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About id est avocats

"id est" is a Latin expression meaning "that is to say" (i.e. in abbreviated form). Clients expect nowadays from their legal counsel far more than a perfect knowledge of the law. Trusted attorneys shall be able to assist in ambitious projects and help design and implement complex negotiation or litigation strategies; they must fit in multidisciplinary teams, explain the stakes, and formulate no non-sense, pragmatic and actionable advice to diverse stakeholders: board of directors, entrepreneurs, shareholders, investors.

In line with our philosophy, we focus on certain industries of which we know the rules, the players, the specificities, the market standards and the best practices: computing, advanced technologies, media and advertising, commercial and corporate, and intellectual property, especially in the field of software and online services.



Our work has been highly recommended by the market and leading guides such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal500 and Who's Who Legal. We were also voted Swiss Boutique Law Firm of the Year by industry experts in 2012 and 2013, and Law Firm of the Year in ‘Technology’ (Corporate Int’l Awards), ‘Corporate Finance and M&A’ (M&A Int’l) and ‘Media’ (ACQ Law Global Awards).

"The firm always adds strong value by understanding the business issues and translating them into solid legal terms." (Chambers Europe 2014)

"The lawyers are hands-on, able to grasp complex concepts and strong in negotiations" (Chambers Europe 2015)


  • 25.11.2015

    ObsEva taps A-list investors for $60M as pipeline nears late-phase trials - FierceBiotech: fiercebiotech.com/story/obseva-t…

  • 24.11.2015

    RT @FintechFusion: Data security is the biggest barrier to implement cloud in banking applications @temenos @RobinsonBenP

  • 24.11.2015

    RT @arstechnica: Patent troll’s stock soars 20% after court victory over Samsung, Huawei arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20… by @joemullin

  • 23.11.2015

    Après les attentats, les géants high-tech rappellent leur attachement au chiffrement des données slate.fr/story/110443/c… via @slatefr

  • 22.11.2015

    RT @AlexOsterwalder: Insanity: Apple inhaling 94% of global smartphone profits w/ 14.5% of total sales volume!! goo.gl/hJQwCa htt…

id est avocats on the West Coast

Our partner Michel Jaccard will travel to the West Coast next month to meet clients & colleagues. He will also speak on Open Source Litigation in Europe at a Practising Law Institute Event in San Francisco and is invited by the Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco, to discuss the Swiss Tech Startup Scene and how US buyers and investors could best approach it. More details on the PLI event here and on the Swiss US Chamber of Commerce here.