Martin K Weber
Office:
Bleicherweg 18
Postfach 2037
8027
City:
Zurich
State:
Zurich
Country:
Switzerland
Tel:
+41 43 344 22 22

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Switzerland

Martin K Weber (born 1982) is a partner of Roesle Frick & Partners, based in Zurich, with a dedicated team comprising several lawyers and paralegals. His practice focuses on corporate/M&A, banking and finance, and investigations/white-collar crime. In particular, he represents clients in investigations by Swiss and foreign authorities; organises internal and regulatory investigations; and conducts compliance reviews, especially in the context of cybercrime, corruption, money laundering, abusive trading activities and corporate malpractice.

DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER TO DATE.

Before joining Roesle Frick & Partners as a partner in 2015, I worked at the corporate law firm Homburger. I received an LLM degree from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated as a bilingual Master of Laws (French/German) from the Universities of Neuchâtel and Lucerne, where I also achieved a doctorate in financial market regulation. In 2011 I was admitted to the bar. In addition, I have been serving as a prosecutor and investigating judge of a Swiss military tribunal for 10 years, and was trained in forensics. I am also a lecturer for legal and compliance in banking at HWZ business school in Zurich and a guest lecturer for investigations and white-collar crime at both the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.

YOU HANDLE BOTH BANKING AND FINANCE WORK, AND INVESTIGATIONS WORK. WHAT BENEFITS DOES THIS COMBINED EXPERTISE GIVE YOUR PRACTICE?

Advising banks, asset managers, funds and fintech companies on regulatory issues and the regular transactional work (financings, M&A and private equity transactions) gives me a good insight into business practices of such companies. This knowledge helps us to investigate, for instance, corporate and financial malpractice more effectively.

DO YOU FIND THAT THE INCREASING VOLUME OF DATA THAT COMPANIES HOLD IS CHANGING THE TYPE OF ADVICE YOU ARE ASKED FOR? IF SO, IN WHAT WAYS?

The increasing volume of data opens up new options for investigations that have not been available before. This asks for a combination of legal excellence and digital intelligence. Clients more and more expect that an investigations lawyer also has a sound grasp of the technologies and solutions available on the market and is able to manage respective technology specialists. Furthermore, clients are interested in action plans and legal risk assessments in connection with the processing, evaluation and protection of large data volumes.

TECHNOLOGY IS PLAYING AN EVER MORE IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE FIELD OF INVESTIGATIONS. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS TREND?

We keep exploring smart solutions which may support our work and bring added value to our clients. Personally, I believe that legal services can be provided more effectively when combined with digital intelligence. 

This is one reason I recently co-founded the legaltech vendor rewidi.com and co-initiated the Swiss cyber task force defining – under the patronage of the military academy and in cooperation with the Swiss army, the ETH Zurich and representatives of the business community – the Swiss training standard for military and civilian executives in the field of “cyber risk management”.

HOW ARE THE SKILLS REQUIRED OF LAWYERS CHANGING IN LIGHT OF THE INFLUENCE OF TECHNOLOGY IN LAW?

In addition to legal expertise, lawyers should develop a sound understanding of the technical environment and be in a position to lead technology specialists to get the right material for their legal assessment. This is why we have our team regularly trained by specialised IT and forensic firms.

HOW DOES YOUR MILITARY TRAINING ASSIST YOU IN YOUR CURRENT ROLE?

The expertise as a prosecutor of a military tribunal definitely benefits my interview and other forensic skills. Furthermore, I know firsthand how enforcement authorities tick. Also, my previous role as first lieutenant of the Swiss naval forces was an experience in leadership early on.

WHAT ADVANTAGES DO YOU FEEL WORKING IN A CORPORATE BOUTIQUE ADDS TO YOUR PRACTICE?

While in our practice areas we are on an equal footing with the largest law firms in terms of quality and speed, our client relationships are very personal, our working environment is highly discreet and our decision-making processes are short.

HOW DO YOU SEE THE FIELD OF INVESTIGATIONS DEVELOPING OVER THE COMING FIVE YEARS?

On the one hand, more technology will be applied. Currently, even banks are turning to cloud technology to power their risk management and compliance processes. On the other hand, the legal assessment of increasing volumes of data will become more complex. This calls for creative and practical business lawyers with an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of investigations and risk management.

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Who's Who Legal Investigations: Lawyers

Martin K Weber (born 1982) is a partner of Roesle Frick & Partners based in Zurich with a dedicated team comprising of several lawyers and paralegals.

His practice focuses on corporate/M&A, banking & finance and investigations/ white-collar crime. In particular, he represents clients in investigations by Swiss and foreign authorities, organises internal and regulatory investigations, and conducts compliance reviews, especially in the context of cybercrime, corruption, money laundering, abusive trading activities (such as insider trading, course manipulation and market abuse) and corporate malpractice. In addition, he advises clients on compliance with respective regulatory standards.

Before joining Roesle Frick & Partners as a partner in 2015, he worked at the corporate law firm Homburger. He received an LLM degree from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated as a bilingual Master of Laws (French/German) from the Universities of Neuchâtel and Lucerne, where he also accomplished a doctorate in financial market regulation. He is admitted to the Bar of the Canton of Zurich (bar admission at all Swiss courts). In addition, he has been serving as a prosecutor and investigating judge of a Swiss military tribunal for 10 years and was trained in forensics. He is also a lecturer for legal and compliance in banking at HWZ business school in Zurich and a guest lecturer for investigations and white-collar crime at both the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.

Furthermore, he co-founded the legaltech vendor REWIDI.com as well as PACTIUS.ch, and co-initiated the Swiss cyber taskforce (taskforcecyber.ch).

He is fluent in German, English and French.

WWL says: Martin Karl Weber is a well-known lawyer praised for his "strong business acumen" as well as his "profound knowledge, and in-depth technical and investigative know-how."

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

Who's Who Legal Switzerland - Investigations

Martin K Weber (born 1982) is a partner of Roesle Frick & Partners based in Zurich with a dedicated team comprising of several lawyers and paralegals.

His practice focuses on corporate/M&A, banking & finance and investigations/ white-collar crime. In particular, he represents clients in investigations by Swiss and foreign authorities, organises internal and regulatory investigations, and conducts compliance reviews, especially in the context of cybercrime, corruption, money laundering, abusive trading activities (such as insider trading, course manipulation and market abuse) and corporate malpractice. In addition, he advises clients on compliance with respective regulatory standards.

Before joining Roesle Frick & Partners as a partner in 2015, he worked at the corporate law firm Homburger. He received an LLM degree from the University of California, Berkeley and graduated as a bilingual Master of Laws (French/German) from the Universities of Neuchâtel and Lucerne, where he also accomplished a doctorate in financial market regulation. He is admitted to the Bar of the Canton of Zurich (bar admission at all Swiss courts). In addition, he has been serving as a prosecutor and investigating judge of a Swiss military tribunal for 10 years and was trained in forensics. He is also a lecturer for legal and compliance in banking at HWZ business school in Zurich and a guest lecturer for investigations and white-collar crime at both the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.

Furthermore, he co-founded the legaltech vendor REWIDI.com as well as PACTIUS.ch, and co-initiated the Swiss cyber taskforce (taskforcecyber.ch).

He is fluent in German, English and French.

WWL says: Martin K Weber has extensive experience in the management of investigations, impressing sources with his knowledge of internal proceedings.

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

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