Nicola Benz

Attorney at Law, Partner

Bellerivestrasse 201
CH-8034 Zurich
T +41 44 386 60 00
D +41 44 386 61 92
F +41 44 383 60 50


Nicola Benz’s practice is focused on technology and life sciences transactions. She assists technology companies of all sizes, from start-ups to established players, as well as investors, suppliers and customers across a broad range of industries and sectors.

Nicola Benz’s expertise covers outsourcing, licensing, joint ventures and collaborations and associated intellectual property issues. She also has considerable experience advising on all types of commercial contracts, competition and regulatory issues and data protection.

Nicola Benz is recognised as a globally leading patent and technology licensing lawyer, as well as a leading practitioner in the field of intellectual property.

She joined our firm as an associate in 2002 and became a partner in 2010. Since 2017 she has been the managing partner of our firm.


Education & Admission

Recognition of qualification in Switzerland (2005)
Admitted to the Scots Bar (1998)
University of Edinburgh (LLB Hons)


Swiss Bar Association
Zurich Bar Association
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Licensing Executives Society (LES)
International Technology Law Association (iTechLaw)





Chambers Europe (Intellectual Property & TMT)
Legal 500 EMEA (Data Protection & Data Privacy)
Legal 500 EMEA (IP)
Legal 500 EMEA (TMT)
Who's Who Legal Thought Leader Switzerland
Who's Who Legal National Leader Switzerland (Data)
Who's Who Legal National Leader Switzerland (Trademark)
Who's Who Legal Global Leader (Data Privacy & Protection, Data Security, Information & Technology, Telecoms & Media)
Leaders League (Health, Pharma & Biotechnology - Life Sciences)
Leaders League (Technologies, Internet & Telecommunications - IT & Outsourcing)
Best Lawyers in Switzerland (Telecommunications Law, Technology Law, Media and Copyright Law & IP)



iTechLaw 2021 Update to Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework, and Responsible AI Assessment (RAIIA), Chapter on Open Data (Principle 6) Trends im Technologie-Recht, Tages-Anzeiger Supplement Rechtsguide 2020, p. 10 (PDF) Datenschutz zwischen Stuhl und Bank – Die neue EU Verordnung aus der Sicht der Schweiz, NZZ (PDF) Insolvency and licences, International Law Office – Newsletter, 15 January 2016 (PDF) Swiss Insolvency Laws and IP Licence Agreements, International Corporate Rescue, Volume 11, Issue 4, p. 243-244 (PDF) IP licence agreements and insolvency, FRORIEP Swiss IP & Technology Briefing, March 2014 (PDF) Designs: A Global Guide, WTR, 2014 (PDF) Nicola Benz, Strengthening the protection of Human Research subjects: New Swiss act regarding research on humans, FRORIEP Newsletter, IP & Technology Briefing, 12 December 2013 (PDF) Getting the deal through – Outsourcing 2014 (PDF) Protection of ‘Made in Switzerland’ designations and Swiss cross strengthened, in: ILO, International Law Office – Newsletter, 18 November 2013 (PDF) Free pass for cunning digital content offerings in Switzerland?, in: International Law Office – Newsletter, 13 May 2013 (PDF) Supreme Court rules on protection of sources for blog comments, in: ILO, International Law Office – Newsletter, 06. October 2011 (PDF) Website posting hash links held to be accessory to copyright infringement, in: ILO, International Law Office – Newsletter, 16 May 2011 (PDF) Private pirate hunt declared illegal by Federal Supreme Court, in: ILO, International Law Office – Newsletter, 13 December 2010 (PDF) Review of the Swiss Competition Commission’s 21 April 2010 decision regarding the merger undertaking of France Télécom SA and Sunrise Communications AG, in: Jusletter, 1. November 2010 (PDF) IT-Outsourcing in Switzerland, Froriep Renggli Series, Zurich 2005 (PDF) PPP in the Medical Industry, in: Nicklisch (Hg.), Technologie und Recht: Öffentliche-private Grossprojekte, München 2005 Swiss Cartel Law, 2004 Reform. English translation of the Amended Federal Act on Cartel Law with Ordinance on Merger Control, Form for Notification of a Concentration of Undertakings, Ordinance on Sanctions, Draft Form for Notification of Restrictions of Competition, Guidance on Vertical Agreements, Guidance on Vertical Agreements in the Motor Industry, Zurich 2004 Swiss Cartel Law 2004 Reform – A Practical Guide and Comparison with EU Law, Froriep Renggli Series, Zurich 2004 Amended Swiss Federal Act on Cartel Law of 20 June 2003 (official English translation for the Swiss Competition Commission), Zurich 2004, at (PDF) Swiss Federal Act on Industrial Designs of 5 October 2001, in: Roger Staub/Alessandro Celli (Hg.), Designrecht, Kommentar zum Bundesgesetz über den Schutz von Design, Zürich 2003 und auf WIPO (in Bearbeitung) Arbitration and Intellectual Property, in: European Business Organization Law Review (EBOR) 3, 2002 Motor Vehicle Distribution and Competition Law: A New Approach, in: Froriep Renggli, “Swiss IP & Competition Briefing”, Zurich November 2002 R&D Collaborations and Technology Transfer, Froriep Renggli Series, Zurich 2002 (PDF)