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Dr Kilian Schärli
Intellectual Property | DLT, Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies | Life Sciences & Healthcare
Kilian Schärli works with domestic and international clients in the technology, industrial and internet sectors. He specializes in the fields of intellectual property, blockchain, unfair competition, licensing and distribution. He has particular expertise in commercial and transactional work relating to these fields. Kilian is a notary public in Zug and Co-Head of MLL’s Blockchain Industry Group.
Partner with MLL (since 2019), LESI YMC Vice-Chair for the Pan-European Region (2019), Associate with MLL (2012-2019), Attorney with Global Trade Expertise, Chicago (2011–2012), Admitted to the bar in Switzerland and licensed as a notary public in Zug (2011), Legal clerk at the District Court of Lucerne (2010), Trainee with a leading business law firm in Zug/Zurich (2009-2010), Internship with UBS Investment Bank, Legal & Compliance, Zurich (2008)
University of Lucerne, Dr. iur. (2013), The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, in cooperation with Peking University, Beijing, LL.M. (2012), University of Lucerne, MLaw (2009)
Combining the practice groups of legacy firms Froriep and Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, MLL Legal provides ‘highest quality‘ advice to banks, securities firms, digital asset exchanges, payment systems, and other financial institutions on all types of fintech matters. Kilian Schärli ‘handles a huge amount of crypto legal issues brilliantly‘ and Reto Luthiger has ‘great knowledge of the crypto and the regulatory landscape in Switzerland‘. ‘Thought leader‘ Ronald Kogens is noted ‘for his in-depth knowledge‘ of blockchain issues. Alexander Vogel ‘is one of the most knowledgeable persons in Switzerland‘ when it comes to dealing with FINMA and digital assets. The team further includes regulatory expert Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler.
After its merger, MLL Legal‘s life sciences & healthcare practice is now headed up by Simon Holzer and Nicola Benz. It ‘stands out for its comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach in finding tailor-made solutions‘ and offers clients from the pharmaceutical and medical devices field legal support. The team is well versed in IP-related matters, dispute resolution and contracts. Kilian Schärli is noted for his know-how in blockchain pharmaceutical cases. Ulrike Ciesla is a key contact in patent matters. Associate Louisa Galbraith is a ‘rising star.’
According to clients, MLL Legal has the ‘best IP team in Switzerland‘, including ‘an excellent IP litigation team‘. The practice, which is jointly headed by the ‘hugely experienced‘ Michael Ritscher, Simon Holzer and Peter Schramm covers all intellectual property matters and is known for its strength in the protection of geographical indications, European patent matters, copyright matters and intellectual property matters in information and communication technology – an area of specialisation of the ‘excellent‘ Nicola Benz and Lukas Bühlmann. Further key contacts are Reinhard Oertli, ‘super knowledgable‘ Guillaume Fournier, the ‘very intelligent‘ Kilian Schärli, Nadine Von Büren-Maier and the ‘fantastic‘ Ulrike Ciesla.
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