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.
Rankings & Awards
- “Personable and charming, she has gained a loyal following in the technology and life sciences industries” – World Trademark Review, 2022
- Nicola Benz frequently assists with domestic and cross-border trade mark disputes, enforcement of trade mark rights, trade mark portfolio advice and regulatory matters. One satisfied client remarks that she is “really reliable and present with great experience” – Chambers and Partners Europe, IP, 2021
- Nicola Benz is frequently instructed on cybersecurity and software development projects. She is praised by sources for her experience in IT and data privacy – Chambers and Partners Europe, TMT, 2021
- “Nicola Benz is very easily approachable, excellent understanding of commercial factors, experienced in her field, quick response times, capability for different fee arrangements, straight forward approach to the problems, easy to work with and talk to – even in respect to sensitive matters and client relationships” – Legal 500 EMEA, Data Privacy and Data Protection, 2021
- “Fast, pragmatic, solution-oriented consulting” – Legal 500 EMEA, TMT, 2021
- “Can do attitude; the team identifies the goal and proposes solutions instead of problems. Good at recognising my goals, rather than just analysing processes” – Legal 500 EMEA, TMT, 2021
Education & Admission
- Recognition of qualification in Switzerland (2005)
- Admitted to the Scots Bar (1998)
- University of Edinburgh, LLB Hons
Memberships and public offices
- Swiss Bar Association
- Zurich Bar Association
- International Trademark Association (INTA)
- Licensing Executives Society (LES)
- International Technology Law Association (iTechLaw)
- «Wir setzen auf Teams, nicht auf Einzelkämpfer». Die frisch fusionierte Wirtschaftskanzlei MLL will dem Starkult abschwören, der unter Anwaltsfirmen grassiert. | 04.10.2021
- iTechLaw 2021 Update to Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework, and Responsible AI Assessment (RAIIA), Chapter on Open Data (Principle 6) | 05.03.2021
- Trends im Technologie-Recht, Tages-Anzeiger Supplement Rechtsguide 2020, p. 10 | 07.09.2020
- Datenschutz zwischen Stuhl und Bank – Die neue EU Verordnung aus der Sicht der Schweiz, NZZ | 18.06.2018
Nicola Benz is frequently instructed on cybersecurity and software development projects. She is praised by sources for her experience in IT and data privacy - Chambers and Partners Europe, TMT, 2021
«Wir setzen auf Teams, nicht auf Einzelkämpfer». Die frisch fusionierte Wirtschaftskanzlei MLL will dem Starkult abschwören, der unter Anwaltsfirmen grassiert.NZZ am Sonntag, 3. Oktober 2021
iTechLaw 2021 Update to Responsible AI: A Global Policy Framework, and Responsible AI Assessment (RAIIA), Chapter on Open Data (Principle 6)
Alpine Privacy Days | 14. – 17. September 2022
Nicola Benz listed in Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP list 2022
Who’s Who Legal Thought Leaders 2021
MLL presents Best IP Law Firm Award at JUVE Award Ceremony in Frankfurt 2021
Expert Guide Women in Business Law 2021
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