Thomas Müller

Thomas Müller

Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law




Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 60

Curriculum Vitae

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Thomas Müller is a partner with the Banking & Finance practice in Zurich and advises banks, asset managers, fund managers, insurance companies and FinTech companies in complex regulatory matters and represents market participants before the Swiss regulatory authorities and as recognised representative before the SIX Swiss Exchange. He has been advising and managed a large number of e-money and payment services, cryptocurrency and blockchain projects. In finance, he focuses on corporate debt finance, structured finance (asset based lending, securitisation, covered bond, risk transfer), leasing (in the rail and shipping industry), and note issuance programs. Other special services include international legal assistance, white collar crime and insolvency law.

Chambers Global and Chambers Europe recognize him as leading practitioner in his field of practice. Thomas Müller holds a Band 1 ranking at Chambers in FinTech Legal Switzerland (2020). Clients endorse him, inter alia, for being «extremely responsive, highly intelligent and very practical» and describe him as «one of the leaders for advice on distributed ledger technologies». He regularly publishes and speaks at conferences in his areas of expertise.

Thomas Müller was educated at University of Bern Law School (lic. iur., 2000; Dr. iur., 2008) and holds an LL.M. degree from the New York University School of Law (2005). In 2007, he was a visiting scholar at Fordham University School of Law, New York. Prior to joining Walder Wyss, Thomas Müller was an associate with major law firms in Zurich and in New York. In 2009, he was seconded to the Swiss Bankers’ Association in Basel where he was responsible for the revision of the Swiss deposit protection scheme. Thomas Müller was lecturer at University of Geneva Law School.

Thomas Müller practices in English, German and French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Sandoz successfully issues EUR 2.0 billion inaugural Eurobonds

Wascosa Group: EUR 240m growth financing

IFLR 1000 Rankings - Walder Wyss as a top-performing law firm ranked

TP24 raises CHF 400m of additional funding from Barclays and M&G

UBS/CS Merger Completed

Ripple Acquires Crypto Custody Firm Metaco in USD250 Million Deal

Walder Wyss advises Farmy on crowdfunding financing round

PostFinance and Swissquote launch Banking App Yuh

PostFinance acquires E-Invoicing Business from SIX Paynet

Valiant Bank and Vaudoise Insurances have started a collaboration in the mortgage business

SHL Telemedicine Ltd. issues and lists new shares on SIX Swiss Exchange to raise about CHF 35 million

Viseca splits card business into issuing and service provider

Chambers FinTech 2020 rankings released

Walder Wyss advises Deutsche Börse on settlement of securities transactions using distributed ledger technology (DLT)

Aduno Holding sells cashgate to Cembra Money Bank

SBA: Cloud-Guidelines - Legal Opinion on Bank Client Confidentiality

Mobile Cryptocurrency Wallet BRD raises USD 15m in a Series B Financing Round from SBI Crypto Investment

$77 million Series E Investment Round of SOPHiA GENETICS

Chambers FinTech 2019 ranking

AMAG Leasing: Swiss Car ABS 2018-2

Valiant Bank AG placed second tranche of covered bonds

AMAG Leasing: Swiss Car ABS 2018-1

Valiant Bank Ltd. acquires stake in AgentSelly Ltd.

Multilease: Swiss Auto Lease ABS 2017-2

Valiant Bank AG places inaugural Swiss Covered Bond

Multilease: First Swiss Auto Lease ABS 2017-1

Lend completes Series A financing round

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. announces issuance of Senior Notes

Keytrade Bank SA merges with Arkéa Direct Bank SA

Intershop aquires World Trade Center Lausanne wins NZZ real estate innovation award

Cembra's CHF 200'000'000 Swiss Auto Lease ABS transaction 2016-1 listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Swisscard AECS GmbH

AMAG Leasing: Second Auto Lease CHF 515m ABS Transaction (Dual Tranche 2016-/2016-2)

Crédit Mutuel Arkéa to acquire Keytrade Bank

AMAG Leasing: Inaugural Auto Lease ABS 2015-1

Swisscard’s Swiss Credit Card Securitisation 2016-1 listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Cembra's CHF 200’000’000 Swiss Auto Lease ABS transaction listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Minerva IPO and Acquisition

GE’s Second Swiss Auto Lease Securitisation Transaction Listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

EFG International sells its remaining stake in EFG Financial Products to Notenstein Private Bank

Swiss Credit Card Securitisation Listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

GE’s Swiss Auto Lease Securitisation Transaction Listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

Art. 7a (Assets of low value/"bagatelle clause")

Commentary on Articles 3 let. e, 6, 28-34, 95 para. 1 and 2 of the Financial Services Act (FinSA)

Recent Financial Market Regulation Developments

Anti Money Laundering Regulation and DLT Regulation – legal update

Corporate Finance Forum 2019

Steuer- und gesellschaftsrechtliche Implikationen der Strukturierung von Kapitalaufnahmen über ICOs

Opinion Walder Wyss: Consultation on the Adaptation of Federal Law to Developments in Distributed Ledger Technology DLT

The Contribution of Cryptocurrencies for the Incorporation of a Company

Blockchain verstehen

Fintech - Switzerland

The tax and corporate law implications of structuring capital-raising via ICOs

Initial coin offerings in Switzerland – towards a regulated legal and tax environment

Swiss Contractual Stay Requirements

An Overview of Relevant Laws and Regulations in Different Jurisdictions: Switzerland

Initial Coin Offerings - from Cryptocurrencies to Entrepreneurial Financing

Initial Coin Offering – In wenigen Sekunden Millionen beschaffen

New Outsourcing Rules for Banks, Securities Dealers and Insurers

The Swiss Deposit Protection Scheme

Commentary to article 7 of the Swiss Anti Money Laundering Act

Initial Coin Offerings in Switzerland

Fintech - Switzerland

FinTech Regulation: Blockchain, Robo Advice, Initial Coin Offerings

Update on the Key Information Document Requirement

Fintech – Switzerland

SmartMoney – Data as the New Currency

Developments in Swiss debt capital markets – 2015

Kommentar zu Art. 37l und 37m (nachrichtenlose Vermögenswerte) des Schweizerischen Bankengesetzes

Transparency Requirements

The new Banking Ordinance

Financial Services News No. 1

Due Diligence and AML Obligations towards Common Reporting Standard

Distribution of Foreign Private Equity Funds to Swiss Qualified Investors

Commentary on articles 32, 142–144

Konzerninterne Darlehen – Anmerkungen zum Urteil des Bundesgerichts 4A_138/2014 vom 16. Oktober 2014, zur Publikation vorgesehen (Swisscargo Entscheid)

Debt capital markets in Switzerland: regulatory overview

Guide zum Finanzmarktinfrastrukturgesetz

Geschäftsmodelle: Regulated versus non-regulated fund Business

Joint Statement on the tax dispute between Switzerland and the United States: better to bake a painful break than to draw out the agony

Termination of Contracts in an Insolvency Event – Comments on German Supreme Court Decision Az. IX ZR 169/11 dated November 15, 2012

Are Penalties of Swiss Banks under the DOJ Program Deductible for Swiss Corporate Income Tax Purposes?

Commentary on articles 372, 37f and 37g of the Swiss Federal Act on Banks and Savings Banks of 8 November 1934

Securitisation in Switzerland: A growing market

Commentary to the Federal Banking Act, Introduction

Switzerland – Regulation of Financial Services

Constant growth of Swiss securitisation

Switzerland"s Revised Collective Investment Schemes Act: New Rules on Foreign Investment Fund Distribution, Asset Managers

Kommentar zu Art. 37a, 37b, 37c, 37h, 37i, 37j und 37k des Bankengesetzes

Revised collective investment scheme Act – chances and risk for the Swiss financial market

Debt capital markets in Switzerland: regulatory overview

Recently implemented tax regulation to stimulate the Swiss bond market

Swiss securitisation is picking up speed

New tax regulation to stimulate the Swiss bond market

New Rules on Distribution of Foreign Investment Funds and Regulation of Asset Managers of such Funds

Capital Markets: Q&A Switzerland

Delegation of portfolio management and fund administration

Abolishment of Swiss Issuance Stamp Tax Will Stimulate the Swiss Bond Market

Recent Practice on the Regulation of Structured Products

European Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers – Implications for Switzerland

Securitisation transactions in Switzerland are making a comeback

Banking rehabilitation and insolvency reform in Switzerland

Internationalization Tendencies in Financial Market Law

Inaccurate Priorities in the Deposit Protection Scheme

Proposed Swiss Bank Deposit Protection Law

Commentary to Art. 16 and 37d–37g of the Swiss Banking Act

Recent Developments in European Investment Funds Regulation – Chances and Risks for the Swiss Funds Centre

Developments in Swiss Banking Regulation

Proposed Swiss Bank Deposits Protection Law

Swiss Regulation of Investment Funds: Recent Developments

Commentary to Art. 37a–37c, 37h und 37i of the Swiss Banking Act

Commentary to Art. 32 of the Collective Investment Schemes Act, CISA

Passing on the Monopoly Overcharge: A comprehensive Policy Analysis of U.S., European, German and Swiss Competition Law

Legal Opinion - Permissibility of disclosure by Swiss banks of bank client information to agents in foreign countries un-der article 47 of the Banking Act (BA)

Gutachten - Zulässigkeit der Bekanntgabe von Bankkundendaten durch schweizerische Banken an Beauftragte im Ausland unter Art. 47 BankG


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