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.


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

  • IAPP International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • IBA International Bar Association
  • ITechLAW International Technology Law Association

Market Perception

  • Clara-Ann Gordon is celebrated for her “wealth of experience working on cloud services issues” and is hailed a “superb data privacy specialist”.

    Who’s Who Legal 2021
  • Clara-Ann Gordon has excellent knowledge and is able to derive actions from the complex regulatory frame.

    Chambers Europe 2021
  • Clara-Ann Gordon is a very experienced and strategic-thinking lawyer. She’s very responsive and delivers her task on point. Highly recommendable. She’s also very well connected and shows a strong business acumen.

    Legal 500 2020
  • Expertise is excellent – clear statements and explanations – very structured working style – quickly notices the crucial points

    Legal 500 2020
  • Niederer Kraft Frey is home to one of Switzerland's pre-eminent lawyers, Clara-Ann Gordon, who receives effusive praise for her top-tier handling of internal investigations, outsourcing and cloud computing matters.

    The Legal 500 2019
  • Clara-Ann Gordon “.. is an excellent IT lawyer with a strong litigation practice and an international network.”

    Who’s Who Legal 2018
  • Clara-Ann Gordon advised Actelion on the data protection structure and cross-border contracts relating to their USD30 billion transaction with Johnson & Johnson. She is also active in the implementation of new management systems, outsourcing projects and compliance issues.

    Chambers Europe 2018
  • Clara-Ann Gordon is highly recommended … ‘a go-to lawyer’ for both IT and telecoms work, with a practice covering outsourcing, cloud computing, compliance and data protection.. ‘She is always up to speed on everything from a technology perspective.’” Who’s Who Legal 2017 Sources “would recommend her without hesitation” for her expertise in handling technology, outsourcing and data protection issues.

    Who’s Who Legal Switzerland 2017
  • Interviewees underline her “high levels of relevant expertise and responsiveness."

    Chambers Europe 2017

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