Distributed ledger technology (DLT) and blockchain technologies are among the remarkable and potentially promising developments in digitalisation. Switzerland is one of the leading locations in this area. The Federal Council wishes to further improve the framework conditions so that Switzerland can exploit the opportunities offered by digitalisation.
During its meeting on 18 June 2021, the Federal Council brought the Federal Act on the Adaptation of Federal Law to Developments in Distributed Electronic Register Technology fully into force as of 1 August 2021. The associated blanket ordinance will also enter into force on the same day. This will allow for innovative DLT trading facilities and increase legal certainty in the event of bankruptcy.
One of the key areas of the proposal is the amendment of securities law to provide a secure legal basis for the trading of rights through electronic registers. Furthermore, the segregation of crypto-based assets in the event of bankruptcy is to be clarified by law. Finally, it is planned to establish a new authorisation category for DLT trading systems in financial market infrastructure law, thereby creating a flexible legal framework for new forms of financial market infrastructure.
Media seminar - 14.12.2018
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