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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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The New Formula for Commercial and Technology Law

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 8:43:38 AM

FRORIEP and RENTSCH PARTNER are joining forces. As independent firms in close cooperation, we are one of the leading competence centres in the area of commercial and technology law in Switzerland. For Swiss and international clients.

Topics: Froriep Firm News EN

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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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Jérôme Pidoux

Jérôme's practice focuses on banking, finance and regulatory matters, as well as corporate and commercial transactions. He joined our London office as an associate in 2014. Prior to joining Froriep, he worked for several years in the corporate group of a business law firm in Geneva. He graduated from the University of Fribourg in 2004 and earned an LL.M. from New York University, as well as a Certificate in Law and Business from Stern School of Business, in 2010. He was admitted to the Geneva bar in 2009 and to the New York bar in 2013. His working languages are French and English, and he has a good command of German.

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CISA 2 years on...the Distribution of Foreign funds in Switzerland

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 1:45:00 PM

It has been two years since the transitional period of the amended Swiss Collective Investment Schemes Act ended and the market practice established over the past two years has very much taken shape.

Topics: Capital Markets

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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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Can I move to Switzerland? Swiss immigration regulations for entrepreneurs, investors, pensioners and wealthy individuals explained

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Political and economic stability, an attractive fiscal environment as well as the high quality of the general standard of living has made Switzerland for decades the preferred destination for people who want to relocate abroad. When granting residence permits, Switzerland differentiates between two categories of foreign nationals: the EU-28/EFTA-nationals on the one hand, and the nationals of so-called third countries (non-EU-28/EFTA states) on the other. 

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

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Sabina Schellenberg

Sabina is an experienced litigator and represents domestic and foreign companies and individuals in commercial disputes before state courts of all instances and in enforcement and legal assistance mat-ters. She is also a specialist in the fields of national and international restructuring and insolvency law. She joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became a Partner in 2016.

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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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What lawyers do not learn at university and what managers should know

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Lawyers know the law, managers know how to make business decisions. Often, managers complain about the typical lawyers' answer "it depends". On the other hand, lawyers may suffer from the fact that they are sometimes called in the last minute of a negotiation to review the legal aspects of a deal; or even worse: if their legal assessment on the project is feared ("no"), they may even be avoided. How can both positions be reconciled? This is where contractual risk management comes in handy.

Topics: Litigation

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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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