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.
In November 2019, the Federal Council adopted the dispatch on the adaptation of federal law to developments in distributed ledger technology. The proposal is aimed at increasing legal certainty, removing barriers for applications based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) and reducing the risk of abuse. The Parliament unanimously approved the proposal on 25 September 2020.
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.
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