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Jürg Schneider

Jürg Schneider

Walder WyssAvenue du Théâtre 1PO BoxLausanneSwitzerland1002
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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

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Jürg Schneider is a partner at Walder Wyss Ltd and head of the Lausanne office. Jürg Schneider has more than 18 years of practice in the area of information technology, data protection and outsourcing. He advises on comprehensive system integration and global outsourcing projects and has extensive experience in the field of data protection, in particular in international contexts. Jürg Schneider regularly publishes and lectures on ICT topics. He is a member of several professional organisations and serves on the board of directors of ITechLaw.

WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE ON A CAREER IN IT AND DATA PROTECTION LAW?

Even before studying law, I have always been very interested in new technologies and the way they create, shape and impact new products and services as well as the way companies and people interact. For me, specialising in IT, data protection and outsourcing was, therefore, the obvious choice to combine my interests and help clients to successfully navigate the legal challenges of TMT.

GIVEN THAT SWITZERLAND IS NOT PART OF THE EU/EEA, TO WHAT EXTENT HAS THE GDPR AFFECTED YOUR PRACTICE?

Although the GDPR does not directly apply to Switzerland, many Swiss undertakings are subject to the GDPR, for example, where processing activities related to offerings of goods or services to individuals in the EU or EEA are concerned, and many have decided to implement GDPR requirements on a voluntary basis. For this reason, an important part of my recent practice has included advising undertakings on how to simultaneously comply with both Swiss data protection law and the GDPR.

HOW IS DATA PROCESSING REGULATION IMPACTING THE HEALTH SECTOR?

Stricter and more demanding requirements regarding the processing of health data, in particular under the GDPR, as well as the increasing importance of digital data in the health sector, have led many actors in the health sector to review and, if necessary, adapt their data processing practices. In addition, I have noticed an increased scrutiny by surveillance authorities and an increased public awareness in this area.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO BE THE IMPACT OF THE EU’S REVIEW OF THE EU–US PRIVACY SHIELD ON SWITZERLAND?

Switzerland will conduct its own and separate review of the Swiss-US Privacy Shield immediately following the EU’s review of the EU–US Privacy Shield. According to the Swiss Data Protection and Information Commissioner, the Swiss review will be carried out in close coordination with the EU. I, therefore, expect Switzerland to “follow” the outcome of the EU review. This being said, in practice companies very often do not (solely) rely on the EU–US and the Swiss–US Privacy Shields for transfers to the USA but have (also) put in place specific contractual guarantees for such transfers. A possible suspension or termination of the EU–US and the Swiss–US Privacy Shields will therefore not directly affect such companies. Other companies may have to implement contractual guarantees to continue conducting the transfers.

BITCOIN HAS SEEN ITS VALUE FALL IN RECENT MONTHS. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR CRYPTO CURRENCY?

Predictions are difficult – particularly if they concern the future! In the eyes of a lawyer, the attraction of cryptocurrency is influenced by the development of the technology (the Bitcoin blockchain is likely outdated already in several respects, eg, the use of smart contracts), the lack of other investment opportunities and the legal environment and applicable regulations. In this respect, and compared to other jurisdictions, Switzerland has a rather liberal approach and is often chosen for initial coin offerings.

WHAT EFFECT DO YOU EXPECT THE RECENTLY REVISED SWISS POSTAL AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SURVEILLANCE ACT TO HAVE ON THE SWISS TELECOMS COMMUNICATIONS SECTOR?

The revised Act imposes obligations and duties not only on telecommunications service providers but also on providers of so-called derived communication services. Due to the inclusion of derived communication services, some actors that in the past were not subject to the Act now have to live up to (some of) its requirements. This is increasingly becoming the case for providers of certain communication services over the internet. While Swiss telecommunications surveillance law used to be permissive in this respect, it has now turned into an additional legal hurdle for the providers of such services. These providers therefore need to be cautious when introducing their services on the Swiss market.

WHAT ARE CLIENTS’ MAIN CONCERNS AT THE MOMENT IN RELATION TO CLOUD COMPUTING?

Data protection, data security and government interception are important topics for users and providers alike. In my practice, and essentially due to the GDPR, I have seen that these topics are currently being addressed and solved in a much more standardised way than a few years ago.

HOW HAS YOUR PRACTICE EVOLVED OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS?

As a consequence of the introduction of the GDPR and the ongoing revision of the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act, data protection advice and implementation projects have become a more important aspect of my practice. As regards IT work in general, advice on cloud services and XaaS transactions has taken the lead over traditional licence, support and maintenance and implementation agreements. Furthermore, the demand for advice on telecommunications surveillance and government interception has greatly increased over the past few years.

Responsiveness and in-depth knowledge of market practice have become ever more important over the past few years and have been some of the key factors for a successful practice.

Thought Leaders - Data 2019
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Jürg Schneider is highlighted by sources as an "excellent and experienced lawyer" who stands out for his leading work on data protection and information security matters. Peers state that he is "very knowledgeable and always a pleasure to work with".

Biography

Jürg Schneider is a partner in the IT and IP team of Walder Wyss, one of Switzerland's leading law firms, and head of the Lausanne office.

His primary practice areas include information technology, data protection and outsourcing. He regularly advises both Swiss and international firms on comprehensive licensing, development, system integration and complex global outsourcing projects. He has deep and extensive experience in the fields of data protection, information security and e-commerce, with a particular focus on transborder and international contexts. In addition, Mr Schneider regularly publishes and lectures on ICT topics at national and international conferences. He is a member of several professional organisations and is member of the board and former co-chair of the data protection committee of the International Technology Law Association.

Jürg Schneider was educated at the University of Neuchâtel (lic iur 1992; Dr iur, 1999). He has previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Neuchâtel, as a trainee at the legal department of the canton of Neuchâtel, and in a Neuchâtel law firm.

Jürg Schneider speaks German, French and English. He is registered with the Vaud Bar Registry and admitted to practise in all of Switzerland.

With around 220 legal experts, Walder Wyss is one of the most successful and fastest growing Swiss commercial law firms, with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano. They specialise in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Their clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations and family businesses as well as public law institutions and private clients.

Data - Data Security 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jürg Schneider is highlighted by sources as an "excellent and experienced lawyer" who stands out for his leading work on data protection and information security matters. Peers state that he is "very knowledgeable and always a pleasure to work with".

Biography

Jürg Schneider is a partner in the IT and IP team of Walder Wyss, one of Switzerland's leading law firms, and head of the Lausanne office.

His primary practice areas include information technology, data protection and outsourcing. He regularly advises both Swiss and international firms on comprehensive licensing, development, system integration, and complex global outsourcing projects. He has deep and extensive experience in the fields of data protection, information security and e-commerce, with a particular focus on transborder and international contexts. In addition, Mr Schneider regularly publishes and lectures on ICT topics at national and international conferences. He is a member of several professional organisations and is member of the board and former co-chair of the data protection committee of the International Technology Law Association.

Jürg Schneider was educated at the University of Neuchâtel (lic iur 1992; Dr iur, 1999). He has previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Neuchâtel, as a trainee at the legal department of the canton of Neuchâtel, and in a Neuchâtel law firm.

Jürg Schneider speaks German, French and English. He is registered with the Vaud Bar Registry and admitted to practise in all of Switzerland.

With around 220 legal experts, Walder Wyss is one of the most successful and fastest growing Swiss commercial law firms, with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano. They specialise in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Their clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations and family businesses as well as public law institutions and private clients.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Jürg Schneider is highlighted by peers as "the best" when it comes to complex IT matters. They note he is “very knowledgeable and highly experienced" when it comes to outsourcing and system integration.

Biography

Jürg Schneider is a partner in the IT and IP team of Walder Wyss, one of Switzerland's leading law firms, and head of the Lausanne office.

His primary practice areas include information technology, data protection and outsourcing. He regularly advises both Swiss and international firms on comprehensive licensing, development, system integration and complex global outsourcing projects. He has deep and extensive experience in the fields of data protection, information security and e-commerce, with a particular focus on transborder and international contexts. In addition, Mr Schneider regularly publishes and lectures on ICT topics at national and international conferences. He is a member of several professional organisations and is member of the board and former co-chair of the data protection committee of the International Technology Law Association.

Jürg Schneider was educated at the University of Neuchâtel (lic iur 1992; Dr iur, 1999). He has previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Neuchâtel, as a trainee at the legal department of the canton of Neuchâtel, and in a Neuchâtel law firm.

Jürg Schneider speaks German, French and English. He is registered with the Vaud Bar Registry and admitted to practise in all of Switzerland.

With around 220 legal experts, Walder Wyss is one of the most successful and fastest growing Swiss commercial law firms, with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano. They specialise in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Their clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations and family businesses as well as public law institutions and private clients.

Data - Telecoms & Media 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jürg Schneider wins praise from widespread international sources and is "highly recommended" for his leading work on e-commerce and licensing issues.

Biography

Jürg Schneider is a partner in the IT and IP team of Walder Wyss, one of Switzerland's leading law firms, and head of the Lausanne office.

His primary practice areas include information technology, data protection and outsourcing. He regularly advises both Swiss and international firms on comprehensive licensing, development, system integration, and complex global outsourcing projects. He has deep and extensive experience in the fields of data protection, information security and e-commerce, with a particular focus on transborder and international contexts. In addition, Mr Schneider regularly publishes and lectures on ICT topics at national and international conferences. He is a member of several professional organisations and is member of the board and former co-chair of the data protection committee of the International Technology Law Association.

Jürg Schneider was educated at the University of Neuchâtel (lic iur 1992; Dr iur, 1999). He has previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Neuchâtel, as a trainee at the legal department of the canton of Neuchâtel, and in a Neuchâtel law firm.

Jürg Schneider speaks German, French and English. He is registered with the Vaud Bar Registry and admitted to practise in all of Switzerland.

With around 220 legal experts, Walder Wyss is one of the most successful and fastest growing Swiss commercial law firms, with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano. They specialise in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Their clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations and family businesses as well as public law institutions and private clients.

National Leader

Switzerland - Data

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Jürg Schneider is one of the foremost data lawyers in the country, and stands out for his excellent work on outsourcing, data protection and systems integration matters.

Biography

Jürg Schneider is a partner in the IT and IP team of Walder Wyss, one of Switzerland's leading law firms, and head of the Lausanne office.

His primary practice areas include information technology, data protection, and outsourcing. He regularly advises both Swiss and international firms on comprehensive licensing, development, system integration, and complex global outsourcing projects. He has deep and extensive experience in the fields of data protection, information security and e-commerce, with a particular focus on transborder and international contexts. In addition, Mr Schneider regularly publishes and lectures on ICT topics at national and international conferences. He is a member of several professional organisations and is member of the board and former co-chair of the data protection committee of the International Technology Law Association.

Mr Schneider was educated at the University of Neuchâtel (lic iur 1992; Dr iur, 1999). He has previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Neuchâtel, as a trainee at the legal department of the canton of Neuchâtel, and in a Neuchâtel law firm.

Jürg Schneider speaks German, French and English. He is registered with the Vaud Bar Registry and admitted to practise in all of Switzerland.

With 200 lawyers, Walder Wyss is one of the most successful and fastest growing Swiss commercial law firms, with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano. They specialise in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Their clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations and family businesses as well as public law institutions and private clients.

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