Nicolas Kuonen

Nicolas is a partner with Tavernier Tschanz, a Swiss law firm exclusively devoted to business law. Nicolas is the Head of the Commercial Litigation Department within the firm.

Nicolas has also been a lecturer at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland since 2007, teaching contract and Roman law. He regularly publishes in his fields of specialization and is frequently invited to hold speaches in those fields, in Switzerland and abroad.

Litigation Law Practice:

Our international litigation practice deals with all kinds of corporate and commercial cases. We represent clients in civil proceedings (banking, real estate, construction, unfair competition, employment, or directors’ liability and shareholders’ disputes) and international debt enforcement proceedings before Swiss courts and the Swiss Supreme Court. We also act for plaintiffs in white collar crime matters.

We have gained extensive experience over years in conducting litigation in complex cases, often with international strings. We consider the development of a direct, personal and responsive relationship with our clients as an essential part of our general strategy. Both institutional and private clients come to us precisely for that.

Efficient litigation is not only a procedural game, but requires thorough legal knowledge and creativity. Because our firm operates as one fully integrated team, we enjoy the support of the entire firm to develop theories and research, namely in the fields of corporate, banking or finance law. As a fully independent firm, we are in a position to get other firms’ support, which we select on the sole basis of their expertise and reliability, in Switzerland or abroad, whenever required.

 

Dr Jodok Wicki

Jodok Wicki concentrates on dispute resolution, litigation and international arbitration. He heads the firm’s dispute resolution group and leads also the litigation practice group of CMS. Jodok maintains an active practice of state court litigation and appellate proceedings in a variety of commercial matters, such as purchase and sales agreements, joint ventures, post M&A disputes, director and officer and auditor liability and product liability. He has also a particular focus on insurance matters and qualified as a Certified Specialist of the Swiss Bar Association for Torts and Insurance Law. In international arbitration proceedings Jodok Wicki is appearing as counsel and also regularly sits as arbitrator. He is on the panels of arbitrators of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC).

Jodok Wicki started his practice as a lawyer in 1994 and became a partner in 2000. In 1996 and 1997 he worked as a foreign associate with law firms in New York and in Sydney.

“During my international sports career as an olympic sailor before starting the legal practice I learnt the importance of going the extra mile in order to succeed. It is the voluntarism I learnt then which now benefits and is appreciated by my clients.”

“I value Jodok’s legal and strategic thinking. He does not limit his counselling to the legal aspects of a claim. Where appropriate he highlights non-legal aspects such as strategic and business considerations as well.” Client Feedback 2015

Jodok Wicki has written his doctoral thesis on market making and price manipulation of own shares of listed stockbrokers (Market Making und Kurspflege kotierter eigener Aktien durch Effektenhändler).

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Michael Nordin, LL.M.

Michael Nordin is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office, where he heads the Taxation Group. Apart from providing general tax advice, he focuses on transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations and restructurings, and those related to financing and capital markets. He also conducts Internal Corporate Investigations focusing on tax related matters. In addition, Michael Nordin also advises private clients.

Michael Nordin studied law at the University of St. Gallen, where he completed a first degree in 1991 and, after admission to the Swiss bar in 1993, a doctorate in 1996. He also attended New York University, where he graduated with an LL.M. in International Taxation in 1997. In 2000 he qualified as a Swiss Certified Tax Expert. Before joining Schellenberg Wittmer he worked in the group tax department of a major Swiss bank, in the tax departments of two international «Big Four» audit firms, and for a large business law firm in Zurich.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd / Attorneys at Law

We are a leading Swiss business law firm with:

  • Over 140 highly skilled lawyers providing in-depth expertise to you;
  • Offices in Zurich and Geneva that cover all of Switzerland;
  • An office in Singapore as a gateway to and from the Asia-Pacific region;
  • A client base of domestic and international companies and high-net-worth individuals;
  • A full range of services, from focused advice to project management.

 

Dirk Spacek

Dirk Spacek is a managing associate in the Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition Team. His preferred areas of practice include legal aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT), intellectual property (in particular patent and copyright), data protection as well as general contract and commercial matters. He primarily advises companies of the media, communications, technology and industry sector as well as financial institutions on the development and commercialization of new ideas and technologies. Among various matters, he handles new internet-business models (e-commerce), technology-joint-ventures, outsourcing-projects, software-procurement, license and distribution agreements as well as digital media law matters. In addition, Dirk has vast experience in the representation of clients in contractual and technology-related disputes before state courts.

Dirk Spacek graduated from the University of Zurich (lic.iur. 2002, Dr.iur., 2005) and Columbia University in New York, USA (LL.M. 2012 with a focus on International Media, Entertainment, Technology and Corporate M&A). Already after his graduate studies in Zurich, he specialized as a teaching and research assistant to Prof. Rolf H. Weber at the University of Zurich and accomplished a doctorate (PhD) in intellectual property and media law with a thesis on “the protection of television formats – a legal an economic analysis”. He gained practical experiences as a clerk at the district court of Zurich and as an associate in one of Switzerland’s largest law firms.

Dirk Spacek speaks German, English, French and Spanish. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

 

Paul Lanois

Paul is a global privacy, data protection and information security expert and is an attorney admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia (DC-USA), New York (NY-USA) and the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). He regularly publishes articles on technology law and is frequently invited to speak on such topics. He has spoken at conferences in the United States and across Europe. His views have been noted in diverse publications and media outlets in relation to privacy, data protection and technology-related matters. In 2016, he was named a “Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal and an “Innovative Corporate Counsel” by Law 360. He was recognized as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500’s GC Powerlist and received the Information Governance Expert Of The Year Finalist award at the 2016 Information Governance Conference.

He has been recognized as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, with concentrations in Asian law (CIPP/A), US law (CIPP/US), European law (CIPP/E) and Canadian law (CIPP/C). He is also a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT).  He was an Associate Professor at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in France and an associate at major international law firms (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Allen & Overy and Linklaters). He graduated from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France) with a Master’s degree in Business Law and a postgraduate degree in Private and Public Economic Law. He also holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (USA) and a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Peter Ruggle

  • I am a partner in a Law Firm: Ruggle Partner
  • Lawyer and partner in economic chancery in Zurich, since 1988
  • Lawyer patron of the Canton of Zurich, 1998
  • Legal Secretary, Chairman of the Arbitration Board, Judge at District Court Meilen, 1994-1998
  • Assistant to the Institute of Finance and Financial Law at the University of St. Gallen 1994
  • Lizentiat in Legal Sciences, University of St. Gallen, 1994
Areas of Practice
  • Corporate and commercial law
  • Corporate finance
  • Banking and financial market law
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Languages: German, English, French
Publications (selection)
  • Comment on the Swiss Code of Obligations, Basel 2014, Commentary on Art. 852 – 908
  • Basel Commentary on the Swiss Code of Civil Procedure, Basel 2017, Commentary on Articles 14, 70-72, 213-216, 218, 400, 401.
  • IBA e-book Mediation Techniques, London 2010 (Patricia Barclay, ed.), Confidentiality in Mediation – the Civil Law Tradition.
  • IBA e-book Mediation Techniques, London 2010 (Patricia Barclay, Ed.), After Mediation.
  • Cash Management under Swiss Law, French Association of Cash Managers (AFTE) 2003 Technical Guide on Centralized Cash Management in Europe, published by the European Association of Corporate Treasurers (EACT) (Co-Author), Paris September 2004
Memberships (selection)
  • Zurich attorneys’ association, head of the mediation department
  • Swiss lawyers’ association
  • ASA – Swiss Arbitration Association / Swiss Arbitration Association

 

David Gruber

Practice Areas

– public notary in the canton of Valais with its international famous destinations like Zermatt, Saas-Fee, Verbier, Crans-Montana. Nendaz

– all kind of contract law (sales law, tenancy law, private and public building law)

– company foundation

– property law

– family and divorce law

– inheritance law

Language

– German (mother language)

– English

– French

– Italian

Education

– Studies at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) (lic. iur., 2002)

Further Activities and Memberships

– President of the Valais Bar association (oavs.ch)

 

Giovanni Gaggini

Giovanni Gaggini advises you mainly in the following legal fields:

– Civil Liability and Insurance Law

– Transport Law

– Intellectual Property Law, incl. Unfair Competition

– Entertainment Law, incl. Copyrights

– Inheritance Law

– International Legal Assistance

– Criminal Law

Languages

German, English, French and Italian

Education

University of Virginia (LL.M.), USA – May 2002

Bar admission – December 1997

Zurich University (lic.iur), Switzerland – December 1993

Work Experiences

bellpark legal ltd. – since 2005

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. – 2003 – 2005

Finnegan Henderson LL.P., USA – 2002 – 2003

Greenblum & Bernstein P.L.C., USA – 2002

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd. – 2000 – 2001

  1. Blum & Co. Marken- und Patentanwälte – 1998 – 2000

Wiedler Friedmann Lawyers – 1995 – 1998

District Prosecution Zurich – 1994 – 1995

District Court Zurich – 1994

Consulting and board memberships

Ammann Group Holding Ltd., Switzerland, Board Member – since May 2013

Ammann BauAusrüstung Ltd., Board Member – since May 2013

Poretti & Gaggini Ltd., Bedano, Switzerland, Chairman of the Board – since March 2013

SRE SwissRapide AG, Legal Advisor – 2007

Swiss-Iranian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Board Member – 2014

Memberships

Zurich and Swiss Lawyers Association

Italian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce

Swiss-Iranian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Arabic-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Spedlogswiss

Swiss Business Association Saudi Arabia (SBASA)

INGRES

ASDA

Publications

US-International Trade Commission: Schutzpatronin von US-Immaterialgüterrechten gegen Verletzungen durch ausländische Importe, sic! 03/2003 (US International Trade Commission: Patron of US Intangible Property Rights against Violations by Foreign Imports, sic! 03/2003)

 

Andreas Fabjan

After obtaining his ‘Maturité scientifique’ secondary school-leaving certificate from the Collège de Saussure, he began a law degree at Geneva University. However, he completed his last university year in Zurich, as part of an exchange programme.

Having graduated in law in 1998, he obtained a bursary from Geneva University for a postgraduate course at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, where he obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in 1999. He was admitted to the Bar of New York that same year.

In 2004, he was awarded the postgraduate qualification of the Institute for Real Estate Studies in Geneva.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

On his return to Switzerland, Andreas Fabjan spent his bar qualification internship at the law firm of DUCRET DUCREST CARRARD with partner Olivier CARRARD and successfully passed the bar examination in 2001.

He then worked with the law firm of LENZ & STAEHELIN in the Banking and Financial Department until 2003.

Andreas Fabjan subsequently joined Olivier CARRARD’s legal practice and followed him to his new law firm of ZIEGLER PONCET GRUMBACH CARRARD LUSCHER.

From 2006, he was successively responsible for the legal department of the Geneva Association for Property Owners (Chambre genevoise immobilière – CGI) and held the post of General Secretary of the Swiss Union of Real Estate Professionals (l’Union suisse des professionnels de l’immobilier – USPI Genève) and of the Geneva Association of Construction Developers (l’Association des promoteurs constructeurs genevois – APCG).

In August 2013, with Sidonie MORVAN, he founded MORVAN & FABJAN, Real Estate Lawyers.

LANGUAGES

Andreas Fabjan is bilingual French and German, and speaks and writes fluently in English.

OTHER

Andreas Fabjan is also:

Assistant Judge at the Administrative Court of first instance;

Member of the Board of the Raiffeisen Bank Geneva West;

A Member of the Committee and Bureau of the Association of Financial Intermediaries of Western Switzerland (l’Association romande des intermédiaires financiers – ARIF);

Former assistant judge at the Geneva Leases and Rents Tribunal;

Soral town councillor.

Andreas Fabjan is also member of:

The Geneva Bar Association (L’Ordre des avocats – ODA);

The Swiss Bar Association (La Fédération suisse des avocats – FSA);

SVIT Romandie;

The Geneva Business Law Association (L’Association genevoise de droit des affaires – AGDA);

The Alumni Association of the Institute of Real Estate Studies (L’Association des Diplômés de l’Institut d’Etudes Immobilières – ADIEI);

Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

 

Ray Soudah

MilleniumAssociates AG is an independent international M&A and Corporate Finance Advisory firm based in Switzerland and the UK. Founded in 2000 and owned by its partners and management, it is uniquely positioned to offer independent and non-conflicting advice to its clients. Its Corporates & Entrepreneurs Practice specialises in supporting corporates and entrepreneurial business owners all over the world for their M&A needs, while its Financial Services Practice focuses on transactions for the global financial services industry, in particular the global wealth, asset management, private banking and private equity sectors.
The company’s fully dedicated team of M&A and Corporate Finance specialists are currently involved in variety of advisory assignments, supporting a number of international, regional and domestic clients with their global expansion or divestment strategies, as well as consulting for organisations seeking to determine their ideal strategic options including partnerships, alliances and IPO or debt raising plans and arrangements .
MilleniumAssociates is proud to have one of the broadest professional networks worldwide, including institutional and private investors.  Over recent years they have augmented this with a number of similarly independent and unconflicted global strategic partnerships in the key growth regions of the world which strengthens their coverage locally and regionally and complements its service offering.
MilleniumAssociates is exceptional in the market place, in that that the company leverages its expertise, global reach and investors’ network enabling it to manage the most complex assignments, whilst its independence and lack of conflicts allows it to offer totally impartial advice allowing its professional network and nimble approach to be responsive to clients’ needs and creative in finding the most appropriate strategic solutions.