About Us

We are a small tech-savvy team with a big network of local and international partners.

With our in-depth know-how in industries such as FinTech, IT, drones, blockchain, real estate and clean energy, we help startups and investors from Switzerland and the USA master their legal challenges.

There’s one thing we don’t do, though: Speak legalese. We’ll explain the documents and the legal matters to you in plain language and will always keep you in the loop.

Need to move fast? We can keep up! We are based in Switzerland, but we are wherever you are. We use video calls to keep the communication fast and flexible and hold most of our meetings remotely. If getting together in person feels like a better option, we are also happy to meet you at your Swiss office or at another convenient location.

Michel

Michel Kertai

Startup Attorney
Co-Founder of EMBARK.LAW AG
Attorney-at-law, admitted to practice in Switzerland and California

Education:
LL.M, UC Berkeley School of Law, California, USA
MLaw, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Languages:
German, English, French, Hungarian

Michel is a registered attorney in Switzerland and the USA (California). He started his career as a corporate lawyer in Bern, Switzerland.

In 2015, he moved to California to study U.S. law and work with Silicon Valley startups. After returning to Switzerland in 2016, he founded EMBARK.LAW to focus on helping startups master their legal challenges.

Before becoming a lawyer, Michel was a professional athlete, playing volleyball and beach volleyball at a national level. His background in elite sports is one of the reasons he feels at home in the startup community with its adventurous, challenge-driven spirit.

Michel is actively involved in the startup communities in Switzerland, California and New York. He is a board member of the Swiss ICT Investor Club SICTIC and sits on the advisory board of the Boalt Global Corporate Law Society.

Barbara

Barbara Nägeli

Legal Advisor, Head of Operations
Co-Founder of EMBARK.LAW AG

Education:
MLaw summa cum laude (with highest distinction), University of Fribourg, Switzerland

Languages:
German, English, French

Barbara started her career as a legal advisor for the Swiss environmental protection agency in 2008.

Since then, she has helped establish new regulatory frameworks, drafted laws, negotiated international treaties, managed projects to improve the implementation of environmental policies, set up more efficient internal processes, and much more.

In 2018, Barbara joined EMBARK.LAW as Head of Operations to oversee our daily operations and ensure that our company stays well-coordinated and productive in helping you overcome your legal challenges.

Barbara

Nadia Allenbach

Paralegal

Education:
Commercial employee (“Kauffrau EFZ”), specialization: law firms
Student of business law, ZHAW, Switzerland (since 2017)

Languages:
German, English

Before joining EMBARK.LAW in July 2019, Nadia worked as a legal assistant in a law firm in Bern. Since 2017, she also studies business law at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW.

Nadia draws from her professional experience and the knowledge gained in her studies when researching legal issues and preparing documents and contracts. She helps support our clients with incorporations, financing rounds and other legal needs.

Nadia was EMBARK.LAW’s first employee (not counting the founders). She still remembers how back then, as a newcomer to the startup world, many terms and processes were foreign to her. This is why Nadia finds it particularly important to be able to put herself in our client’s shoes and not bombard them with legalese.

When Nadia isn’t working or studying, she is often found in the mountains or on her racing bike.

Barbara

Matthias Steinlin

Startup Attorney, IP Lawyer
Attorney-at-law, admitted to practice in Switzerland

Education:
PhD in Law, University of Bern (Switzerland)
MLaw, Universities of Bern (Switzerland) and Paris-Descartes (France)

Languages:
German, English, French

Matthias is a Swiss attorney with a particular interest in the protection and commercialisation of innovation. Before joining EMBARK.LAW, he worked as a trademark attorney at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI) and as an in-house lawyer for a large Swiss company. At the IPI, he gained in-depth knowledge in all areas of intellectual property rights and particularly in trademark law. Matthias also has a PhD in IP law – he wrote his doctoral thesis on the patent protection of medicine.

Even before he joined EMBARK.LAW, Matthias had the opportunity to advise and support friends in the (legal) implementation of new business ideas on a regular basis. Since he enjoyed this work a lot, it was a natural choice for him to go all in as a startup attorney.

In his spare time, Matthias writes about the latest developments in intellectual property law as an author for iusNet. He also enjoys climbing snowy peaks and surfing.

Barbara

Audrey Benzow

Startup Attorney
Attorney-at-law, admitted to practice in Switzerland

Education:
LL.M, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois, USA
MLaw, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Languages:
German, English

Audrey is a licensed attorney in Switzerland. Before joining EMBARK.LAW, she was a corporate lawyer for a renowned law firm in Zurich. She advised national and international clients in the areas of general commercial and corporate law, capital markets law, M&A and employment law.

Being a passionate surfer, Audrey enjoys the challenges and fast-changing environments of the ocean. During her LL.M in Chicago, she worked at the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she provided startups with free legal advice on matters revolving around incorporations, share transfers, capital increases and mergers. She believes that – as in surfing – staying focused, disciplined and trusting each other in extreme situations is key to a successful collaboration between startups and lawyers.

Barbara

Nermina Haliti

Paralegal

Education:
Commercial employee (“Kauffrau EFZ”) with vocational baccalaureate (“Berufsmaturität”)
Student of business law, ZHAW, Switzerland (since 2019)

Languages:
German, English, Albanian

Nermina is a qualified commercial employee with several years of professional experience as a C-level assistant. Since 2019, she studies business law at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW.

Before joining EMBARK.LAW, Nermina worked for a Swiss startup. Initially, she was an assistant to the CEO. After beginning her studies, she became a legal assistant, keeping general terms and conditions, codes of conduct and other legal documents up to date.

Thanks to her professional experience, Nermina understands what matters when it comes to startups. As an avid dancer, she also brings passion, ambition and dedication to the table.

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