Profile

Clara-Ann’s practice focuses on TMT and outsourcing, privacy and data protection, including audits and GDPR compliance, internal investigations, e-discovery, cloud computing and compliance. In addition to her advisory and transactional expertise, Clara-Ann also represents her clients in court proceedings, mediation and arbitration.

Awards & Rankings

17.11.2022
NKF partner Clara-Ann Gordon recognised as Lawyer of the Year for Data: Telecoms & Media at the WWL Awards 2022
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24.06.2022
NKF recognised as “Law Firm of the Year” for Corporate Law by Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt
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06.05.2022
Legalcommunity Switzerland Awards 2022: NKF recognised as multiple awards winner
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Experience

Over two decades, Clara-Ann has built remarkable expertise advising a broad range of Swiss and international businesses on IT and technology transactions, joint ventures, outsourcing, IoT and IT system projects. Clara-Ann also regularly advises her clients on data protection matters including GDPR gap analysis and the implementation thereof, internal data security projects and connected regulatory aspects. Clara-Ann’s practice includes advice on procurement, development, regulatory and compliance projects requiring a thorough understanding of the relevant technology.

Clara-Ann regularly publishes and speaks at national and international conferences on emerging legal issues in technology law. She is recognised as a Thought Leader in the areas Data Privacy & Protection, Data Security and Information Technology by Who’s Who Legal 2022 and as Lawyer of the Year 2021 for Data. She is former chair of the IBA Technology Law Committee, former IBA LPD Council Member, current officer with the IBA Women Lawyers Interest Group, chair of the IBA Online Services Committee, member of the Board of Directors of ITechLaw, a member of the INTA Enforcement Committee, former co-chair of IAPP Basel/Zurich KnowledgeNet Chapter and a member of the programme commission ICT – Recht und Praxis – of the Europa Institute at the University of Zurich, president of ITDR – Institute for IT and Data Dispute Resolution and member of the Legal Chapter of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce.

Experience highlights include advising:

  • Microsoft in various cloud related projects
  • FIFA on data protection matters, including GDPR
  • Actelion on the USD 30 billion transaction with Johnson & Johnson on the data protection structure and cross-border data protection contracts
  • Finastra as FinTech leader on its transaction acquiring Olfa Soft SA
2007 CEDR Accredited Mediator
1998 Queen Mary & Westfield College, London, LL.M. (IP)
1997 Admitted to the bar, Canton of Berne, Attorney-at-law
1997 University of Berne, Study of law
Best Lawyers /Handelsblatt Switzerland 2022/23 – Lawyer of the Year for Media Law
Best Lawyers 2017 – 2023
Legalcommunity Switzerland Awards 2022 – Lawyer of the Year: TMT
Chambers Europe 2013 – 2022
The Legal500 EMEA 2022 – Leading Individual
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders Global Elite 2022
Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland 2017 – 2022
Who’s Who Legal Switzerland Awards 2021 – Lawyer of the Year – Data
The Legal500 EMEA 2021 – Leading Individual
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders Global Elite 2021
Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Switzerland 2019 – 2022
Who’s Who Legal Switzerland Awards 2020 – Lawyer of the Year for Data
The Legal500 EMEA 2020 – Leading Individual
Euromoney’s Women in Business Law guide 2019 – Leading Practitioner TMT
Euromoney’s Women in Business Law guide 2019 – Leading Practitioner Privacy & Data Protection
The Legal500 EMEA 2019 – Recommended
The Legal500 EMEA 2018 – Recommended
  • IAPP International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • IBA International Bar Association
  • ITechLAW International Technology Law Association
2016 Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey
2009 Partner at a major Swiss law firm
2003 Associate at a major Swiss law firm
2001 Secondment at Diogenes Verlag
2000 Secondment at ABB
1998 Associate at a major Swiss law firm

German

English

Deals & Cases

23.11.2022

Phoenix Systems receives strategic investment from SWITCH

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09.11.2022

Nederman Holding AB acquires MBE AG

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12.10.2022

Microsoft concludes Public Clouds Contract with the Swiss Federation

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Market Perception

«A top choice for data privacy and cybersecurity in Switzerland. »
Who’s Who Legal 2022
«Clara-Ann Gordon has a deep knowledge in data privacy matters. Her advice is very professional and shows a pragmatic approach with respective connected risks. »
Legal 500 2022
«Clara-Ann Gordon is an exceptional partner, highly skilled and very motivated. Compared to other representatives of this industry, she works in a pragmatic way and pursues innovative approaches. »
Legal 500 2022
«Clara-Ann Gordon advises clients on the launch of new technology products. She also offers notable experience in data protection issues and technology agreements. »
Chambers Europe 2022

Events

07.02.2023

Data security, certifications and reporting requirements – What does the new Data Protection Ordinan…

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18.01.2023

Data security, certifications and reporting requirements – What does the new Data Protection Ordinan…

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06.09.2022

Women on Board of Directors – Diversity Obligations or a Super Booster for Boards?

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Awards & Rankings

16.01.2023

Twelve NKF lawyers listed as “Thought Leaders Switzerland 2022” by Who’s Who Legal

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17.11.2022

NKF partner Clara-Ann Gordon recognised as Lawyer of the Year for Data: Telecoms & Media at the WW…

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24.06.2022

NKF recognised as “Law Firm of the Year” for Corporate Law by Best Lawyers/Handelsblatt

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Firm News

04.03.2021

NKF partner Clara-Ann Gordon appointed Chair of the IBA Online Services Committee

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08.08.2019

NKF delegation will attend the 2019 IBA Annual Conference in Seoul

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04.10.2018

NKF partners will attend the 2018 IBA Annual Conference in Rome

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In the Media

23.10.2020

Data protection laws and access by US authorities. How does this affect me?

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04.09.2020

Expansion of NKF’s Technology and Data Law Practice

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04.07.2020

“Unterstützung im Wirrwarr des Datenschutzes” – NKF Partnerin Clara-Ann Gordon im I…

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Publications

01.07.2022

Mediation bei IP-Streitigkeiten? Konfliktlösung statt “Recht haben” im IP-Bereich, 2022

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11.08.2021

Getting The Deal Through: Fintech 2022

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11.08.2021

Getting The Deal Through: Fintech 2022

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Speaking Engagements

22.01.2023

IBA 5th Silicon Beach Conference 2023

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18.01.2023

Data Security and Documentation, The new Data Protection Act Ordinance (revDPA-Ordinance)

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17.01.2023

Cyber Circle, Wie Daten nicht zur Straftat werden

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Newsletters & Alerts

12.01.2022

Specific Amendments and Measures under the revised FADP – Risk-based-Approach in Light of the ne…

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09.06.2021

New Standard Contractual Clauses for International Data Transfers

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02.12.2020

Revised Federal Act on Data protection

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