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Dr Katia Favre

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Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

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Intellectual Property & Technology, Corporate & Commercial


Katia Favre specializes in technology law, and has been acting as legal counsel to financial institutions, multinational technology companies as well as telecommunication service providers on regulatory issues as well as in the negotiation of multijurisdictional outsourcing projects, managed services agreements, procurement of ICT-services, licensing agreements, data protection and complex regulatory issues relating to integrated communication suites, multi-functional game consoles as well as music streaming and distribution platforms.

Katia also advises companies and private clients on all commercial matters, including labour law.

Technology law:

  • Counsel to telecommunications service providers with regard to regulatory issues such as cost oriented access, registration and lawful interception
  • Negotiated and drafted outsourcing agreements with financial institutions both on the side of the outsourcer and of the service provider
  • Technology law counsel to buyer in several acquisitions such as social media, online publishing platform, cloud services companies and industrial companies
  • Counsel to major multinational technology company on the integration of a newly acquired social media monitoring company
  • Negotiated and drafted a multijurisdictional SAP implementation, data harmonization and migration agreement with a major multinational company and partner agreements with local service providers
  • Negotiated and drafted technology transfer agreement for an international leading measurement and control technology company
  • Advised multinational major technology company on regulatory issues regarding broadcast, television and telecommunication issues
  • Regularly advised national and international companies on data protection issues

French desk:

  • Counsel to a major French luxury goods company on all aspects involving Swiss law
  • Counsel to national and international companies on all matters concerning HR issues, including the negotiation and drafting of employment agreements, termination letters and agreements, advice on sick leave, mobbing and mass dismissals
  • Advised and represented of French companies and private individuals in courts in the German speaking area, in particular in the field of debt recovery and construction
  • Advised and represented companies and individuals in courts in the French speaking part of Switzerland, in particular in inheritance matters and in the field of construction
  • Negotiated and drafted agreements in French, in particular distribution and agency agreements


Since 2010     Associate, Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte KLG, Zurich

2005 - 2009    Member of the senior management of Credit Suisse in Zurich,
                          advising the ICT department

1999 - 2003    Associate, Schaufelberger & van Hoboken, Zollikon/Zurich


German, French, English


Swiss and Zurich Bar Associations


Swiss Sourcing Group


2006              University of Zurich, J.D. (Dr. iur.)

2004              University of Fribourg, Postgrade's degree in computer science

1998              Admitted to the Bar

1995              University of Neuchâtel, Master of Law (lic. iur.)



Within: Next generation lawyers

Katia Favre - Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

Within: TMT

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte’s ‘very good practice performs well in the TMT field’ and advised Microsoft Corporation on Swiss telecommunications law. ‘Responsive, knowledgeable and to-the-point’ associate Katia Favre is ‘highly appreciated by clients’. David Känzig is the key partner of the team.

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