Dr Stefan Kohler > VISCHER > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

8021 Zurich
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Work Department

Intellectual Property Law, including Litigation and Arbitration Law; Healthcare Law, Pharmaceutical Law, Biotechnology Law, Law on Medical Devices; Regulatory Aspects of Life Sciences/New Technologies; Technology Transfer; Product Liability; Law against Unfair Competition; Advertising Law; Commercial Contracts; Data Protection; Administrativ Proceedings.


Partner; Co-head VISCHER Life Sciences Team; Head VISCHER IP Team


Lecturer at University of St Gallen (since 2007); Research Fellow(biosciences/biotechnology); Legal Research Assistant at the University of St Gallen; Clerkship and Associate with international corporate law firms in Zurich; Legal Counsel with a US-based (New Jersey) multinational pharmaceutical company; Consulting expert on the Swiss Federal legislation on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals; associate judge at Swiss Federal Patent Court.


German, English.


Zurich Bar Association; Swiss Bar Association; International Bar Association; Licensing Executive Society Switzerland (LES-CH) (Board Member); Forum for Genetic Research of the Swiss Academy of Sciences; International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI); INGRES – Institute for industrial property; Board Member of BioLaw Europe; Board Member of the Swiss Healthcare Association (SHS).


Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Natural Sciences (dipl. sc. nat. ETH, 1994); University of St Gallen, Legal studies (lic. iur., 1997); University of St Gallen/ETH Zurich (Dr. iur., 2004).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

VISCHER is highly regarded for its healthcare, TMT and transport practices as well as its expertise in capital markets, M&A, public law, competition and litigation matters. Key at the firm include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Benedict ChristStefan Rechsteiner and Christian OetikerMichael Waldner, Klaus Neff and Christian Wyss are other names to note. David Rosenthal was a new arrival in 2020.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences

(Leading individuals)

Stefan KohlerVISCHER

VISCHER has a strong track record in transactions in the life sciences space, in which it acts for companies, entrepreneurs and investors alike. It is also well versed in advising clients on compliance matters, administrative procedures and other regulatory matters. Stefan Kohler has longstanding experience in the sector and further advises on IP and technology law. He jointly leads the practice alongside Matthias Staehelin in Basel, who is a key contact for M&A, IPOs and financings in this space. Christian Wyss, also in Basel, has considerable knowledge in setting up contracts and assisting start-ups.

Switzerland > Intellectual property

VISCHER‘s IP practice handles patent litigation and protection strategies, copyright licensing and agreements for online models and video on demand (VOD) platforms, and trade mark portfolio management. Highlights included team head Stefan Kohler co-ordinating the European market launch of Migros Delica’s new coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso machines, and Rolf Auf der Maur successfully defending Swisscom in the first-ever national ISP blocking case. Christian Wyss focuses on due diligence and M&A-related cases.