NÄGELE Attorneys at Law LLC > Vaduz, Liechtenstein > Firm Profile

NÄGELE Attorneys at Law LLC
Dr. Grass-Strasse 12
Vaduz
Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein > Banking and finance Tier 3

The team at NÄGELE Attorneys at Law LLC around Thomas Nägele, Thomas Feldkircher and Johannes Virleitner regularly represents clients in banking and finance related proceedings, such as white-collar crime matters, including money laundering and VAT carousel fraud, or the enforcement of foreign arbitral rewards. In particular partner Nägele has profound expertise in the fintech and blockchain related industries where he advises in relation to security token offerings with the involvement of the Liechtenstein Financial Market Authority.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nägele; Thomas Feldkircher; Johannes Virleitner

Testimonials

‘The team has particularly noteworthy expertise in the area of the “new economy” (e.g. DLT technologies) and understands how to combine this knowledge with traditional capital markets and banking law.’

‘Very technology oriented, real understanding and deep-going understanding of the business models, very far reaching expertise from all levels.’

‘Top crypto law firm in Liechtenstein- Thomas personally drafted the Blockchain Act.’

‘Thomas Feldkircher is a one of a kind attorney showing exceptional understanding of banking laws and regulation. Bringing this skills together with his analytic skills in the area of civil law, Thomas Feldkircher is a driving factor in the field of Fintech advisory and legal developments in Liechtenstein.’

Christian Inman helped us dive deep into the specifics and functions of different types of legal entities, board of directors and various stakeholders. He was very in-depth as the landscape was unfamiliar to us and he walked us through the entire process, offering some great learning along the way.’

‘Many Lawyers from various jurisdictions, who work very well together is definitely one of Nägele’s unique practice. Each individual has some specific key capabilities such as an extensive know-how regarding IT and IT-law, vast experience and practical knowledge in banking and finance, as well as banking and finance law. Additionally NÄGELE attorneys at law has a brilliant department for litigation.’

Ms. Seppi qualifies as a brilliant litigation lawyer whose performance is constantly on top and has on various occasions dealt with my cases to my fullest satisfaction.’

‘Thomas Nägele is an outstanding lawyer, with an unique technical and entrepreneurial understanding of all kinds of fintech applications. Excellent knowledge of Fintech- and blockchain-regulation.’

Key clients

Euro Treuhand AG

actus ag

Getzner, Mutter & Cie. Gesellschaft m.b.H. & Co. KG

Graf & Partner AG

BFG Blockchain Founders Group AG

CLL Compliance Labs AG

Bank Frick & Co. AG

CUT Carbon Distributed Technologies AG

Fountain GmbH

The firm: NÄGELE Attorneys at Law LLC has a unique background, as it has exceptional and deep competencies stretching from civil to criminal to corporate law, in particular in the crypto realm. The background of the team members includes criminal, intellectual property, capital markets, banking, financial, technology, corporate law, both within civil law and common law jurisdictions, as well as international law, coupled with technical and IT-focused knowledge.

NÄGELE Attorneys at Law LLC was founded in December 2015 by Dr. Thomas Nägele, LL.M., who has been involved with Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies since 2011, leading to a specialization within the realm of new and emerging technologies. Due to the increasingly specific field of expertise, NÄGELE founded the House of Blockchain, in which the law firm is nested alongside other Liechtenstein-based Blockchain and crypto businesses.

The four Partners at NÄGELE Attorneys at Law are highly specialised in their respective fields and head different departments. With their competencies stretching over different legal realms and their unique background, this ensures that the firm remains a leading choice amongst its clients and that the law firm can offer an all-encompassing support.

Dr. Thomas Nägele has profound experience in the fintech and blockchain related industries, providing advice on the structuring of blockchain projects in accordance with the Liechtenstein Blockchain Act, and the corresponding dealings and involvement with supervisory authorities.

Dr. Thomas Feldkircher, who was named partner in 2019, serves as the Head of the Banking and Finance Department, providing in-depth advice on capital markets and securities law, and was joined by Mag. iur. Johannes Virleitner, LL.M., in 2021, who focuses on banking and supervisory law. The constant development in this department led to the firm being recognised as national and international leader for carrying out Fintech projects.

Mag. iur. Fabienne Seppi heads the Litigation Department and amongst others represents clients in banking and finance related proceedings, such as white-collar crime matters, including money laundering and VAT carousel fraud, or the enforcement of foreign arbitral rewards.

NÄGELE Attorneys at Law currently employs over 20 people and is in constant growth, therefore being one of the larger law firms in Liechtenstein. With a legal staff including attorneys who have passed the bar exam in Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany and Switzerland; this witnesses the firm’s dedication to provide both local and international services, resulting in a wide spectrum of clients, ranging from private individuals and family businesses to trust companies and multinational corporations.

Areas of practice: The firm’s main areas of expertise include distributed ledger technologies, in particular Blockchain law, IT-law, and capital markets law, while also sustaining a distinct team that is specialised in the different areas of civil and criminal law.

Liechtenstein, already being a well-established financial centre, has taken on a pioneer role in the crypto asset space and implemented an effective virtual asset regulatory framework over the last years. NÄGELE Attorneys at Law has been actively involved with integral contributions in the drafting of the Liechtenstein Blockchain Act (Trusted Technologies Law), with the Partners serving as speakers at national and international events surrounding Blockchain/DLT technology. This experience, coupled with the firm’s involvement in over 300 blockchain-related projects, witnesses a deep understanding of the legal framework surrounding Fintech Innovation but also traditional financial and capital law within the country, as well as abroad.

Founding partner Dr. Thomas Nägele advises international finance, technology, and industrial enterprises, operating in the fields of Blockchain/DLT technology, telecommunications and internet, as well as public institutions worldwide. Dr. Nägele’s technical IT-focused knowledge is unsurpassed, derived from his experience as a software developer, his function as head of IT at a security consulting company, as well as his experience as a founder and board member of ekey biometrics systems establishment in Vaduz. Coupled with his expertise in the fields of Internet/IT law, corporate and civil law, he bridges the gap between law and technology on a daily basis. He has taken on different leadership roles in numerous organizations dedicated to the support of the blockchain ecosystem and the individual actors within it.

Partner Dr. Thomas Feldkircher serves as the Head of the Banking and Finance Department due to his extensive experience as a securities lawyer, serving both national and international technology and industrial companies, as well as internet and Blockchain companies. Dr Feldkircher specializes in insurance contract law and capital markets law, and furthermore is admitted to practice law in the ecclesiastical courts. He regularly advises on M&A, private equity/private debt, asset-based financings, financial market regulation, collective investment law and capital market transactions. Under his lead, the Banking and Finance Department has achieved many firsts in Europe/EEA, i.e. the first approved STO, the first tokenized Alternative Investment Fund, and has drafted more than 500 token legal opinions.

The Banking and Finance Department has expanded and since 2021 fields the new Partner Mag. iur. Johannes Virleitner, LL.M., who also serves as Head in the Department, with a special focus on European and Liechtenstein supervisory law as well as banking and financial market law. Mag. iur. Johannes Virleitner advises both national and international financial intermediaries as well as blockchain companies. He has great experience in the legal implementation of a variety of EU legislation, such as MiFID II, MiFIR, SFDR, GDPR and PSD 2.

Partner Mag. iur. Fabienne Seppi joined in 2016 as the first team member of NÄGELE Attorneys at Law. Being admitted to the Liechtenstein as well as the Austrian bar, Mag. iur. Fabienne Seppi is an experienced litigator and has achieved numerous victories before Liechtenstein and Austrian courts. As the Head of the Litigation Department, she has extensive and in-depth knowledge spanning the entire spectrum of civil, administrative, corporate and (commercial) criminal law, offering legal counsel on these topics, with a specialization in family and labour law. Mag. iur. Fabienne Seppi’s dispute resolution strategies as well as her client and interpersonal skills are unparalleled, ensuring that each client receives the individualized and highly specialized support which is required in relation to the specific case at hand. Under her lead, the Litigation Department has experience in representing domestic and international private clients and multinational corporations in investigations and criminal proceedings before state courts in Liechtenstein and Austria as well as in appeals proceedings. The Litigation Department has also taken on the first crypto crime cases and are specialized in the crypto litigation realm. Mag. iur. Fabienne Seppi has also taken the notary examination and is admitted as a Notary in the Principality of Liechtenstein.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
IT-law (DLT, Blockchain) Thomas Nägeletn@naegele.law
Capital Markets Law Thomas Feldkirchertf@naegele.law
Litigation Fabienne Seppifs@naegele.law
Capital Markets Law Johannes Virleitnerjv@naegele.law
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CLIENT: Mauro Casellini

COMPANY/FIRM: Bank Frick

TESTIMONIAL: “The cooperation with Nägele Rechtsanwälte is always highly professional and satisfactory. Whether on behalf of a client of the bank or for the bank itself, the work is always carried out at the highest level and with impeccable quality. ”


CLIENT: Fabian Wahle

COMPANY/FIRM: Neon Exchange

TESTIMONIAL: “Nägele RA successfully supported us in navigating the uncharted waters of security token offerings, setting a precedent for this sector in Europe. Their strong expertise, work ethic and overall professionalism made this cooperation a pleasant experience. We are looking forward to continuing this journey with them, breaking new ground at the intersection of the finance and blockchain industries.”


CLIENT: Marion Vogel

TESTIMONIAL: “My experience with Nägele Attorneys at Law was always utmost satisfying. From a first contact up to wrapping up business the law firm makes you feel being in safe hands while providing friendly and efficient service.”