Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär

Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär is Professor for Distributed Ledger Technology/Fintech at the Faculty of Business and Economics. In addition, he is the Managing Director of the Center for Innovative Finance at the University of Basel and board member of the "Swiss Blockchain Federation" (Bundesrats Taskforce). His research focus is on interdisciplinary analyses of Smart Contracts, asset tokenization and Blockchain applications. He has a PhD in Cryptoassets and Blockchain Technology and co-authored several publications including the bestselling book "Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptoassets" and several scientific articles, some of them published in the prestigious Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review. He is the organizer of the "Blockchain Symposium", the "Blockchain Challenge", member of the organizing committee of a conference with the Swiss National Bank and co-initiator of a project to secure academic credentials on a Blockchain. In addition, he is a board member of the first FINMA regulated crypto asset manager, an advisor of various blockchain organizations and an invited speaker at numerous conferences, including the G20 Global Financial Stability Conference. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant in various positions at banks and bank-related companies.

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Prof. Dr. Fabian Schär

Credit Suisse Asset Management Schweiz-Professorship for Distributed Ledger Technology/Fintech
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät Peter Merian-Weg 6, 4002 Basel          Büro 4.56

Tel. +41 61 207 33 25

Our Book

The blockchain is considered to be the greatest innovation of the decade and to have the capacity to impact the world to the same degree that the advent of the Internet did.

This book contains all the information that is required to understand this fascinating technology.  

The book’s interdisciplinary perspective and its technical comprehensiveness ensure that it will be equally interesting and readable for beginners and advanced learners. This makes it indispensable reading for everyone who wishes to obtain a solid grounding in the subject.

It is currently available in German only. An English translation will be published in mid 2018.


Peer-reviewed Articles

Schär F. & Mösli F. (2019), Blockchain Diplomas: Using Smart Contracts to Secure Academic Credentials, Journal of Higher Education Research (Beiträge zur Hochschulforschung), IHF Bayerisches Staatsinstitut für Hochschulforschung und Hochschulplanung, 41(3), pp. 48-58.
Open Access Version on Researchgate

Nyffenegger R. & Schär F. (2018), Token Sales: Eine Analyse des Blockchain-basierten Unternehmensfinanzierungsinstruments, Corporate Finance, 05-06 2018, pp. 121-125. 

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2018), The Case for Central Bank Electronic Money and the Non-case for Central Bank Cryptocurrencies, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, 100(2) pp. 97-106.

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2018), A Short Introduction to the World of Cryptocurrencies, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, 100(1), pp. 1-16.


Schär F. & Berentsen A. (forthcoming), Bitcoin, Blockchain and Cryptoassets: A Comprehensive Overview, MIT Press.

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2017), Bitcoin, Blockchain und Kryptoassets: Eine umfassende Einführung, BoD Norderstedt.

Invited Chapters

Schär F. & Hübner Ph. (forthcoming), Blockchain und Smart Contracts im Kontext der Prozessautomatisierung, in M. Bruhn und K. Hadwich Forum Dienstleistungsmanagement 2020 - Automatisierung und Personalisierung von Dienstleistungen, Springer Gabler.

Berentsen, A. & F. Schär (2019), Stablecoins: The quest for a low-volatility cryptocurrency, in A. Fatas (ed.), The Economics of Fintech and Digital Currencies, CEPR Press.

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2016), The Fallacy of a Cashless Society, in: Beer C., Gnan E. & U.W. Birchler (ed.), Cash on Trial, SUERF Conference Proceedings 2016/1, Larcier, pp. 14-19.

Working Papers

Schär F. (2020), Blockchain Forks: A Formal Classification Framework and Persistency Analysis, Working Paper.

Schär F. (2020), Cryptocurrencies: Miner Heterogeneity, Botnets, and Proof-of-Work Efficiency, Working Paper.

Roth J., Schär F. & Schöpfer A. (2019), The Tokenization of Assets: Using Blockchains for Equity Crowdfunding

Kugler P. & Schär F. (2018), Decentralized Ownership of Digital Assets: Virtual Property on the Blockchain, Working Paper.

White Papers

Reichmuth T., Roth. J. & Schär F. (2018), Blockchain: Disrupting the Renewable Energy Landscape. White Paper.
English Version | German Version

Selected Open Source Contributions

Schär F. (2018), rCoinInterface. R package version 0.1.0.

Schär F. (2017), Terraform Second Auction. DSP40 Decentraland.

Invited Contributions in Magazines, Newspapers and Blogs

Schär F. (2019) Libra - Spiel mit dem Feuer. Weltwoche 42.19, pp. 40-41.
Article in News Section

Schär F. (2019) Blockchains: How They Work and What They are Used For. Building Blocks - Tokenisation & Blockchain Evolution, pp. 2-5.

Schär F. (2019) Wertkomponenten von Kryptoassets. Bank Frick Blog.

Schär F. (2019) Von öffentlichen und privaten Blockchains. 10x10 Magazine (May 2019), p. 8.

Schär F. (2019), The Blockchain Revolution, Scope Magazine.

Schär F. (2019), Distributed Databases and Blockchain Technology in Payments. clearit, SIX, pp. 12-13.

Schär F. (2018) Das Bitcoin Experiment. 10x10 Magazine (August 2018), p. 10.

Schär F. (2018), Blockchain-Diplome für Uni-Basel-Studierende? Basler Zeitung (May 2nd, 2018), p. 7. 

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2018), Bitcoin und andere Kryptowährungen. Ius Inhouse, Juristische Fakultät der Universität Basel, pp. 8-9.

Bolla L. & Schär F. (2018), Die Kryptonation Schweiz im Jahr 2050. Schweizer Monat, pp. 78-79.

Schär F. & Langer D. (2017), Smart Contracts: Eine missverstandene Technologie mit hohem Potenzial. Synpulse Magazine 3/17, pp. 38-41.

Berentsen A. & Schär F. (2016), Unsinnige Forderung nach Bargeld-Verbot. NZZ (January 4th, 2016).