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Nicole Beranek Zanon
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Thought Leaders - Data - Data Privacy & Protection 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
Thought Leaders - Data - Data Security 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
Thought Leaders - Data - Information Technology 2020
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Nicole Beranek Zanon is a standout name in data law with a wealth of knowledge in cloud outsourcing, e-commerce, data protection and security.

Questions & Answers

Nicole Beranek Zanon is an expert in Swiss / international data protection, IT / cyber security, artificial intelligence, distributed ledger technologies and overlapping technologies. Nicole is a board member of the Research Institute for Information Law of the University St. Gallen and other organisations. Nicole graduated from the University of Fribourg (European law + billingual degree) and St Gallen (Executive MBA). She is fluent in EN/FR. In addition she is a practising registered notary public.

In your opinion, what are the advantages of working for a boutique law firm?

The biggest advantage is that we are very flexible to take up new business ideas and technology developments. With this, we are very often the information leaders in Switzerland. Clients estimate us as challenging partner for their innovations.  

How has your previous experience in-house at a major technology and telecommunications company enhanced your practice?

I worked in the National Research and Education Network of the Swiss universities and the Domain Name registry for .ch. We had a lot of new technology projects when I was there, some are nowadays basic infrastructure for the University or Internet Community. That makes me proud. However, working in-house gives you the focus on risk balance due to limited resources and therefore as an external advisor, you focus much more on what the customer needs and you have a better feeling for this. 

To what extent has covid-19 impacted the nature and pace of data enforcement from regulatory authorities? 

The Commissioner was by himself occupied with the additional question, which came along with covid-19, such as home offices, tracing apps, temperature measurements and so on. In addition, the new data protection law, which should have finished in spring, had to be postponed and is at the moment not yet finalised by the Swiss parliament. 

What are the greatest data-related challenges and/or opportunities that you anticipate your clients to navigate over the next year?

The greatest challenge will be for most of my clients to find the right digitalisation projects with the highest leverage effect to help them overcome this period and to decide wisely what to stop doing. 

Has remote working following covid-19 accelerated your plans to increasingly digitalise the working processes/service delivery offered at de la cruz beranek Rechtsanwälte AG? 

No, we were already completely digitised, but we accustomed to a variety of collaboration tools of our customers. 

How important is it for you to play a role in educating the next generation of information technology lawyers?

This is a very important part of our firm. We work on a regular basis with students to have a funnel for some of them become our trainee lawyers. Within their traineeship we also try to give them all the variety it needs for the bar exam. We have also personnel development plans in place. One thing, which is very important to me, is that we also develop women being a IT lawyers. For this I have initiated in Switzerland the IT-JuristinnenTag (see IT-Juristinnentag.ch), which is a BarCamp for women to network and to get to know each other. I personally hope to find some women talents for our practice.

What is it about data law that you enjoy most?

The enjoy most the subsumption of the data law to new technology. 

What advice would you give to younger data law practitioners hoping to one day be in your position?

If you don’t like it (where you are), change it – you are not a tree.

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nicole Beranek Zanon “combines technical expertise with an expansive knowledge of data protection law” and is “fantastic at providing clients with pragmatic solutions”.

Biography

Nicole Beranek Zanon advises her clients in the fields of Swiss and international data protection; IT security; and information and communications law, as well as all related matters – especially concerning data protection, artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technologies.

Nicole worked for many years as in-house counsel for the leading National Research and Education Network (NREN). As general counsel in the area of domain names, she supported regulatory issues, ICT services and corporate housekeeping.

Nicole is an active board member of Swiss Fintech Ladies; a member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) and the Swiss Telecommunications Association; and board member of the Research Institute for Information Law of the University of St Gallen.

Nicole graduated from the University of Fribourg with a special degree in European law as well as a bilingual degree in German and French. She is fluent in English and French. She is a registered notary public of the Canton of Zug and advises clients in IT M&A transactions and the establishment of start-ups. Nicole is admitted to the Bar, and holds an executive MBA degree from the University of St Gallen.

Nicole lectures as a specialist on information technology law and compliance at various universities in Switzerland and abroad.

de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is one of the leading IT boutique law firms in Switzerland, with a strong focus on clients’ needs.

Data - Data Security 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nicole Beranek Zanon is highly recommended for her “wealth of experience” in data security matters with sources noting, “Nicole is definitely one of the leading lawyers in this area.”

Biography

Nicole Beranek Zanon advises her clients in the fields of Swiss and international data protection; IT security; and information and communications law, as well as all related matters – especially concerning data protection, artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technologies.

Nicole worked for many years as in-house counsel for the leading National Research and Education Network (NREN). As general counsel in the area of domain names, she supported regulatory issues, ICT services and corporate housekeeping.

Nicole is an active board member of Swiss Fintech Ladies; a member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) and the Swiss Telecommunications Association; and board member of the Research Institute for Information Law of the University of St Gallen.

Nicole graduated from the University of Fribourg with a special degree in European law as well as a bilingual degree in German and French. She is fluent in English and French. She is a registered notary public of the Canton of Zug and advises clients in IT M&A transactions and the establishment of start-ups. Nicole is admitted to the Bar, and holds an executive MBA degree from the University of St Gallen.

Nicole lectures as a specialist on information technology law and compliance at various universities in Switzerland and abroad.

de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is one of the leading IT boutique law firms in Switzerland, with a strong focus on clients’ needs.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Nicole Beranek Zanon is a widely recognised as a leading light in the Swiss market when it comes to IT contracting and outsourcing.

Biography

Nicole Beranek Zanon advises her clients in the fields of Swiss and international data protection; IT security; and information and communications law, as well as all related matters – especially concerning data protection, artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technologies.

Nicole worked for many years as in-house counsel for the leading National Research and Education Network (NREN). As general counsel in the area of domain names, she supported regulatory issues, ICT services and corporate housekeeping.

Nicole is an active board member of Swiss Fintech Ladies; a member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) and the Swiss Telecommunications Association; and board member of the Research Institute for Information Law of the University of St Gallen.

Nicole graduated from the University of Fribourg with a special degree in European law as well as a bilingual degree in German and French. She is fluent in English and French. She is a registered notary public of the Canton of Zug and advises clients in IT M&A transactions and the establishment of start-ups. Nicole is admitted to the Bar, and holds an executive MBA degree from the University of St Gallen.

Nicole lectures as a specialist on information technology law and compliance at various universities in Switzerland and abroad.

de la cruz beranek Attorneys at Law Ltd is one of the leading IT boutique law firms in Switzerland, with a strong focus on clients’ needs.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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