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WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

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Stefano Codoni is one of the European market’s most distinguished professionals. Sources are quick to highlight his extraordinary competence as well as his “significant experience in the life sciences sector”. ​

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Stefano Codoni is a partner at Walder Wyss and he heads its Lugano office. His practice focuses mainly on intellectual property, life science and technology-related transactions and litigation. He was born in 1967 and was educated at the University of Zurich (lic iur 1991) and the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College (LLM 1995). He was admitted to the bar in 1994. He is fluent in Italian, German, English and French.

What inspired you to specialise in the life sciences sector? 

I have always been fascinated by law, ever since I was a teenager. During high school I developed an interest in technology and sciences too. I nevertheless decided to study law and after a few weeks I understood that this was exactly what I wanted to do in my life. I was then lucky enough to be able to combine, during my career, the legal work with science and technology-related aspects. I started working with intellectual property and from there I then moved more and more into the life sciences field.   

What impact has covid-19 had on your practice? 

The impact of covid-19 has been twofold. On the one hand there have been requests from clients related directly to the pandemic and the related legal issues. This might range from general legal questions (like the impact of the pandemic or lockdown on contractual relationships in force) to more specific life sciences-related issues, such as the implementation of monitoring apps and cooperation agreements for research projects in the field. On the other hand, as was the case for most people, the impact was with regards to the way in which we manage work and client relationships without in-person meetings. At the same time the dependence on technology became even more apparent. Nevertheless, the relaxation of the lockdown rules was welcome and gradually going back to the traditional working environment has reminded us that personal interaction remains an important feature.   

What has been the most enjoyable case you have been a part of?

If you like your work, as I do, when looking back you will find many cases which were really enjoyable and a great experience because of the facts on which they were based, of the outcome or the people involved. It is therefore difficult to say which one was the most enjoyable case. For sure, one case I will never forget is when, as a young lawyer, I successfully obtained a court order to seize, for DNA testing purposes, a leg that had been amputated from a patient, who had in the meantime died and his body had been cremated. It is questionable whether this was the most enjoyable case, but it was for sure a memorable one. Even more questionable is whether you can say that this was a “life science case” (especially the “life” part…).  

What do you attribute the growth of the life sciences market in Switzerland over the last few years to? 

Switzerland has always been a very friendly environment for investment and technology-related research. This is even more true with respect to the life sciences sector. Traditionally, Switzerland has always been home to large pharma groups, first of all in the Basel area, which has always been attracting talent. Increasingly, pharma groups are relying on external innovation provided by start-ups like biotech companies, which can also benefit from the offspring of an excellent education environment, such as that offered by the two Federal High Institutes of Technology ETHZ and EPFL. Of course, an investment-friendly environment combined with innovative financing models that are available also in Switzerland, as well as public sector financial support and tax benefits for innovation and research activities, make this country an attractive place to develop a business. Predictability of public administration actions and low bureaucracy also represent further competitive advantages, from which the life science and other technology sectors can profit.

Do you see telehealth increasing in popularity as a result of covid-19? 

The importance of telehealth has already increased during the last years. Covid-19 certainly represented a major boost in this trend. The players in the sector were partially forced to step over the obstacles that were represented e.g. by data security risk and risk of inaccuracy of diagnosis. This certainly helped to progress and bring this technology to a higher level. The trend is likely to continue even anticipating possible similar emergency situations in the future.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

In your career you always receive lots of advice, whether from more experienced colleagues, clients or even opposing parties. With respect to my activity in the life sciences sector, I remember the wise advice that was given to me by a client: no matter what, never forget that you remain (just) a lawyer and you are not a scientist. Your task is therefore to try to understand as much as possible about science, but never pretend to know enough that you no longer need a scientist’s support.    

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stefano Codoni earns extensive acclaim for his top-tier practice from sources, and brings over 20 years of experience with life sciences and IP transactions to his briefs.

Biography

Stefano Codoni is a partner at Walder Wyss and heads its Lugano office. His practice focuses mainly on intellectual property, life sciences and technology-related transactions (including licensing, technology transfer and M&A) and litigation (including patent litigation). He regularly represents pharmaceutical and biotech companies and educational institutions, and advises them on all life sciences-related legal aspects. Other areas of work are corporate and commercial law. Stefano also regularly acts as counsel in international commercial arbitration disputes.

Stefano Codoni was born in 1967 and was educated at the University of Zurich (lic iur, 1991) and at the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College (LLM 1995). He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1994. Prior to his joining Walder Wyss in 2013, he held positions as a district court law clerk; foreign associate in a leading London law firm; and associate and (for 12 years) partner in Zurich and Lugano law firms.

He is fluent in Italian, German, English and French. He is registered with the Ticino Bar Registry and admitted to practise throughout Switzerland.

With around 240 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. The firm specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations and family businesses as well as public law institutions and private clients.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stefano Codoni is singled out by market commentators for his outstanding life sciences practice, which encompasses litigation and transactional briefs across the sector. 

Biography

Stefano Codoni is a partner at Walder Wyss and heads its Lugano office. His practice focuses mainly on intellectual property, life sciences and technology-related transactions (including licensing, technology transfer and M&A) and litigation (including patent litigation). He regularly represents pharmaceutical and biotech companies and educational institutions, and advises them on all life sciences-related legal aspects. Other areas of work are corporate and commercial law. Stefano also regularly acts as counsel in international commercial arbitration disputes.

Stefano Codoni was born in 1967 and was educated at the University of Zurich (lic iur, 1991) and at the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College (LLM 1995). He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1994. Prior to his joining Walder Wyss in 2013, he held positions as a district court law clerk; foreign associate in a leading London law firm; and associate and (for 12 years) partner in Zurich and Lugano law firms.

He is fluent in Italian, German, English and French. He is registered with the Ticino Bar Registry and admitted to practise throughout Switzerland.

With around 240 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. The firm specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations and family businesses as well as public law institutions and private clients.

National Leader

Switzerland - Life Sciences 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stefano Codoni stands out for his extensive expertise in the life science and trademark sectors and is adept at handling complex transactional and contentious matters for clients.  

Biography

Stefano Codoni is a partner at Walder Wyss and heads its Lugano office. His practice focuses mainly on intellectual property, life sciences and technology-related transactions (including licensing, technology transfer and M&A) and litigation (including patent litigation). He regularly represents pharmaceutical and biotech companies and educational institutions, and advises them on all life sciences-related legal aspects. Other areas of work are corporate and commercial law. Stefano also regularly acts as counsel in international commercial arbitration disputes.

Stefano Codoni was born in 1967 and was educated at the University of Zurich (lic iur, 1991) and at the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College (LLM 1995). He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1994. Prior to his joining Walder Wyss in 2013, he held positions as a district court law clerk; foreign associate in a leading London law firm; and associate and (for 12 years) partner in Zurich and Lugano law firms.

He is fluent in Italian, German, English and French. He is registered with the Ticino Bar Registry and admitted to practise throughout Switzerland.

With around 240 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. The firm specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution and tax law. Clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations and family businesses as well as public law institutions and private clients.

Switzerland - Trademarks 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Stefano Codoni is a well-known figure in the Swiss market who draws plaudits for his experience and knowledge of trademark law. 

Biography

 

Stefano Codoni is a partner at Walder Wyss and heads its Lugano office. His practice focuses mainly on intellectual property, life sciences and technology-related transactions (including licensing, technology transfer and M&A) and litigation. He often represents and advises clients from various industries in complex multi-jurisdictional trademark and unfair competition disputes, taking responsibility for designing the overall litigation strategy. Other areas of work are corporate and commercial law. Stefano also regularly acts as counsel in international commercial arbitration disputes.

Stefano Codoni was born in 1967 and was educated at the University of Zurich (lic iur, 1991) and at the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College (LLM 1995). He was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 1994. Prior to his joining Walder Wyss in 2013, he held positions as a district court law clerk; foreign associate in a leading London law firm; and associate and (for 12 years) partner in Zurich and Lugano law firms.

He is fluent in Italian, German, English and French. He is registered with the Ticino Bar Registry and admitted to practise throughout Switzerland.

With around 240 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. The firm specialises in corporate and commercial law, banking and finance, intellectual property and competition law, dispute resolution, and tax law. Clients include national and international companies, publicly held corporations, family businesses, public law institutions and private clients.

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