Charlene Kramer is a co-owner and partner at de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd, a corporate boutique law firm specialised in the fields of IT and communications law, including but not limited to licensing, outsourcing, infrastructure, consulting, e-commerce, digital and social media, along with new technologies and data protection law.
Charlene is of Swiss and German nationality and speaks English and German. She studied at the universities of Tübingen, Augsburg and St Gallen, as well as at the College of Europe in Bruges and Harvard Law School.
She started her professional career in the automotive industry at Robert Bosch GmbH in Germany in 1996, where she stayed for five years before deciding to practise law as an independent attorney and mediator in Konstanz, Germany.
Upon completion of her executive master’s degree in international and European business law at the University of St Gallen, she relocated to Switzerland and took over the lead of the legal and insurances department as general counsel of Von Roll Inova Environmental Technologies in Zurich in 2004.
Following her passion for technology, Charlene then decided to work with the IBM legal department in Switzerland and specialised in IT-Law. In IBM, Charlene was major account counsel for global accounts in the financial services sector and strategic outsourcing, on top of being focal point for global business consulting and troubled projects.
After leaving IBM for a six-month sabbatical in 2010 (spent volunteering for the government in Belize), she proceeded to serve on the board of directors of Microsoft Switzerland as General Counsel Alps, covering legal, compliance and corporate affairs for Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein.
Charlene is a registered attorney-at-law and mediator in both Switzerland and Germany, with a certified specialisation in IT law. She speaks English and German and possesses many years of experience in negotiating and mediating large global deals, troubled projects and settlements, as well as in advising and supporting international corporations as in-house and outside counsel.
WWL says: Charlene Kramer is "a sharp and knowledgeable IT lawyer".
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