Carmen De la Cruz is a founding partner with de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd, a corporate law firm specialised in the fields of IT, information and communication law including but not limited to licensing, outsourcing, infrastructure, related services as well as data protection.
Carmen worked for many years as in-house counsel for one of the leading financial service providers as well as for telecommunication providers. As general counsel in the area of infrastructure, she supported work in the fields of corporate and infrastructure law. She advises her clients in the fields of information and communications law, intellectual property law, data protection law and all related matters, based on her experience as both an in-house lawyer and external adviser in legal and regulatory fields. As a notary public Carmen advises her clients in transactions in the fields of information and communication technology.
Within her practice, she has been an active member of different practice groups on technology matters where new legalisation on telecommunication and information law has developed. Carmen is an elected member of the Federal Arbitration Commission on the administration of IP rights and related rights dealing with collective IP rights; an active member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw); a leading member of the sourcing and cloud practice group at SwissICT, one of Switzerland’s largest IT associations; and a member of the legal group on technology law and the legal practice group on lawful interception at the Swiss Telecommunications Association (ASUT).
Carmen graduated from the University of Fribourg with a special degree in European law/German/French. She is a registered notary public of the Canton of Zug and admitted to the Bar. Carmen also holds a federal degree in IT and economics, and is qualified to degree-level as a German IT security expert of the German Federal Office for Information Security. She has various diplomas relating to IT matters, such as IT management, cloud computing and IT security, from the University of Applied Science and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).
Carmen lectures as a specialist on information technology law and compliance at various universities, including FHNW, Zurich University of Applied Sciences and the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at the University of St Gallen.
De la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is one of the leading IT boutique law firms. With its strong focus on legal and regulatory matters in the fields of information technology, de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is linked to the industry not only via its legal advice but also by its support work based on specific education related to information technology. All partners of de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd have long-term experience as in-house counsel and support clients on legal matters that include in-house needs and requests.
WWL says: De la Cruz has an "excellent, up-and-coming IT practice."
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