Switzerland 2018 – GC Powerlist

Switzerland 2018

Alejandro Navarro Paustian

Sole counsel | Raízen Trading

Energy and utilities

Described by a nominator as ‘a fantastic lawyer’ and ‘technically second to none’, in 2018 Alejandro Navarro Paustian joined Raízen Trading, the international trading arm of Raízen Group, a joint...

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Alfred Münch

General counsel | Clariant International Ltd

Materials and mining

For the last eight years Alfred Münch has served as general counsel for one of the world’s leading speciality chemical companies, Clariant International. He has been described by peers as...

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Alison Lazerwitz

Executive vice preisdent and general counsel | Swarovski

Consumer Products

Alison Lazerwitz serves as the executive vice president and general counsel of Swarovski Corporation, the leading multinational producer of cut crystal, genuine gemstones and created stones. Swarovski’s world headquarters are...

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Andrea Ferrari

General counsel Europe and Canada | Takeda Pharmaceuticals


Andrea Ferrari joined Takeda seven years ago as legal counsel and during these years covered various regional and functional roles with increasing responsibilities. In February 2018, he was appointed general...

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Andreas Bohrer

Group general counsel and company secretary | Lonza Group


Since 2015, Andreas Bohrer has been group general counsel and company secretary of Lonza Group, a dual listed, Swiss SMI blue chip company, in charge of legal, compliance and IP...

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Editor Message

As one of the most advanced economies in Europe, Switzerland has continued to accelerate in 2018, in part due to its robust domestic markets and strong activity in export-orientated industries. Amongst its highly sophisticated industries, the service sector still remains a driving force for the Swiss economy, particularly the banking and finance industries, along with healthcare and consumer products. The country also boasts the second highest GDP per capita in the world and is distinguished for its capacity and success in developing innovative technologies and business practices.

Swiss corporate counsel have themselves excelled with perseverance and outstanding capabilities to develop advanced methods in the way of legal advice and strategic approaches dispensed to their respective businesses. Recent developments in technology have also brought along exciting opportunities in innovation for companies in the country, creating a plethora of interesting legal questions and requiring corporate counsel to be knowledgeable and trained in these areas. In a time of ever changing regulatory requirements, corporate counsel in Switzerland are also playing an increasingly important role in risk management processes whilst also being more involved in operational decision-making.

In this year’s GC Powerlist: Switzerland we are pleased to highlight some of the region’s leading corporate counsel. To put together the list, we canvassed opinions from both law firms’ partners and in-house counsel in Switzerland. We identified lawyers who are not only technically gifted and highly trained, but have also utilised their legal knowledge strategically alongside keen business insight to make a positive impact towards their organisation’s success.

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Sponsor Message


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Axiom is delighted to support the GC Powerlist, to play a role in recognising the innovators and trailblazers across in-house counsel and teams in Switzerland.

The growth of the segment today known as Alternative Legal Services Providers – or ALSPs – has evolved rapidly. Nearly 20 years ago, Axiom created this new model with the simple idea that there was a better way to bring innovative legal services to inhouse counsel. Since that time, this category has now developed into a rapidly-expanding ecosystem with a various industry segments now focused on this same charter.

Today, Axiom is the world’s largest Alternative Legal Services Provider, serving clients across the globe with a mix of flexible resourcing, managed services and project-based solutions in legal and compliance. We were the first to offer such services in Switzerland, establishing operations here nearly four years ago. As with any big idea – Axiom today is often imitated, but our global scale, our reputation that draws the world’s top legal talent, and our ongoing drive to innovate and lead – means the full power of the model remains unique to Axiom.

Innovation and change is hard work. We offer congratulations to those recognised in the GC Powerlist: Switzerland 2018, highlighting the strength and innovation displayed by corporate counsel across Switzerland, and reinforces the highly strategic role of corporate counsel in today’s business environment.

Philips Dictation

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Dictation has long been a trusted working method in the legal industry but today’s technologies have revolutionised the whole document creation processes and reshaped the way we use our voice in the strive for more efficiency in the daily work.

There is an ever increasing demand for agile, flexible and dynamic ways to access and produce information. Speech recognition is an incredibly helpful tool for legal professionals to speed up the document creation process. The possibility to dictate in the office or on the go without stopping what you are doing can be extremely productive. Modern dictation and document creation systems need to deliver mobility, ease of use, reliability, improved security and the full flexibility in choosing your own input device, fully embedded in your workflow.

Time is money
Using state-of-the art dictation solutions saves valuable time for lawyers and executive staff, allowing them to reduce their time spent for document creation drastically and thus to focus to higher priority, more profitable work. This can be the key to make significant improvements in your department’s productivity and put your company ahead of its competitors. After all, we should focus
on what we can do best and not on paperwork.
Embracing efficiency
It is no surprise that dictation solutions have become exceptionally sophisticated over the past years, with the development of industry-led speech recognition software that identifies legal and medical technical terms. Additionally, the software identifies corrections made on a document and ‘learns’ for next time, further improving accuracy results. Artificial intelligence (AI) is further changing the way people produce and access information. As a result, speech recognition and the understanding of language by software are becoming the key to the future of information management.

These advances are supported by a number of recognised papers published across several markets, however the worldwide adoption and integration of proper dictation and speech recognition systems in the workplace cannot be ignored by firms that wish to drive efficiency.

Speech Processing Solutions (Philips Dictation) congratulates all those who have been featured in the GC Powerlist: Switzerland 2018 edition. We are proud to be a sponsor of this annual event, while acknowledging the year’s outstanding contributors to the legal profession.

Yerra Solutions

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Congratulations on being named a leader among leaders! General counsel (GCs) have been blazing new trails in the legal marketplace for years and it is a testament to your leadership to be named in the GC Powerlist. Yerra Solutions is proud to work with many of the GCs at the forefront of innovation in the management of the in-house legal function.

In partnership with our clients, we address challenges central to legal and intellectual property (IP), e-discovery and investigations, and compliance. Yerra’s consulting and technology-enabled managed services drive greater efficiency and reduce risk in the processes most critical to these functions. Our solutions cover the issues most central to running your department – from responding to a discovery/disclosure order from a court or regulator, forming/evaluating an outside counsel panel, gaining visibility and controlling legal spend, improving contract management or better managing the flow of work handled by internal staff. We also provide decades of collective expertise in helping GCs and their counterparts in IP and compliance to advance the operations of their functions – from selecting and implementing the right technology, to finding the right mix of in-house and outsourced work, to building and maintaining the reports needed to make better decisions.

As you consider your position as a leader in this field, we hope that you will reach out to Yerra to explore the possibilities that our solutions and experts have to offer. We are proud to celebrate with you tonight and look forward to engaging with you again in the future. To learn more about Yerra,
please visit www.yerrasolutions.com or contact
Jerome Raguin directly.