About us

We are Swarm

Swarm empowers you to grow your personal wealth autonomously. We make DeFi trading and investing easy, secure and compliant.

To shape a world where everyone can benefit from financial opportunities

Launched in October 2021, Swarm aims to be the nucleus of a transparent financial culture that creates value for many.

We step up to build a world where everyone can benefit from financial opportunities. This aspiration is reflected across our ever growing portfolio of unique investment products. Thus we empower people to take control of their personal wealth in a secure environment and overcome compliance barriers for institutional investors. Swarm operates in a regulated environment in Germany.

Build your wealth according to your preferences

We believe Web3 represents the intersection of culture and finance, lowering barriers to entry to a financial system where more people can build their wealth.

The ‘financialization of everything’ doesn’t mean everything is for sale but enables you to put your money where your heart is and invest in the assets, causes, people and companies that matter to you.

For the first time ever, you’ll be able to invest in crypto assets and tokenized securities in a single DeFi venue.

Swarm combines the innovation of DeFi with investor protection. Our trading and investing tools enable you to retain full control of the assets in your wallet, giving you direct access to capital and crypto markets 24/7, without paying for costly intermediaries.

Milestones
November 2017
The first vote is held in Swarm Network’s DAO on SWM token release schedule.
January 2018
Swarm Network makes open-source infrastructure publicly available for tokenizing securities.
January 2020
Amendment to the German Banking Act brings crypto assets in line with existing securities. Swarm grandfathered into new regulatory regime under BaFin.
July 2021
Beta version of Swarm’s liquidity platform launched on Ethereum in conjunction with payment token SMT.
October 2021
Swarm opens its decentralized exchange (DEX) for both crypto assets and securities to the public.
January 2022
Swarm implements DEX on Polygon Network.
May 2022
Swarm launches institutional-grade liquid staking.
Future
Swarm to launch tokenized stocks backed 100% by real equities.
November 2017
The first vote is held in Swarm Network’s DAO on SWM token release schedule.
January 2020
Amendment to the German Banking Act brings crypto assets in line with existing securities. Swarm grandfathered into new regulatory regime under BaFin.
October 2021
Swarm opens its decentralized exchange (DEX) for both crypto assets and securities to the public.
May 2022
Swarm launches institutional-grade liquid staking.
January 2018
Swarm Network makes open-source infrastructure publicly available for tokenizing securities.
July 2021
Beta version of Swarm’s liquidity platform launched on Ethereum in conjunction with payment token SMT.
January 2022
Swarm implements DEX on Polygon Network.
Future
Swarm to launch tokenized stocks backed 100% by real equities.

Latest announcements

Swarm launches institutional-grade liquid staking

Berlin-based Swarm, the regulated multi-asset DeFi platform, today announces the launch of institutional-grade liquid staking tokens that can integrate into DeFi automated market maker (AMM) pools, to generate additional yield in a protected environment. Liquid staking tokens for Solana Network’s native token SOL are the first to be made available, with Eth 2.0, DOT and AVAX to follow. 

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Our team

Meet our team

Philipp Pieper

Philipp Pieper

Philipp Pieper is a co-founder of Swarm as well as the Swarm Network, an open-source project and DAO. Philipp also co-founded Proximic (acquired by comScore), Loop Media and Bitadel Crypto Trading. Philipp has been engaged in decentralised technologies and crypto-asset trading since 2015. He is also a startup investor and mentor at Singularity University and StartX. He is a member of the AIMA blockchain committee and Digital Currency Trade Association (DCTA).

Timo Lehes

Timo Lehes

Timo Lehes is a co-founder of Swarm and a FinTech and blockchain- investor. Selected investments and exits include Pex.com, a media rights management platform, Aurigin Inc, a private equity deals platform, and adtech company Admeta. Lehes also has experience as a fund manager and led the US arm of Beringer Finance as an M&A advisor under SEC license. He holds a Masters degree in computer science and data communication from Chalmers University of Technology.
Katie Evans

Katie Evans

Katie Evans is a financial services and DeFi communications expert with over 10 years experience, focusing on crypto, capital and commodities markets. She heads up communications for Swarm, having previously worked at multi-asset investment platform eToro, where she worked with market analysts and comms specialists across several countries in Europe, APAC and the US. Prior to joining eToro, Katie worked in the futures market at the London Metal Exchange.
Sam Stone

Sam Stone

Sam Stone has been working in crypto and blockchain projects since 2017. As head of product, he shaped one of the earliest regulated fundraising and tokenization platforms on Swarm. Fund and translated smart code within a regulatory framework to build Swarm’s’ DEX. Before moving into crypto, Sam was the digital director of LAVA Communications Australia and worked in capital markets as a futures broker for ANZ bank. Sam holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of New South Wales and a Masters in International Public Health from the University of Sydney.
Wolfgang Richter

Wolfgang Richter

Having been with Swarm from the beginning, Wolfgang Richter is a business lawyer and economist with experience in financial transactions and development and execution of business models. He has worked in leading global law firms, including EY Law. He is an expert on FinTech and currency related topics and has been focused on blockchain/DLT technology and its applications since 2017. He has advised on numerous financing and M&A transactions, covering all major industries and was previously an investment banker. Wolfgang holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg.

Peter Schott

Peter Schott is managing director of Swarm and has been working in the banking industry since 1986 for a number of the world’s top financial institutions, including Dresdner Kleinwort, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Unicredit Group. His experience includes structured finance, syndicated loans, project finance, NPL’s, conduit business and he pioneered real estate securitization in Germany. Peter holds a Degree in Business Administration from the Verwaltungs- und Wirtschaftsakademie, Munich, Germany.