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Wenger & Vieli

Work +41 58 958 58 58
Zug, Zurich

Dr iur Martin Hess

Work +41 58 958 58 58
Wenger & Vieli

Work Department

Banking Law; Capital Markets & Stock Exchange Law; Collective Investment Schemes; Corporate & Commercial Law; Payments, Clearing & Settlement; Restructuring & Insolvency; Data Law; Fintech.


Martin Hess specializes in financial services and capital market law, FinTech and the digitalization of financial services. He is recognized by the Swiss Stock Exchange as an issuer’s representative.

Martin Hess advises Swiss and foreign clients and represents them before supervisory authorities and in court. He is involved in the legal design of trading venues for digital assets, payment systems and securities settlement systems as well as central counterparties. He advises and represents clients on Initial Coin Offerings / Token Generating Events.

Martin Hess has participated as an expert in the Swiss legislation on securities and netting.


2001-present, Partner at Wenger & Vieli; 1996-2001, Partner at Suter Attorneys-at-Law in Zurich (correspondent law firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers); 1994-96, Lawyer at Law Firm Dr. Konrad Fischer in Zurich; 1987-94, Assistant Director and Deputy Head of the legal service of the Swiss National Bank; 1985-86, Junior Lawyer at Gayler, Hegetschweiler und Partner in Zurich; 1984-85, District Court in Bulach ZH; 1978-81, Research Assistant at the Institute of International Law and International Constitutional Law, University of Zurich.


German, English and French.


International Bar Association (IBA); Swiss Bar Association (SAV); Zurich Bar Association (ZAV); Schweizerische Vereinigung für Internationales Recht (SVIR).


1987, Admission to the Bar; 1984, University of Zurich (Dr. iur.); 1978, University of Zurich (lic. iur.).


Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Wenger & Vieli’s ‘quality team’ is ‘extremely knowledgeable’ and offers ‘excellent value and immediate response times’. A major focus lies on the representation of creditors in contentious insolvency proceedings, while the lawyers also provide insolvency advice to financial institutions and in restructuring cases. The team is advising former board members of Swissair on the company’s insolvency and also served as administrator and then liquidator in Helvetia Wealth’s composition proceedings. The ‘patient yet determinedMartin Hess is recommended, while Georg Zondler and Pascal Honold are also noted.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance


Within: Zurich

Wenger & Vieli focuses on drafting legal opinions on regulatory topics, such as the Financial Market Infrastructure Act, and product issuances. Other areas of expertise are fintech, syndicated loans, lending structures and claims prevention. The team assisted block-chain company Lykke with the establishment of an organised trading facility. The client base also includes Interhoerbiger Finance, Falcon Bank and SIX Group. Bignia Vieli, Martin Hess and Andreas Hünerwadel are the key partners.

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Wenger & Vieli

  • Swiss Capital Contribution Principle

    As per 1 January 2011 a new regulation in the Swiss tax law concerning the tax treatment of the repayment of capital contributions enters into force. According to the new rules the repayment of capital contributions is exempt from Swiss income tax (if the shares are owned as private means) and Swiss withholding tax.
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