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Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler

Catrina is a specialist in financial market law and corporate law. She has a wealth of experience advising financial market clients, including banks, asset managers and investment vehicles, as well as substantial operational knowledge. She also serves on the management boards of various com-panies, some of which are in the financial services sector. Catrina joined our firm as an associate in the year 2000. She became a partner in 2007. Catrina advises financial services clients and investment companies on regulatory issues as well as on contractual aspects relating to the financial market industry. She furthermore has considerable experience in acquisition and financing transactions, in general corporate work, both for listed and privately held companies, in mergers and acquisitions – predominantly in the financial services sector – and regularly advises in equity capital market transactions both for SIX Swiss Exchange, where she is admitted as a listing agent, and for BX Berne eXchange. Chambers Europe and Chambers Global have identified her as a Recognised Practitioner in the field of banking and finance, where clients have commended her client orientation. She is also ranked as a leading lawyer in the IFLR1000 guide for financial services regulatory and M&A. Catrina obtained her law degree from the University of Zurich in 1991 and was admitted to the Zur-ich Bar in 1995. She gained her PhD in 2004. Her working languages are German, English and French. She is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Pacific Bar Association.

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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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How Crypto-Tokens qualify under Swiss Law: a comprehensive Framework

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 5:09:11 PM

Blockchain technology has become a reality as part of the digitalisation of the economy. Every day, there is proof of disruptive transformations of long-standing mechanisms into new ecosystems on the blockchain. While existing market participants are in many cases overwhelmed by the new normal, the new players operate with the greatest creativity and efficiency.

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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 became of counsel in June 2009. His work involves representing and advising private clients on the structuring of assets (trusts, foundations, international business corporations), domestic and international estate planning, division of estates, execution of wills, matrimonial property rights, advance care directives and living wills, taking up residence 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 give lectures and chair conferences. Oliver graduated with a law degree from the University of St Gallen in 1996 and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2000. His working languages are German, English and French. He is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), the Banking Law Association (“Bankenrechtliche Vereinigung e.V,”), the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce (SJCC) and the International Bar Association. Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers High Net Worth and Legal500 have ranked him for many years in a row as a leader in the field of private client.

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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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Swiss Bank Accounts - Who has to bear the Damage resulting from Fraudulent Transactions of Hackers?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Who is liable for the damage if a hacker succeeds in initiating fraudulent transactions on a Swiss bank account?

According to a judgement of the Swiss Federal Court, it was the bank which ultimately had to bear the loss (Swiss Federal Court, decision of 5 December 2016, 4A_386/2016). However, do not be too sure that this will always be the case. In comparable cases, it could also be that the bank customer is left bearing the damage caused by an unauthorised person.

Topics: Private Clients , Banking & Finance , Litigation

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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 the Executive Committee of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). His working languages are German, French and English.

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Felix M. Mathis

Felix is a Zurich-based partner with a particular focus on corporate and commercial law as well as commercial litigation. Felix has been a partner at our Zurich office since 1995. He advises domestic and international clients on a broad range of industries, including aviation, pharmaceuticals, internet, construction and start-ups. He obtained his law degrees from the University of Zurich in 1980 and New York University (MCJ) in 1988. His working languages are German and English. Felix is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).

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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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What Companies Should Know About Swiss Immigration: Q&A Overview

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 2:45:00 PM

Whether you are a company based in Switzerland, or a company based abroad hoping to send employees to Switzerland for work, understanding the applicable Swiss immigration requirements is crucial. We have taken some of the most common questions that arise in our area of work and put together a short Q&A blog to help companies understand some of the most key requirements under Swiss immigration law. Read on to learn more!

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial , Employment

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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 became of counsel in June 2009. His work involves representing and advising private clients on the structuring of assets (trusts, foundations, international business corporations), domestic and international estate planning, division of estates, execution of wills, matrimonial property rights, advance care directives and living wills, taking up residence 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 give lectures and chair conferences. Oliver graduated with a law degree from the University of St Gallen in 1996 and was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2000. His working languages are German, English and French. He is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), the Banking Law Association (“Bankenrechtliche Vereinigung e.V,”), the Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce (SJCC) and the International Bar Association. Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Chambers High Net Worth and Legal500 have ranked him for many years in a row as a leader in the field of private client.

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Julie Wynne

Julie Wynne, TEP, has a broad experience in Swiss and international estate planning. She provides advice in the field of wills, probate and estate administration, application of international succession laws, including international inheritance and tax issues. Julie advises non-profit organisations, B Corps and social enterprises for their set-up and tax issues and assists them with mergers, reorganisations, joint ventures and other forms of collaborative working, as well as constitutional reviews. In addition, she regularly provides advices on grant-making, fundraising, corporate philanthropy and governance. Julie also has significant experience in employment law. She provides advice to a wide array of clients, whether organisations or individuals, especially in the charity and social enterprise sector. She worked two years as clerk with the Geneva Labour Courts. Passionate about art, Julie assists institutional art collectors and individuals on legal issues relating to their collecting activities in connection with tax and estate planning. She also advises cultural institutions on charity law, governance issues, legacies, fundraising and sponsorship. She is a Board member of the Fondation de l'Elysée and the president of its Club Elysée. Praised by clients for being ‘smart, prompt and thorough’, Julie Wynne has a ‘broad experience in the charity and social enterprise sector’ and ‘exceeds clients’ expectation beyond the legal support’ (Legal 500, 2017). Julie is admitted to practice in Switzerland since 2007. She holds a Master of Laws from the Universities of Geneva and Zurich (lic. iur., 2005), a Certificate in Transnational Law from the University of Geneva (2005), the STEP Diploma in International Trust Management (2010) and the STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (2011). Her working languages are French, English and Spanish. Julie is a Board member of the European Social Enterprise Law Association and B Lab (Switzerland). She is also the Chair of the Geneva branch of Philanthropy Impact, Co-chair of the STEP Philanthropy Advisors SIG Steering Committee and member of the Legal Advisory Board of Sustainable Finance Geneva. Julie is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA), the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Art Law Foundation. She is also an active member of Giving Women and Global Women Leaders.

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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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Nicolas Junod

Nicolas is a Geneva-based partner with particular expertise in banking and finance, corporate and commercial, contract and private client work. Nicolas joined our firm in 1978 and is a partner at our Geneva office. He is experienced in banking, finance, secured transactions, oil- and gas-related transactions and contracts, as well as in private capital. Nicolas holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and took an MCJ from New York University. He speaks French, English and some Italian. He is a member of the Geneva Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association.

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Eric Haymann

Eric is an expert in all aspects of commercial law, both contentious and non-contentious. He also represents and advises our private clients on the structuring of assets and estate planning. Eric has been a partner in our Zurich office since 1979. Alongside his private client work, he advises domestic and international clients in a broad range of industries, including real estate, pharmaceuticals, fashion, biotech and financial services. He advises on domestic and international M&A transactions and also acts as counsel in arbitration cases. Eric has strong connections to the Israeli markets, as well as Latin America, in particular Brazil. Eric obtained his law degree from the University of Zurich in 1969 and his PhD in 1973. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1975. His working languages are German, French, English, Italian and Hebrew. Eric is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA) and the International Tax Specialist Group (ITSG).

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Bruno W. Boesch

Bruno Boesch spent his first fifteen years on corporate transactions and finance. He then acted as counsel and arbitrator in a wide range of international commercial and investment disputes, alongside a growing wealth management and estate planning practice, with a strong component of cultural goods issues. He has been ranked steadily as a leader in the above fields. Bruno has resigned from the partnership, staying of of counsel to the firm, focusing on a handful of private clients and their families, art collections and philanthropic ventures, while also exploring, speaking and writing about certain art world and cultural heritage preservation issues. He holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and took an MCJ at New York University and worked with a Wall Street law firm. He speaks French, English, German and Swedish. Bruno is a member of the Geneva Bar Association and the Swiss Bar Association. He is registered with The Law Society. He is the author of a novel, Le Cardinal Epingle, published in 1998, under the nom de plume, Paul Gorgon.

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Froriep Rankings Released by Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2017

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 3:39:52 PM

We are pleased to announce that FRORIEP has both an overall firm ranking as well as a recommended lawyer in the Chambers HNW Guide 2017. As a firm, FRORIEP has received a Band 2 ranking for the practice area of Private Wealth Law.

Topics: Private Clients , Froriep Firm News EN

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Demian Stauber | Rentsch Partner

Demian Stauber is working as attorney at law in the fields of intellectual property and ICT law. Contract drafting, litigation and transactions in all areas of intellectual property and ICT law are the core of Demian Stauber’s practice. Additionally, Demian is particularly experienced in unfair competition and in general contract law.

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Spotlight on Copyright Issues of Blockchain Technology

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 2:45:00 PM

With the growing universe of blockchain based systems and applications, legal questions associated with this technology emerge and require consideration (ideally) before substantial sums are invested. In this blog series related to blockchain, we have covered a number of legal aspects (such as Starting an Initial Token Offering (ITO, also called Initial Coin Offering or ICO) - Things to consider and Blockchain for Patents - Patents for Blockchain) already.

This blogpost is about copyright in the blockchain environment.

Topics: Intellectual Property , Disruptive Technologies

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