Adrien Tharin is the Co-Head of the Fintech, Blockchain and Digital Assets practice within PwC Legal Switzerland. He is currently involved in several financial markets infrastructure FINMA-licensing projects, focusing on topics such as FinSA / FinIA transition, sustainability and corporate governance of regulated entities.
Before joining PwC, he worked for two years as the founder and partner of a boutique law firm dedicated to FinTech, Blockchain and Innovation industries. His experience covers the establishment of legal entities and structures, drafting of related commercial and corporate documentation (investments, capital increase and general commercial agreements) and assistance in the implementation process.
He advised banking entities in the acceptance of ICO-related deposits and on data protection in the new regulatory landscape. Adrien also assisted clients in obtaining the necessary licenses and authorizations (drafting and submission of applications, support in the authorization process and assisted and supported clients in FINMA investigation proceedings.
Adrien is also experienced in the fields of IP, IT and data protection, with more than two years spent in California where he worked for major actors in the field. In his prior years, Adrien gained a solid understanding of the banking and collective investment schemes’s industries at reputable law firms by assisting various institutional and private clients in litigation proceedings in banking and financial services related matters (such as asset managers liability claims), as well as criminal procedures (white collar), freezing of assets, and money-laundering issues and procedures.
He is a regular speaker and lecturer on new technologies, data protection and banking regulatory issues. He is also the founder of a series of conferences on the topic of LegalTech (Electrochoc Nunérique) and a member of the executive board of the Swiss LegalTech Association (SLTA). He has published numerous articles in various publications such as Le Temps.