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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 disruptive technologies. He advises Swiss and international clients as well as public entities in corporate and technology-related transactions. 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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Simple in Theory, Complex in Practice: The dual role as controller and processor under the General Data Protection Regulation

Posted by on May 24, 2018 10:15:00 AM

Outsourcing of certain business processes is standard for most companies these days, even for small and mid-size companies. Through outsourcing, business processes within a group of companies can be handled efficiently or access to an advanced IT infrastructure can be made possible. Outsourcing usually involves transferring personal data, such as employee data, customer data or supplier data. The outsourcing provider is a processor, the outsourcing customer is a controller. So far so good. But what if the provider uses the data for its own purposes too? And what if the customer is told what to do by the processor when processing the data? This article explains on which basis the individual roles of controller and processor can be determined taking into account the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Topics: Data Protection

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PD Dr. Gregor Wild | Rentsch Partner

The professional activity of Gregor Wild focuses on copyright, trademark and design law and related contractual and procedural questions. His expertise primarily extents to Swiss and international Intellectual Property Law, in particular to the representation before the Federal IPI, Swiss Courts and the WIPO. Gregor Wild has global experience under more than 70 jurisdictions where he constantly collaborates with local experts. He has acquired special knowledge in relation with transnational registrations and IP-portfolios. Questions of publicity and registers are building the focus of his academic activities. After his thesis in copyright law and his employment in the trademark division of the Swiss IPI Gregor Wild has joined RENTSCH PARTNER IN 2002. He is a member of the Special Commission of Intellectual Property Rights of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (sia) and lecturer for Private Law at the University of Lucerne. By 1 January 2012 he was elected by the Swiss Federal Council as a member of the Federal Arbitration Board for Exploitation of Author’s and Neighboring Rights (ESchK).

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Trademark Protection for Blockchain?

Posted by on May 22, 2018 3:15:00 PM

It lies in the nature of the blockchain technology that the control and securing of blockchain transactions have a non-proprietary character. The decentralisation of the system shall furthermore guarantee the stability and consistency of this decentralised trust “sphere”. Starting with this characterisation, it seems at first sight to be paradox to openly think about the question, whether trademark rights could play a valuable role in the “blockchain community".

Topics: Intellectual Property , Disruptive Technologies

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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 rankings released in 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 4:07:00 AM

We are delighted to announce that Froriep has been recommended for Switzerland in 10 practice areas and 20 of our firm's lawyers are specifically recommended for Switzerland:

Topics: Froriep Firm News EN

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Dr. Lucien W. Valloni

Lucien is a highly experienced litigator in both international and domestic commercial and arbitration cases in the Swiss courts, up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court level. Lucien is also one of the best-known sports lawyers in Switzerland, with extensive experience in sports litigation on various bodies of sports organisations as well as in sports arbitration at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. Lucien has published textbooks on litigation and sports law in Switzerland and lectures Sports Law at the University of Zurich and at the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. Lucien has been a partner at our Zurich office since 2005. He has represented domestic and international clients in numerous high-profile cases in all fields and courts up to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. He also advises clients on commercial, employment, entertainment and media, insurance, real estate, aviation and international enforcement matters, including the recovery and enforcement of state debts.

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Forum Running in the area of action for a negative declaratory judgement finally also a valid option for plaintiffs in switzerland

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 3:32:00 PM

For companies domiciled in Switzerland or other parties wishing to avert an impending lawsuit abroad in Switzerland or before Swiss courts, the option of action for a negative declaratory judgement is now available as a valid option, at least in international cases.

Topics: Litigation

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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 matters. 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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Patrick Dietrich

Patrick’s practice focuses on international and domestic commercial litigation as well as national and cross-border insolvency and restructuring law. Before joining Froriep, he worked as law clerk at the district court of Dietikon and was chairman of the rental conciliation authority of the district of Dietikon. Patrick studied at the University of Zurich and graduated with a Master of Laws in 2013. He was admitted to the Bar in 2017. His working languages are German and English.

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How high will my dividend be in insolvency proceedings?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2018 3:27:00 PM

The opening of insolvency or debt-restructuring proceedings can lead to considerable uncertainties for the parties involved. Employees want to know whether they receive their wages, social security funds are interested in getting paid all outstanding contributions; all creditors of the company would like to receive clarity about the dividend they are entitled to and other interested persons may want to know who the creditors of the company are. In any case, the parties involved have one thing in common: they are all interested in information about the company and the status of the insolvency or debt-restructuring proceedings. The question is how to get the relevant information.

Topics: Insolvency & Restructuring , Litigation

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