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Dr Lorenza Ferrari Hofer

Work +41 44 217 91 11

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Intellectual property / TMT.


Lorenza Ferrari Hofer's fields of expertise focuse on intellectual property, unfair competition, data protection and contract law. She has years of experience in the development, licensing, trade and distribution of technology, as well as of therapeutic, health and food products (including product liability matters).


Swiss Institute of Intellectual Property (1994-97). Legal Department of The Swatch Group (1997-2001). Joined Pestalozzi in 2002. Working experience with Nabarro Nathanson, London (2005). Became Partner of Pestalozzi in 2008 and is Head of IP& TMT practice since 2010.


German, Italian, English, French.


AIPPI (president Swiss Group), INTA, IBA, LES.


Graduated from the University of Basle 1994 (Dr iur). Admitted to the Bar in 1995. Further qualified as solicitor of England and Wales (2005).


Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Pestalozzi is ‘very strong in the life sciences industry’, where it provides ‘stellar service’, ‘high quality advice and invaluable solutions to strategic questions’; the team is particularly recommended for its expertise in distribution contracts, product liability, advertising law and IP. Recent highlights include advising Dow Chemical Company on its all-stock merger of equals with DuPont, which also required assistance with pre-merger restructurings. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is a ‘trusted adviser who truly understands the clients’ business and specific legal challenges’, while associate Janine Demont is ‘very helpful regarding product liability litigation’. Christian Roos and Christoph Lang are other names to note.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Pestalozzigoes way beyond just delivering a good result’, provides ‘invaluable input on strategic questions’ and is ‘very strong in IP and advertising legislation’. The practice focuses on patent, trade mark, copyright and unfair competition law for life sciences, food, luxury and ICT companies. A recent highlight was the representation of a global pharmaceutical company as claimant in an enforcement dispute regarding licensing royalties; British American Tobacco and McDonald’s Switzerland are also among the team´s notable clients. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, Michèle Burnier and associate Janine Demont all have a ‘particularly noteworthy eye for detail and quality’.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Pestalozzi is particularly often instructed by clients from the banking, real estate, healthcare and TMT sectors seeking advice on corporate, competition, intellectual property and dispute resolution matters. Managing partner Urs Kloeti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips are all recommended partners.

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Within: TMT

Pestalozzi is experienced in assisting with IT services and licences, data protection, online distribution and advertising, as well as cyber crime matters. Sony Computer Entertainment Switzerland, Infor and advertising company WPP are active clients. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier form the core team.

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