Dr. Alesch Staehelin

Attorney at Law, LL.M. (UCLA)
+41 44 289 80 00

Alesch Staehelin advises and represents his clients in the areas of Data, IT/IP & Media: He drafts, reviews, and negotiates contracts (especially for tech deals), he advises on data protection, cybersecurity, digital transformation, new technologies (e.g., AI and IoT), social media, e-commerce, ESG, licensing, copyright, entertainment and media law, trademark and design law, know-how protection, and competition law, he mediates in contentious projects, and he conducts court and arbitration proceedings. At IBM, Alesch worked for ten years as senior corporate counsel in various management positions, which is why he speaks his clients' language, understands their needs and knows how the providers function. Alesch is a frequent speaker at international and Swiss conferences, a lecturer at various Swiss universities, and he publishes regularly in his fields of expertise.


since 2023
Partner at Uto Legal, Zurich

Founder of Digital Lawyer & Counsel (DLC)®, Zurich

Partner at TIMES Attorneys, Zurich

Senior corporate counsel at IBM, Zurich

Associate at Lenz & Staehelin, Bär & Karrer and MLL Legal, Zurich


LL.M. in Entertainment Law, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA School of Law)

Admitted to the Bar of the Canton of Zurich

Dr. iur., University of Zurich (dissertation on the TRIPS Agreement; magna cum laude; 2nd ed. since 1999)

Studies in Music Business and Political Science, City University of New York

Memberships (selection)

Zurich Bar Association (ZAV) and Swiss Bar Association (SAV)

Swiss Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Copyright and Related Rights (ESchK)

swissICT: Legal Commission

GRUR (German Association for Intellectual Property Law): Expert Committee on Data Law

ITechLaw (International Technology Law Association): Responsible AI Committee

DGRI (German Society for Law and Computer Science): Expert Committee on AI, IoT and Blockchain

IFCLA (International Federation of Computer Associations)

LIDC (International League of Competition Law)

Rankings / Testimonials

Legal 500: “Simply one of the best in his field”, “fantastic … for data, IT/IP & media and beyond providing great value for rea-sonable prices“, listed in the chapters “Data Privacy & Protection“, “TMT“ and “IP“. Who’s Who Legal (WWL): Leading attorney in “Data Law“, “possesses a brilliant mind“ and “has substantial experience with all types of data-related contracts“. The Best Lawyers in Switzerland: Recommended for “Information Technology Law”, “Outsourcing Law” and “Technology Law”.


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Dr. Alesch Staehelin, Attorney at Law, LL.M.