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Froriep Blog Posts for Topic Corporate & Commercial

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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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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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