Homburger AG was founded in 1957 in Zurich and rapidly developed into one of the largest law firms in Switzerland. As a leading commercial law firm, it advises and represents companies and executives in all aspects of commercial law.
The Homburger team includes over 150 lawyers who are registered with the Bar Association of the Canton of Zurich or in their respective jurisdictions, as well as tax experts. Most of the firm’s lawyers have additional qualifications and have studied and worked abroad.
Homburger’s founder Eric Homburger was one of the first lawyers in Switzerland to unite his academic activities with a commercial legal practice. The firm remains loyal to this model: the majority of its 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. It works with leading firms in all major jurisdictions and areas of commercial law on a case-by-case basis. This allows it to offer the best legal advice to 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, the firm can meet the requirements of clients – including in highly complex and interdisciplinary constellations – and it is 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 – namely, employment, insolvency and restructuring, private client, white collar crime and investigations, real estate and insurance.
Homburger’s IP/IT practice advises and represents clients in all areas of intellectual property, technology and media law. The IP/IT practice consists of four partners, one senior counsel, nine associates and two 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.
Our IP/IT practice professionals have represented clients in many landmark IP and IT cases in Switzerland and have advised clients on major IP and IT transactions, including the sale and transfer of IP portfolios, important licensing deals, and IT and business process outsourcing transactions. Further, a growing number of IP transactions in the fields of life and health sciences have been supported. In general, the 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 the firm is particularly experienced in guiding clients in international litigation and arbitration cases, as well as in multi-jurisdictional IP and IT transactions.
The IP/IT practice has a strong focus on patent and technology law. Its patent work covers a broad range of technical fields and a majority of the cases relate to the life sciences, food, micro-mechanical, electronical and machine industries. Permanent exposure to complex legal and technical problems relating to all aspects of intellectual property, including issues of infringement and validity of IP rights, ensures that team members remain at the forefront in Switzerland.
The IP/IT practice’s other fields of expertise include:
- trademark, design and copyright law;
- trade and unfair competition law and the protection of know-how and trade secrets;
- life sciences, nutrition, toys, telecoms, radio and TV broadcasting and other industry regulatory frameworks;
- IT projects (eg, software development, integration and migration), software licensing and distribution, outsourcing (IT and business processes) and 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 and rights-in and rights-out transactions;
- data protection;
- e-commerce and internet law; and
- general support of corporate and M&A practices in the IP and IT areas.