Legal 500 (2021) describes Alesch Staehelin 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 recognized in The Best Lawyers in Switzerland for "Technology Law" and recommended in Who’s Who Legal for "Data Law".
Alesch specializes in Data, IT/IP & Media: Drafting & reviewing all types of IT contracts, negotiating & closing complex, time-sensitive (cross-border) tech deals, rendering legal advice regarding data protection and all content industry related matters, cybersecurity, digital transformation, entertainment, social media, copyright, trademarks, designs, patents, unfair competition, e-commerce, etc., mediating troubled projects, and conducting legal proceedings (litigation & arbitration). Clients from various regulated industries appreciate Alesch’s deep understanding of their specific conditions, while SMEs & startups love his full-fledged legal services approach.
An entrepreneur with an international perspective. Like many of his clients, Alesch is a true entrepreneur – now with his own law firm and before for several years as a partner in another Swiss boutique law firm. He cares for your business as it were his. Having lived in New York City and Los Angeles, Alesch's perspective is distinctively international. Before becoming an attorney, he worked as an international journalist (for the "Neue Zürcher Zeitung", among others), which permits him to distill complex issues down to the essentials.
IBM. After many years of intensive traditional IT contracting (outsourcing, cloud, etc.) and rendering general legal advice as a senior in-house counsel in various international lead positions, Alesch became IBM's Lead Counsel Research Division Europe and acquired very unique expertise in all legal aspects of AI, IoT, eHealth/smart health/MedTech, LegalTech, FinTech, blockchain, VR/AR, big data, predictive maintenance, quantum computing and other emerging, cutting-edge technologies, which has made him a highly recognized tech lawyer in Europe and overseas.
Digital Lawyer & Counsel (DLC)®. Alesch is a sought-after (keynote) speaker, moderator and panelist: International speaking engagements have taken him to Washington DC, Boston, Chicago, London, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Bonn, Milan, Vienna, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, etc. Alesch teaches IT law at the Europa Institut Zurich, 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). He is the author of 30+ legal publications. Alesch's 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), UCLA School of Law (LL.M., entertainment law), City University of New York, University of Zurich (Dr. iur., IP law).
Admitted to the Zurich bar and all Swiss courts, registered with the Attorneys' Registry of the Canton of Zurich.