Lukas Morscher
Office:
Brandschenkestrasse 24
CH-8027
City:
Zurich
State:
Zurich
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 58 450 80 00
Fax:
+41 58 450 80 01

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Data

Dr Lukas Morscher is head of the practice group TMT and outsourcing in Zurich. He advises regularly on international and domestic transactions, and is considered a leading expert in technology, telecoms and business sourcing in Switzerland. He is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences, and co-chair of ICT conferences of the University St Gallen. Dr Morscher is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (AMP) and board member of several companies in the technology, telecoms, financial services/fintech industries. He is author of multiple publications in the fields of technology, outsourcing, software and data protection/privacy.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE TMT SPACE?

TMT-related work is in its very nature interdisciplinary and almost always involves technical, commercial and legal issues alike. Our technology practice is often closely involved in our clients’ business operations in order to create new business models and value chains along with practicable effective solutions.

WHAT MAKES LENZ & STAEHELIN’S PRACTICE IN THIS AREA STAND OUT FROM THE COMPETITION?

Supporting clients across the full TMT spectrum requires a deep understanding of the business models and underlying technologies on top of legal expertise in a wide range of areas, including regulatory, corporate and transactional, contract, intellectual property, competition, technology-enabled innovation and data protection/privacy. We provide tailored services through a dedicated and multidisciplinary team. Drawing from experts of various practice groups, as required in the individual case for effective and cost-efficient advice, we strive for long-term trusted relationships with our clients.

HOW HAS THE GROWTH OF TECHNOLOGY AND A GREATER FOCUS ON ISSUES OF DATA PROTECTION IMPACTED THE WORLD OF CORPORATE TRANSACTIONS?

Data analytics and data-based services are driving digital disruption of the physical world. This not only impacts data privacy triggering new legislation around the globe (see also my answer below), but has also major effects on the corporate structure of multinational groups and their transfer pricing as well as customer and intra-group contracting. The dependency on physical locations is more and more reduced, service delivery geographically flexible, and revenue streams modified and more centralised. I usually refer to such new corporate structures as “star designs” that can be seen in any industry.

HOW HAS THE TECHNOLOGY AND DATA SPACE EVOLVED SINCE YOU BEGAN YOUR CAREER?

System and service availability have strongly increased (low latency, high redundancy) and service offerings became far more attractive (collaborative tools, platform businesses, etc). Techonologies such as encryption technologies, interoperability of cloud services (easy data retention and retrieval, easy migration) and availability of multiple cloud suppliers (plug-and-play) have become important drivers of technological advancement by businesses.

WHAT RISKS AND BENEFITS HAVE BEEN GENERATED BY THE GROWTH OF OUTSOURCING?

The business risks involved with outsourcing have generally decreased over the last few years, mainly

as a result of standardisation and increased interoperability. Thus, also project requirements and transaction costs even for complex outsourcings (infrastructure and data management as well as business process outsourcings such as securities custody and execution, finance and accounting, HR payroll, network communication, facility management and other managed services) have decreased to (almost) plug-and-play.

FINTECH IS PLAYING AN INCREASINGLY CRUCIAL ROLE IN FINANCIAL SERVICES. WHAT IS ITS FUTURE?

Technology in finance is not at all new, but rather the financial industry has been a front runner in technological advancement and value-chain perfection. Fintech, however, brings new features to the financial industry through small and agile players, and will have a bright future mainly through further development and implementation of business models based on blockchain and enhanced customer experience. Still, the cooperation between fintech start-ups and established players will eventually make fintech an important part of (further developed) technology in finance, but no more than that.

AS A LAWYER PRACTISING IN THE SECTOR, WHAT ONE ASPECT OF DATA PRIVACY LAW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IMPROVE WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?

Data subjects must be empowered to
(re)gain control over their privacy and personal data. Individual data protection rights, such as the ones granted under the GDPR, should be further developed and implemented within the companies’ and large organisations’ standard operating procedures around the world, making the GDPR almost a global privacy standard. New applications (such as www.onethingless.com) will so empower the data subjects and at the same time also help the companies to fulfil their duties and to grant their customers’ individual rights.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING LAWYERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN BUILDING A CAREER IN THE DATA AND TMT SPACE?

Be and think interdisciplinary (tech/biz/legal); stay curious; understand IP rights and transactional contracting aspects as well as corporate matters; follow technological advances; and try to understand software development and relevant technology features, such as convergence, data analytics, mobile internet applications and platforms – and of course blockchain!

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Data: Data Security

Dr Lukas Morscher is head of the TMT and outsourcing practice group in Zurich, and an expert on corporate M&A and financial services. He advises regularly on international and domestic transactions, and is considered a leading lawyer in technology, telecoms and business sourcing in Switzerland.

Lukas Morscher holds a master’s in economics from the University of Basel. He graduated from law school and completed his doctoral thesis at the Basel University and obtained an AMP from Harvard Business School. He has been admitted to Basel, Zurich and Berne Bars, and speaks German, English and French.

Lukas Morscher is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences with multiple publications in the fields of corporate M&A, TMT and data protection/privacy; a co-chair of ICT conferences at the University St Gallen; a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, SwissICT, the Swiss Interactive Media and Software Association, the Swiss Forum for Communications Law and the International Technology Law Association; and a board member of companies in the technology, telecoms and fintech industries.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Lukas Morscher enjoys a great reputation in the international market for his leading expertise in data security issues.

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Who's Who Legal Data: Data Privacy and Protection

Dr Lukas Morscher is head of the TMT and outsourcing practice group in Zurich, and an expert on corporate M&A and financial services. He advises regularly on international and domestic transactions, and is considered a leading lawyer in technology, telecoms and business sourcing in Switzerland.

Lukas Morscher holds a master’s in economics from the University of Basel. He graduated from law school and completed his doctoral thesis at the Basel University and obtained an AMP from Harvard Business School. He has been admitted to Basel, Zurich and Berne Bars, and speaks German, English and French.

Lukas Morscher is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences with multiple publications in the fields of corporate M&A, TMT and data protection/privacy; a co-chair of ICT conferences at the University St Gallen; a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, SwissICT, the Swiss Interactive Media and Software Association, the Swiss Forum for Communications Law and the International Technology Law Association; and a board member of companies in the technology, telecoms and fintech industries.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Lukas Morscher is highlighted for his first-class data privacy practice, an area in which he is recognised as a go-to name in the Swiss market.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Data which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Data: Information Technology

Dr Lukas Morscher is head of the TMT and outsourcing practice group in Zurich, and an expert on corporate M&A and financial services. He advises regularly on international and domestic transactions, and is considered a leading lawyer in technology, telecoms and business sourcing in Switzerland.

Lukas Morscher holds a master’s in economics from the University of Basel. He graduated from law school and completed his doctoral thesis at the Basel University and obtained an AMP from Harvard Business School. He has been admitted to Basel, Zurich and Berne Bars, and speaks German, English and French.

Lukas Morscher is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences with multiple publications in the fields of corporate M&A, TMT and data protection/privacy; a co-chair of ICT conferences at the University St Gallen; a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, SwissICT, the Swiss Interactive Media and Software Association, the Swiss Forum for Communications Law and the International Technology Law Association; and a board member of companies in the technology, telecoms and fintech industries.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Lukas Morscher is a top name in the Swiss market who receives plaudits for his exceptional work on major transactions across the IT sector.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Data which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Data: Telecoms & Media

Dr Lukas Morscher is head of the TMT and outsourcing practice group in Zurich, and an expert on corporate M&A and financial services. He advises regularly on international and domestic transactions, and is considered a leading lawyer in technology, telecoms and business sourcing in Switzerland.

Lukas Morscher holds a master’s in economics from the University of Basel. He graduated from law school and completed his doctoral thesis at the Basel University and obtained an AMP from Harvard Business School. He has been admitted to Basel, Zurich and Berne Bars, and speaks German, English and French.

Lukas Morscher is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences with multiple publications in the fields of corporate M&A, TMT and data protection/privacy; a co-chair of ICT conferences at the University St Gallen; a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, SwissICT, the Swiss Interactive Media and Software Association, the Swiss Forum for Communications Law and the International Technology Law Association; and a board member of companies in the technology, telecoms and fintech industries.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Lukas Morscher is a well-established name in the Swiss telecoms and media sector where he gains recognition for his strong expertise in corporate and transactional matters.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Data which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - TMT

Dr Lukas Morscher is head of the TMT and outsourcing practice group in Zurich, and an expert on corporate M&A and financial services. He advises regularly on international and domestic transactions, and is considered a leading lawyer in technology, telecoms and business sourcing in Switzerland.

Lukas Morscher holds a master’s in economics from the University of Basel. He graduated from law school and completed his doctoral thesis at the Basel University and obtained an AMP from Harvard Business School. He has been admitted to Basel, Zurich and Berne Bars, and speaks German, English and French.

Lukas Morscher is a frequent lecturer at seminars and conferences with multiple publications in the fields of corporate M&A, TMT and data protection/privacy; a co-chair of ICT conferences at the University St Gallen; a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, SwissICT, the Swiss Interactive Media and Software Association, the Swiss Forum for Communications Law and the International Technology Law Association; and a board member of companies in the technology, telecoms and fintech industries.

Lenz & Staehelin is the largest Swiss law firm with over 200 lawyers and with offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. Lenz & Staehelin's scope of activities covers all areas of business law for Swiss and international clients.

WWL says: Lukas Morscher is an eminent name in the market. Known for working on big IT transactions, sources state he “handles complex structures incredibly well”.

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