tax planning issues.
Tax audits and representation in disputes with tax authorities are also part of our key services.
You can count on us in matters related to obtaining individual tax rulings involving varying interpretations of tax and customs law, tax inspections or tax audits carried out as part of M&A deals.
We represent our clients in their interactions with the immigration and naturalisation authorities. We assist with all types of requests for temporary or permanent residence, citizenship, complex cases of migrant status changes, and residence permits in exchange for investments.
Our lawyers offer expert advice on the steps necessary in the circumstances, the procedure and the applicable requirements imposed by the relevant authorities. If you are looking for a second opinion after having obtained initial advice, we are there to help you.
We also help establish the applicant’s tax residency and justify it to authorities both in the country of residence and the applicant’s home country.
We represent clients in various interactions, and disputes, with banks, investment firms and other financial institutions.
We advise on compliance with international and national legislation governing tax information exchange, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, as well as on FATCA-related issues.
All financial intermediaries and para banking services must be authorised by Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and also supervised by Self-Regulation Organisations. We can handle all licensing requests, applications and provide turnkey solutions for following types of business activity:
— Assets managing on behalf of customers (discretionary or nondiscretionary basis);
— Accept or hold on deposit assets belonging to others and assist in the investment or transfer of such assets;
— Trade in securities (stocks and shares and value rights) as well as their derivatives, banknotes and coins, money market instruments, precious metals, commodities;
— Open FX, CFD and commodity trading accounts for customers;
— ICO allocations, Crypto Currencies trading and changing;
— Carry out credit transactions (in particular about consumer loans or mortgages, factoring, commercial financing or financial leasing);
— Provide services related to payment transactions, in particular by carrying out electronic transfers on behalf of other persons, or who issues or manage means of payment such as credit cards and travellers’ cheques (to use the firm for this will require significant additional costs, time and investment);
— Make investments as investment advisers;
— Hold securities on deposit or manage securities;
— Provides bank account signatory services for clients world wide
— Open bank/investment accounts for clients at banks without the need for a bank reference letter;
— Open numbered bank & investment accounts for clients at select Swiss and Liechtenstein banks.
Goldblum and partners offers support in real estate investment transactions and splitting shareholdings, as well as throughout the entire holding period prior to the sale.
We will always provide you with prior advice on your rights, responsibilities, opportunities and risks associated with the acquisition and disposal of various properties.
We develop appropriate documents and clauses on parties’ obligations, forecast future taxation, etc.
We advise on private investments, commercial and residential leases and other real estate transactions.
The range of our services related to employment law includes advising clients on staff hiring and firing conditions, prospective taxation of their salaries and compensations, voluntary or compulsory insurance against accidents and temporary/permanent or full/partial disability, as well as providing recommendations on various issues related to employer-employee relationships.
Where necessary, we can be instructed to take up the initial selection of candidates for a particular position, draft the required contractual documentation, and assist in carrying out of individual dismissals or staff layoffs in accordance with the applicable law.
Our lawyers can act as mediators in employment disputes involving employers, employees and trade unions.
Our lawyers provide tailored solutions and advice on a wide range of issues associated with business restructuring.
Most cases are related to M&A procedures, going public (IPO), pre-sale of businesses, splitting businesses into several entities and advising on optimal group structures.
We advise clients on opportunities and risks related to restructurings, offer support in implementing legal recommendations, deal with all legal aspects of owner-manager relationships, and assist with obtaining regulatory approvals.
We provide support in the registration, use and licensing of IPRs, alienation of rights, and handle disputes at both national registrars and EUIPO or WIPO.
We advise on the registration, use and licensing of IPRs, alienation of rights, and handle disputes at both national registrars and EUIPO or WIPO.
We have developed our own know-how for tracking the use of multimedia content (TV and film) by TV channels to prevent illegal distribution. Where an infringement is detected we notify the right holder and assist with the recovery of royalties and other applicable fees from the infringing party.
Our systems allow us to store and analyse the content reproduced on an unlimited number of TV channels for an unlimited period of time, regardless of the media (satellite, cable network or IPTV).
Goldblum lawyers assisted various market players in creating TV channels, infomercials, commercial telecasts and TV shows.
Trade in commodities and raw materials
Lawyers of Goldblum and Partners have extensive experience in supporting companies involved in the trade of raw materials representing such sectors as oil and gas, food processing, engineering, and foundry.
Having knowledge and experience in tax law and restructuring, we are able to offer much more than conventional legal assistance covering sale and purchase transactions or protection of infringed rights. Our clients are able to draw on our expertise in such areas as tax optimisation for trading companies, the establishment of appropriate business structures in countries with favourable tax treatment of trading operations and dividends, as well as day-to-day management for such structures.
Our tax lawyers prepare clarifications and issue opinions on tax issues in the relevant countries and obtain rulings on tax rates from tax authorities to release working capital for certain projects.
Finance & Investment is one of our key industries. We provide comprehensive legal advice on all aspects of regulated activities.
We assist with obtaining licenses required for certain services, explain and calculate tax amounts payable as well as clarify the regulatory and corporate governance requirements applied to paid officers and employees as well as their duties.
We offer legal support for obtaining banking and investment licenses (FOREX, stocks and bonds, collective investments, trade in gold and precious stones, currency exchange offices, issue of electronic payment instruments, etc.) and advise clients on all legal aspects of their interactions with customers and partners, potential cross-border risks associated with the provision of services in certain jurisdictions and legal issues involving advertising activities.
We advise businesses and individuals on investing in securities, works of art, real estate and other assets. We also provide recommendations regarding sale and purchase agreements and offer legal representation in disputes.
We establish various legal structures in the form of funds and trusts under English trust law or continental law to help our clients protect their assets through assigning certain legal rights while preserving the actual ownership and control.
We support companies producing and selling foodstuffs throughout the entire cycle, from purchasing the necessary ingredients to selling products at home and abroad.
Our support extends beyond the production cycle. We assist and advise on setting up contractual relationships with suppliers, hired personnel, managers and owners, interactions with customers, settlement of disputes (e.g. relating to delivery terms or product quality). We have an established network of legal professionals specialising in customs law who are able to handle and clarify legal issues involving exports/imports of food items, customs clearance and certification procedures.
Our lawyers have a proven track record in supporting the full operational cycles for various clients in the sector, from product development to facilitating exports to selected markets.
We provide a wide range of legal services to agricultural companies and livestock farms, covering the purchase and lease of land and machinery for processing as well as seeds, animal breeding and the use of various fertilizers and products to improve future crops.
You may draw upon our expertise when entering into, or performing your obligations under, purchase contracts involving genetically modified seeds and organisms.
We also support the day-today operations of agribusiness companies, particularly in connection with the staff hiring or dismissal, as well as interactions with contractors or buyers of agricultural products.
Our lawyers provide advice and practical assistance to companies providing transportation and logistics services – by road, rail, sea and air.
We assist with setting up fleets, passenger and cargo carriages, cargo delivery and customs clearance, as well as advising on issues arising in the course of cargo loading, transportation and unloading.
We also offer legal representation and assistance with litigious matters involving charter parties, consignments, laytime and demurrage, CMR/CIM contracts, maritime and other transportation insurance issues, loss/damage of cargo in transit, etc.
Our lawyers’ expertise and deep understanding of the industry goals and objectives coupled with successful track record in supporting local and international projects ensure that we offer sound commercial advice and practical solutions to our clients needs.
We carry out due diligence on real estate facilities, support sale and purchase and lease procedures, advise on all legal aspects involving the preparation and carrying out of all construction works as well as help obtain appropriate permits and approvals from public authorities.
We are happy to offer initial advice or a second opinion as well as hands-on assistance on all matters related to real estate, construction and development.
Not only we understand the products made by IT companies, but are also well familiar with the production, sales and delivery processes and cycles.
Our expertise covers issues related to hardware and software, Internet and online trading, social media, cable and satellite TV, telecommunication services, sports, entertainment and gaming, advertising and publishing.
Our lawyers have been involved in projects of varied scale and complexity, ranging from the development of a standard offer for an online store to launching a satellite TV channel.
We are confident that if you choose to work with us we will provide the best legal services available in the market.