TMT in Switzerland

Homburger

The 'very knowledgeable and experiencedGeorg Rauber leads the 'collaborative and business-centric' team at Homburger, which has 'comprehensive knowledge' of the TMT market. Highlights included acting for Google in defamation and right to be forgotten claims; Swatch Group and CSEM in patent enforcement proceedings before the Swiss federal courts; and Helsana in a dispute with the Swiss data protection authority over pay-backs on its health app. Luca Dal Molin brings a 'pragmatic, solution-oriented approach to the table'. David Rosenthal left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Georg Rauber

Testimonials

Very collaborative and business-centric with excellent understanding of the commercial nature of deals.’

Luca dal Molin are extremely capable lawyers, but at the same time bring a pragmatic, solution-oriented approach to the table which is rarely found within law firms.’

Very comprehensive knowledge of the TMT area as well as excellent knowledge of all “technical law” elements. Brilliant IP/licence know-how and expertise with great global understanding. Very nice “play” between the senior partner and his team with constant very high quality and output, no matter who did most of the workload.’

Very knowledgeable and experienced senior partner. (Georg Rauber). Great associates that can help any time the partner is not immediately available. Constant willingness to learn by the entire team. Always open for any idea or challenge on the status quo. Very honest with their feedback.’

The team I worked with was very good in connecting the legal aspects of a contract to business reality. They do not shy away from getting their hands dirty by drafting and re-drafting. The replies were very quick and timely.’

The person I worked with was very very good in being pragmatic and never losing sight of business priorities and value. It can be tempting for lawyers to make things complicated as they make their money with contracts. But with Homburger, I really felt that they helped us strike the right balance. If needed, when he felt that we were over-complicating things, he also challenged our in-house lawyers. I liked that a lot.’

Benedikt Maurenbrecher: an excellent contract lawyer, balancing pragmatic design of potential solutions with the orthodoxy needed in drawing up contracts to stand the test of time.’

Key clients

Google

Novartis

Infront Sports & Media

UBS

IBM

eBay

Open Systems

Six Group

swiss IT-Factory

Swisscom

Viacar

Swiss Post

Zur Rose Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Google in defence proceedings concerning defamation and right to be forgotten claims.
  • Representing Helsana in its dispute with the Swiss data protection authority.
  • Representing CSEM, Swatch Group, Rolex and Patek Philippe in patent enforcement proceedings before the Swiss Federal Patent Court.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd stands out for its 'high degree of responsiveness'. The team handles the full range of TMT work, including public procurement, technology M&A and IP rights, as well as data protection and GDPR compliance issues. Roland Mathys leads the practice and specialises in outsourcing transactions along with major technology projects and Samuel Klaus, who was promoted to the partnership in 2020, is an IT and IP expert. Highlights included advising Implenia on a new platform interface to streamline business activity; acting for SIX Group on structuring and negotiating all IT-related contracts; and providing general regulatory and corporate advice to Uber.

Practice head(s):

Roland Mathys

Testimonials

The team’s business mind, deep understanding of the client’s business and of the subject matter, and a high degree of responsiveness shall be emphasised. They are really nice and well-organised people to co-operate with.’

Mr Roland Mathys, Mrs Floriane Zollinger-Löw and Mr Samuel Klaus are great, knowledgeable lawyers. Our project was staffed at the appropriate level of seniority (e.g. the more junior lawyers and FlexLaw lawyers for the contract review, partner and more senior lawyers for kickoff and follow up sessions and meetings and valuable legal opinions), and has thereby shown the law firm’s mindfulness for the client’s budget.’

Key clients

Ernst & Young

Coop

Fairtiq

Bayer

Manor

SIX Group

UBS

Olympus

Valora

Kering Group

Valentino

Zanotti

Prada

LVMH Group

Uber

Ascensia Diabetes Care

Finform

Implenia

Kardex

SWITCH

University Hospital Basel

XOVIS

Deloitte

NZZ Media Group

Credit Suisse

Alpiq

Husqvarna/Gardena

Work highlights

  • Advising Implenia on a new platform interface to streamline business activity.
  • Assisting SIX Group with the structuring and negotiating of all IT-related contracts.
  • Advising Uber on general regulatory and corporate advice.

VISCHER

Clients appreciate VISCHER's 'fast response times, great flexibility' and 'good business sense' when handling cloud-based software as a service offerings, cross-border data security and GDPR issues, and IT sourcing transactions. The team advised Tiko on the business-to-business and customer agreements for its energy consumption optimisation service and is assisting Swisscom AG with various matters following on from representing it in Switzerland's first ISP blocking case. Practice head Rolf Auf der Maur has 'excellent knowledge' and is noted for his 'transparent working methods'. Other work, largely led by Basel-based Christian Wyss, involves third-party collaboration and software licensing agreements for DigitalPK, Skillue and Sympany. David Rosenthal was a new arrival in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rolf Auf der Maur

Testimonials

Fast response times, great flexibility, good business sense.’

Rolf Auf der Maur is characterised by: always available, short response times, excellent knowledge of the ICT industry, transparent working methods.’

Key clients

Tiko Energy Solutions AG

Hocoma AG

Swisscom Event & Media Solutions AG

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

IAB Switzerland

3 Plus Group AG

Swisscom AG

additiv

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials AG

DigitalPK

Skillue

Sympany

Work highlights

  • Advising Tiko on the business-to-business and customer agreements for its energy consumption optimisation service.
  • Advising Swisscom on various legal matters, after defending it in Switzerland’s first ISP blocking case.
  • Assisting Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials AG with managing the data privacy and security activities of all group companies worldwide.

Walder Wyss Switzerland Global

Walder Wyss Switzerland Global focuses on outsourcing projects, GDPR implementation, and regulatory and contractual assistance. Mark Reutter and Michael Isler's team, which has continued to advise on the joint venture structure of insurance consortium B3i, stands out for its 'wide range of expertise' owing to its 'unique collection of outstanding practitioners'. The 'committed' and 'pragmaticDavid Vasella, who made partner in January 2019, led on an industry first for the Swiss Bankers Association by drafting guidelines for cloud migration projects. Former managing associate Dirk Spacek joined CMS as a partner in February 2019.

Practice head(s):

Mark Reutter, Michael Isler

Testimonials

The TMT team of Walder Wyss represents an unique collection of outstanding practitioners with a wide range of expertise and a wealth of experience. Hardly any law firm in Switzerland is able to match this capabilities.’

David Vasella: outstanding lawyer with excellent analytical skills, a wealth of legal expertise, high client-focus. David is responsive, pragmatic and fully committed to serve his clients. Besides, he is a very likeable chap.’

Very responsive team, good industry knowledge in IT matters.’

Michael Isler has very good IT industry knowledge.’

Key clients

ABB

APG

Avaloq

B3i

Credit Suisse

Galencia

Helvetia Insurance

Kantar Media

Kuoni

Lux International

Migros

Mövenpick

Nestlé

RUAG

Sanitas

SBB

STOXX

Swiss Bankers Association

Swiss Federation

Swisscard

Swisscom

Zurich Insurance Group

Work highlights

  • Advising on the joint venture structure of insurance consortium B3i.
  • Drafting guidelines on cloud migration projects for the Swiss Bankers Association.
  • Advising retailer Migros on its ongoing implementation of GDPR and the revised Swiss data protection act throughout the group.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The 'professional and responsive' team at Bär & Karrer Ltd. is known for its 'high-level knowledge and attention to detail'. Highlights included assisting online services providers – including Hotels.com and Facebook – with regulatory and compliance issues, and advising on various IP-heavy M&A and joint venture transactions for IT groups including Elca Informatik AG, Computacenter and Combell. The 'very experienced and pragmaticMichele Bernasconi has 'a stellar market reputation', and leads the practice alongside Markus WangJan Kleiner, 'one of the key players in the sector', joined as a partner from Kleiner & Cavaliero in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Michele Bernasconi, Markus Wang

Testimonials

Bar and Karrer’s team is highly professional and responsive.’

Michele Bernasconi is the key partner in the TMT sector. I have been cooperating extensively with him on TMT matters and he is a very experienced and pragmatic lawyer who I would recommend to anyone.’

Bar & Karrer’s experts demonstrate deep knowledge and provide punctual legal advice in a timely manner. We highly recommend the law firm’s expertise, dedication and hard-working skills.’

Michele Bernasconi has always maintained stellar market reputation as he shows in-depth both telecom and technology and IT expertise. Has always put ahead the needs of clients. He is well known in the guild for his regulatory and compliance work.’

The team provides high-level knowledge and attention to detail.’

The team is very motivated, polite and willing always to help.’

The extremely high standards of technical quality, the expeditiousness of their reaction and the personal treatment received from them make Bar & Karrer’s TMT team unique. Always ready to help in a proactive manner, they search and find the best solution to each individual case. They transverse knowledge of other areas of law (like sports law, commercial law or arbitration) by the TMT lawyers at Bar & Karrer makes sure the advice you receive from them is complete, which distinguishes them from other firms that have to seek the aid of other lawyers from other departments of the firm. You deal with the team and only with the team, except for very special cases. This is something I always appreciated in my relationship with them.’

Partner Michele Bernasconi is our main contact at the firm. There is not much to say about Michele that has not been said before: one of the leading lawyers in TMT, sports and arbitration throughout the world, with the best legal skills and all the other qualities a top lawyer needs to have: empathy, business orientation, smart in strategy and anticipation. I couldn’t be more satisfied in my professional relationship with him. It is also to be highlighted the role of partner Jan Kleiner in the department. Also one of the key players in the sector, Jan is also a “global advisor”, in the sense that he is able to deal not only with pure TMT issues, but with other related aspects such as proceedings in court, contracts and other regulatory matters. The fact that he speaks perfect Spanish is of great use for our Spanish-speaking clients, and makes the relationship with them closer and swifter. It is always a pleasure to work with Jan.’

Key clients

Swiss TV Corporation

UEFA

Facebook

Viewster

Computacenter

Elca Informatik AG

Open Systems

Valora

Kuoni

EQT

FIFA

Work highlights

  • Advising several online services providers, including Hotels.com and Facebook, on regulatory and compliance issues.
  • Assisting Elca Informatik AG with its acquisition of intellectual property rights and customer agreements concerning the Sumex IT solution from Suva, Switzerland’s largest public healthcare insurer.
  • Advising Computacenter on its acquisition of PathWorks.

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, the TMT department advises on product compliance and licensing alongside data privacy and other regulatory policy assistance.  is a Practice head Alessandro Celli acted for Planzer Transporte on the implementation of its GDPR and internal data protection programmes, as well as assisting with integrating a high-security transportation business into the Planzer Group.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Celli

Key clients

Planzer Transporte

Work highlights

  • Advising Planzer Transporte on setting up and conducting a comprehensive GDPR compliance programme.
  • Assisting Planzer Transporte with taking over and implementing a high-security transportation business into its Group.

id est avocats sàrl

id est avocats sàrl's 'highly professional team' offers 'spot-on advice' on a range of financing and investments, fintech and healthcare-related TMT matters. In recent work, it acted for Bestmile SA on deploying proprietary software; assisted with AIcrowd SA's business model design and legal negotiations; and advised on securing licensing and technology collaboration agreements for the Learn2Forecast mathematicians and their predictive models. 'Outstanding practitionerMichel Jaccard 'is a well-known expert' and jointly heads the practice with social media specialist Juliette Ancelle.

Practice head(s):

Michel Jaccard, Juliette Ancelle

Testimonials

Spot-on advice.’

Michel Jaccard is an outstanding practitioner.’

id est avocats has a highly professional team for whom collaboration with the team’s in-house (lawyers and business units) is essential and therefore works out perfectly.’

Michel Jaccard is very dedicated to the cases he works with and is highly-skilled in TMT matters. He further has an excellent understanding of IT itself which greatly facilitates communication, understanding and prioritisation. Also, the collaboration with his associate, Alexandre Jotterand works out well.’

In all the experiences I had with id est avocats, I have particularly appreciated the hands-on approach. They always make sure they understand the underlying problem to not only say what is legally possible but to provide the best solution to our problem.’

Michel, Juliette and Mehmet are very friendly, available and take time to explain the legal concepts we are missing. They have huge knowledge and they also propose innovative solutions. They also leverage their experience in deal-making, and also in conflicts to advise about the strategy and negotiation aspects. They work as a powerful team since I began to work with them in 2016 (Mehmet joined later but totally integrated the spirit).’

In Switzerland I know a few firms in the TMT sector, the practice I am almost exclusively following. One of them is id est, and they are one of my go-to when matters arise for my Swiss clients or for business where local knowledge is required.’

I am personally acquainted with Mr Michel Jaccard, who is a well-known expert in TMT area with a long-standing and high profile practice that I can endorse with enthusiasm.’

Customers are treated fairly, agreed deadlines are always met. As a small customer in terms of invoicing volume, we feel that we are treated with the same seriousness and respect as a larger customer. It really matters.’

Serious, professional, appropriate advice and listening. Ability to reassure despite difficulties with always proposals to move forward.’

Key clients

Verizon/Oath

Bestmile SA

LakeDiamond SA

AICrowd SA

Neural Concept SA

Learn2Forecast (L2F) SA

Edge Laboratories SA

Daphne Technologies SA

Gmelius SA

Zaphiro Technologies SA

Imverse SA

Aeler Systems SA

Metaco SA

Cysec SA

DuPont Sustainable Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising Bestmile SA on deploying and licensing proprietary software.
  • Handling AIcrowd SA’s business model design and all legal negotiations thereafter.
  • Assisting with securing licensing and technology collaboration agreements for the Learn2Forecast predictive mathematicians.

Lenz & Staehelin

Highlights for Lenz & Staehelin's team included advising on outsourcing for a leading international pharmaceutical company; assisting with the regulatory aspects of new cloud services and data protection compliance for a global audit firm; and advising an insurance client on all aspects of Brexit planning. The firm benefits from significant transactional, data management and licensing experience in the banking sector. Zurich-based practice head Lukas Morscher assisted a China-based telecoms service provider group with the launch of its Swiss operations. Corporate and M&A transactions partner Guy Vermeil manages the Geneva office.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Morscher, Guy Vermeil

Key clients

ASC Group,

Carlo Gavazzi AG

China Telecom

Deloitte Consulting AG

ISKO (part of SANKO group)

JP Morgan

Liberty Mutual

Panalpina

PCCW Global

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Saxo Bank (Switzerland) Ltd.

Sunrise Communications

Truphone

Xerox

Work highlights

  • Advising on outsourcing for a leading international pharmaceutical company.
  • Assisting with regulatory aspects of new cloud services and data protection compliance for a global audit firm.
  • Acting for a China-based telecoms service provider group on the launch of its Swiss operations.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

The 'highly trustworthy' team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd combines 'proactive advice and support with the latest best practice'. It advises on ongoing GDPR compliance matters for a number of clients from the healthcare, retail and travel sectors, including Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Bucherer AG and Titlis Bergbahnen AG. Other work ranges from IT outsourcing to technology transfer and e-commerce strategy consultancy. Lukas Bühlmann is 'a commercially astute lawyer', who 'reflects the high standards of the firm', and jointly leads the department with Reinhard Oertli. The 'available, responsive and business-orientedMichael Reinle, who 'is a true expert in his field', made partner in February 2019.

Practice head(s):

Reinhard Oertli, Lukas Bühlmann

Testimonials

The team is on top of the matters: up-to-date on the latest developments, providing proactive advice and support with the latest best practice.’

Michael Reinle is a true expert in his field. Available, responsive, business-oriented, he provides pragmatic solutions. Mr Reinle is at ease with cross-border issues, and is well-versed in EU regulations and other international standards.’

Very knowledgeable, responsive and very pleasant to work with.’

Highly trustworthy, competent and speedy in complex work with association structures.’

Mr Lukas Bühlmann reflects the high standards of the firm. Especially in matters of international data protection.’

MLL Team has a long experience in e-commerce and is driving the topic within Switzerland with blogs, events, experience-exchanges, videos etc. The team has grown over the past years and the experts remain on board and enhances the scope of offers constantly. It is dedicated to all “new” questions around being an online-shop such as data protection, IP rights of text, pictures, products, cross border issues, online price declaration, marcom, etc.’

The individuals have in-depth know-how about e-commerce as a business model. You do not have to explain them in long hours what the situation is. Of course they are always up to date monitoring jurisdiction and political processes (legislation). They inform proactively in case there is anything important to know for an enterprise or an association.’

Excellent IT contract know-how.  Fast response time from the MLL team. Short, precise and clear advice.’

Highly competent, professional attitude, top customer-committed IT/software know-how,  gives logical analogies, and clearly points out “red lines”.’

The team’s particular expertise in e-commerce and related matters (eg customs duties) are a great strength.’

Lukas Bühlmann is a very commercially astute lawyer who can provide focused advice swiftly and in a form that can be sent directly to the client.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco Switzerland SA

Bucherer AG

Cofra Holding AG

Datatrans

economiesuisse

International Trade Center (ITC)

Juwelier Kurz AG

Kantonsspital St. Gallen (KSSG)

Kenwood/De Longhi

KünzlerBachmann

Lindt & Sprüngli

Pandora Boxchain

Partnervine

Schweiz Tourismus

Signatu AS

Sunrise Communications AG

Swiss Deluxe Hotels

Swiss Fin Lab

SwissMilk

Titlis Bergbahnen AG

Verband Schweize Versandhandel

Yamo AG

Zürich Tourismus

Work highlights

  • Advising on GDPR compliance and general legal services for Kantonsspital St. Gallen.
  • Assisting Bucherer AG with e-commerce, data protection and IT matters and online and omni-channel marketing.
  • Assisting ITC with international data protection standards.

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

The 'availability, breadth of knowledge, and quality of service are exceptional' at MME Legal | Tax | Compliance. It handles software and pharmaceutical licensing disputes, public procurement tenders, as well as alleged copyright infringement matters. Founding partner Martin Eckert jointly heads the practice with Andreas Glarner, who provides 'impeccable and trustworthy' advice and proves himself to be of 'indispensable value' when advising international technology companies. Senior associate Michael Kunz is another name of note for GDPR contracts and other IT-based work.

Practice head(s):

Martin Eckert, Andreas Glarner

Testimonials

I can clearly state that MME’s availability, breadth of knowledge, and quality of service are exceptional.’

I have worked closely with Andreas Glarner, whom I consider to be of indispensable value to our business. His legal judgement, advice and general knowledge of our business domain are impeccable and trustworthy. We have benefited on many occasions from his clear opinions, recommendations and reliability.’

Key clients

Swisscom

Xapo Group

Expersoft AG

Whitestein AG

Golem GmbH

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG fields 'a very strong team' and it is adept at handling data security projects and GDPR compliance matters, along with IT licensing and technological procurement. Department heads András Gurovits and Clara-Ann Gordon are 'an ideal combination'. Data protection-oriented Gordon is 'very experienced' and stands out for her 'strategic-thinking'. Recent work includes handling a cross-border outsourcing agreement drafting for Schindler; assisting SR Technics with its worldwide data privacy programme; and acting as Swiss counsel to Microsoft on its Mixed Reality research collaboration with ETH Zurich.

Practice head(s):

András Gurovits, Clara-Ann Gordon

Testimonials

All in all a very strong team that knows Switzerland like their pocket.’

Ann Gordon is a very experienced and strategic-thinking lawyer. She’s very responsive and delivers her task on point. Highly recommendable. She’s also very well connected and shows a strong business acumen.’

Expertise is excellent – clear statements and explanations – very structured working style – quickly notices the crucial points (Clara-Ann Gordon, Partner)

Availability is excellent; – efficient responsiveness; – very client orientated and mediates that you are an important client.’

We have a very longstanding relationship with NKF. NKF is a tier 1 law firm in Switzerland which offers legal advice in all fields that are relevant to us at FIFA. In particular, NKF also has expertise in sports law, litigation, tax law, etc., which is obviously very important to us. Due to this very longstanding relationship, NKF has deep insights into and is familiar with the particularities at FIFA.’

With regard to TMT, our main contacts are Clara-Ann Gordon and Andreas Gurovits. We highly appreciate their teamwork approach – it is an ideal combination since Clara-Ann comes from data privacy and Andreas has a business background in technology and sports. This is ideal for our needs.’

Key clients

Allianz Global

Amdocs

Audatex

Bitfinex

BearingPoint

Boston Scientific

Bühler

Constellium

Econis

FIFA

Finastra

Huawei

Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC

Microsoft

Red Bull

Schindler

Selecta

SR Technics

The Body Shop

Weatherford

World Economic Forum

Work highlights

  • Drafting cross-border outsourcing agreements drafting for Schindler.
  • Assisting SR Technics with its worldwide data privacy programme.
  • Acting as Swiss counsel to Microsoft on its Mixed Reality research collaboration with ETH Zurich.

Augsburger Deutsch & Partner

The bulk of Augsburger Deutsch & Partner's work consists of drafting and negotiating IT contracts alongside reviewing documents for public tender procedures. In one highlight, the 'highly-skilledWolfgang Straub advised the Swiss Bar Association on cloud services for domestic law firms. Other clients include the Swiss Confederation, Swiss Bar Association and University of Berne.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Straub

Testimonials

Wolfgang Straub is a highly-skilled and very likable character. I would rank him in the first tier.’

Boutique firm, providing high-quality legal advice in particular in IT and public procurement matters.’

Very strong legal expertise.’

Key clients

Swiss Confederation (several departments and organisations within the government)

Swiss Bar Association

University of Berne

Work highlights

  • Advising the Swiss Bar Association on cloud services for law firms.

CMS

CMS focuses on telecoms-related M&A transactions along with IP contract law, data protection and IT outsourcing matters. The team also provides general regulatory and corporate advice for clients including Cogent Communications, Ametek and Designwerk. Practice head Dirk Spacek – who joined from Walder Wyss Ltd in February 2019 – is well known for assisting new businesses in the media and technology sectors. Alain Raemy is noted for his 'high quality work' on international and domestic business transactions.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Spacek

Testimonials

No detailed overview on the overall team – however an excellent reputation in the Swiss market.’

High-quality work of Alain Raemy in smaller corporate transactions in the industrial/IT sectors.’

Key clients

Sunrise

Cognex

BLR & Partners AG

Stingray Digital Group Inc.

Cogent Communications

AMETEK

ABB

Bruker

Avectris AG

Designwerk

Work highlights

  • Advising Cogent Communications on ongoing general regulatory and corporate advice.
  • Advising Bruker on its acquisition of Pmod Technologies and all regulatory and IP-related issues.
  • Providing ongoing general regulatory and corporate TMT-related advice to Ametek

Froriep

Froriep delivers 'good quality' advice on distributed ledger technology, the tokenisation of tangible or intangible assets, general technology transactions and data protection matters. Recent work includes advising on the formation of privacy policies and contracts for Vetri's stakeholders and network users and representing Naxoo in proceedings regarding the alleged abuse of a market position. Nicola Benz and Catrina Luchsinger lead on the majority of matters. The 'responsive and quick-thinkingRonald Kogens 'has a deep understanding of practice in his field of expertise' – disruptive and new technologies – and made partner in July 2019.

Practice head(s):

Dunja Koch

Testimonials

They have the know-how required by me, deliver good quality in time for a good price. They do not try to oversell and quickly understand the problem.’

I work with Ronald Kogens. Despite his relatively young career he has a deep understanding of practice and law in his field of expertise. He is uncomplicated, responsive and quick-thinking.’

Key clients

Soramitsu

Procivis

Groupon

Meltwater News International

Lionstep

Trust Square

Swiss Association of Football Players

HIAG Data AG

Uber Technologies Inc.

Expedia

Work highlights

  • Advising on the formation of privacy policies and contracts for Vetri’s stakeholders and network users.
  • Representing Naxoo in proceedings regarding the alleged abuse of a market position.
  • Advising TechBureau on all legal matters concerning its efforts to build bridges between enterprises and public blockchains.

HDC

TMT work at HDC focuses predominantly on outsourcing, GDPR and other data- and IT-related contractual matters. Practice head Sylvain Métille is 'detailed-oriented' has 'a huge knowledge of data protection in the private and public sectors'. The 'easily reachable and highly reactive' department recently advises the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs on its new web-based enterprise platform. Métille continues to act for the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne on all IT issues.

Practice head(s): Sylvain Métille

Testimonials

We greatly appreciated HDC’s expertise in the field of data protection and GDPR in particular. HDC has also provided high quality work and solutions adapted to the size of our federation. HDC also met its budget and deadlines. As I have never worked with another company of this type, I cannot compare HDC with others.’

We have always dealt with Sylvain Metille. He has shown great professionalism, not only in the work he has done but also and above all in his explanations, which he has always been able to illustrate for us as non-specialists. He also drew our attention to some points that we had forgotten to take into account in our preparatory work. He also presented us very clearly with the ins and outs of the choices we had to make (for example opt in/opt out). It also saved us time by providing us with the documents we needed to send to our service provider in the EU. Another very important element for us (since it was our starting point) was that he was very familiar with everything related to GRPD (even if we are in Switzerland). We would also like to underline the great availability and friendliness of Sylvain Metille, but also of all the HDC people we have had to deal with. Finally, the documents were always transmitted on time.’

Specialised in data protection and HR matters. Very knowledgeable and dynamic firm.’

The partner is available and capable of adjusting his schedule for emergencies, when need be. He is very knowledgeable and therefore able to provide sound, targeted advice. He is also detailed-oriented, hence able to do sound contracts reviews or policies drafting. Finally, he has good presentation skills, making it easy to have him directly interacting with key stakeholders internally when need be.’

HDC is unique by their expertise and experience in data protection in private and public sector (experienced lawyers with a good knowledge of data protection in public sector are really hard to find), transparency of public administration and all related issues, as contractual analysis and negotiation with subcontractor, preparing sharpened opinion in different matters, like managing official secrecy in relation with subcontracting, etc. They are easily reachable and highly reactive. Legal opinions are always sharp. They are able to take into account the political aspect.’

Sylvain Metille has a huge knowledge of data protection in the private and public sector and a very good understanding of contractual issues (what is acceptable for a public administration and what is not acceptable), which is a huge asset for us. He is very easily reachable and highly reactive. Deadlines, even tight, are systematically respected. His legal opinions are really easy to read and understandable, even for non-lawyers. It is a very high quality, as 90% of people we work with are non-lawyers (computer scientist, administrative posts, etc.). His tariffs are just and reasonable given the expertise and good reputation.’

Key clients

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, (Swiss Government)

Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL

Blue Infinity (Switzerland) SA

Swiss Badminton

Work highlights

    Kellerhals Carrard

    Kellerhals Carrard has a core focus on IT licensing and outsourcing, media regulatory and tax issues, and issues related to the development of medical services. Headed by Daniel Alder in Zurich, Daniel Emch in Bern and Nicolas Mosimann in Basel, the group is able to cover IP and technology matters across Switzerland. The group advises Magnolia International AG on corporate and commercial affairs, as well as IT- and software-related issues.

    Practice head(s): Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch, Nicolas Mosimann

    Key clients

    Magnolia International AG

    Work highlights

      Pestalozzi

      Pestalozzi's practice regularly handles data protection and e-commerce work for banks, insurers and pharmaceutical companies. It also specialises in telecoms law, IT distribution and outsourcing projects, as well as more general fintech and medical technology matters. IP, unfair competition and data law specialist Lorenza Ferrari Hofer leads the practice. Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier are other key contacts.

      Practice head(s):

      Lorenza Ferrari Hofer

      Key clients

      CH Medien

      Sony Computer Entertainment Switzerland AG

      Infor Group

      Johnson & Johnson group of companies

      Ringier

      WPP

      Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.

      Festival del Film Locarno

      Ticino Film Commission

      Organizzazione turistica Lago Maggiore e Valli

      Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

      Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte stands out for its 'specialist know-how in the entire telecoms sector'. It handles data protection licensing, IP transfer, and regulatory and IT service issues. Associate Katia Favre heads the team and 'brings a wealth of experience' to all proceedings. Recent work includes advising Microsoft on a variety of telecoms matters, including handling a compliance assessment prior to the launch of new products.

      Practice head(s):

      Katia Favre

      Testimonials

      This law firm not only has the special know-how for the entire telecoms sector, but also has many years of substantial experience in various cases. The latter in particular is of inestimable value and the successfully disputed cases have given us the essential confidence. The attorneys in charge know how to listen to the client in the best possible way and implement their interests very precisely, quickly and competently. The co-operation is based on an extremely trusting approach. I can highly recommend this law firm for the telecom sector.’

      With Ms. Katia Favre we have a lawyer who knows the applicable law very well in dealing with the authorities and brings a wealth of experience to the discussions. She knows how to limit herself excellently to the essential points and is usually right with the chosen strategy. The co-operation is on a very close basis and always on time. I can highly recommend this lawyer when seriousness, efficient and precise work and far-sighted planning are required – it is really a great pleasure to be able to work with her.’

      During the past two years I exclusively worked with Dr Katia Favre on a specific long-term litigation. Katia is an exceptional counsellor, very business-focused, very rapid in her response and actions, gives excellent advice and project-manages all different strands expertly and with superior oversight. Her excellent legal skills are being complemented a profound insight into the underlying technical foundation and implications – highly recommended!

      Competence, courtesy, professionalism, special skills in data protection law.’

      Key clients

      Microsoft Corporation

      Work highlights

      • Acting as Swiss counsel on a variety of telecoms law matters; in particular, assessing compliance prior to the launch of new products and services.

      TIMES Attorneys

      Zurich-based boutique firm TIMES Attorneys 'has in-depth industry know-how and expertise', and counts TMT as one of its core practice areas. Data and IP specialist Alesch Staehelin 'has extensive IT industry experience and expertise'. Highlights included advising on a cross-border IT outsourcing deal in the life sciences and healthcare sector, along with assessing energy supplier and software consultancy business activities under Swiss data protection law. Since publication, Philippe Gilliéron has left the firm.

      Testimonials

      The team has in-depth industry know-how and expertise, in particular in the field of information technology.’

      Alesch Staehelin has extensive IT industry experience and expertise (in particular also regarding new technologies) and is able to explain complex topics in a simple way.