Mr David Rosenthal > VISCHER > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

8021 Zurich

Work Department

Data & Privacy, Information and Communication Technology, Intellectual Property, Investigations & eDiscovery




David Rosenthal is one of the leading Swiss experts in the field of Data and Technology law. His background is atypical: he graduated in law at the University of Basel in 1997 and worked as a software developer, legal advisor and journalist before joining one of Switzerland’s top law firms, where he built up and managed the data protection department, among other things. David Rosenthal is the principal author of one of the leading commentaries on data protection law. In addition to data law (including GDPR) he advises projects in the IT and digital business sector and represents clients in technology-related arbitration proceedings.

His clients include major international corporations as well as Swiss SMEs, start-ups and public authorities; he is regarded as pragmatic, efficient and solution-oriented. Rosenthal also has some 15 years of experience in conducting internal investigations and e-Discovery projects. He is Secretary of the Association for Corporate Data Protection (VUD) and the Cross-border eDiscovery Privacy & Investigations Association (CeDIV), as well as lecturer at the ETH Zurich and the University of Basel.


German, English


University of Basel, Law School, Lecturer on information technology since 1999

 Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Lecturer on information technology since 2006

 CeDIV, the Cross-border eDiscovery Privacy & Investigations Association, Secretary since 2015

 VUD, Verein Unternehmens-Datenschutz , Secretary since 2012

 ICT Division of the Federal Critical Supply Agency, member of the Management Committee from 2001-2014

 Federal Appeals Commission for Telecommunications, Member from 1998-1999


University of Basel, Switzerland, 1997 Lic. iur.,

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > TMT

(Leading individuals)

David RosenthalVISCHER

VISCHER supports companies and public institutions with cloud migration projects, specifically when relating to sensitive data and applications, regulatory solutions for streaming media and entertainment content, and licensing agreements. The team is co-headed by Rolf Auf Der Maur, who advises domestic and international companies on TMT-related matters, especially regarding digitalisation and online businesses, and David Rosenthal, who has broad experience in advising and representing national and multinational clients in the areas of data protection, technology law, eDiscovery, and technology arbitration. Christian Wyss handles collaborations and joint ventures, and has extensive experience with technology transfer and licensing as well as technology-related issues in M&A deals.

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

David Rosenthal –VISCHER

David Rosenthal steers VISCHER’s experienced data privacy practice, which is particularly well versed in the movement of sensitive data or applications to the cloud. The team is regarded as being ‘extremely knowledgeable, creative and responsive’ as well as ‘on top of legal developments’. ‘Leading innovator’ Rosenthal leverages his background in software development to advise clients on information technology, data protection and e-discovery. Rolf Auf Der Maur counts digitalisation, online businesses and strong capabilities across data law in his arsenal, while Christian Wyss is notable active in the life sciences sector.