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Marcel C. Steinegger

Marcel Steinegger has over 20 years of litigation and trial experience in a variety of mainly international but also domestic commercial and corporate cases including representing individuals and companies in regulatory enforcement proceedings. His practice also includes representing clients in criminal matters, mainly white-collar crime cases. He has in-depth experiences in cross-border litigation and international judicial assistance issues in civil and criminal matters, particularly in asset recovery, repatriation of assets and being expert in foreign proceedings. Many of Marcel Steinegger's clients have required his assistance regarding compliance, particularly anti-corruption and anti-money laundering issues, and other corporate, commercial, M&A or regulatory concerns. Long-term mandates as a board member including one of a bank provide him with the practical experiences on strategical and entrepreneurial topics. As a former law clerk at the District Court of Zurich and as a trial lawyer Marcel Steinegger gained a thorough knowledge in any kind of employment law matters, an additional area of expertise and specialization. He further assists HR managers and HR departments and gives lectures in employment law and HR matters. Marcel Steinegger has been a partner since 2001 and obtained his law degree from the University of Zurich in 1988 and his post-graduate degree from the University of San Diego (LLM) in 1998. His working languages are German and English. Marcel Steinegger is a member of the Zurich Bar Association.

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Polia Rusca

Polia Rusca's practice focuses on litigation matters and employment law. Before joining us, Polia Rusca was a trainee lawyer with a business law firm in Zurich and also worked at the district court of Horgen. She studied at the University of Zurich and graduated with Master of Laws in 2013. She was admitted to the Bar in 2016. Her working languages are German and English.

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Are you just commissioning work or are you already an employer?

Posted by on 9 December 2019

Flexible forms of work are in vogue, not only for companies, but also for service and labour providers. Independence offers advantages for both sides. But when is a freelancer really a freelancer and not an employee?

Flexible collaboration models are not always easy to qualify legally. From the perspective of civil law, are the "commissioned" persons employees or agents and from the perspective of social security law, are these persons self-employed or employed persons? These questions of delimitation are, as will be shown below, of great importance for the contracting parties involved and also of frequent concern to the courts.

Topics: Employment

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FRORIEP NexGen Incubator

Legal services have been provided in the same way for a very long time. The legal industry has not been subject to major disruption so far, so legal service providers have not been forced to change. As a result, the provision of legal services can appear old-fashioned and archaic. This situation has inspired a group of next generation professionals to establish the FRORIEP NexGen Incubator with the mission to deliver creative and innovative legal solutions to address unmet needs. The vision is to delight people while helping them to realise their goals. The FRORIEP NexGen Incubator is not just a lab where things are tested, but rather an active venture that strives to deliver on-point solutions in an innovative way.

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Posted by on 14 November 2019

To sweeten your Christmas season, FRORIEP NexGen Incubator has decided to share with you the story of Melinda Jobs, Page Bezos and Mike Spiegel – three friends and former university classmates who founded the start-up Stop Waste.

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Nicola Benz

Nicola Benz’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 Benz’s expertise 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 Benz is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property. Chambers Europe (2018) ranked her as leader in the fields of Intellectual Property and Life Science, and she was recommended in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Intellectual Property as well as TMT matters. She has also been named as a thought leader for data law in the publication "Who's Who Legal 2018". 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. Since 2017 she has been 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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Evelien Zemp

Evelien Zemp’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial law. She also works as a civil law notary and in employment law. Evelien Zemp joined Froriep as an associate in 2013. After graduating from the University of Fri-bourg in 2007, she 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. On Legal 500 in 2018 Evelien Zemp is recommended as ‘effective’ associate. Her working languages are German, Dutch, English and French. Evelien Zemp is a member of the Zug Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association.

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Cornelia Mattig

Cornelia Mattig specialises in data protection and intellectual property law, as well as corporate and commercial law issues. Cornelia Mattig joined Froriep as an associate in 2018. Before joining Froriep, Cornelia Mattig trained with firms in Ireland, Germany and Switzerland as well as at the District Court of March in the Canton of Schwyz. After she passed the Bar exam in the Canton of Schwyz, she worked as a notary public and lawyer in an accounting and auditing firm. She graduated from the University of Zurich with a Master of Law (Business Law) in 2014 before obtaining her LL.M. in European Law at Queen Mary University of London in 2017. She was admitted to the Bar in 2018. She also holds a Data Protection Officer Certificate from the University of Maastricht. Her working languages are German and English.

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Philip Kerpen | Rentsch Partner

Philip Kerpen works as a patent engineer focusing on physics, semi-conductor technology and computer and information technology, especially the areas of measurement and control engineering, cryptography, artificial intelligence, machine learning, neural networks and blockchain.

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From A to Z - Understanding the most important AI terms

Posted by on 12 November 2019

As part of our firms' innovative character, three focus areas have been created, one of them being "Artificial Intelligence and Digitalisation". Aside from growing our core practice, we strongly believe that our clients will have a growing need for competent legal advice in this area, in particular as an increasing number of companies are using Artificial Intelligence (AI), be it to classify and label documents, translate emails, make recruitment decisions, or recommend what to buy or watch next. Aside from the question of how to responsibly implement such technology in businesses, we first need to understand what AI is. As part of our AI series and to help you tackle your next AI project, we have drafted a list of terms that may prove helpful to you.

Topics: , Disruptive Technologies , Artificial Intelligence

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L. Mattias Johnson

Mattias Johnson is the managing partner of the Zug office. In addition to being a civil law notary in the Canton of Zug with many years of experience, Mattias Johnson deals principally with questions of transactional and corporate law, often in a cross-border context. Mattias Johnson joined our firm in 2001 and became a partner in 2010. Besides his notarial work, he advises companies on the structural aspects of their internal organisation, supports international firms in general commercial law matters, and advises them on immigration and employment law issues. Mattias Johnson obtained his law degree from the University of Fribourg (lic. iur.) in 1996 and from King’s College at the University of London (LLM) in 2000. He was admitted to the Bar in 2003 and qualified as a civil law notary the same year. His working languages are German, English, Swedish and French. Mattias Johnson is recommended in The Legal 500, 2018 (commercial, corporate and M&A), being described as “very professional and responsive”. Mattias Johnson is a member of the Zug Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the German-Nordic Lawyers’ Association and the Swedish-Swiss Chamber of Commerce.

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Benjamin Dürig

Benjamin is an experienced transaction lawyer with a focus on M&A and corporate finance transactions, and corporate law. Benjamin advises clients in M&A and corporate finance transactions and is an experienced team leader in complex transactions. He advises listed and non-listed entities, including regulated financial institutions. He has in-depth expertise on the legal issues relating to real estate in and outside of transactions, including regulatory aspects, environmental issues (polluted sites), and complex commercial lease agreements. Benjamin is a regular speaker to various audiences on topics relating to his practice, including international lawyers' conferences, commercial chambers and industry organisations. He joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became counsel in 2017. Before that, he worked at a Zurich district court and a French-speaking law firm for a number of years. Benjamin’s law degree is from the University of Zurich (2003) and he was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2007. He is a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the Zurich Bar Association, the Franco-Swiss Chamber for Trade and Industry, and of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). His working languages are German, French and English.

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Dr. Mark Montanari

Mark Montanari’s practice focuses on capital and financial markets, corporate law, start-ups 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 Montanari joined our firm in 2010 and became counsel in 2017. Prior to that, he worked as a clerk at the District Court Emmental-Oberaargau and with a business law firm in Berne. 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 Montanari is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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Rinon Memeti

Rinon joined Froriep as an Associate in June 2017. His practice focuses on corporate law, M&A, capital markets, banking and finance and sports law. He studied law at the University of Zurich and graduated in October 2011 with a Master of Law (Business Law). Shortly thereafter, he completed a further education program at the University of Zurich regarding sports law for which he received a "Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Sports Law". Currently Rinon Memeti is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Zurich. Following his studies, between 2011 and 2012, Rinon was engaged as a legal trainee for a law firm with offices in both Zurich and St. Gallen. After beeing admitted to the Bar for the Canton of St. Gallen in 2013 he worked as a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Peter Nobel and as a lawyer for a business law firm in Zurich. Rinon is a member of the Zurich Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association. His working languages are German and English. He also has a good command of Albanian.

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A Requiem to Bearer Shares

Posted by on 22 October 2019

Bearer shares, a relic from a bygone era when it was ok to be anonymous, and the reason why the French name for Swiss stock corporations still is "société anonyme", are – with a few exceptions – to be abolished by 1 November 2019.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , M&A & Transactions , Notarial Services

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Dunja Koch

Dunja Koch 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. She joined the firm in 1998 and became a partner in 2003. She regularly works on corporate and M&A 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 and engines. Her practice further covers regulatory matters, where she advises asset managers, funds, securities dealers and other financial institutions in relation to their cross-border activities in Switzerland. The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2018 recommended her as a top foreign lawyer in London. Chambers Global (2019) ranked her as leader in the fields of Banking & Finance (Switzerland) and Banking & Finance (UK). She was also specifically recommended in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 EMEA for Transport Law matters and named one of IFLR1000’s Women Leaders- an elite cohort of the 300 leading female transactional experts in local markets globally. She is the only practitioner from Switzerland to be featured in the guide. Dunja Koch holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and a LL.M. from Queen Mary, University of London. She qualified in Geneva in 1997 and in England and Wales in 1999. She speaks German, French, English and Italian. She is registered on the roll of attorneys in Zurich and a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Association Suisse de Droit Aérien et Spatial and the Aviation Club of the UK.

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Legal 500 continues to rank FRORIEP London office as top tier firm

Posted by on 17 October 2019

The Legal 500 UK, which published its latest rankings end of September 2019, continues to recognise our London office as a top tier firm in the category European Firms in London.

Topics: Froriep Firm News EN

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