Dr iur David Vasella > Walder Wyss Ltd. > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Walder Wyss Ltd.
PO BOX 1236

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Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition




David Vasella is a partner on the Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition team. He is the co-head of the Regulated Markets, Competition, Technology & IP team, together with Hans Rudolf Trüeb. He advises and represents Swiss and international companies in all industries and at all stages of growth on questions concerning data and technology law. He specialises in data use, negotiating data-related contracts, data security issues, cloud projects and IT contracts and provides support in setting up platform models and data protection compliance in accordance with GDPR and Swiss law (including leading or supporting implementation projects and data protection audits). He regularly gives talks and writes publications on his areas of expertise, for example on datenrecht.ch, a Swiss platform on data law.

David Vasella has a teaching mandate at the University of Zurich and is co-editor of digma (Journal for Data Law and Information Security), swissblawg (the biggest legal blog in Switzerland) and datenrecht.ch (a platform on data law). He is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/E). Before joining our firm, David Vasella worked at a large business law firm in Zurich for a number of years.


David Vasella speaks German and English.


After graduating from the University of Fribourg in 2002 with a degree in law, David Vasella was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2004 and went on to receive his doctorate from the University of Zurich in 2011, for which he was awarded the highest distinction as well as the Prof. Walther Hug prize and the Issekutz prize. David Vasella is co-editor of digma (a journal on data law and information security), swissblawg (the biggest legal blog in Switzerland) and datenrecht.ch. He is a certified information privacy professional and manager (CIPP/E, CIPM).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

David VasellaWalder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd.‘s team ‘not only is very knowledgeable in Swiss data privacy law, but also has excellent knowledge of European and international developments in the field.‘ It is regularly instructed by corporations from a variety of industries in contentious and non-contentious data matters; including compliance with data protection laws, representing parties before data protection authorities, drafting data protection agreements, and assisting clients subject to specific confidentiality obligations. Practice head David Vasella is ‘extremely sharp and is always focused on finding pragmatic solutions.Jürg Schneider is well versed in global outsourcing projects and information security.

Switzerland > TMT

Walder Wyss Ltd. boasts ‘one of the strongest and largest TMT practice teams among Swiss law firms‘. Headed by David Vasella, the team represents clients in judicial proceedings, arbitral tribunals as well as in investigations by authorities and provides ‘constructive legal advice‘ on a wide range of TMT matters, such as fintech, software as a service, e-commerce and technology transfers – a specialism of Mark Reutter. Recently, the ‘super practical and responsive‘ unit has been particularly busy with cloud migration projects for clients from regulated industries, such as banks. Martin Zobl  made partner at the beginning of 2022.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Walder Wyss Ltd. has a strong reputation for advice on M&A and capital markets transactions as well as public tender offers and restructurings. Transactions are ably covered by Luc Defferrard, Markus Pfenninger, Alex Nikitine and Urs Gnos. Markus Frick, Philippe Nordmann, Hans Rudolf Trüeb, David Vasella, Reto Jacobs and Johannes Bürgi are other key practitioners. Michael Isler, Irène Suter-Sieber and Reto Vonzun are also noted.