Speakers

Gabriele Schwarz
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Department of Computer Science

Gabriele Schwarz is a lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Department of Computer Science. In addition, she is a member of Innovista Management GmbH, a Zurich-based company specializing in training and monitoring innovation and technology projects. Gabriele Schwarz holds a PhD in Information and Technology Management.

Gabriele Schwarz
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Department of Computer Science
Stephan Meyer
ZHAW School of Management and Law

Stephan is a legal professional specialised in FinTech, InsurTech and blockchain technology. After studies in Zurich, Paris and London and six years of working for an international insurance company he is now researching on legal implications of blockchain technology as a PhD candidate at University of Zurich. Stephan works at ZHAW School of Management and Law as a member of an SNSF research project team on the regulation of virtual currencies. In addition, he is a crypto team member at MME, a leading advisory firm in the crypto space, a lecturer in business law and a staff officer in a command support battalion of the Swiss Armed Forces.

Stephan Meyer
ZHAW School of Management and Law
Nora Teuwsen
Group General Counsel of Swiss Federal Railways

Nora Teuwsen was appointed Group General Counsel of Swiss Federal Railways in 2013. She graduated from the University of Zurich and is admitted to all Swiss courts. She holds a degree as Executive Master of European and International Business Law from the University of St. Gallen. Prior to her appointment as Group General Counsel she served as Head Legal and Procurement and member of the executive management team of SBB’s real estate division, one of the foremost players in the country’s property sector. 2015, Nora was elected to the Management Committee of the Institute of Law and Legal Practice from the University of St. Gallen.

Nora Teuwsen
Group General Counsel of Swiss Federal Railways
Martin Fries
Assistant professor of law at the University of Munich (LMU)

Martin Fries is assistant professor of law at the University of Munich (LMU) with a research focus on legal tech. After studying law (bar exam) and economics (diploma), he earned a master’s degree from Stanford University and founded a Munich-based law firm. Aside from his academic activities, he regularly serves as a mediator in inheritance and commercial conflicts.

Martin Fries
Assistant professor of law at the University of Munich (LMU)
Gunther Thies
Co-Founder & CEO of STP Informationstechnologie AG

Gunther Thies is co-founder and CEO of STP Informationstechnologie AG, one of the largest IT companies in the legal market of the Federal Republic with almost 200 employees. STP AG is a highly specialized software company in the segment of legal technology based in Karlsruhe and Switzerland. As a successful entrepreneur, he has been working with digital solutions for the German legal market for more than 20 years. With his many years of experience, he is the driving force behind the development of Legal Tech.

Gunther Thies
Co-Founder & CEO of STP Informationstechnologie AG
Patrick Prior
Founder Advotisement®, FAQ-Recht & Advobot

Patrick Prior graduated law school at the university of Potsdam, Germany. He is a Legal Tech expert, author and ELTA member. In 2016 he founded the Legal Tech consulting company Advotisement®. He is the founder of FAQ-Recht, a legal information platform for generating new clients. In 2017 he started Advobot, a provider of legal chatbots for law firms.

Patrick Prior
Founder Advotisement®, FAQ-Recht & Advobot
Alessandro Tonchia,
Digital KYC

Alessandro Tonchia,
Digital KYC
Jana Essebier
Lawyer & Partner Vischer

Jana Essebier is an attorney at law admitted to the bar in Switzerland and Germany and partner at the law firm VISCHER in the field of banking and finance law. She regularly advises Swiss and foreign financial market participants on regulatory law and insolvency and restructuring as well as on litigious matters. One focus of her work is FinTech innovations, such as crowdfunding, mobile payment and blockchain, as well as providing legal advice to start-ups. In addition, she advises both financial market participants and investors on derivatives, structured products and other financial instruments. Jana is recognized by the Regulatory Board of the SIX Swiss Exchange as a representative of issuers.

Jana Essebier
Lawyer & Partner Vischer
Luis Ackermann
Co-Founder Lex Ferenda

Luis Ackermann is a Data Scientist and IT Architect. Three years ago he founded Lex Ferenda and has since been developing systems for automated legal data processing and digital assistance tools for legal professionals. He specialises in the area of Machine Learning and Data Security, crafting algorithms which provide reliable insights while complying with high confidentiality standards.

Luis Ackermann
Co-Founder Lex Ferenda
Philippe D. Zimmermann
E-Government Projekt „Transaktionsportal für die Wirtschaft“

After his studies in Management at the University of Berne, he worked for several years in academic research and teaching positions. From 2007 onwards he worked in the software industry and was in charge of the certificate business at SwissSign AG, first as a Product Manager, then as a Business Unit Manager. He also founded 2 startup companies, which are still both successfully active. He has an overall experience of 15 years in the fields of e-business and e-government.
Currently, he works at the SECO, where he heads the SME-portal and the business registration portal StartBiz. He also manages the national e-government project „Transaction portal for businesses“ www.egovernment.ch/oss.

Philippe D. Zimmermann
E-Government Projekt „Transaktionsportal für die Wirtschaft“
Daniel Gasteiger
Co-Founder of nexussquared // Founder of Procivis AG

Daniel Gasteiger began his career as a foreign exchange trader at Credit Suisse and joined UBS Investmentbank in 1998. He then worked as a managing director at UBS at the Corporate Center and, starting in 2012, built the office of the Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2015 he left the financial industry and founded Nexussquared in Zurich. The start-up advises Blockchain start-ups as well as established companies on the subject of blockchain. In 2016, he founded his second company, Procivis AG, which advises authorities and governments on the use of block-based solutions and offers e-government-as-a-service.

Daniel Gasteiger
Co-Founder of nexussquared // Founder of Procivis AG
Markus Waldner
Dipl. El. Ing. ETH, Exec MBA HSG, Leiter Fachbereich Weiterentwicklung Ausweise, Bundesamt für Polizei

Markus was trained as an electrical engineer ETH (postgraduate HSG) Markus Waldner held various senior positions in the industry, with a focus on radio and communication technology. In 2004, he moved to the EJPD and prepared a project for the definitive introduction of the biometric passport in Switzerland. Since 2013, he has been responsible for the conceptual and project work of the federal government for the introduction of a state-recognized electronic identity, as well as the projects for the development and public procurement of the next generation of passports on passports and identity cards

Markus Waldner
Dipl. El. Ing. ETH, Exec MBA HSG, Leiter Fachbereich Weiterentwicklung Ausweise, Bundesamt für Polizei
Michael Bornhäuser
Co-Owner Salfort Privatbank

Michael Bornhäusser is a co-owner and the head of Private Equity, Products & Services. He has been in business for 20 years, during which time he has successfully founded, acquired and resold or floated companies in the internet, telecommunication and media sectors. He lectures at St. Gallen University and the University of NW Switzerland and is a board member of companies in Switzerland and abroad

Michael Bornhäuser
Co-Owner Salfort Privatbank
Stephan Breidenbach
Co-Founder Legal Tech Center, Law Professor

Stephan Breidenbach is a law professor at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), a mediator and an entrepreneur.Stephan co-founded betterplace.org, knowledgeTools International GmbH and Blue Economy Solutions.

Stephan Breidenbach
Co-Founder Legal Tech Center, Law Professor
Markus Hartung
Director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession

Markus Hartung - a lawyer and mediator - is director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Bucerius Law School. His research at CLP revolves around market developments and trends, management, strategic leadership and Corporate Governance, as well as new business models enabled through Legal Tech.

Markus Hartung
Director of the Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession
Simon Ahammer
Lawyer - heads the internal software development department of the law firm Beiten Burkhardt.

Simon Ahammer is a lawyer and currently heads the internal software development department of the medium-sized law firm Beiten Burkhardt. Already during his legal studies Mr. Ahammer was concerned about software projects in the legal sector. Since this time, he has been designing and developing branch-specific legal applications, as well as working as a legaltech consultant.

Simon Ahammer
Lawyer - heads the internal software development department of the law firm Beiten Burkhardt.
Gerard Neiditsch
Legal Tech Consultant - Executive School of Management, Technology and Law

Gerard Neiditsch has a track record of technology enabled transformation and operations management at large professional services organisations. He has been working for more than two decades in applying innovative technology and work practice changes at leading legal, advisory and accounting firms, at a civil engineering company and a wholesaler. He has also been the co-founder of a leading eDiscovery and virtual data room software company. He is also the co-inventor of a new electronic filing technology, now known as NetDocuments Email.

Gerard Neiditsch
Legal Tech Consultant - Executive School of Management, Technology and Law
Bruno Mascello
Vice Director, Lecturer University of St. Gallen, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law

Qualified attorney and internationally experienced in both private practice and in-house/legal department. Proven management and leadership skills. Experienced trouble shooter and interim general counsel. Experienced negotiator on an international level and project manager. Broad, international and interdisciplinary education in law and economics (LL.M., Executive MBA). Adjunct professor and lecturer at the University of St. Gallen / Executive School in the area of Law&Management. Legal and business consulting, coaching, trouble shooting and interim roles for establishing/leading legal departments.

Bruno Mascello
Vice Director, Lecturer University of St. Gallen, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law
Maurus Schreyvogel
Chief of Staff Legal at Novartis International AG

Chief of staff to the Group General Counsel provides the backbone infrastructure for the Legal function and is responsible for the strategy execution. Together with peers from other functions and business units the chief of staff supports the development the group wide strategy and participates in group wide and cross functional strategic initiatives. Furthermore, the chief of staff delivers the Legal management reporting, oversees research to develop the Legal function and provides internal and external communication support for the Group General Counsel.

Maurus Schreyvogel
Chief of Staff Legal at Novartis International AG
Gian Sandro Genna
Lawyer at Jusonline AG

Gian Sandro Genna
Lawyer at Jusonline AG
Sascha Theissen
Member of the Executive Board. Strategy advisor for digital transformation.

Consulting for companies, legal departments and law firms in the search for and implementation of new business models, digital tools and legal tech, as well as support for change processes for more innovation and modern leadership through agile methods, kanban and design thinking

Sascha Theissen
Member of the Executive Board. Strategy advisor for digital transformation.
Christian Laux
Partner Laux Rechtsanwälte

Christian Laux
Partner Laux Rechtsanwälte
Martin Eckert
Lawyer and Partner at MME

Martin Eckert, one of the three founding partners of MME, has broad experience in assisting international technology and commercial firms (contracts, distribution, relocation, M&A). His areas of expertise are IT, IP and technology law, particularly in the telecommunications and high tech sectors (inter alia medical technology). He has been appointed as an expert lawyer in negotiating many complex IT-Outsourcing projects, mainly for banks and insurance companies. He acts as a litigator in complex commercial law cases before arbitral tribunals and commercial state courts.

Martin Eckert
Lawyer and Partner at MME
Florent Thouvenin
Chair for lnformation and Communications Law, University of Zuric

Florent Thouvenin
Chair for lnformation and Communications Law, University of Zuric
Philippe Nantermod
FDP Nationalrat

Philippe Nantermod (33) is a member of the Swiss parliament, vice-president of the Swiss liberal-radical party. He works as an independent lawyer. As part of its activities, it has been very involved in digitization issues and proposes a deregulation and market liberalization approach to deal with the digital revolution.

Philippe Nantermod
FDP Nationalrat
Patrick Allemann
CTO at Gatechain.com

Patrick has extensive knowledge of security and cryptography, having worked in various projects in the context of secure data storage. He is founder of futuretek AG, a technology solution provider, and has been actively involved in Cryptocurrencies since 2012. Previously, he gained a broad experience in various technology and business positions across several sectors, with a focus on banking.

Patrick Allemann
CTO at Gatechain.com
Julia Heinzer
Partner Accenture

Julia Heinzer
Partner Accenture
Marc Morant
General Manager of Axiom in Switzerland

Marc is the General Manager of Axiom in Switzerland and a member of Axiom’s Continental Europe management team. Axiom is the world’s largest provider of tech-enabled legal, contracts and compliance solutions for large enterprises. The firm’s unique solutions combine legal expertise, technology and data analytics to deliver work in a way that dramatically reduces risk, cost and cycle time. At Axiom, Marc is responsible for the firm’s first Continental European office including expansion across the region. In this fully-fledged role, Marc is directing a team responsible for managing and developing the firm's relationships with Switzerland based clients.

Marc Morant
General Manager of Axiom in Switzerland
Rolf Auf der Maur
Lawyer & Partner Vischer

Since the beginning of his career as an attorney in 1992, Rolf Auf der Maur has focused on the legal aspects of the internet, combining his fascination with new communication technologies with his legal expertise. His clients include leading companies from the media and entertainment industries as well as from the telecommunications and information technology industries. In addition to his activities as an attorney, Rolf publishes and speaks regularly on internet-related legal issues and is a member of various industry bodies (e.g. as a board member of simsa Swiss internet industry association, IAB Switzerland and the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers).

Rolf Auf der Maur
Lawyer & Partner Vischer
Luka Müller
Partner MME

Luka Müller-Studer provides assistance to companies in the technology and financial sector. He focuses on technology, financing acquisition and restructuring cases. He is an expert on complex compliance cases in the areas of regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption and judicial assistance and advisor of large compliance organizations.

Luka Müller
Partner MME
Wiebe de Fries
Lawyer & President of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)

He is a licensed tax and civil law attorney in the Netherlands, and founded his own Tax boutique, BloomTax B.V., based in Amsterdam, in April 2014. He is a tax advisor on international transactions, international structurings and investments in and through the Netherlands. Although his practice predominantly comprises Dutch and foreign based corporate clients, he also advises a considerable number of private clients on their personal income tax position and cross border tax aspects. He studied Dutch civil law in Leiden and tax law in Amsterdam, he got his degrees in 2001 and 2004

Wiebe de Fries
Lawyer & President of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
Isabel Parker
Lawyer Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Isabel trained and qualified as a finance lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In 2013, she moved from fee earning into the Management office of Freshfields as Strategy Lead for a firmwide
global change project to shape the firm’s target operating model. She set up the firm’s legal Services Centre in Manchester, which
formally opened in July 2015. In December 2015, Isabel was made a Senior Director of the firm, responsible for legal services
innovation. She has responsibility for reshaping the legal services elements of the Global Centre and the wider firm, to enhance the value of Freshfields’ client service.

Isabel Parker
Lawyer Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer