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Switzerland: Technology, Media & Telecommunications 2017

We highlight 38 leading individuals who stand out for their exceptional work handling sector-related regulatory and compliance matters, dispute resolution, content rights and related M&A, outsourcing and licensing deals, data protection and e-commerce. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jürg Schneider Walder Wyss, Zurich
2. Clara-Ann Gordon Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
3. David Rosenthal Homburger, Zurich
4. Hans Rudolf Trüeb Walder Wyss, Zurich
5. Christian Laux Laux Lawyers AG, Zurich
6. Carmen De la Cruz de la cruz beranek Rechtsanwälte, Zug

One of the country’s pre-eminent commercial outfits WALDER WYSS leads the research this year with five practitioners highlighted for their first-rate work in the TMT space.
Thought leader Jürg Schneider is described by peers as “an excellent IT lawyer”. He is an expert when it comes to global outsourcing projects, data protection matters and e-commerce.  
Hans Rudolf Trüeb is “absolutely brilliant” and boasts a great reputation in the market. He is well known for the intuitive counsel he delivers to clients on technology-related corporate transactions.
Didier Sangiorgio runs a top-tier corporate practice and is recognised for his sector-related transactional work. International outsourcing and system integration projects are areas in which he particularly excels.  
The “highly intelligent” Mark Reutter is certainly a leading name in the market, according to respondents. He recently advised Ascom Holding AG on the IP and IT aspects of InfoVista’s acquisition of its Network Testing Division.
Michael Isler is a recognised expert in the IT field and is well versed in handling large and complex outsourcing projects on an international scale.

Full-service corporate firm HOMBURGER achieves three nominations this year. The group’s extensive expertise includes outsourcing, licensing, e-commerce, data protection and media and sports marketing law.
According to sources, co-head of the firm’s IT practice David Rosenthal is “the expert to turn to” when it comes to data protection issues, although his practice encompasses the whole gamut of IT matters. He is notably valued by clients for “his ability to think beyond the legal framework”.
Fellow practice leader Georg Rauber is “a dedicated and excellent IT lawyer”. He acts on behalf of clients in sector-related litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as in transactional matters.  
Gregor Bühler is internationally recognised as a standout name in the field. He frequently advises clients on regulatory issues concerning the media sector, as well as technology, licencing and distribution agreements.

IT and communications boutique DE LA CRUZ BERANEK illustrates its strong expertise in the area achieving three nominations this year.
Carmen De la Cruz is a must for inclusion, according to sources, who consider her one of the most prominent names in the sector. She possesses great in-house experience and is valued by clients for her “business-minded approach”.
Nicole Beranek Zanon is recognised internationally for her world-class IT work. Her top-notch practice encompasses a wide array of sector-related matters including domain names, internet and social media and data protection.
Charlene Kramer is an IT law specialist whose extensive knowledge of the sector makes her first port of call for many clients seeking counsel on matters including data protection, outsourcing and e-commerce.

National full-service outfit NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY receives two nominations this year.
Clara-Ann Gordon is considered by many to be a “go-to lawyer” for IT matters. Sources “would recommend her without hesitation” for her expertise in handling technology, outsourcing and data protection issues.
András Gurovits is highlighted particularly for his impressive litigious work in the TMT sector. He possesses great experience representing clients both in litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Two leading practitioners at PESTALOZZI garner nominations in this chapter.
Lorenza Ferrari Hofer leads the firm’s IP and TMT practice group and is known for her adept handling of technology matters from trade and distribution to development and licensing.
Thomas Legler’s broad practice encompasses a wide array of TMT matters including media, data protection, IT, telecommunications and e-commerce.

At EPARTNERS RECHTSANWÄLTE, two leading names are highlighted for their top-tier work in the sector.
Urs Egli possesses over 20 years of experience advising clients in the TMT sector, who praise him for his “solutions-oriented and professional approach”. Recent highlights include advising a bank in the negotiations of an IT outsourcing project with a transaction value of 100 million Swiss francs.
Alexander Schmid is described by respondents as “a pragmatic practitioner” who is known for his particular expertise dealing with software development issues.

At his own firm, LAUX LAWYERS, Christian Laux is highlighted for his “very deep understanding of technology law.” He is considered to be a leading name in the IT field, and regularly counsels clients in relation to outsourcing projects, cloud computing, contracts and sector-related compliance matters.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER’s Roland Mathys is renowned for his “hands-on approach” and “in-depth knowledge of TMT matters”. His practice encompasses the whole gamut of IT matters and he excels particularly when it comes to dispute resolution. One source effuses: ‘He is a skilled and tough negotiator.”

Stephan Kronbichler at KRONBICHLER & TOURETTE is regarded in the market as an excellent IT practitioner. He continues to impress with his “great understanding” of data protection law and first-rate drafting of complex IT contracts.

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