Dr. Alesch Staehelin

Falkenstrasse 27
8024 Zurich
Tel. : + 41 44 266 21 00
Fax : + 41 44 266 21 01
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Alesch Staehelin has around 20 years of experience as a counsel, dealmaker, negotiator and mediator. Before joining TIMES Attorneys as a partner in November 2018, he worked 11 years at IBM as a senior in-house counsel in various international lead positions.

Alesch Staehelin specializes in drafting all types of IT agreements and in negotiating and closing complex and time-sensitive (cross-border) tech deals. The focus of his practice is on all technology law matters, such as outsourcing & digital transformation, (cross-border) IT services and consulting agreements, licensing, technology transfer, R&D, open source, cloud & SaaS, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, blockchain, big data analytics, predictive maintenance, cybersecurity, MedTech, FinTech, LegalTech, virtual & augmented reality, H2020, quantum computing, telecoms, etc. Alesch Staehelin’s further areas of expertise are intellectual property, data protection and media & entertainment law.

During 11 years at IBM, Alesch Staehelin gained very substantial senior in-house experience in various international lead counsel positions. In particular his expertise in the legal aspects of cognitive computing and other cutting-edge technologies related to digitalization, virtualization and automation have made him a highly recognized IT lawyer in Europe and overseas. As Digital Lawyer & Counsel (DLC)®, he is a sought-after keynote speaker, moderator and panelist on current Technology & IP related legal issues. Recent speaking engagements have brought him to major cities around the world. Alesch Staehelin is also a member of the advisory boards of several well-known international Technology & IP law conferences, of the legal commission of swissICT and of the editorial office of Zeitschrift für Immaterialgüter-, Informations- und Wettbewerbsrecht (sic!). He teaches IT law at the University of Zurich and he is the author or co-author of around 30 legal publications, mainly related to IP/IT and entertainment law. His professional memberships include the Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations, ITechLaw, LIDC, INTA and INGRES.

Prior to joining IBM, Alesch Staehelin worked 8 years as an IP/IT lawyer at leading Swiss law firms. He studied at the UCLA School of Law (LL.M.), the City University of New York and the University of Zurich (Dr. iur.).