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We are SEBA. Technology and Finance, in real time.

The perfect symbiosis of Technology, Blockchain and Banking – we at SEBA pursue the mission of redefining finance for the new economy by building a pioneering technological bridge between the digital and traditional asset worlds.

With a FINMA banking and securities dealer licence, SEBA is able to close an important gap between the new digital economy and traditional banking. We believe that the proliferation of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is leading to the formation of new markets and innovative ways of creating value. Therefore, we combine technological advances with the proven elements of traditional banking. Regulation is crucial for the protection of investors – the idea of an integrated and supervised bank with focus on digital assets arose from the growing demand for investment alternatives and the increasing affinity for technology and process engineering.

SEBA enables professional individuals and companies as well as institutional clients to invest, safely keep, trade and borrow against digital and traditional assets, all in one place. For Swiss Blockchain companies SEBA will provide accounts and custody for fiat and digital assets. SEBA’s team aims to redefine finance and set new standards for security, transparency and performance. It consists of a experts in the area of technology, information security, blockchain and finance.

With a FINMA banking and securities dealer licence, SEBA is able to close an important gap between the new digital economy and traditional banking. We believe that the proliferation of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is leading to the formation of new markets and innovative ways of creating value. Therefore, we combine technological advances with the proven elements of traditional banking. Regulation is crucial for the protection of investors – the idea of an integrated and supervised bank with focus on digital assets arose from the growing demand for investment alternatives and the increasing affinity for technology and process engineering. SEBA enables professional individuals and companies as well as institutional clients to invest, safely keep, trade and borrow against digital and traditional assets, all in one place. For Swiss Blockchain companies SEBA will provide accounts and custody for fiat and digital assets. SEBA’s team aims to redefine finance and set new standards for security, transparency and performance. It consists of a experts in the area of technology, information security, blockchain and finance.

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Who are the People at SEBA?

Our team represents a balance of genuine expertise in technology, information security and the crypto economy, coupled with banking talent that have been at the forefront of innovation in the industry.

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Michele Federici Head Blockchain Engineering, Technology at seba bank

Michele Federici
Security Specialist
Short: “PS1DR3X”

How important are communities in coding and how do you improve your own coding skills?”
"I've always been a strong believer of knowledge sharing and I think that everything in the world can be improved through collaboration. It's no coincidence that most of the magical technologies that we have today are built on top of open source code. I started coding when I was really young and I never stopped learning. I think the best way to constantly improve is just to always be curious!"
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Alena Nicolai Head of Risk at seba bank

Alena Nicolai
Head of Risk
Short: AAA-Lena

“Low risk, more fun? How do you personally balance risk and opportunity?”
“My personal balance is often a mix of gut feeling and head decision. There were times when I set myself special private goals more often, e.g. to experience the most fantastic powder ski run on ski tours. My main goal at SEBA is to understand all risks as comprehensively as possible, to minimize them and to have fun at work.”
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Guido Rudolphi Head Blockchain Advisory at seba bank

Guido Rudolphi\ Head Blockchain Advisory\ Short: GuRu

How do you envision the Blockchain ecosystem in 20 years?
“We don’t have to ask ourselves what the future of Blockchain is, but rather how a future with Blockchain will look like. We are at the verge of a technical development which is bigger than anything we have seen so far. Blockchain will permeate our daily lives, and while our kids ask us how we lived without smartphones, our grandchildren will ask us how life without Blockchain was even possible.”
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Urs Bernegger Head of Trading & Liquidity Management at seba bank

Urs Bernegger
Head of Trading & Liquidity Management
Short: Master of Markets

Trading in 1984 vs. trading today – What has changed? After 35 years, what makes your profession still interesting to you?
“The technology has made a trader’s work much more efficient. It’s an exciting task to transfer technological advances from the foreign exchange market to the crypto space and act as a market maker helping customers navigate in this highly volatile but interesting environment.”

Who are the People at SEBA?

Our team represents a balance of genuine expertise in technology, information security and the crypto economy, coupled with banking talent that have been at the forefront of innovation in the industry.

Get to know our spirit

Michele Federici
Security Specialist
Short: “PS1DR3X”

How important are communities in coding and how do you improve your own coding skills?”
"I've always been a strong believer of knowledge sharing and I think that everything in the world can be improved through collaboration. It's no coincidence that most of the magical technologies that we have today are built on top of open source code. I started coding when I was really young and I never stopped learning. I think the best way to constantly improve is just to always be curious!"
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Alena Nicolai
Head of Risk
Short: AAA-Lena

“Low risk, more fun? How do you personally balance risk and opportunity?”
“My personal balance is often a mix of gut feeling and head decision. There were times when I set myself special private goals more often, e.g. to experience the most fantastic powder ski run on ski tours. My main goal at SEBA is to understand all risks as comprehensively as possible, to minimize them and to have fun at work.”
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Guido Rudolphi\ Head Blockchain Advisory\ Short: GuRu

How do you envision the Blockchain ecosystem in 20 years?
“We don’t have to ask ourselves what the future of Blockchain is, but rather how a future with Blockchain will look like. We are at the verge of a technical development which is bigger than anything we have seen so far. Blockchain will permeate our daily lives, and while our kids ask us how we lived without smartphones, our grandchildren will ask us how life without Blockchain was even possible.”
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Urs Bernegger
Head of Trading & Liquidity Management
Short: Master of Markets

Trading in 1984 vs. trading today – What has changed? After 35 years, what makes your profession still interesting to you?
“The technology has made a trader’s work much more efficient. It’s an exciting task to transfer technological advances from the foreign exchange market to the crypto space and act as a market maker helping customers navigate in this highly volatile but interesting environment.”
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Our Executive Team

The executive team at SEBA is dedicated to upholding the company's core business principles: safety, transparency and performance.

Executive Management

Guido Buehler
Guido Buehler
Chief Executive Officer
Guido is a visionary whose expertise is grounded in global corporate finance. He is deeply proficient in banking, risk, asset and wealth management. Guido built and led large global teams at one of Switzerland’s largest banks, and had an influence shaping market infrastructure with the ECB and DTCC. Most recently, he founded award winning strategic advisory and risk & research firm B&B Analytics.
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Philipp Baretta
Philipp Baretta
Head Asset & Wealth Management
Philipp is an expert in capital markets, investment delivery and risk management. His distinguished career spans over three decades, leading regional and global teams out of Zurich and New York with positions in FX trading, capital markets and UHNWI solutions at various major international banks.
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Urs Bernegger
Urs Bernegger
Head of Trading & Liquidity Management
Urs is an expert of global Foreign Exchange Markets. He has spent more than three decades building and managing voice and electronic trading businesses out of Switzerland and the US. Throughout his career, he has held senior banking management positions at two renowned Swiss banks.
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Thomas Nietlispach
Thomas Nietlispach
Chief Operating Officer
Thomas is a passionate leader with more than 30 years of experience in the area of business development, business transformation, regulatory programs and digitalisation projects. His career includes positions as global head of a business unit, including Execution Services and Client Platforms at a major Swiss bank.
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Per Magnusson
Per Magnusson
Chief Technology Officer
Per is a financial technology leader with 20 years of experience. During his career at global Tier 1 investment and private banks in the UK and Switzerland, Per has led the development of trading technology infrastructures across multiple asset classes, built lean DevOps teams and implemented agile development processes.
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David Matter
David Matter
Chief Financial Officer
David is a banking expert with more than 30 years of experience in various management positions in key corporate functions in the Swiss and international financial industry. His career includes positions such as CEO, Chief of Staff and Head of the CRO Management Office.
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Markus Blattmann
Markus Blattmann
Chief Risk Officer
Markus is a risk professional with over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He has extensive emerging market experience, both in investment and in private baking. Prior to joining SEBA, he has served as Chief Risk Officer Asia for a large Swiss private bank. Markus holds a Master’s degree in law.
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Matthew Alexander
Matthew Alexander
Head Tokenization
Matthew is an expert in capital markets, investment banking, corporate strategy and principal investing, with 22 years of experience in the U.S., Europe, Latam and Asia. Most recently Matthew has focussed on shaping digital banking strategy & managing strategic digital banking investments for one of Switzerland's largest private banks.
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Board of directors

Andreas Amschwand
Andreas Amschwand
Chairman of the Board
Andreas is a distinguished banker who played a vital role in the transformation of the global Foreign Exchange market and recently acted as a Board Member for Julius Baer Group. He is leading the Board of Directors.
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Reto Kunz
Reto Kunz
Member of the Board
Reto is a distinguished and respected banker with deep aptitude in risk control. He will lead the Board in matters relating to risk.
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Sébastien Mérillat
Sébastien Mérillat
Founder and Member of the Board
Sébastien is one of the founders of SEBA Crypto AG and an astute entrepreneur and investor. He brings deep knowledge of entrepreneurship and technology to the Board.
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Erich Ettlin
Erich Ettlin
Member of the Board
Erich is a tax expert and certified public accountant who worked for more than 30 years at BDO, an international audit firm, as well as for a cantonal tax authority in leading positions. He acts as board member in several companies and is a member of the Swiss Parliament (Senat).
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Urs Zulauf
Urs Zulauf
Member of the Board
Urs is a regulatory and compliance specialist and former General Counsel and Executive Committee member of FINMA. He guides the SEBA Board in regulatory, legal and compliance matters.
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Guy Schwarzenbach
Guy Schwarzenbach
Member of the Board
Guy is a global investor with an acute perspective on the requirements of multi-asset investors. His expertise augments proficiency in the areas of crypto and strategic business models.
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Peter Gerlach
Peter Gerlach
Member of the Board
Peter Gerlach is a distinguished banker who has been successfully running Bank Julius Baer’s global markets division for over a decade until recently and also served as an executive board member. He brings a broad knowledge of international wealth management expertise into the Board.
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Francis Leung
Francis Leung
Member of the Board
Francis has been an investment banker in Hong Kong for more than thirty years. He is known for his leading efforts to bring Chinese companies to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and has been referred to as the “Father of the Red Chips”.
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Jin Hian Goh
Jin Hian Goh
Member of the Board
Jin has worked in the healthcare industry for 14 years, including as Vice President of the Singapore Human Resources Institute, Council Member of the Singapore Medical Association and CEO of Gleneagles Hospital Ltd. He is currently Chairman of Cordlife Group Ltd. and CEO and Executive Director of New Silkroutes Group Ltd.
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Our Partners

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Julius Baer is the leading Swiss wealth management group and a premium brand in this global sector, with a focus on servicing and advising sophisticated private clients.
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Finstar is a core banking system, developed and maintained by Hypothekarbank Lenzburg.
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SmartTrade Technologies is a trading technology provider with 20 years of experience in delivering cross asset modules.
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Geissbühler Weber & Partner (GWP) advises financial services providers on the fulfilment of financial market regulatory requirements and the optimisation of compliance and risk processes.
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Loomis International is the leading specialist for cash handling and international valuables logistics with cross-border transportation, management and storage services for valuables.
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Jaeksoft SaRL offers open source enterprise search solutions for developers and developed a Blockchain-solution for SEBA based on its expertise in search algorithms.
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BPC supplies banks, processors, merchants and other eco system players with the right technology to create relevant services for their customers.
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Taurus Group SA is a Swiss company specialising in digital assets and blockchain. It offers enterprise-grade market and custody infrastructure solutions for digital assets as well as other financial services to institutional clients.

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News release
Historical evidence for bitcoin performing like digital gold
03 April, 2020
In the first days after the outbreak of the coronavirus crises in the West, crypto plunged like traditional asset classes. Bitcoin was pronounced dead. A historical analysis by SEBA Research of several assets indicates that except for this event, crypto does not correlate with stock markets. In spite of BTC price drop, the underlying blockchain technology has operated well. Furthermore, the demand for stable coins is on the rise. Both observations indicate that crypto is supported by a robust technology and is here to stay. Looking at the blockchain network fundamentals, significant drop in difficulty as it was the case last week, has historically been a reliable indicator for price bottom formation.
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Research report
Bitcoin, gold, and coronavirus
03 April, 2020
Does bitcoin as outside money stand a chance to weather the coronavirus storm? In this article, we present the empirical analyses of various crises and bitcoin bottoms.
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Research report
Bitcoin is dead, long live Bitcoin
22 March, 2020
In this special edition of the Digital Investor, we present our take on the recent crash in financial markets. As the Coronavirus took the entire world by storm, financial markets across the board started tumbling in synchronisation. Amidst this crash, all the correlation theories seemed to be breaking down. Does this mean that digital assets will forever be correlated with broader markets? What happens in this new regime of zero interest rates? We think that in such an environment, cryptocurrencies, as outside money, can prove to be a much needed diversifier.
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