Homburger was founded in 1957 in Zurich and rapidly developed into one of the largest law firms in Switzerland. As a leading commercial law firm, we advise and represent companies and executives in all aspects of commercial law.
The Homburger team includes over 150 lawyers that are registered with the Bar Association of the Canton of Zurich or in their respective jurisdictions as well as tax experts. Most of our lawyers have additional qualifications and have studied and worked abroad.
The firm’s founder, Eric Homburger, was one of the first lawyers in Switzerland to unite his academic activities with a commercial legal practice. Our law firm remains loyal to this model: the majority of our professionals are active in academia and regularly contribute, whether in education or publications, to the development of the law.
Homburger is a truly independent law firm. We work with leading firms in all major jurisdictions and areas of commercial law on a case-by-case basis. This allows us to offer the best legal advice to our clients.
All Homburger professionals are members of at least one of the firm’s practice teams (corporate/M&A, litigation/arbitration, intellectual property/information technology, financial services, competition/regulatory and tax). Each practice team is responsible for keeping its professionals at the highest level of education and experience, and for contributing to the firm’s legal business development. As a result of this organisation, we can meet the requirements of our clients – including in highly complex and interdisciplinary constellations – and we are driving solutions involving all key areas of commercial law.
Homburger further maintains six working groups with a particular focus on certain fields of the law or client segments, including employment, insolvency and restructuring, private client, white collar crime and investigations, real estate and insurance.
Homburger’s IP/IT practice
The IP/IT practice at Homburger advises and represents clients in all areas of intellectual property, technology and media law. The IP/IT practice consists of three partners, two counsels, 10 associates and junior associates. It combines many years of practice and experience in all of the IP and IT fields, and constitutes one of the largest IP/IT practices in Switzerland.
The professionals of the Homburger IP/IT practice have represented clients in many landmark IP and IT cases in Switzerland, and have advised clients on major IP and IT transactions such as the sale and transfer of IP portfolios, important licensing deals and IT and business process outsourcing and insourcing transactions. In general, the Homburger IP/IT practice both represents clients in state court litigation, arbitration and administrative proceedings and renders cutting-edge advice on IP and IT transactions and projects. Many of the assignments have an international dimension, and we are particularly experienced in guiding clientsin international litigation and arbitration cases, as well as in multi-jurisdictional IP and IT transactions.
The Homburger IP/IT practice has a particularly strong focus on patent law. Our patent work covers a broad range of technical fields, with a majority of the cases coming from the life sciences, food, micro-mechanical, electronical and machine industries. Permanent exposure to complex legal and technical problems relating to all aspects of patent law, including issues of patent infringement and patent validity, ensures that our team members remain at the forefront in Switzerland.
Other fields of expertise of the Homburger IP/IT practice include:
- trademark, design and copyright law;
- trade and unfair competition law, protection of know-how and trade secrets;
- life sciences, nutrition, toys, telecommunications, radio and television broadcasting and other industry regulatory frameworks;
- IT projects (eg, software development, integration and migration), software licensing and distribution, outsourcing (IT operations and business process operations), IP and IT carve-outs;
- IP licensing, technology transfer, distribution, franchising and merchandising transactions;
- media law, including representing private persons, executives and undertakings in cases of electronic and print media exposure;
- exploitation of sports content, including corporate organisation and comprehensive contract management of sports agencies, rights-in and rights-out transactions;
- data protection;
- e-commerce and internet law; and
- general support of corporate and M&A practices in IP and IT areas.