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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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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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Marketing foreign collective investment schemes to Swiss investors - changes brought by the new Financial Services Act

Posted by on 28 March 2019

In this blog, which is part of a series of briefings on the new Financial Services Act (FinSA, FIDLEG (German) and LSFin (French)) and the Financial Institutions Act (FinIA, FINIG (German) and LEFin (French)) that will come into force in 2020, we will look at certain changes which the new regulatory regime will bring to the cross-border offering of collective investment schemes into Switzerland.

Topics: Banking & Finance , Capital Markets

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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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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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Is the EU answering a call for more Cybersecurity in light of the developments around 5G?

Posted by on 18 March 2019

The media has given increased coverage to cybersecurity issues over the last couple of months, addressing in particular the US race against China to build the fifth generation of wireless technology (5G technology) and its security aspects. Although there is a widespread worry of increased cyber intrusions once 5G technology is widely available, there is also a huge possibility for new internet-based services. This is because 5G is designed to provide users with a much faster wireless connection allowing for new innovations in different areas (e.g. Internet of Things) to become a more integrated part of our daily lives.

Topics: Intellectual Property

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Alice Brunner

Alice Brunner is head of marketing and business development at Froriep. She is responsible for overseeing all the firm’s PR, marketing, sponsoring and events. Alice Brunner joined Froriep in 2012 and became head of marketing and business development in 2017 with 5 years’ marketing and communications experience behind her. She has worked for a global network for French trade shows and for a company that markets and represents advertising in private electronic media in the areas of television, radio, online, search engine and mobile marketing. She has a Swiss Federal Diploma in Marketing and Communications, and continuously follows courses about Social Media Marketing. Her working languages are German, English and French – and she speaks Italian as well.

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FRORIEP recognised in Chambers Europe 2019

Posted by on 11 March 2019

We are pleased to announce that several practice groups and attorneys have been ranked by Chambers Europe 2019.

Topics: Froriep Firm News EN

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Marcel C. Steinegger

Marcel has over 20 years of litigation and trail 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's clients have required his assistance regarding compliance, particularly anti-corruption and anti-money laundering issues, and other corporate, commercial 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. Marcel 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 is a member of the Zurich Bar Association.

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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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Andrea Trost

Andrea's practice focuses on banking & finance and on corporate and commercial transactions. She also advises on employment law matters. Andrea joined our London office as an associate in 2017. Prior to joining Froriep she trained with a business law firm in Zurich and worked in the compliance department of a commercial bank. She graduated from the University of Zurich in 2014 and earned an LL.M. in international finance law from King's College London. She was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2017. Her working languages are German and English and she has a good command of French.

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The impact of Brexit on the enforcement of English judgments in Switzerland

Posted by on 7 March 2019

The 2007 Lugano Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters currently forms the basis for the reciprocal enforcement of judgments between the member states of the European Union and three countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (Switzerland, Norway and Iceland). The Lugano Convention is in essence the equivalent of the Brussels I Regulation of 2001.

Topics: Litigation

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Sabina Schellenberg

Sabina Schellenberg joined our firm as an associate in 2009 and became a partner in 2016. She 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 directors' and officers' liability law and national and international restructuring and insolvency law. After her studies at the University of Zurich, Sabina worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich and was admitted to the bar in 2006. Prior to joining Froriep she was with the restructuring and insolvency department of a leading audit firm in Zurich and Basel. Sabina is a member of INSOL Europe, the International Bar Association, the Swiss SchKG Association and the Zurich Bar Association. Her working languages are German and English.

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Yannik Hässig

Yannik Hässig's practice focuses on international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration as well as national and cross-border insolvency and restructuring law. Before joining Froriep, Yannik Hässig was a junior associate with a business law firm in Zurich and worked at the district court of Hinwil. Yannik Hässig studied at the University of Lucerne and graduated with a Master of Law in 2015. He was admitted to the Bar in 2018. His working languages are German and English.

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The new Swiss international insolvency law - How does it affect foreign insolvency practitioners?

Posted by on 5 March 2019

On 1 January 2019, the revised Section of the Swiss Private International Law Act (PILA) regarding cross-border insolvencies entered into force. The revision became necessary as the previous regulation was criticised in particular for its protectionist elements, which also were a recurring topic in discussions with foreign colleagues and insolvency practitioners. Particularly compared to other European countries, Switzerland had apparent modernisation potential.

Topics: Insolvency & Restructuring , Litigation

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