Switzerland 2023 – GC Powerlist
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Adrian Schell

Chief legal officer | Nobel Biocare

Healthcare

Alexander Lacher

General counsel | Generali Switzerland

Insurance

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Alison Lazerwitz

Executive vice preisdent and general counsel | Swarovski

Consumer products

Andrea Antonelli

Group general counsel and corporate secretary | ABB

Information technology

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Andrea Ferrari

Head of global legal functions | Sandoz

Healthcare

Andreas Zumbach

Head of legal, trading and sales | Axpo Group

Energy and utilities

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Andreas Bohrer

General counsel and company secretary | Lonza Group

Healthcare

Among the general counsel of Switzerland’s top 20 companies by market cap and free float, Andreas Bohrer is likely the one with the broadest portfolio of tasks. He in charge...

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Andreas Burki

General counsel | Baloise Group

Financials

Andreas Burki studied the law at the University of Basel and Neuchâtel and passed the bar exam in Switzerland/Canton of Basel-Landschaft in 1993. From 1995 to 1999, he was legal...

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Andreas Knecht

General counsel and member of the executive committee and global executive board | Partners Group

Financials

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Andreas Letsch

Head of legal and compliance | Chubb

Insurance

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Andrew Etkind

Vice president and general counsel | Garmin

Information technology

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Barbara Lange

General counsel | Tillots Pharma

Healthcare

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Barbara Levi

Group general counsel and member of the executive board | UBS

Financials

Barbara Schroeder-Lopez

Senior legal counsel | Roche

Healthcare

  Barbara Schroeder de Castro Lopes possesses decades of diverse legal experience, gained from the Swiss federal government and judiciary and a leading Swiss law firm. For over five years,...

Barbara Keiser

General counsel, corporate M&A and finance | gategroup

Consumer products

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Barbara Wälchli

Group general counsel and secretary of the board | Galenica

Healthcare

Béranger Pène

General counsel | Nestlé

Food, beverages and tobacco

Béranger Pène is the general counsel at Nestrade, Nestlé Group’s global procurement arm. Alongside a team of 15 legal professionals based in four locations worldwide – Switzerland, Kuala Lumpur, Panama,...

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Cedric Bossert

General counsel | Richemont International

Consumer products

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Christian Haitz

General counsel, corporate and compliance | gategroup

Consumer products

While working through his entire legal education in law firms, Christian decided to start his career in-house after graduating with his LLM in International IP laws: ‘I would rather have...

Christian Müller

General counsel | Mövenpick Holding

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

Christian is the general counsel of Mövenpick Holding, where he oversees all legal and IP matters within the Group. He is also responsible for M&A transactions, licensing activities, all commercial...

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Christoph Hiestand

Group general counsel | Julius Baer Group

Financials

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Claudia Böckstiegel

General counsel | Roche

Healthcare

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Claudia Crescenzi

Group general counsel | Oriflame Cosmetics

Consumer products

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Cornelis (Kees) Van Ophem

Executive vice president and global general counsel | Fresenius Medical Care

Healthcare

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Daniel Campello de Torre Simões

Executive director - lead legal counsel for Europe, Canada and partner markets | Biogen

Healthcare

Daniel Schoenberger

Chief legal officer | Web3Foundation

Information technology

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Daniel Morales

General counsel and member of the executive board (Switzerland) | UBS

Financials

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Deke Nina

Vice president, chief counsel intellectual property and EMEA region general counsel | TE Connectivity

Information technology

Diana Imbach Haumueller

Head legal and compliance Asset Management | Helvetia Insurance Group

Insurance

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Elisabeth Leimbacher

Head legal portfolio and pipeline | Takeda

Healthcare

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Elizabeth Leonhardt

General counsel | SwissMarine

Industrials and real estate

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Emanuel Kunz

General counsel | HFS Helvetic Financial Services

Financials

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Emilio Garcia Silvero

Chief legal and compliance | FIFA

Sports and media

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Emily Devlin

Chief legal officer | FIFA

Sports and media

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Eyal Tavor

General counsel | Deloitte Switzerland

Commercial and professional services

Fabienne Crisovan

Group head governance, ESG legal and corporate law | Zurich Insurance

Insurance

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Fanny Iglesias

Deputy general counsel | Givaudan

Materials and mining

Federico Piccaluga

Group general counsel | Duferco

Energy and utilities

Federico Piccaluga is the general counsel of Duferco Group, and a qualified lawyer with international in-house experience in cross-border transactions such as joint ventures and M&A. He is a graduate...

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Flavio Santangelo

Head of legal and compliance | Banque Cramer

Financials

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Florence Braun

General counsel | localsearch (Swisscom Directories)

Telecommunication services

Florian Harms

Director of data protection Europe | Emerson Corporate

Industrials and real estate

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Franz Brand

Group general counsel | Sonova

Healthcare

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Gabriel Flory

Global legal lead distribution markets | Biogen

Healthcare

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Gema Olivar Pascual

General counsel | PwC Switzerland

Commercial and professional services

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Geraldine Llewellyn

Senior vice president and chief counsel | Mondelēz International

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Gerd Maxl

Group general counsel | PartnerRe

Insurance

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German Grüniger

Group general counsel | Implenia

Industrials and real estate

Gianni Porpiglia

General counsel | Bergos

Financials

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Guido Wennemer

EMEA general counsel, EMEA data protection officer | Acer Europe

Information technology

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Hansueli Sallenbach

Group general counsel | Axpo Group

Energy and utilities

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Hermann Geiger

Group chief legal officer | Swiss Re

Financials

Holger Klafs

Group general counsel | Landis + Gyr

Industrials and real estate

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Ignacio Martinez de Lecea

Vice president – associate general counsel EMEA | Baxter International

Healthcare

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Ilse De Loof

General counsel | Swissport International

Transport and infrastructure

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Ingrid Sollerer

General counsel and executive committee member | Sandoz

Healthcare

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Irene Klauer

General counsel | Allianz Suisse

Financials

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Ivan Koen

Director global compliance and ethics | BioMarin Pharmaceutical

Healthcare

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Jan Gustavsson

General counsel, company secretary and director of strategic development | Coca-Cola HBC

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Jan Strzebniok

General counsel | Honeywell Aereospace

Industrials and real estate

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Jason Val Podrats

Chief legal officer and regulatory affairs | IXM

Materials and mining

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Jean Christophe Thiébaud

General counsel Switzerland | Nestlé

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Jeffrey Gutierrez

Vice president and assistant general counsel | Semtech

Information technology

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Jelena Madir

General counsel | Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Healthcare

Jennifer Parets

General counsel P&C/L&H Reinsurance | Swiss Re

Financials

Having gathered valuable experience with prestigious New York law firms and investment bank UBS, Jennifer Parets joined Swiss Re in 2009 as senior legal counsel to Group Treasury. Two years...

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Jennifer Picenoni

General counsel | Lindt & Sprüngli

Food, beverages and tobacco

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Jeremy Maetzener

Head of legal Switzerland | Google

Information technology

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John Kuckelman

General counsel | Novartis

Healthcare

Jose R. Camino De Miguel

Head of legal | Metalor Technologies

Materials and mining

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José-Luis Badia

Associate general counsel | Chemours

Materials and mining

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Judith Bischof

General counsel and member of the executive leadership team | Clariant

Materials and mining

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Katja Roth Pellanda

Group general counsel | Zurich Insurance

Insurance

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Ken Ebanks

Vice president and deputy general counsel, EMEA | eBay

Consumer products

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Kerry Dailey

Regional general counsel, International | Alcon

Healthcare

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Kevin Forjette

General counsel, Europe and Middle East | gategroup

Consumer products

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Kimberly T. Morris

Head of legal | FIFA

Sports and media

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Lisa Kinsella

Associate general counsel | Moderna

Healthcare

Lisa joined Moderna in 2020 and leads their global technical operations and international legal teams. She joined Moderna at a unique point in time as the company scaled internationally at...

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Manuela Bernasconi

General counsel | Nestlé Nespresso

Food

Marc Leuzinger

General counsel and company secretary | Citigroup

Financials

Marc P. Leuzinger was named general counsel for Citi Switzerland and Liechtenstein in 2018. He is also responsible for Citi’s Legal coverage in Jersey and Monaco. In addition, Marc acts...

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Marc Monnier

General counsel Insurance solutions | Zurich Insurance

Insurance

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Marc Olivier  Morant

Group general counsel and chief legal operations officer | wefox Holding

Insurance

Marc Pfeffer

Group general counsel | Kuehne + Nagel International

Industrials and real estate

Dr. Marc Pfeffer has been a member of the management board responsible for legal and governance at Kuehne+Nagel International since January 2023. Marc joined Kuehne+Nagel as group general counsel in...

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Marcel Huber

General counsel | Sunrise

Telecommunication services

Marieke Jansen

General counsel, chief compliance officer EMEA and APAC | PHC Holdings Corporation

Healthcare

Marieke Jansen is the general counsel of PHC Group for the EMEA and APAC region, listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange since October 2021, and for Ascensia Diabetes Care globally....

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Mark Wegmüller

Head of legal and compliance SBB passenger traffic | SBB

Transport and infrastructure

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Markus Lang

General counsel | EY

Commercial and professional services

Martin Oesch

Group general counsel | Barry Callebaut Group

Food, beverages and tobacco

Martin Oesch is a seasoned general counsel with over 20 years of professional experience in the legal field, currently serving as group general counsel and corporate secretary of Swiss-listed global...

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Martin Wartmann

Group general counsel and chief compliance officer | Geistlich Pharma

Healthcare

Anyone who gets in touch with Martin Wartmann is likely to be impressed by his versatility and drive. To finance his studies both in Switzerland and USA, he worked in...

Martin Zois

Associate general counsel | Sonova

Healthcare

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Massimiliano Talli

Global head of legal | Louis Dreyfus Company

Materials and mining

Over the course of almost a decade with the Fortune top-200 ranked Louis Dreyfus Company, Massimiliano Talli has risen through the ranks and found success in a number of roles....

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Mathias Gaertner

General counsel | Holcim

Materials and mining

Mathias Gaertner is the general counsel and member of the executive committee of Holcim Group. Alongside his team, he manages Holcim’s legal affairs in over 60 countries globally in all...

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Michael Pitzner

Senior vice president legal, general counsel | Molecular Partners

Healthcare

Michael Pitzner is general counsel and compliance officer, senior vice president of legal at Molecular Partners. He joined the company in November 2022. Prior to joining the team, Michael worked...

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Michael Schultheiss

General counsel, head of legal for regional sales and solutions | Siemens Smart Infrastructure

Industrials and real estate

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Michael Weigerstorfer 

General counsel | Von Roll

Industrials and real estate

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Michael Philip Neff

General counsel | Zur Rose Group

Healthcare

Michele Casale

General counsel and head of legal and compliance for Holcim Central Europe West | Holcim

Materials and mining

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Mireille Gavard

Head of legal, compliance, and HR | Banque Audi (Suisse)

Financials

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Nakisa Serry

General counsel,chief compliance officer | Galderma

Healthcare

Natascia Rubinic

Chief counsel M&A, senior vice president | ABB

Information technology

Natascia Rubinic has overseen all major transactions of the ABB Group for more than a decade, recently including the transformational divestiture of the power grids business via the creation of...

Nick Raymond

General counsel corporate centre and group functions | Swiss Re

Financials

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Nicolas Burgener

Secretary general board affairs and chief governance officer, member of the group executive committee | Audemars Piguet

Consumer products

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Nicolas Kaeller-Cox

Associate general counsel | Sonova

Healthcare

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Nicolas Tschopp

General counsel | Pictet Asset Management

Financials

Nicole Appert

General counsel | Alpiq

Energy and utilities

Nicole is currently general counsel of Alpiq, an energy group based in Switzerland and active in the production and trading of energy (in particular, electricity) in Europe. As general counsel,...

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Niklaus Krähenbühl

Associate general counsel | CSL Behring

Healthcare

Nils Kjærgaard

General counsel Europe and Canada | Takeda

Healthcare

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Nina Cronstedt 

Group chief legal and compliance officer and general counsel  | Verisure

Consumer products

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Nina Hagmann

General counsel and chief of corporate affairs | Salt Mobile

Telecommunication services

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Nora Zinsli

General counsel | SWITCH

Information technology

Oliver Habluetzel

Senior director | Dana Incorporated | Dana Incorporated

Transport and infrastructure

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Oliver P. Kronenberg

Group general counsel and executive vice president | CSL Vifor

Healthcare

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Patrick Von Arx

General counsel | Compass Group (Schweiz)

Hotels, restaurants and leisure

Patrick von Arx joined Compass Group (Schweiz) – the Swiss subsidiary of the world’s largest food services company – in 2018, after over 15 years as an attorney. As lead...

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Philippe Huber

Senior vice president, group general counsel and chief compliance officer | SIG Group

Materials and mining

Philippe Huber is an accomplished legal and compliance executive with extensive experience and expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters. After spending many years in private practice in Zurich and London, he joined...

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Richard Ancrum

General counsel | PartnerRe

Insurance

Richard Burnley

Director of legal and policy, general counsel | European Broadcasting Union

Sports and media

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Richard Magnan

General counsel and chief information officer | Rising Tide- Novintum Medical Technology

Healthcare

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Roberto Garavagno

Group general counsel | Givaudan

Materials and mining

Sebastien Thierry

Executive vice president legal affairs and general counsel | Tetra Pak

Food, beverages and tobacco

Sébastien has been executive vice president for legal affairs and general counsel since January 2022. He was previously general counsel and secretary of the board of directors at Rexel. Prior...

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Shaun Teichner

General counsel | Glencore

Materials and mining

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Simon Drake

General counsel | UEFA

Sports and media

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Simon Leimbacher

Vice president and associate general counsel, head of legal EMEA | Jet Aviation

Transport and infrastructure

Simon Leimbacher is a lawyer qualified in both The US and UK, with extensive experience in the areas of corporate and international law – with particular focus on complex contract...

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Stefan Moesli

Group general counsel, secretary to the board | Sika

Industrials and real estate

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Stefan Sulzer

Group general counsel | The Adecco Group

Commercial and professional services

Stephanie Bregy

Group general counsel | SBB CFF FFS

Transport and infrastructure

Stephanie Bregy has been group general counsel and head of legal and compliance at SBB, the Swiss Federal Railways, since 2019. Before joining SBB, Bregy spent over eight years at...

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Suzanne Rich Folsom

Senior vice president, general counsel | Philip Morris International

Food

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Thomas Högfors

General counsel,motion | ABB

Information technology

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Thomas Oehninger

General counsel | Infront Sports & Media

Sports and media

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Thomas Schönholzer

General counsel | Sulzer

Industrials and real estate

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Tobias Müller

Head legal East | Steiner

Industrials and real estate

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Tom Fischer

General counsel | Zürcher Kantonalbank

Financials

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Ueli Studer

Head legal corporate center services | UBS

Financials

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Vincent Mohy

General counsel | SOCAR Trading

Energy and utilities

Xavier Schops

Group general counsel | medmix

Healthcare

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On behalf of The Legal 500, I am thrilled to warmly welcome our readers to the annual edition of The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Switzerland. This year’s Powerlist celebrates the remarkable achievements of the top in-house lawyers in the country and their invaluable contributions to the legal landscape. 

 

In this publication, we delve into the dynamic challenges faced by the in-house legal community in Switzerland, with a particular focus on the ever-evolving realms of innovation, technology and legislation. General counsel and legal leaders have shared their insights, experiences, and strategies in navigating these complex areas. Despite the inherent risks and uncertainties of the current landscape, the esteemed counsel featured in this ongoing edition are committed to ensuring business longevity and the continued vitality of the in-house legal function. 

 

The in-house legal community in Switzerland has adapted their leadership style to prioritise the overall well-being of their team members, especially in light of the new challenges brought by the climate of uncertainty. The adoption of legal tech within in-house teams has been accelerated, leading to the implementation of cutting-edge solutions. As Gianni Porpiglia, general counsel at Bergos, suggests, ‘by leveraging the power of technology, legal teams can provide timely, accurate advice on complex cross-border legal matters while also reducing the legal risk of costly legal mistakes. IT tools that create a workspace for real-time collaboration and communication, as well as tools that can be used as a secure place to store, organise, share and access information helpful as well as document automation and online legal research tools.’ 

 

The importance of in-house legal lawyers has seen a remarkable rise in Switzerland. Their significance within their organisations has expanded well beyond traditional advisory roles, encompassing leadership and guidance in various domains. The ongoing crisis, including the pandemic and geopolitical challenges, together with innovation, has further underscored the vital role of the general counsel in steering companies through uncertainty. As Nina Hagmann, chief corporate affairs officer and general counsel and corporate secretary at Salt Mobile, stresses: ‘The translation of legal language and requirements into a language understandable by the business requires a broad set of skills from the legal team beyond traditional legal knowledge. Moving forward and away from a purely formal legal department to a real business partner, project manager, leader and business enabler and continuing to shape this role has been and will continue to be one of the most important challenges’. 

 

Esteemed in-house counsel in the publication have generously shared their advice and insights with junior colleagues, offering guidance on how to thrive in today’s legal environment. They emphasise the importance of developing a solid foundation in core legal skills while also cultivating a deep understanding of the business industry in which they operate. In-house lawyers also stress the importance of continuous learning and personal development. As Jennifer Parets, general counsel of P&C/L&H Reinsurance at Swiss Re states, ‘it starts with breadth and diversity of experience. I have also found that the most successful in-house lawyers possess a range of qualities including curiosity, desire to bring about positive outcomes, interest in the development of talent, and progressive thinking’. 

 

It has been an absolute honour to engage with and showcase the exceptional talent featured in this edition of The Legal 500 GC Powerlist: Switzerland. Congratulations to all the general counsel who have rightfully earned their place among the top legal professionals in the country. 

 

Sara Maggi | Deputy Editor The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Series

 

GC Powerlist: Austria 2024

In the heart of the picturesque city of Vienna, The Legal 500 joined forces with Cerha Hempel to celebrate Austria’s top in-house counsel at our annual GC Powerlist: Austria 2024 event.

Sara Maggi, deputy editor for The Legal 500 GC Powerlist Series, warmly welcomed attendees and shared key insights from the research process. She emphasised the crucial role of in-house lawyers in enhancing organisational resilience through open communication, fostering relationships with other business departments, and implementing legal tech tools and AI across Austria-based legal departments.

Following Sara’s remarks, Clemens Hasenauer, managing partner at Cerha Hempel, congratulated everyone and discussed the key challenges facing general counsel in Austria. He highlighted the importance of such events for the legal community to meet and exchange ideas.

Next, Sandra Krebs, country legal director and ethics and compliance officer at Coca-Cola HBC, addressed the audience on the legal complexities confronting Austria-based in-house counsel. She stressed the importance of recognition by legal directories, as in-house lawyers become integral business partners and enablers for their companies.

The evening concluded with a vibrant networking session, fostering enriching dialogues and new connections, honouring legal excellence and fostering solidarity.

Our heartfelt gratitude extends to all who contributed to our research and to our sponsor, Cerha Hempel, whose support made this event possible. We look forward to returning to Vienna in 2025!