Welcome to our website. Our team of specialized attorneys provides expert advice in Advanced Technologies | Media | Privacy, Corporate Finance | Acquisitions and Governance and Intellectual Property | Unfair Practices.

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)


  • 29.04.2016

    Our partner @MichelJaccard talks about negotiating technology #outsourcing agreements this afternoon @SawbonesHex

  • 28.04.2016

    TripAdvisor acquires HouseTrip as home-rental market consolidates venturebeat.com/2016/04/28/tri… via @VentureBeat

  • 26.04.2016

    RT @Jonathanvoumard: Juliette Ancelle @idestavocats giving overview of IP issues for early-stage #startups at #AITcamp https://t.co/AxEP3kM…

  • 23.04.2016

    RT @newsycombinator: Why Uber Won news.greylock.com/why-uber-won-5…

  • 22.04.2016

    Our partners @MichelJaccard and @julietteancelle are in Bern today to teach copyright, software and unfair competition #IP

Mentoring for Seedstars Summit

For the second year in a row, our partner Michel Jaccard will act as a mentor for the 55+ startups from emerging markets which will convene in Lausanne next month for the Seedstars Summit. More information is available here.