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Swiss Lawyer Says “Vehicles” He Has Set Up For ICO’s Are “Stupid”

Reuters reports, ” One of the top lawyers in the booming cryptocurrency industry says the legal structure he helped set up to raise funds for new virtual currencies is “old, inflexible and stupid” and may no longer be fit for purpose. ”

The report goes on to say.

Luka Mueller’s MME law firm helped set up foundations in Switzerland for Tezos and some of the world’s biggest ICOs, including those of Bancor and Ethereum. Many foundations applied for non-profit tax status. The money raised in the ICO is treated as a donation that may not be returned.

“If you structure your token sale in a way that it would look like an initial public offering, then even if you launch a (blockchain) protocol, the foundation is maybe not suitable,” he said.

“If…the background is more an investor environment rather than a technical environment, yes, do all the registrations. If you want to sell it, if you want to be active and actively promoting it in the US, apply U.S. law.”

He said a foundation could still work for ICOs if a project is of interest mainly to technical experts rather than investors.”

 

If you have set up an ICO it may be worth looking at this report in more detail.

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