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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)


  • 02.09.2015

    The 12 hottest startups in Switzerland read.bi/1JKqMzU via @BIUK_Tech

  • 01.09.2015

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  • 30.08.2015

    Our team paddling safely @Ride4theCause - proud to support the cause for the 3rd year ride4thecause.org http://t.co/IR0AEbeOLF

  • 28.08.2015

    RT @rufoguerreschi: @idestavocats Join Stallman, Schneier, Preneel discuss how to be "Free and Safe in Cyberspace", Brussels 9-24/25th http…

  • 27.08.2015

    RT @RobinsonBenP: .@GuillaumeDubray announces that @FintechFusion has selected its first startup intake. All details to come next week... #…

Free and Safe in Cyberspace

Michel Jaccard will be a keynote speaker during the "Free and Safe in Cyberspace" conference organized in Brussels on 24 September 2015. The event will discuss the role of new IT security paradigms and certifications in delivering constitutionallymeaningful e-privacy to all, while preserving public safety and cyber investigation, with a roster of prestigious speakers such as Bruce Schneider of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Richard Stallman of the Free Software Foundation, and key policy and cryptographic EU and US experts. The program is available here.