Dr Lukas Morscher > Lenz & Staehelin > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Lenz & Staehelin
BRANDSCHENKESTRASSE 24
8027 ZURICH
Switzerland

Work Department

Technology, Media & Telecoms, Outsourcing (ITO and BPO transactions), Corporate and M&A, Private Equity, Capital Markets, Stock Exchange Law, Corporate Governance, Digitization, Blockchain, Data Privacy, Banking and Finance, FinTech, Insurance and Reinsurance, Commercial and Contracts

Position

Dr. Lukas Morscher is head of the practice group TMT and Outsourcing in Zurich and an expert on corporate M&A and financial services. He advises regularly on international and domestic transactions and is considered a leading lawyer in technology, telecoms and business sourcing in Switzerland.

Career

Swiss Federal Office of Foreign Economic Affairs (1993-95), Admission to Basel, Zurich and Bern Bar (1994-95), Practice as Attorney in US law firm (1996-97), Joined Lenz & Staehelin (1998), Partner at Lenz & Staehelin (2003)

Languages

German, English, French

Memberships

Zurich Bar Association (ZAV), Swiss Bar Association (SAV), International Bar Association (IBA), Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, SwissICT, Swiss Internet Industry Association (simsa), Schweizer Forum für Kommunikationsrecht (SF-FS), International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)

Education

University of Basel (Master in Economics 1987), University of Basel (lic. iur., 1990, Dr. iur., 1992), Harvard Business School (AMP, 2012)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

Lukas MorscherLenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin‘s practice is singled out for its ‘holistic thinking‘, ‘in-depth knowledge‘ of Swiss legislation, and ability to provide ‘state-of-the-art‘ counsel. The team advised a world-leading investment management firm and a global audit firm on their assessment measures for GDPR compliance; assisted One.Thing.Less AG with its launch of a personal information management system; and consulted on potential data breaches in the banking and construction sectors. Zurich-based Lukas Morscher has particularly ‘vast experience in the technology and telecoms sectors‘ and is ‘the leading authority in international data privacy and data protection topics‘, working alongside Jürg Simon. Managing partner Guy Vermeil and Rayan Houdrouge oversee matters in Geneva.

Switzerland > TMT

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.

Switzerland > Insurance

Olivier Stahler and Lukas Morscher jointly head the ‘very responsive‘ and ‘diligent‘ team at Lenz & Staehelin, which counts AXA, Caterpillar Insurance Company, Liberty Mutual and Unilever Reinsurance AG among its clients. Highlights included advising Baloise on the insurance aspects of its acquisition of majority stakes in both devis.ch and Bubble Box AG; assisting Vaudoise Assurances Holding SA with the acquisition of Pittet Associés; and acting as Swiss counsel on Unilever Reinsurance Group’s unification. Corporate, investment and outsourcing, insurer policies and risk transfers are other areas of expertise.

Switzerland > Fintech

The ‘well-informed‘ team at Lenz & Staehelin has a ‘unique ability and willingness to challenge the status quo‘. It is a popular choice for matters relating to digitalisation, ICO set-up and token-generating projects, as well as for Finma and regulatory licensing cases. Highlights included advising Mt Pelerin Group SA on its launch of public tokenised shares, and assisting a New York financial institution with the Swiss roll-out of its services for digital assets. Financial specialists Lukas Morscher and Marcel Tranchet head the Zurich practice, while Shelby du Pasquier and Fedor Poskriakov, who has an ‘excellent network‘ and ‘international view and understanding‘ of fintech regulations, lead in Geneva.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Lenz & Staehelin has an excellent market reputation, with expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution as well as in competition, IP, TMT, sports and tax matters. Key practitioners include Patrick Hünerwadel, Hans-Jakob DiemMarcel Tranchet, Harold Frey, Jürg SimonMarcel Meinhardt and Lukas Morscher.