David Vasella
Dr. iur., Attorney at Law
Partner

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David Vasella is a partner in the Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition Team. He advises and represents companies on all questions of information and technology law. He specializes in data protection, intellectual property and contract law, especially in connection with the monetization of data and the digitization of business processes, and supports in data protection law compliance. He regularly gives talks and publishes in his fields of expertise.

After studying law at the University of Fribourg (licentiate degree 2002), he became a member of the bar association in Zurich in 2004 and received his doctorate at the University of Zurich in 2011 in the field of capital market and unfair trading practice law (summa cum laude; awarded the Prof. Walther Hug Prize and Issekutz Prize). David Vasella has a teaching mandate at the University of Zurich and is co-editor of digma (Journal for Data Law and Information Security), swissblawg (the biggest legal blog in Switzerland) and datenrecht.ch (a platform on data law). He is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/E). Before joining our firm, David Vasella worked at a large business law firm in Zurich for a number of years.

David Vasella speaks German and English. He is registered in the Zurich Bar Registry.

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David Vasella
Direct phone: +41 58 658 52 87


Walder Wyss Ltd.
Seefeldstrasse 123
P.O. Box
8034 Zurich
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 58 58
Fax +41 58 658 59 59
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David Vasella David Vasella David Vasella David Vasella

David Vasella
Dr. iur., Attorney at Law
Partner

David Vasella is a partner in the Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Competition Team. He advises and represents companies on all questions of information and technology law. He specializes in data protection, intellectual property and contract law, especially in connection with the monetization of data and the digitization of business processes, and supports in data protection law compliance. He regularly gives talks and publishes in his fields of expertise.

After studying law at the University of Fribourg (licentiate degree 2002), he became a member of the bar association in Zurich in 2004 and received his doctorate at the University of Zurich in 2011 in the field of capital market and unfair trading practice law (summa cum laude; awarded the Prof. Walther Hug Prize and Issekutz Prize). David Vasella has a teaching mandate at the University of Zurich and is co-editor of digma (Journal for Data Law and Information Security), swissblawg (the biggest legal blog in Switzerland) and datenrecht.ch (a platform on data law). He is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/E). Before joining our firm, David Vasella worked at a large business law firm in Zurich for a number of years.

David Vasella speaks German and English. He is registered in the Zurich Bar Registry.

 
 
 
 

David Vasella
Direct phone: +41 58 658 52 87

Walder Wyss Ltd.
Seefeldstrasse 123
P.O. Box
8034 Zurich
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 58 58
Fax +41 58 658 59 59


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Kommentierung von Art. 3 Abs. 1 lit. s/Abs. 2 (Pflichtangaben im elektronischen Geschäftsverkehr) und Art. 3 Abs. 1 lit. o UWG (Spamverbot)(Commentary on article 3 para. 1 let. s/para 2 (information obligationsin e-commerce) and article 3 para 1 let of the Unfair Competition Act (unsolicited marketing))

by David Vasella
in: Heizmann/Loacker (Editor[s]), "UWG - Kommentar zum Bundesgesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb"
Zurich 2018, pp. 653-675, 727-746




Zum Anwendungsbereich der DSGVO(On the scope of application of the GDPR)

by David Vasella
in: "digma 4/2017" 21 December 2017, pp. 220-222














Cross Border Data Transfer – Contractual Scenarios

Speaker: David Vasella
Techlaw Spring Meeting
Zurich 27 May 2016



Kommentar zu Art. 1–29 UWG(Commentary on Article 1–29 Unfair Competition Act)

by David Vasella
in: Amstutz/Roberto/Trüeb et al. (Editor[s]), "Handkommentar zum Schweizer Privatrecht"
3. Auflage, Zurich 2016



Whistleblowing-Systeme im Konzern(Whistleblowing schemes in groups of companies)

by David Vasella
in: "digma" 2/2016, pp. 76 ff.


DSGVO: Stand und Fundstellen(GDPR: current status and references)

by David Vasella
in: "digma" 1/2016, pp. 28 ff.


DSG, öffentliches Interesse und Medien(Data Protection Act, public interest and media)

Speaker: David Vasella
Zurich Bar Association, Media Law Chapter
Zurich 30 November 2015


Zur Freiwilligkeit und zur Ausdrücklichkeit der Einwilligung im Datenschutzrecht(On free and explicit consent in data protection law)

by David Vasella
in: "Jusletter" 16 November 2015


Social Media und Datenschutz(Social media and data protection)

by David Vasella
in: Staffelbach/Keller (Editor[s]), "Social Media und Recht für Unternehmen"
Zurich 2015, pp. 241–310


Outsourcing 2015

co-authored by David Vasella and Nicola Benz
in: "Getting the Deal Through"
London 2015


Datenschutz im Bereich Inkasso und Auskunfteien(Data protection in the credit information sector)

Speaker: David Vasella
7. Tagung zum Datenschutz, Europa Institut
Zurich 28 January 2014


Kommentar zu Art. 784 ff. OR(Commentary on Article 784 ff. CO)

by David Vasella
co-authored by Alwin Keller and Gion Jegher
2014


Cloud Security – Vertraulichkeit und Integrität von Daten(Cloud Security – Data confidentiality and integrity)

Speaker: David Vasella
Security Zone
Zurich 18 September 2013


Bankgebühren(Banking Fees)

Speaker: David Vasella
St. Galler Bankrechtstag
Zurich 7 June 2013


Knowhow-Management(Knowhow-Management)

Speaker: David Vasella
Praxiskurs für Anwälte, Zürcher Anwaltsverband
Zurich 1 February 2013


Outsourcing 2014

co-authored by David Vasella and Nicola Benz
in: "Getting the Deal Through"
London 2013


Kommentar zu Art. 109–111, 122 und 157 IPRG(Commentary on Article 109–111, 122 and 157 PILA)

by David Vasella
co-authored by Gion Jegher
in: "Basler Kommentar"
3. Auflage, Basel 2013


Kommentar zu Art. 6 IPRG(Commentary on Article 6 PILA)

by David Vasella
in: "Basler Kommentar"
3. Auflage, Basel 2013


Kommentar zu Art. 195 und 200 IPRG(Commentary on 195 und 200 PILA)

by David Vasella
co-authored by Anton K. Schnyder
in: "Basler Kommentar"
3. Auflage, Basel 2013


Datenschutzrecht – Übersicht und Anwendungsfälle (Data protection – overview and case studies)

Speaker: David Vasella
Technische Berufsschule Zürich
Zurich 22 November 2012



Kommentar zu Art. 29 UWG(Commentary on Article 1–29 Unfair Competition Act)

by David Vasella
co-authored by Lorenza Ferrari Hofer
in: "Handkommentar zum Schweizer Privatrecht"
2. Auflage, Zurich 2012


Ratingagenturen – Haftung für stillschweigende Zusicherung(Rating agencies – liability for implied warranties)

by David Vasella
in: "HAVE – Haftung und Versicherung" 3/2012, pp. 253–268


Die Haftung von Ratingagenturen – Ein Beitrag zur Expertenhaftung(Rating agency liability)

by David Vasella
Zurich 2011


Haftpflicht- und Privatversicherungsrecht – Entwicklungen 2010(Tort and private insurance law – developments in 2010)

by David Vasella,
co-authored by Christian Heierli, Anton K. Schnyder and Stephan Weber
Berne 2011


Vom Nutzen sozialer Netzwerke für Anwälte(Social media – added value for lawyers)

by David Vasella
in: "Plädoyer" 2/2011, p. 70


Haftpflicht- und Privatversicherungsrecht – Entwicklungen 2009(Tort and private insurance law – developments in 2009)

by David Vasella,
co-authored by Christian Heierli, Anton K. Schnyder and Stephan Weber
Berne 2010


RSS – eine nützliche Technologie für Juristen(RSS – useful technology for lawyers)

by David Vasella
in: "Plädoyer" 3/2010, p. 74


Vorsicht bei der Nutzung von Online-Diensten(Be careful when using online services)

by David Vasella
co-authored by Juana Vasella and Tomaso Vasella
in: "Plädoyer" 3/2010, p. 74


Einheit des Privatrechts, komplexe Welt: Herausforderungen durch fortschreitende Spezialisierung und Interdisziplinarität

by David Vasella, Tanja Domej, Bianka S. Dörr, Urs H. Hoffmann-Nowotny and Ulrich Zelger
in: "Jahrbuch junger Zivilrechtswissenschaftler"
Stuttgart 2009


Haftpflicht- und Privatversicherungsrecht – Entwicklungen 2008(Tort and private insurance law – developments in 2008)

by David Vasella,
co-authored by Christian Heierli, Anton K. Schnyder and Stephan Weber
Berne 2009


Haftpflicht- und Privatversicherungsrecht – Entwicklungen 2007(Tort and private insurance law – developments in 2007)

by David Vasella,
co-authored by Anton K. Schnyder and Stephan Weber
Berne 2008


Haftpflicht- und Privatversicherungsrecht – Entwicklungen 2006(Tort and private insurance law – developments in 2006)

by David Vasella,
co-authored by Anton K. Schnyder
Berne 2007


Das Gesetz gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb (UWG) – eine Einführung(An introduction to the law against unfair competition)

by David Vasella
in: "ius.full" 3 + 4/2007, pp. 94 ff.


Der vereiste Vorplatz, Falllösung im Haftpflichtrecht(The iced forecourt: a cas study in tort law)

by David Vasella
in: "ius.full" 2/2006, pp. 88 ff.


Lauterkeitsrecht(Unfair competition law)

co-authored by David Vasella and Catherine Westenberg
in: Kronke/Melis/Kuhn (Editor[s]), "Handbuch des Internationalen Wirtschaftsrechts"
Cologne 2005, pp. 1667 ff.



Deals and Cases

DigiCert acquires QuoVadis

Walder Wyss advised DigiCert Inc on its acquisition of the QuoVadis SSL/TLS, PKI technology business for a purchase price of US$ 45m from WISeKey International Holding Ltd (SIX: WIHN). 

DigiCert is the world’s leading provider of scalable TLS/SSL, PKI solutions for identity and encryption. The most innovative companies, including 89 percent of Fortune 500 companies and 97 out of the 100 top global banks, choose DigiCert for its expertise in identity and encryption for web servers and Internet of Things devices. 

Walder Wyss has advised DigiCert on the Swiss aspects of this transaction. The Walder Wyss team was led by Boris Räber (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A) and included Mark A. Reutter (Partner, IP/IT), Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A), David Vasella (Partner, IP/IT), Simone Wetzstein (Managing Associate, Employment), Sarah Schulthess (Associate, Banking & Finance), Noémi Ziegler (Associate, IP/IT) and Letizia Schlegel (Junior Associate, Corporate/M&A).

Taylor Wessing, led by David Bates and Mark Barron, acted as lead counsel to DigiCert on the transaction.


Aduno sells Vibbek

ADUNO SA sold its acquiring business to SIX Payment Services AG a few months ago. Due to the changed situation of its former business segment "Acquiring", Aduno Holding AG sold all its shares in Vibbek AG to its management.

Walder Wyss has advised Aduno Holding AG as legal advisor in this transaction. The team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Samuel Lieberherr (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Reto Jacobs (Partner, Competition), Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Ueli Sommer (Partner, Employment), Jürg Schneider (Partner, Data Protection), David Vasella (Partner, Data Protection), Olivia Feusi (Associate, Corproate/M&A), Andrea Haefeli (Associate, Corporate / M&A), Alice Vorburger (Associate, Corporate/M&A) and Nico Bernhard (Associate, Corporate/M&A).


Promotions at Walder Wyss

We are pleased to announce that our employees Adriano Antonietti, Robert Desax, Thiemo Sturny and David Vasella, have been appointed as partners in our firm, effective from 1st of January, 2019.

Adriano Antonietti advises domestic and foreign banking and financial institutions, as well as collective investment schemes and asset managers on a wide range of matters, in particular regulatory issues, private placements, the drafting of banking contracts and certain tax related matters (FATCA, CRS). He also defends banks and their clients in a number of disputes and deals with all aspects of corporate and commercial law. His main fields include financial products and services, including regulatory aspects, as well as corporate and commercial matters.

Robert Desax works in the fields of national and international taxation. He represents clients in controversial tax matters and assists private clients regarding the tax aspects of estate and wealth planning. He regularly advises on cross-border matters, especially on the application of double tax treaties, on issues in connection with the refund of Swiss withholding taxes in international structures, on the Swiss tax treatment of trusts as well as on the redomiciliation of individuals and businesses to Switzerland.

Thiemo Sturny advises domestic and foreign clients in all fields of company law, including national and international M&A transactions, restructurings and questions of corporate governance. He also specialises in credit financing, capital market transactions and supporting start-up’s in private equity financing matters. Thiemo Sturny publishes regularly in his fields of expertise and is lecturing in the LL.M. post-graduate degree programme at the University of Zurich.

David Vasella advises and represents companies on all questions of information and technology law. He specializes in data protection, intellectual property and contract law, especially in connection with the monetization of data and the digitization of business processes, and supports in data protection law compliance. He regularly gives talks and publishes in his fields of expertise. 

In addition, Christoph Stutz and Daniel Zimmerli have been promoted to Counsel and Fabienne Anner, Monique Sturny, Simone Wetzstein, Roger Ammann, Marius Breier, Alexander Eichhorn, André Kuhn, Boris Räber and Martin Zobl have been promoted to Managing Associates. All promotions are effective as of 1st of January, 2019. 

Christoph Stutz focuses on employment law, pension and social security law as well as contract and corporate law. He advises clients on all legal matters relating to human resources and assists international, domestic and foreign clients in obtaining work and residence permits for their executives and employees. In transactions, he advises clients in labour, pension and social security matters. He represents parties in labour and pension law disputes before all Swiss courts.

Daniel Zimmerli’s preferred areas of practice cover Antitrust Law, Administrative Law, Economic Constitutional Law as well as Administrative Procedure. He has an in-depth knowledge of the infrastructure (telecommunications, energy, public transport, postal services) and the healthcare sector. He advises and represents clients both in courts and before administrative bodies.

Fabienne Anner’s preferred areas of practice include contract, corporate and commercial law and mergers & acquisitions.

Roger Ammann advises Swiss and international financial institutions and corporations on all aspects of banking and financial markets law, stock exchange and capital market law, mergers & acquisitions as well as contract, corporate and commercial law.

Marius Breier works in the fields of domestic and international corporate tax as well as individual tax. Marius Breier focuses particularly on national and international corporate reorganisations, restructurings, structured finance, financial and insurance products as well as private clients.

Alexander Eichhorn’s preferred areas of practice include domestic and international M&A and corporation, economic, banking and finance law. Alexander Eichhorn specializes in collective investment schemes law and deals with all questions regarding investment funds, the distribution of investment funds and the relevant licensing. He also publishes in his areas of expertise on a regular basis.

André Kuhn advises institutional and private investors as well as owners and users of real estate in all aspects of real estate law, particularly real estate transactions, tenancy law, private building law and Lex Koller issues. In addition, André Kuhn's practice focuses on corporate law, corporate reorganizations, financial market regulation as well as general commercial and contract law. He has a special focus on advising Swiss investment foundations (Anlagestiftungen) as well as their investors and asset managers on all regulatory aspects.

Boris Räber’s preferred areas of practice include contract, corporate and commercial law and mergers & acquisitions. In doing so, he also advises startups and investors on financing rounds, participation plans and further legal issues surrounding their daily business.

Monique Sturny advises Swiss and international companies with respect to all aspects of competition law, distribution law and data protection law, including contract law matters. Monique Sturny helps setting up of distribution systems and drafting of distribution agreements. She regularly supports in competition law and data protection compliance matters. She represents clients in competition law and data protection proceedings before courts and administrative bodies. She regularly speaks and publishes in her fields of expertise.

Simone Wetzstein specializes in the areas of employment, social security and residence law and also practices in contract and corporate law. She advises in contentious and non-contentious matters and appears on behalf of her clients in the Swiss courts. Simone has a particular interest and legal expertise in antidiscrimination law and matters of gender equality.

Martin Zobl’s preferred areas of practice include public and administrative law, administrative procedure as well as contract law. He has particular experience in the life sciences and health sector, the energy and infrastructure sector as well as in government procurement and data protection matters. In addition, Martin Zobl has a solid background in European (institutional) law and public international law. He advises and represents clients both in courts and before administrative bodies and he publishes in his areas of expertise on a regular basis.


Cembra Money Bank signs partnership with startup Lendico Schweiz AG

Cembra Money Bank (Cembra) signed a long term agreement with Lendico Schweiz AG (Lendico), a 100% subsidiary of PostFinance AG, to finance small business loans sourced via the Lendico online platform. Lendico is an SME loan marketplace active in Switzerland since the end of 2016, based in Zurich. Under the agreement, Cembra will be a preferred partner for financing of SME loans sourced by Lendico and consolidate them on the Cembra balance sheet. Lendico will continue to service the portfolio once the loans have been financed. In addition to financing, Cembra will provide collection services for the portfolio financed by Cembra.

Walder Wyss advised Cembra on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal, tax and VAT aspects of the transaction. The Walder Wyss team included Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Markus Pfenninger (Partner, Finance), Valentin Wiesner (Associate, Finance), Jorgos Boulamatsis (Trainee, Finance), Maurus Winzap (Partner, Tax), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT) and David Vasella (Counsel, Data Protection).


EQT Acquires Open Systems

The EQT Mid Market Europe Fund acquires a majority stake in Open Systems AG from its current private owners who will remain invested.

Open Systems was founded in 1990. Since then the company grew consistently sustainable and transitioned from a security integrator into one of the largest Security as a Service providers in Europe. Open Systems is headquartered in Zurich and active in more than 180 countries.

Walder Wyss AG has advised EQT Mid Market Europe as Swiss legal advisor in this transaction. The team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Thomas Meister (Partner, Tax), Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Fabienne Anner (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Samuel Lieberherr (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Jenny Süess (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax), David Vasella (Counsel, IPIT), Jacqueline Sievers (Associate, IPIT), Gaurav Bhagwanani (Associate, Employment), Daniel Zimmerli, (managing associate, Competition) as well as Christine Glättli (Managing Associate, Corporate/Notary Public).


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