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Dr. Franz X. Stirnimann

Franz Stirnimann specializes in international arbitration, litigation, and Swiss commercial law. He has more than 15 years' experience in complex international dispute resolution and Swiss commercial legal transactions and has acted as counsel and arbitrator in over 70 international arbitration and court proceedings in Switzerland and other countries. He has a Ph.D. in Swiss and comparative antitrust law and regularly also provides advice on antitrust matters. Franz Stirnimann is of both Swiss and Latin American origin and trilingual in German, Spanish and English, fluent in French and conversant in Portuguese and Italian.

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Jean Marguerat

Jean has experience across all areas of dispute resolution, with particular expertise in international arbitration and in international litigation. Jean is one of the authors of the Commentary on the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration. Jean has been a Partner in our Geneva office since 2010. Jean’s practice focuses on international arbitration, litigation and contract law. Jean has experience as party counsel and as arbitrator in numerous institutional and ad hoc international arbitrations involving sale of goods and commodities, distribution and agency, construction, marine works, joint ventures corporate transactions and sport related matters. He also regularly represents clients before the Swiss courts in all fields of commercial disputes and notably those in relation to arbitration (enforcement and challenge of arbitral awards). His activity includes recognition & enforcement proceedings (including attachments) and international legal assistance.

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Dr. Jean-Marie Vulliemin

Jean-Marie is the managing partner of both Geneva and Madrid offices. With broad experience in international commercial arbitration, in particular with Spain and Latin America, he acts both as counsel and as arbitrator. He is very active in art and sports law, as well as in international estate law. Chambers Global has ranked Jean-Marie for many years as a leader in the field of dispute resolution, in 2014 in Band 1 of the Most in Demand Arbitrators in Spain. Jean-Marie obtained a PhD (with honours) from the University of Lausanne in 1988 (Jugement et sentence arbitrale) and a diploma from the Centre for Studies and Research in International Law and International Relations at the Hague Academy of International Law in 1987 (Transnational Arbitration and State Contracts). He is a regular speaker and publisher on arbitration, art law and sports law (for example at the ICC, the IBA, Alarb and the CEA). He is member of ICC, LCIA, Milan Chamber of Arbitration Arbitrators Club; board member of Club Español de Arbitraje. His working languages are Spanish, French and English.

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Tomás Navarro Blakemore

Tomás’ work focuses on domestic and international arbitration and litigation. He also advises non-profit organisations and social enterprises on structuring, tax advice and governance. In particular, Tomás has been involved in several commercial and investment arbitration proceedings under the ICC, UNCITRAL, CAS, Swiss and ICSID Rules as well as in ad hoc proceedings related to construction, distribution, corporate and sport related matters. His working languages are French, English and Spanish.He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) Below 40, the Club Español de Arbitraje (CEA-40) and the Foreign Lawyers Section of the Geneva Bar (SABE) and is currently studying for the Geneva Bar exams.

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Brushing-up the Swiss arbitration law

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 4:12:49 PM

On 11 January 2017, the Swiss Federal Council (which is the Executive Body in Switzerland) published its proposed amendments for the revision of Chapter 12 of the Swiss Private International Law Act (Chapter 12 PILA), which governs international arbitration in Switzerland.

Topics: Arbitration

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Nicola Benz

Nicola’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions, and she is the Managing Partner of our firm. She assists technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors. Nicola’s expertise, gathered both as an external counsel and through in-house secondments, covers outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and collaborations and associated intellectual property issues. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contracts, competition and regulatory issues and data protection. Nicola is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property in professional publications and listings such as iam250 and Chambers Europe. Born in Scotland, Nicola obtained her law degree from the University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons) in 1997. She joined our firm as an associate in 2002 and became a partner in 2010. Her working languages are English and German. Nicola is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Technology Law Association (iTech-Law).

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Stéphanie Oneyser

Stéphanie's practice focuses on civil litigation matters and insolvency law. She joined our firm as an associate in April 2014. After obtaining a Master of Laws degree from the University of Fribourg in 2009, she did her legal internships with a business law firm in Zurich and the District Court of Horgen. Until 2014, she worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Horgen and passed the Zurich Bar Exam in 2013. Stéphanie has also experience in arbitration cases. She has worked for Prof. Pierre Tercier who was chairman of many ICC arbitration proceedings. Moreover, she advices in arbitration proceedings in sport law under the CAS Rules. Her working languages are German, English and French.

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Dr. Irène Schilter

Irène's practice focuses on public and private M&A transactions, corporate and commercial law, contract law including litigation in these fields. She joined our firm as associate in 2015. Prior to joining Froriep, Irène worked at the University of Zurich as research and teaching assistant and also as an associate and notary public in a Zug law firm.She graduated in law from the University of Zurich in 2007 and was admitted to the Zug Bar in 2012. She obtained her PhD in 2011.

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Evelien Zemp

Evelien's practice focuses on corporate and commercial law. She also works as a civil law notary and in employment law. She joined Froriep in 2013. After graduating, Evelien trained with a commercial law firm in Zug and was admitted to the Zug Bar in 2009. She then worked for several years with an international audit and advisory firm in Zurich in the fields of corporate and commercial law, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Evelien obtained her Master of Law from the University of Fribourg in 2007. Her working languages are German, Dutch, English and French.

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Next Generation with Froriep

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 8:33:36 AM

FRORIEP was honored to welcome on Monday January 30, 2017 in cooperation with NextGen CH, 80 young professionals to their newly renovated offices in Zurich, to give them a platform for networking as well as growing their career.

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Dimitri M. Rotter

Dimitri heads the tax team in our Zug office. His practice focuses on domestic and international corporate tax, including tax optimisation, transaction structuring, corporate finance, restructurings and VAT. Dimitri joined our firm as an associate in March 2003. He obtained his law degree from the University of Geneva (lic. iur.) in 1990 and was admitted to the Lucerne Bar in 1993. He qualified as a Swiss Certified Tax Expert in 2002. His working languages are German, French and English. Before joining our firm, Dimitri worked for several years with international audit and advisory firms. Dimitri is a member of the Treuhand-Kammer (Swiss Institute of Certified Accountants and Tax Counsels).

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Automatic exchange of information - now enacted

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 2:42:50 PM

As of 1 January 2017 the Federal Act on the International Automatic Exchange of Information in Tax Matters (AEOI Act) entered into force, which will result in an extensive collection of information and automatic disclosure to foreign tax authorities. This landmark in fighting tax evasion comes along with limitations to current data protection rights and essentially abandoning the famous Swiss banking secrecy.

Topics: Tax

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Frédéric Serra

Frédéric’s practice focuses mainly on intellectual property, new technologies and commercial transactions. Frédéric has been a partner at our Geneva office since 2011. He is a highly experienced litigation lawyer in all fields of intellectual property, including unfair competition, and has extensive experience in complex non-contentious intellectual property matters. He advises on licence and assignment agreements, film production agreements, sponsorship, endorsement and product-placement agreements, IT-related transactions, research collaborations, development contracts and technology transfers.

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Talia Wigger

Talia joined us as a trainee lawyer in March 2016. At the same time, she is working on her PhD in intellectual property at Geneva and Fribourg universities. Her Bachelor of Laws, with the bilingual distinction French–German, is from the University of Fribourg. She obtained her Master of Laws through an exchange programme at King’s College London (CTLS), and has worked as a research assistant at the University of Fribourg and as a teaching assistant at the University of Geneva. Talia’s mother tongues are French and Hebrew. She is fluent in English, German, Swiss-German and Spanish, and is learning Russian and Swedish.

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Swissness : Improved Protection of Swiss Branding

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 2:39:48 PM

In a society where the origin of products is decisive, Switzerland enjoys an excellent reputation which extends far beyond its borders. For this reason, "Swiss made" is a guarantee of tradition, quality and exclusivity. It is therefore not surprising that the products associated with Switzerland possess a certain prestige and renown that directly influence the decisions of consumers.

Topics: Intellectual Property

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Dunja Koch

Dunja has expertise in all aspects of corporate and finance law, advising mainly UK and US clients with regard to Switzerland. She is the managing partner of the London office. Dunja joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2003. She regularly works on M&A and private equity deals, as well as leveraged and acquisition finance transactions, but also project, commodity and asset finance matters, including aircraft finance. Here, she acts on behalf of aircraft manufacturers, banks and leasing companies in relation to the Swiss aspects of acquisition of aircraft, engines or portfolios. Her practice further covers collective investments, private placements and regulatory matters, where she advises foreign funds, dealers and other financial institutions in relation to their activities in Switzerland. She speaks German, French, English and Italian.

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Froriep Partners named as leading trademark lawyers in WTR 1000 Guide

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 8:42:01 AM

We are pleased to announce that FRORIEP partners Nicola Benz and Frédéric Serra have been named as leading trademark lawyers in the publication "The World's Leading Trademark Professionals 2017."

Topics: Froriep Firm News EN , IP

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