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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
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Banking - Finance 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Martin Hess is emphatically endorsed by peers in Switzerland as "a highlight of the market" when it comes to banking and finance matters. 

Biography

Martin Hess specializes in financial services and capital market law, FinTech and the digitalization of financial services.

Martin advises Swiss and foreign clients (e.g. banks, start-ups, financial market infrastructures) and represents them before supervisory authorities. He is involved in the legal design of trading venues for ledger based securities, payment and securities settlement systems as well as central counterparties. He advises and represents clients with regard to the securitisation of assets, token generating events and the prevention of money laundering.

Martin participated as an expert in the preparation of Swiss laws on intermediated securities (2010) and on netting (1994). He has been an expert for the forthcoming laws on the digitalisation of assets and on DLT trading facilities (2021). He regularly contributes to legal commentaries and journals and gives lectures on the topics he handles in practice.

Before joining Künzi Hess MacNab, attorneys-at-law, Martin spent 19 years with the law firm Wenger & Vieli and 5 years with the correspondent law firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. From 1987-1994, Martin was legal advisor to the Swiss National Bank (Central Bank). In 1994 and 1997, respectively, he was a member of missions of the International Monetary Fund to Eastern European countries. Before taking up legal practice, Martin was a research assistant at the Faculty of law of the University of Zurich and earned his doctorate at the University of Zurich in 1984 summa cum laude. He was admitted to the bar in 1987.

Banking - Fintech 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Martin Hess is lauded by market commentators as "a standout fintech practitioner who has been leading the market for quite some time now". 

Biography

Martin Hess specializes in financial services and capital market law, FinTech and the digitalization of financial services.

Martin advises Swiss and foreign clients (e.g. banks, start-ups, financial market infrastructures) and represents them before supervisory authorities. He is involved in the legal design of trading venues for ledger based securities, payment and securities settlement systems as well as central counterparties. He advises and represents clients with regard to the securitisation of assets, token generating events and the prevention of money laundering.

Martin participated as an expert in the preparation of Swiss laws on intermediated securities (2010) and on netting (1994). He has been an expert for the forthcoming laws on the digitalisation of assets and on DLT trading facilities (2021). He regularly contributes to legal commentaries and journals and gives lectures on the topics he handles in practice.

Before joining Künzi Hess MacNab, attorneys-at-law, Martin spent 19 years with the law firm Wenger & Vieli and 5 years with the correspondent law firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. From 1987-1994, Martin was legal advisor to the Swiss National Bank (Central Bank). In 1994 and 1997, respectively, he was a member of missions of the International Monetary Fund to Eastern European countries. Before taking up legal practice, Martin was a research assistant at the Faculty of law of the University of Zurich and earned his doctorate at the University of Zurich in 1984 summa cum laude. He was admitted to the bar in 1987.

Banking - Regulatory 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Martin Hess is identified as consummate banking and finance lawyer, whose diverse practice spans regulatory, fintech and financing issues for his clients. 

Biography

Martin Hess specializes in financial services and capital market law, FinTech and the digitalization of financial services.

Martin advises Swiss and foreign clients (e.g. banks, start-ups, financial market infrastructures) and represents them before supervisory authorities. He is involved in the legal design of trading venues for ledger based securities, payment and securities settlement systems as well as central counterparties. He advises and represents clients with regard to the securitisation of assets, token generating events and the prevention of money laundering.

Martin participated as an expert in the preparation of Swiss laws on intermediated securities (2010) and on netting (1994). He has been an expert for the forthcoming laws on the digitalisation of assets and on DLT trading facilities (2021). He regularly contributes to legal commentaries and journals and gives lectures on the topics he handles in practice.

Before joining Künzi Hess MacNab, attorneys-at-law, Martin spent 19 years with the law firm Wenger & Vieli and 5 years with the correspondent law firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. From 1987-1994, Martin was legal advisor to the Swiss National Bank (Central Bank). In 1994 and 1997, respectively, he was a member of missions of the International Monetary Fund to Eastern European countries. Before taking up legal practice, Martin was a research assistant at the Faculty of law of the University of Zurich and earned his doctorate at the University of Zurich in 1984 summa cum laude. He was admitted to the bar in 1987.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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