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Legal 500 and Froriep host Switzerland Receptions

Posted by on 5 April 2016

Together with Legal 500, FRORIEP hosted receptions in Zurich and Geneva to celebrate the launch of the nomination process for the GC Powerlist 2016. Leading Swiss general counsel enjoyed an exclusive evening of networking and inspiring panel discussions in each city.

GC_PowerList_2016.jpgSwitzerland is facing challenges in its international relationships and there are global challenges that have repercussions on our country. All of these directly reflect on the experiences of Swiss corporations in their international business dealings.

In the current environment, cross-fertilisation among corporate counsel can provide support and help find innovative, sustainable solutions. The same goes for collaborations between corporate counsel and law firms, as the latter benefit from insights into a large range of corporations. As one of the larger law firms in Switzerland, we have gained this insight over almost fifty years of working with corporate clients and are happy to exchange views and to share our knowledge and best practice.

Both the Zurich and Geneva events featured a panel discussion between leading Swiss general counsel and FRORIEP partners on three key issues:

  • How are GCs in Switzerland placed to cope with a potential economic downturn?
  • What are the qualities needed for a good in-house legal team, particularly in a recession?
  • How do GCs successfully manage talent in-house in both a boom and a bust economy?

The Zurich panel included Diane De Saint Victor, GC ABB Group; Mark Mauerhofer, GC Oerlikon Group; Andreas Bohrer, GC Lonza; Marc Pfeffer, GC Kühne+Nagel; and Dr. Alessandro L. Celli, partner at FRORIEP.

The Geneva panel included Jose Camino, GC Metalor Technology; Christophe Marclay, GC Zurich Insurance Group; Flávio Santangelo, GC IG Bank; and Frédéric Serra, partner at FRORIEP.

Both panels were moderated by Catherine McGregor, Editor-in-Chief of GC Magazine.

The GC Powerlist is a series of publications highlighting the most influential in-house lawyers in business today.

Here are some impressions from the Zurich event at Hotel Storchen and the Geneva event at Hotel Beau Rivage.



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Boris Wenger

Boris’s practice focuses on all aspects of Swiss and European competition law. He acts as counsel in competition law matters before competition authorities, civil courts and arbitral tribunals. Boris has been a partner at our Zurich office since 2011. Alongside his competition law practice, he also has considerable experience advising on matters of public commercial law, such as public procurement, customs, export control, energy and health care law matters, and on all types of commercial contracts. Chambers Europe has ranked him for many years as a leader in the field of competition and antitrust. Boris obtained his law degrees from the University of Basel in 1996 and from Stanford Law School (JSM) in 2002. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2001. His working languages are German and English. Boris is a member of the American Bar Association, the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V., as well as a passive member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA).

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