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Nicola Benz

Nicola’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. 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 con-tracts, 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. In 2017 she was elected as the managing partner of our firm. 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 (iTechLaw).

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Ronald Kogens

Ronald’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. He advises 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. Ronald has in-depth knowledge of IP/IT law, in particular licensing of IP-rights, IP-transaction and contract law. He is an expert in the field of blockchain technology, crypto-currencies and crypto-tokens. Before he joined Froriep, he worked for a major global consulting firm. He was also part of the legal counsel team of a public listed pharmaceutical company at the headquarters in Switzerland and worked for its subsidiary in the United States. Ronald graduated in law from the University of Lucerne in 2011 and was admitted to the St. Gallen Bar in 2012. In 2016 he was awarded a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in business law from the Chapman University, California, United States. His working languages are German and English.

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Check for GDPR compliance and receive a customised list of next steps for free

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 2:30:59 PM

The Information Commissioner's Office from the United Kingdom recently published a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) self-assessment toolkit on its website. 

Topics: Data Protection

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Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler

Catrina is a specialist in financial market law and corporate law. She has a wealth of experience advising financial market clients, including banks, asset managers and investment funds, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of her clients’ businesses. Catrina joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina advises financial services clients on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She has considerable experience in acquisition and project financing transactions, in general corporate work, both for listed and privately held companies, in mergers and acquisitions – predominantly in the financial services sector – and regularly advises in equity capital market transactions both for SIX Swiss Exchange, where she is admitted as a listing agent, and for BX Berne eXchange.

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Benjamin Dürig

Benjamin’s practice focuses on M&A and corporate finance transactions, along with corporate law. He offers in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues, and tenancy law. Benjamin joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court for a number of years. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007, and was then employed by a French-speaking law firm in Berne and Biel/Bienne. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003), and his working languages are German, French and English. Benjamin is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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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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Dr. Mark Montanari

Mark’s practice focuses on capital and financial markets, corporate law as well as M&A and financing transactions. He regularly advises international and domestic clients in these fields, including public takeover and stock exchange laws and regulations. Mark joined our firm as an associate in 2010 and became counsel in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a clerk at the District Court Emmental-Oberaargau and with a law firm in Bern. Thereafter he worked as research and teaching assistant at the University of Berne (Institute of Business Law). After having graduated in law from the University of Berne in 2005, he was admitted to the Bar in 2008 and went on to complete a PhD (summa cum laude) in 2011, in the field of financial markets. His working languages are German and English. Mark is a member of the Zurich Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Laetitia Meier Droz

Laetitia has a strong expertise in all aspects of commercial, corporate and banking law with a focus on social impact finance. Laetitia advises mainly on investment products and services. Her practice further covers investment collective schemes, capital markets and regulatory matters, when she advises Swiss and foreign banks, asset managers, funds and other financial institutions with a focus on sustainable finance. Her two-years' experience as the Head of Legal at a Swiss leading investment company specialised in emerging, sustainable and inclusive finance gave her in-depth knowledge of the legal and business needs of a Swiss asset manager and distribution agent active worldwide, as well as a significant expertise in social impact finance. Before joining us in 2017, Laetitia worked as a senior associate in the commercial and banking departments of top rated law firms both in Geneva and Buenos Aires. Laetitia is admitted to practice in Switzerland since 2009. She holds a LL.M. in International Relationships & Economy from the Universities of Buenos Aires and a Bilingual Master's degree of Laws in Economic Law from the Universities of Geneva and Basel. Her working languages are French, English and Spanish. Laetitia is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA) and a member of the Legal Team of Sustainable Finance Geneva.

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Swiss Regulation of FinTech – New FinTech rules will enter into force on 1 August 2017

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017 4:07:53 PM

In February 2017, we reported on the opening of a consultation on new draft regulations designed to reduce barriers to entry for FinTech firms and to strengthen the attractiveness of the Swiss financial markets. The consultation process was closed on 8 May 2017. Following certain suggestions made, the Federal Council during its meeting of 5 July 2017 implemented the proposed changes to the law resulting in simplifications not only for FinTech firms but also for established financial service providers. Read more about the amendments which will enter into force on 1 August 2017.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , Banking & Finance

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Oliver Arter

Oliver’s practice focuses on private clients and their advisers (banks, family offices, foreign advisers) in all aspects of domestic and international wealth planning. He also specialises in banking, asset management and regulatory matters. Oliver joined Froriep as an associate in 2004 and became of counsel in June 2009. His work involves representing and advising private clients on the structuring of assets (trusts, foundations, international business corporations, international and domestic estate planning, matrimonial property rights and taxation). In addition he advises Swiss and international banks, asset managers, investment advisers and family offices on regulatory and contractual matters and represents them in proceedings. He publishes extensively in all his fields of practice. Oliver is an academic consultant with the Institute for Legal Theory and Legal Practice at the University of St Gallen, and is frequently invited to speak at or chair conferences.

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Daisy Vacher

Daisy's work focuses on matters of Swiss immigration and the procurement of work permits for companies wanting to employ foreign nationals in Switzerland. Before joining Froriep as an attorney, Daisy spent three years working for Fragomen Global Immigration Services in Zurich. Before that she was an associate attorney with Izaguirre Law in Colorado Springs, USA. In 2006 she completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arizona followed by her Juris Doctor degree from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 2011. Later that same year she was admitted to the Colorado Bar. She is a native English speaker and speaks fluent Spanish. She also has a good command of French and Italian, and speaks intermediate-level German.

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Brexit - What changes for nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Switzerland?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 11:26:57 AM

And can I, as a foreigner, leave the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and take up residence in Switzerland?

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial , Tax , Employment

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Oliver Arter

Oliver’s practice focuses on private clients and their advisers (banks, family offices, foreign advisers) in all aspects of domestic and international wealth planning. He also specialises in banking, asset management and regulatory matters. Oliver joined Froriep as an associate in 2004 and became of counsel in June 2009. His work involves representing and advising private clients on the structuring of assets (trusts, foundations, international business corporations, international and domestic estate planning, matrimonial property rights and taxation). In addition he advises Swiss and international banks, asset managers, investment advisers and family offices on regulatory and contractual matters and represents them in proceedings. He publishes extensively in all his fields of practice. Oliver is an academic consultant with the Institute for Legal Theory and Legal Practice at the University of St Gallen, and is frequently invited to speak at or chair conferences.

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Daisy Vacher

Daisy's work focuses on matters of Swiss immigration and the procurement of work permits for companies wanting to employ foreign nationals in Switzerland. Before joining Froriep as an attorney, Daisy spent three years working for Fragomen Global Immigration Services in Zurich. Before that she was an associate attorney with Izaguirre Law in Colorado Springs, USA. In 2006 she completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Arizona followed by her Juris Doctor degree from the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in 2011. Later that same year she was admitted to the Colorado Bar. She is a native English speaker and speaks fluent Spanish. She also has a good command of French and Italian, and speaks intermediate-level German.

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Heirs on the Foundation Board - 16 Questions and Answers

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 2:38:33 PM

Anyone who establishes a foundation and leads it as the chairman of the board, together with other trusted board members, should consider how it will proceed after the potential occurrence of resignation, incapacity to act, or death. Should one's own family, especially the heirs, continue to operate the foundation in influential positions? 

Topics: Private Clients , Charity and Social enterprise

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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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Several FRORIEP attorneys qualified as experts in 2017 edition of Who's Who Legal Switzerland

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 4:48:19 PM

We are pleased to announce that the following Froriep attorneys have been listed as experts in the below 9 practice areas:

Topics: Froriep Firm News EN

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