Ms Tina Balzli > CMS > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

CMS
CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd
Räffelstrasse 26, PO Box
8022 Zurich
Switzerland

Work Department

Fintech & Blockchain, Banking & Finance, Commercial, Corporate & M&A, Funds, Insurance, Private Clients, Private Equity

Position

Partner – Head of Fintech & Blockchain

Tina Balzli specializes in banking, insurance, financial and capital markets law, general corporate and commercial law as well as mergers & acquisitions, with a particular focus on fintech and blockchain. She has a long-standing track record of holistically advising leading Swiss and foreign financial institutions as well as up-and-coming start-ups in her areas of specialization and is excellently acquainted with the international and Swiss regulatory landscape within capital and financial markets law.

Tina Balzli acts as lead lawyer for a wide range of financial industry-related matters and represents financial institutions vis-à-vis authorities, such as the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

Career

Before joining CMS, Tina Balzli was a partner at a Big Four firm in Switzerland, where she led the legal Banking, Fintech & Blockchain practice. Prior to this, she extensively practiced as a financial markets attorney with major Swiss law firms, worked for a financial institution in Hong Kong and acted as research and teaching assistant at the Chair of Civil and Commercial Law at the University of Freiburg i.Ue. She further was a visiting researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private law in Hamburg, Germany.

Tina Balzli holds a Master in Law (lic. iur.; J.D. equivalent) from the University of Freiburg i.Ue., Switzerland with the mentions ‘European Law’ and ‘Bilingual’, has been admitted as an Attorney-at-law to all courts in Switzerland and is a certified Swiss Fund & Asset Management Officer. Furthermore, she holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. and Asian Business and Trade Law from the New York University and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporate & Financial Services Law from the National University of Singapore.

She is the author of various publications (books and articles) on a broad range of legal and regulatory topics related to commercial law in general and financial market laws and regulations. She regularly speaks at conferences on these topics.

Languages

German, English, French

Memberships

  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Crypto Valley Association, Member of the Regulatory & Policy Working Group

Education

  • 2016 – Swiss Fund & Asset Management Officer, Zurich
  • 2011 – Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. and Asian Business and Trade Law, New York University School of Law
  • 2011 – Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Corporate & Financial Services Law, National University of Singapore
  • 2007 – Bar Admission to all courts in Switzerland
  • 2004 – Visiting researcher, Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private law, Hamburg
  • 2001 – Master in Law (lic. iur.; J.D. equivalent) with mentions ‘European Law’ and ‘Bilingual’, University of Freiburg i.Ue.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich

CMS‘ practice covers transactions and lending, acting on acquisitions, trade, project, debt and real estate finance. The regulatory practice includes assistance with applications for regulatory licences, rulings from FINMA and advising on anti-money laundering and derivatives trading issues. Led by Kaspar Landolt, the group is instructed by Swiss and international financial institutions, funds, and industrial enterprises. Tina Balzli joined in July 2021 from PwC Switzerland.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

CMS fields a ‘wide variety of experts across all the legal fields’ and has ‘huge connections around the globe within the CMS network’. The team handles dispute resolution, real estate, insurance and employment law matters, among others. In the Zurich office key contacts are Marquard Christen, managing partner David Hürlimann, a member of the firm’s competition and EU group steering committee, and litigation and arbitration specialist Jodok Wicki. Other individuals to note are Dirk Spacek, Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, Christian Gersbach, Philipp Dickenmann, Reto Hunsperger, Daniel Jenny, Tina Balzli and Tobias Somary.

Switzerland > TMT

CMS‘ key strengths are IT procurement and sourcing, fintech, electronic health and insurtech, digital transformation and software matters as well as data privacy and protection. The practice is headed by ‘outstanding professionalDirk Spacek, who is experienced in IT technology matters, such as cloud computing, e-commerce and artificial intelligence and is lauded for ‘providing tactical and strategic guidance as well as a legal opinion‘. Alain Raemy has a focus on corporate transactions and competition law. Tina Balzli joined as partner from PwC Switzerland in July 2021.

Switzerland > Fintech

When advising on fintech matters, CMS draws on an interdisciplinary team of banking and finance, IP, IT, data privacy and commercial law specialists. The team provides guidance on regulatory and compliance issues in addition to assisting with licensing applications, the drafting of licensing agreements and with data protection issues of blockchain projects. The group is noted for its ‘extensive knowledge in the area of distributed ledgers and tokenisation, especially in the context of global capital markets‘. Tina Balzli, Kaspar Landolt, Dirk Spacek, associate Matthias Kuert and Vaïk Müller are the key contacts.