Speakers

Christian Schebitz
Moderator

Christian Schebitz is the founder rechtsanwalt.com (1998) and deutsche-rechtsanwaltsholtine.de (2005). The MBA belongs to the avant-garde of ``Legal Tech``. Quick and easy access to the solution of a legal problem is the main demand of potential clients. Achieving this is always in focus of his projects.

Christian Schebitz
Moderator
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
Meng Weng Wong
CEO legalese.com

Meng Weng Wong has a degree in Applied Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and has recently been appointed as a fellow at Harvard University's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and at Stanford University's Codex Center for Legal Informatics. His programming languages include Haskell, Prolog, SMT-lib, and Javascript. As a client of the legal industry he has spent over $500,000 in fees over the last decade, and is now building software at legalese.com to reduce future fees for himself and others.

Meng Weng Wong
CEO legalese.com
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
Rolf H. Weber
Prof. Dr. iur., em. Prof. at the University of Zürich

Rolf H. Weber is Professor emeritus of business law at Zurich University, chairman of the executive board of the Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL), co-director of the University Priority Research Program “Financial Market Regulation” and practicing attorney-at-law in Zurich.
His main fields of research and practice are IT- and Internet, International Business, Competition and International Financial Law.
Rolf publishes and speaks regularly on Internet-related legal issues.

Rolf H. Weber
Prof. Dr. iur., em. Prof. at the University of Zürich
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,
Director and founder - Finantix

Alessandro Tonchia is one of the founders of smartKYC and a director in Finantix. He focuses on the international growth and overall technology direction. He has been responsible for implementations of KYC/AML systems and intelligent advisory tools that leverage both natural language processing and automated reasoning. An Italian national, he studied philosophy and linguistics at both Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet (Munich) and UCLA (Los Angeles). Alessandro has a passion for technology, languages and history. He is happily based in London, with just a tinge of nostalgia for his hometown, Venice.

Alessandro Tonchia,
Director and founder - Finantix
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“

Philippe D. Zimmermann 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 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.

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
Stefan Bürge
Attorney at Law, LL.M., Lenz & Staehelin

Stefan Bürge advises on and litigates technology, intellectual property and general commercial matters. He is specialized in protecting and commercializing knowledge, creations and data. He regularly advises on disruptive technologies (including FinTech and blockchain technology applications) and transactional, joint venture and regulatory matters.

Stefan Bürge
Attorney at Law, LL.M., Lenz & Staehelin
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.

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

Dr. Gian Sandro Genna is an independent Attorney at Law since 2007 and registered in the official register of Attorneys at Law licensed in the Canton of Bern. He is the founder and the owner of JusOnline. Dr. Genna is an interested legal expert with diverse skills, specialized in the legal problems of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and their owners as well as of non-profit organizations (NPO). Furthermore, he is a passionate Attorney at Law, especially for inheritance and construction disputes. He represents the parties before courts and authorities in all Switzerland, including French and Italian speaking parts.

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 is a partner at LAUX LAWYERS AG and is a specialist with technical experience for over 15 years. He advises IT-providers and private clients especially in the financial market (insurance, banks, etc.), e-health and digital marketing. LAUX LAWYERS AG is a law firm specializing in IT aspects, which supports clients of all industries in digitization projects and in in technically defined tasks (cloud computing, blockchain / Distributed Ledgers, Internet of Things, Analytics / Big Data, etc.).

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 Zürich

Florent Thouvenin is an associate professor of information and communications law, chairman of the executive board of the Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL), Director of the Digital Society Initiative (DSI) of the University of Zürich and Associate Fellow at Collegium Helveticum. His research focuses on copyright and privacy issues in the digital society.

Florent Thouvenin
Chair for lnformation and Communications Law, University of Zürich
Christian Stuerwald
Head of Case Assessment, Calunius Capital LLP

Christian joined Calunius in 2010 and leads the assessment of incoming enquiries. Christian has more than 17 years’ experience in Litigation Finance in various jurisdictions (such as England, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria) as well as international arbitrations. Christian is dual qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and a lawyer in Germany and holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Christchurch in New Zealand. He is one of the most experienced underwriters in the industry, and has underwritten some of the largest and most complex cases ever funded by a commercial litigation funder.

Christian Stuerwald
Head of Case Assessment, Calunius Capital LLP
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 is a Managing Director with Accenture’s Finance & Risk practice in Switzerland, responsible for finance & risk innovation technologies including blockchain. Her expertise is in regulatory change and using innovation as an enabler for finance and risk functions. She has hands-on blockchain experience and focus on how distributed-ledger technologies can provide value to insurance companies and banks.

Julia Heinzer
Partner Accenture
Sandy L. Devine
Head of Continental Europe, Axiom Switzerland

Based in Frankfurt, Sandy heads Axiom’s operations across Continental Europe, with focus on developing new and high-growth markets including Axiom’s presence in Germany and Switzerland. She brings a long career in consulting and advisory with focus on technology-enabled enterprise business process transformation. Among her career experiences, Sandy served as a partner in the Financial Services practice with the global consulting firm A.T. Kearney. She was drawn to Axiom to help capture the opportunity of bringing “industrialized” process design and technology – to the legal industry.

Sandy L. Devine
Head of Continental Europe, Axiom 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
Maziar Jamnejad
Principal Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

As well as being a Senior Associate in Freshfields’ Global Investigations practice, Maziar is a core member of the firm’s Innovation group and works on a number of projects looking at the way in which the firm operates and incorporates legal technology. His current focus is on analysing the way in which matters are delivered, the firms’ approach to document intensive cases, and talent and diversity at Freshfields.

Maziar Jamnejad
Principal Associate, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Marco Sarich
Founder & CEO, keylight

Marco Sarich is co-founder of keylight GmbH. After completing his doctorate in mathematics, he initially led a research group for data-driven methods in complex systems at the Konrad-Zuse-Zentrum, where he worked for many years as a lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin. As a result, keylight has become a holistic key partner for companies to implement customer-centric, digital business models in the Subscription Economy.

Marco Sarich
Founder & CEO, keylight
Henrique Säuberli
IBM Client Center, IBM Research THINKLab, Executive Briefing Consultant

Henrique works for IBM Research. He holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from the ETH Zurich and has worked as a financial services consultant for 7 years. AT IBM Research, he combines his knowledge of technology and finance to identify technologies that are innovative and revolutionize the financial sector. He is focused on A.I. and cognitive computing, robotics, blockchain and quantum computing

Henrique Säuberli
IBM Client Center, IBM Research THINKLab, Executive Briefing Consultant
Todd Sample
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Thomson Reuters

Todd responsibilities include creating growth strategies for the business, driving operational improvement, tracking the legal competitive environment, and understanding customer needs and pain points. Prior to his time at Thomson Reuters, Todd spent six years working for a boutique consulting firm that specialized in strategic planning for the United States government in Washington, DC. Todd has a master’s degree in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Todd Sample
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Thomson Reuters
Paul von Bünau
Managing Director, idalab

Dr. Paul von Bünau is the Managing Director of idalab, a Berlin-based DataScience agency specializing in Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematical Modeling and Data Strategy. idalab advises a wide range of clients in banking, mobility, biotech and the digital sector. Paul von Bünau studied mathematics and computer science and promoted in the field of statistical data analysis.

Paul von Bünau
Managing Director, idalab
Alejandro Perez
Thomson Reuters Labs

Alejandro is a multicultural executive with more than 15 years of experience in the information services industry. Currently he is a member of the Thomson Reuters Labs – Zurich Region where he focuses on pursuing Legal and Tax innovation projects through agile and collaborative experimentation with customers. More recently, as part of the launch of TR Incubator, Alejandro collaborates in selecting startups and supporting them throughout the program. Alejandro holds a JD from Cordoba University (Argentina) and an Executive MBA from Bocconi University (Italy).

Alejandro Perez
Thomson Reuters Labs
Philippe J.A. Kaiser
Attorney-at-Law & Notary, Kaiser Odermatt & Partner

Philippe Kaiser is advising clients in the areas of contract, corporate and commercial law. He’s an expert on notarial services and well versed in the foundations of legal entities, corporate restructuring and liquidations. Philippe J.A. Kaiser is admitted to all courts of Switzerland, a member of a self-regulating organization for financial intermediaries and board member of several companies and charitable foundations.

Philippe J.A. Kaiser
Attorney-at-Law & Notary, Kaiser Odermatt & Partner
Ulrich Schimpel
CTO Europe Team & IBM Research

Dr. Ulrich Schimpel combines more than 10y of expertise in applying highly innovative technologies (like cognitive computing, spot pricing, IoT, blockchain, simulation, and video analytics) to various industries (e.g. public sector, supply chain management / logistics, distributed energy, and nutrition/food) in order to deliver sustainable value to the business. Currently, he uses his expertise in the IBM CTO Europe Team to support dedicated (client) projects and technical pre-sales in Europe. Moreover, he ``translates`` between the commercial world and the research world of IBM.

Ulrich Schimpel
CTO Europe Team & IBM Research
Andreas Hess
Head of the Commercial Register and Bankruptcy Board Zug

Andreas Hess has been Head of the Commercial Register and Bankruptcy Board Zug since 2017. He studied law at the University of Friborg and is a lawyer and notary. By 2017 he headed the legal service of the commercial register and bankruptcy of Zug.

Andreas Hess
Head of the Commercial Register and Bankruptcy Board Zug