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

  • 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.

Dominique Lecocq

Dominique Lecocq was admitted to practice in Switzerland and in Malta. He graduated from the School of Law of the University of Geneva in 1999 and obtained a Masters of Law in Securities and Financial Regulation from Georgetown University in 2005. Before founding lecocqassociate, Dominique served with the London office of Radcliffes Solicitors, in 1998. He worked in 1999 as a foreign associate with Pinheiro Neto, Advogados, in São Paulo, Brazil. From 2000 to 2004, he joined as an associate at the Regulatory and Capital Market Practice Group of Pestalozzi law firm in Geneva and Zurich. In 2005, he interned with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission in Washington DC. Finally, from 2005 to 2007, he served with the Corporate Finance and Regulatory Practice Group of Schellenberg Wittmer, in Geneva. lecocqassociate was founded in 2007 and has three offices, in Geneva, Malta and Dubai.
His practice mainly centres on regulatory finance, banking, and insurance, general securities, collective investment schemes and corporate matters. His clients include notably Swiss and international financial institutions, brokerage firms as well as investment and private equity funds.
Mr. Lecocq advises clients on banking and brokerage operations in Switzerland, Malta and the Emirates, including request for regulatory licenses, structuring of operations, compliance and anti-money laundering as well as all banking regulatory legal aspects.
In relation to collective investments, exchange traded funds and exchange traded commodities, his practice covers the incorporation, structuring and licensing of Swiss, Maltese, Luxembourg, US, Cayman Islands and Emirates funds, ETF and ETC. Thus, he advises on all matters related to on-shore and off-shore investment funds and companies including licensing, distribution, asset-management and tax related issues.
In addition, Mr. Lecocq represents clients (including ultra high net worth individuals) on a wide range of private equity schemes, structuring project finance and venture capital, corporate and real estate acquisitions.
Mr. Lecocq regularly advises on structured products and on the setting up of securitization vehicles. He also specialises in advising Swiss and international financial institutions and corporate clients in relation to equity and debt securities, credit facilities, the setting up of up-stream loans and guarantees, financing transactions, securitization, group re-structuring and joint-venture. Mr. Lecocq has significant experience in structuring asset and share deals, whether listed or OTC.
In relation to regulatory insurance, Mr. Lecocq advises on Swiss and EU matters such as licensing of insurance lines and request for business approval, insurance portfolio transfer, structuring of life insurance policies including unit-linked and capital redemption operations.
Mr. Lecocq assists clients on the establishment of trusts and foundations. He advises on corporate tax matters including tax policy, tax management and corporate restructuring, financial planning for individuals and families.
Finally, Mr. Lecocq also advises in relation to Islamic Finance and in particular structuring sharia compliant products including sharia compliant collective investments, life insurance polices (takaful), salam, murabaha, ijara, mushakara and sukuk.

Cécile Berger Meyer

Cécile Berger Meyer is a partner at Lenz & Staehelin. She is an expert in real estate law in Switzerland. She advises both private and institutional clients in the field of construction and real estate law, and in respect of both civil matters (purchases, sales, structuring and financing) and administrative law matters (planning, construction licences, restrictions on acquisitions). Cécile Berger Meyer leads the real estate practice group of Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva.

She is a member of the Geneva Bar Association (OdA), the Swiss Bar Association (SAV), the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), the Swiss Advocates’ Chamber of Certified Specialists, SVIT Romandie (vice chairman), SBA Construction and Real Estate Law (board member) and the CVI (board member). Cécile Berger Meyer is also a judge with the Geneva lease court (landlord side).

Cécile Berger Meyer has been a partner at Lenz & Staehelin since 2013. She graduated from the University of Fribourg in 2000 and was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 2004. She also graduated from the University of Chicago Law School Law in 2006 and qualified as a certified specialist (SBA) in construction and real estate law. She speaks French, English, German and Italian.

Her recent publications include: “Commercial Real Estate – Switzerland”, in Global Legal Insights, 2nd edition, September 2015, pp. 232–240; the Swiss chapter in The Real Estate Law Review, 2014; “Restrictions en matière d’hypothèques” in Newsletter SVIT, May 2013; “Coordination et structuration en matière de PPP: Aspects de droit des contrats et des sociétés” in Aktuelles Vergaberecht 2012/Marchés Publics 2012, Zurich 2012, pp. 437-450; and “Dematerialised mortgage certificates: new regulations”, in Real Estate Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, vol 16 no 1, April 2012.

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.