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id est avocats sarl

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Managing Partners: Michel Jaccard, Juliette Ancelle, Mehmet Toral
Number of partners: 3
Number of lawyers: 11
Languages: English, French, German, Turkish, Spanish

Firm Overview:
id est avocats is an award winning law firm specialised in advanced technologies, privacy and cyber security, media, advertising/publishing, corporate finance and acquisitions, and intellectual property/unfair practices. The firm is based in Lausanne, in the heart of the Lake Geneva region, and advises clients throughout Switzerland. The firm places industry knowledge at the heart of its activity, and leverages technology to serve its clients. The firm enjoys well-established relationships with global brands, prominent entrepreneurs, institutional investors, international groups, leading local SMEs, and many CEOs and owners of businesses that it has assisted in growth, acquisitions, combinations, restructurings, and exits. The firm regularly interacts with law firms from across the world and is well connected with multinational practices.

Main Areas of Practice

Advanced Technologies:
The firm helps its clients navigate the world of advanced technologies (IS/IT, cloud, data & privacy, blockchain & IoT, AI/ML, med/biotech, telecoms). Our team regularly assists in the design of best practices, the negotiation of highly complex technology and outsourcing projects, cloud architectures, and in the management of cross-border privacy issues and online presence and reputation, in particular in the field of social media. The firm is also experienced in data security and cybercrime, offering quick and sophisticated advice in the context of cyberattacks as well as long-term support in the design of data management and security strategies.

Corporate & Commercial Transactions, Governance:
The firm offers expert advice in commercial and corporate finance transactions, including M&A deals, private equity investments, venture capital financings and leveraged and management buyouts, and regularly assists in large transnational acquisitions and exits in the Lake Geneva region. Clients range from early stage, equity or debt financed companies and entrepreneurs to global leaders and include numerous SMEs doing business with international suppliers or customers. The team also regularly advises in corporate governance matters and disputes, offering as well expert support in employmentrelated matters in the corporate context (incentive plans, managers employment contracts, employees transfers, etc.).

Intellectual Property,Unfair Practices:
The firm regularly handles a wide range of intellectual property matters, from filing trademark registration in the framework of a global brand strategy to complex licensing negotiations or high-stakes unfair competition disputes, as well as assistance in the media and entertainment industries. The firm’s clients’ core business often rely on key intellectual property assets and the firm’s team can offer its expertise, both in a contentious and non-contentious contexts, to assist them in these complex matters, whether it requires addressing traditional copyright, trademark or patent protection issues or advising on the selection of an open source based business model. The firm can also offer a solid contracting and transactional expertise in all areas of law relating to intellectual property matters, using its crossexpertise in technology, privacy and business law in support of multifaceted technology transactions.