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Michel Jaccard

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id est avocats sàrl

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Technologies | Media | Privacy & Cybersecurity. Corporate Finance | Acquisitions. Business Combinations. Intellectual Property. Licensing | Litigation


Michel Jaccard is a partner and the founder of id est avocats. He is mainly active in technology, media and corporate matters, and regularly advises clients in IP matters.


Michel Jaccard is the founder of id est avocats. He has been involved in the last 20 years in more than a hundred corporate finance and M&A deals in Switzerland and abroad, acting for entrepreneurs and owners, venture capital and private equity firms, industrial buyers and financial sponsors. Along his corporate expertise, he sits on several advisory boards and regularly helps C-level execs and board members of SMEs and global brands navigate the world of advanced technologies, distributed computing, open source, data protection and cybersecurity, and more generally manage their online presence and digital transformation. Michel holds a JD and PhD from the University of Lausanne and an LLM from Columbia Law School (Stone Scholar, Fulbright grantee). He is admitted to practice in Switzerland and New York, and has been highly recommended in Corporate/M&A, Technology, Media/Telecoms and Intellectual Property for the past 10 years by leading guides such as Chambers and Legal500. He also maintains a blog on innovation and technology law and frequently acts as jury member or mentor in national and international startup competitions.


French, English


Vaud Attorneys Association (OAV)


JD (with honours), Lausanne University (1993) PhD (with honours), Lausanne University (1996); LL.M. (Fulbright Grantee and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), Columbia University (1997).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Due to its 'pragmatic and hands-on approach', id est avocats sàrl is perceived as 'a go-to firm for start-ups in the French-speaking part of Switzerland'. The team retains its technology focus through transactions, investment and financing rounds, as well as its fintech expertise. The 'excellentMichel Jaccard advised Abionic on a CHF20m Series C financing round in order to develop a medical diagnostics platform. Cross-border M&A and financing partner Juliette Ancelle is another key practitioner, while Mehmet Toral, who made partner in January 2019, 'impresses with his tremendous commercial awareness'.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Lausanne-based firm id est avocats sàrl impresses with its 'pragmatic approach and excellent strategic advice, in addition to its thorough legal knowledge of complex data protection aspects in the medical research sector'. It also has niche expertise in open-source matters, as well as experience in technology transfers and licensing agreements. Other key clients come from the entertainment, education and media fields. The 'outstanding, efficient and highly professionalMichel Jaccard reviewed multiple licensing, collaboration and scientific services agreements for the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, while Juliette Ancelle acted for Intellectual Property Watch in negotiations with Thomson Reuters and West Publishing regarding the licensing of the client's published contents.

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Within: Leading individuals

Michel Jaccard - id est avocats sàrl

Within: TMT

Lausanne-based specialist firm id est avocats sàrl is best known for its financing and investment, fintech, media and medical technology expertise. A recent highlight for Michel Jaccard is his advice to Beqom on its data protection compliance programme, while Juliette Ancelle assists start-up Kapaw with fundraising and the drafting of standard terms and conditions regarding its video platform.

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