Simone Wetzstein
lic. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law

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Simone Wetzstein is a managing associate in the Corporate & Commercial Team. She 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.

Born in 1984, Simone Wetzstein was educated at the University of Zurich and also the University of Haifa, Israel (lic. iur. Zurich 2010). She graduated with her LL.M from Columbia Law School in May 2017 as a Fulbright Scholar.

Simone Wetzstein joined Walder Wyss in 2013. Prior to joining Walder Wyss she worked as a trainee in a major law firm in Zurich and at the Administrative Court of Aarau.

Simone Wetzstein practices in both German and English and also speaks French and Hebrew. She is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all of Switzerland.

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Simone Wetzstein
Direct phone: +41 58 658 56 54


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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Simone Wetzstein
lic. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law

Simone Wetzstein is a managing associate in the Corporate & Commercial Team. She 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.

Born in 1984, Simone Wetzstein was educated at the University of Zurich and also the University of Haifa, Israel (lic. iur. Zurich 2010). She graduated with her LL.M from Columbia Law School in May 2017 as a Fulbright Scholar.

Simone Wetzstein joined Walder Wyss in 2013. Prior to joining Walder Wyss she worked as a trainee in a major law firm in Zurich and at the Administrative Court of Aarau.

Simone Wetzstein practices in both German and English and also speaks French and Hebrew. She is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all of Switzerland.

Simone Wetzstein
Direct phone: +41 58 658 56 54

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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Proskauer on Privacy: A Guide to Privacy and Data Security Law in the Information Age - Chapter 14, Switzerland

by Ueli Sommer and Simone Wetzstein
in: Reitz/Rudolph/Berkowitz (Editor[s]), "Proskauer on Privacy "
Leiden, The Netherlands 2017, pp. Chapter 14











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.


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.


Chinese Tech Giant Baidu invests in Swiss Startup aiCTX

Baidu Ventures L.P. and aiCTX AG executed investment agreements pursuant to which Baidu Ventures became a new equity investor in aiCTX.

aiCTX is a Swiss startup company focused on neuromorphic computing. It provides dedicated mixed-signal neuromorphic processors which overcome the limitations of legacy von Neumann computers to provide an unprecedented combination of ultra-low power consumption and low-latency performance.

Baidu Ventures is an independent venture fund established by Baidu in 2017. Its investors include Baidu as well as other leading financial institutions and businesses. Baidu Ventures currently manages roughly USD 500M across 3 funds, and has offices in Beijing, San Francisco and Frankfurt. Its mission is to support entrepreneurs and companies who are spearheading the new age of artificial intelligence.

Walder Wyss has acted as legal counsel to Baidu Ventures. The team has been led by Alex Nikitine (Partner, Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets) and further included Marion Bähler (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Hugh Reeves (Associate, IP/IT), Simone Wetzstein (Associate, Employment), Flora Stanischewski (Associate, Employment) and Marius Breier (Associate, Tax).


Continental sells Continental Automotive Switzerland

Continental sold all shares in Continental Automotive Switzerland AG, Rüthi/SG to RUHAMA Finanz Holding AG.

Walder Wyss advised Continental Swiss as legal advisor in this transaction. The team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and further included Mark A. Reutter (Partner, IPIT), Samuel Lieberherr (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Mirjam Olah (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Vera Krüttli (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Nico Bernhard (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Simone Wetzstein (Associate, Employment), Christoph Stutz (Associate, Employment), Janine Corti (Counsel, Tax), Daniel Zimmerli (Managing Associate, Wettbwerbsrecht) and Lea Altermatt (Substitut, Corporate/M&A).

 


Dana acquires Oerlikon Drive Systems

Dana Incorporated (NYSE: DAN) has signed an agreement to acquire the Drive Systems Segment from OC Oerlikon (SIX: OERL). The transaction is expected to be closed in late 2018 or the first quarter 2019, subject to customary approvals and closing conditions. 

Based on nearly 100 years of experience, Oerlikon Drive Systems is a global leader in providing high-performance gears, market-leading shifting solutions, power transfer units, differentials and planetary drives, as well as innovative solutions for hybrids and e-drives. 

Walder Wyss advised Dana as Swiss legal advisor in this transaction. The team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and Markus Vischer (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Samuel Lieberherr (Managing Associate, Corporate/M&A), Nico Bernhard (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Jenny Süess (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Simone Wetzstein (Associate, Employment), Christine Leuch (Associate, IPIT), Benno Fischer (Associate, IPIT), Lea Altermatt (Trainee, Corporate/M&A) and Anissa Kern (Trainee, Corporate/M&A).


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