Dr. Alesch Staehelin
Alesch Staehelin has 20+ years of experience as a counsel, dealmaker, negotiator, mediator & manager. Before joining TIMES Attorneys as a partner, Alesch worked 11 years for IBM as a senior in-house counsel in various international lead positions, which enables him to speak his clients’ language and understand their exact needs.
Legal 500 describes Alesch in its “Data privacy & protection” and “TMT” sections as advising “on matters pertaining to software as a service, cloud computing and artificial intelligence products and cybersecurity mandates relating to contractual and data privacy issues” and “experienced in litigation and arbitration proceedings”. In the “IP” section, he was described as “tech-related data & IP specialist” who “has extensive IT industry experience and expertise (in particular also regarding new technologies) and is able to explain complex topics in a simple way”. Alesch is also recommended in Who’s Who Legal for data (law). Legal 500 client testimonials: ‘I regularly work with Alesch Staehelin on Swiss data protection and privacy law as well as IT law issues. He’s simply the go-to-person, if you want get things done; an excellent lawyer with – due to his former career at IBM – a deep understanding of clients’ needs. He does not only go the extra mile but extra miles.’ ‘Excellent advice with regard to Swiss data protection and privacy law; perfect combination of very deep knowledge with a pragmatic and straight-to-the-point approach. Very responsive.’
Alesch specializes in data, IT/IP & media: Drafting all types of IT contracts, negotiating & closing complex, time-sensitive (cross-border) tech deals, rendering legal advice regarding data protection, cybersecurity, digital transformation, entertainment, copyright, trademarks, designs, patents, unfair competition, etc., mediating troubled projects, and conducting legal proceedings. Alesch’s further fields of expertise are antitrust & compliance. Clients from various regulated industries appreciate Alesch’s deep understanding of their specific conditions, while SMEs & startups love his full-fledged legal services approach.
IBM. After many years of intensive traditional IT contracting (outsourcing, cloud, etc.) and rendering general legal advice, Alesch acquired very unique expertise in all legal aspects of AI, IoT, big data, blockchain, FinTech, LegalTech, MedTech, VR/AR and other emerging, cutting-edge technologies, which has made him a highly recognized IT lawyer in Europe and overseas.
Digital Lawyer & Counsel (DLC)®. Alesch is a sought-after keynote speaker, moderator and panelist. He teaches IT law and patent & know-how licensing at the University of Zurich, eHealth law at the Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano), and music law at the Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences (Zurich). Alesch is the author of 30+ legal publications. His memberships include ITechLaw (responsible AI committee), GRUR (special committee on data rights), swissICT (legal commission), the Swiss Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Copyrights and Related Rights (ESchK), the International League of Competition Law (ILCL) and the editorial office of the “Zeitschrift für Immaterialgüter-, Informations- und Wettbewerbsrecht (sic!)”.
Early days. 8 years associate at leading Swiss law firms (TMT & IP), admitted to the Zurich bar and all Swiss courts, University of Zurich (Dr. iur., IP law), City University of New York, UCLA School of Law (LL.M., entertainment law).