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Froriep Blog Posts for Topic Corporate & Commercial

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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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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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Trends in HR from a legal perspective

Posted by on 8 October 2019

Work relationships are changing significantly so that we may even speak of an HR transformation. 

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , Employment

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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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Alena Bach | Rentsch Partner

Alena Bach works as a European Patent Attorney with a focus on mechanical and electrical engineering. Her principal activities are in the area of energy engineering, measurement and control, fluid mechanics and Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Alena Bach studied mechanical engineering with an emphasis on aerospace applications at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. The further focus of her studies was thereby on aerodynamics and jet engines. This was followed by a PhD at the Technical University of Berlin on experimental fluid mechanics. Topic of the Dissertation was the active flow control for load regulations on modern wind turbines. Since December 2015, Alena Bach works for Rentsch Partner Ltd.

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Patents for tech-startups - a versatile asset to your company

Posted by on 22 August 2019

Looking through online advice on patents for startups, you may be confronted with a lot of contradictory articles and comments that make clear conclusions difficult, if not impossible. Amongst others, you will find comments to the effect that patents should not be a priority for startups because they are too expensive, and that they may instead be filed at a later stage - if at all - when it is clearer which product is likely to become a commercial success. Other comments may indicate that the grant of a patent is not guaranteed and that the associated financial risk is therefore too high.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , Intellectual Property

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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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Daniel Haymann

Daniel Haymann's practice focuses on international and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration as well as corporate and commercial law. He also advises firms in the cannabis industry along the entire value chain, including, among others, on regulatory matters. He obtained a Master of Law from the University of Zurich in 2004 and a Master of Business Administration with finance focus from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2013. He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2019. He gained extensive experience as a commodity trader and in managerial positions in the coal, petroleum coke and fertiliser industries for the two leading international commodity trading firms in their respective fields. He was based in Zurich, Baar, Singapore and Hong Kong. He then joined an International Finance and Business Development Boutique as partner and held management positions in corporate business development. Daniel Haymann works in English, German, Hebrew, French and Spanish and is conversant in Mandarin.

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Ten questions every company active in the cannabis business in Switzerland should reflect on

Posted by on 12 August 2019

On 26 June 2019, the Federal Council assigned the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) to conduct a consultation procedure on the amendment of the Federal Narcotics Act (NarcA), which will last until 17 October 2019. The planned amendment to the NarcA aims to facilitate and expand the handling of medicinal cannabis that is exempt from a special approval of the Federal Office of Public Health. In particular, the traffic ban on cannabis narcotics for medicinal purposes is to be lifted, which should lead to limited tradability.

Topics: Private Clients , Corporate & Commercial

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Felix M. Mathis

Felix Mathis is a Zurich-based partner with a particular focus on corporate and commercial law as well as commercial litigation. Felix Mathis 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 Mathis is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association and the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA).

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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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From partners to adversaries – what to look out for when starting a business

Posted by on 6 August 2019

Start-up founders often focus on the business and raising capital, whereby they often overlook the basic legal pitfalls when setting up their venture. This creates vulnerabilities for the founders, the investors, but also the business as such. These business threats may range from intellectual property-related issues, regulatory matters to contractual topics such as getting a founders agreement or the right terms and conditions. In this blog, we have a closer look at one of the core legal threats when becoming an entrepreneur, namely the relationship between the partners and how you can mitigate this risk.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial

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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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Daniela Wälchli

Daniela Wälchli's practise focuses on intellectual property law, commercial contracts and data protection. She has particular expertise in the negotiation and drafting of agreements in the life sciences sector and other contracts relating to intellectual property. Prior to joining Froriep, Daniela Wälchli worked for several years as a legal counsel in a leading global healthcare company in Basel and thereafter as an associate in an international law firm in Zurich. Daniela Wälchli studied at the Universities of Freiburg i.Ue, Copenhagen (Denmark) and Berne, and graduated with a Master of Law degree in 2008. She was admitted to the Berne Bar in 2011. In 2014 she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in EU Competition Law from King's College, London. Her working languages are German and English.

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Look out! your Swiss law contract may unwittingly be subject to "Vienna Convention" rules

Posted by on 5 February 2019

Even if a contract designates "Swiss law" as the governing law, the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (the "Vienna Convention" or "CISG") could in principle apply. Where it applies, the CISG takes precedence over the ordinary national laws. This is often overlooked by the parties at the time they negotiate and sign the contract, and at the point they find themselves in dispute.

Topics: Corporate & Commercial , TMT , Intellectual Property

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