Dr. Alesch Staehelin  Attorney at Law

Alesch Staehelin advises and represents clients in all matters relating to «Data, IT/IP & Media»: He drafts, reviews and negotiates contracts of all kinds (especially complex, time-critical and cross-border tech deals), he advises on data protection, IT security, digital transformation, new technologies, social media, copyright, entertainment and media law, trademark, design and patent law (incl. know-how protection), unfair competition, e-commerce etc., he mediates in contentious projects, and he conducts court and arbitration proceedings. Alesch is a lecturer at various Swiss universities and a former journalist (e.g., NZZ).


since 2022Part of the team at IP-INTELLIGENCE.
since 2021Founder of Digital Lawyer & Counsel (DLC)®, digitalcounsel.ch
2018–2021Partner at TIMES Attorneys, Zurich
2008–2018Senior In-house Counsel at IBM
1997–2007Attorney at Law at Lenz & Staehelin, Bär & Karrer and Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep


2002LL.M. in Entertainment Law, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA School of Law)
2000Admitted to the bar of the Canton of Zurich (admitted to practice before all Swiss courts)
1996Doctorate Dr. iur., University of Zurich (dissertation on the TRIPs Agreement; magna cum laude; since 1999 in the 2nd edition)
1991Studies in «Music Business» and «Political Science», City University of New York

Memberships (selection)

  • Swiss and Zurich Bar Association (sections Intellectual Property Law, Media Law, Technology Law and Competition Law)
  • Federal Arbitration Commission for the Exploitation of Copyrights and Related Rights (ESchK)
  • GRUR (Expert Committee on Data Law)
  • swissICT (Legal Commission)
  • ITechLaw («Responsible AI Committee»)


German and English


, +41 79 619 98 63