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Empowering people by strengthening contractual relationships and solving conflicts

We are lawyers helping those who dare to challenge the status quo, turn bold ideas into action and make an impact.

From starting a company to building partnerships, hiring talents or resolving disputes, our team is at your side at every step of the journey.

Startups & SMEs

Multinationals

NGOs & Associations

Artists & Athletes

Where we can help.

Launching Companies

Choosing the right structure for your project and complying with all the associated legal requirements is crucial for your credibility and future growth.

We help you set up healthy foundations for open and honest communication, as well as aligned interests between co-founders. A co-founders’ agreement (or shareholders’ agreement) mitigates the risks of disputes and enhances your performance in the long term.

Investors and founders will usually start negotiating the terms of the funding in a non-binding letter of intent and a term sheet, before signing a detailed investment agreement.

You should use a non-disclosure agreement before sharing any sensitive information with external parties. We also highly recommend protecting your name, brand, logo and/or tagline by registering trade marks.

Building Partnerships

Specifying the employer’s and employee’s roles, rights and obligations is strongly recommended to avoid misunderstandings and prevent conflicts.

If you are partnering with another company on a specific project, you will require a document to govern the relationship, i.e. to establish mutual undertakings, shared profits and respective liabilities.

In case you are mandating a consultant or contractor, a consultancy agreement to formalise the relationship is strongly recommended, notably to define the tasks, remuneration, expenses and objectives.

If an external party will be distributing your products on your behalf (or vice versa), we recommend signing a distribution agreement to lay out the agreed terms and prevent any conflict or interpretation issues.

Resolving Disputes

If collaborations do not work as planned – inconsistent services or unpaid invoices – we help you find a solution through negotiation, mediation or litigation.

After having reached a certain size, conflicts in the workplace are almost inevitable and unchecked conflicts may cause irreversible damage to people and companies. Developing a positive company culture and leadership, as well as preventing and resolving such conflicts is essential.

Important responsibilities, different visions, high-stress situations, the cases where conflicts may arise between co-founders are frequent and have to be appropriately addressed. We help co-founders to resolve such disputes through constructive negotiation, mediation or, ultima ratio, litigation.

In case public authorities request unjustified authorisations or dispute your right to obtain a specific status, we help you by analyzing the legal situation and, if there are chances of success, defending your interests in court.

This is a selection of our practice areas. For any other needs in corporate law, feel free to contact us.

Meet our team of lawyers.

Jonathan Bory
Attorney-at-Law – Founder

2019 – Ph.D. defended (Freedom of Contract)
2018 – SBA Certified Mediator
2016 – Appointed Vice-President of the Employment Court
2015 – Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, NY
2010 – Admitted to the Bar, Canton of Bern
2008 – Master of Laws, summa cum laude (Universities of Fribourg & Berlin)

As founder of Bory Legal, Jonathan advises companies on their legal needs. From more than ten years of experience in the legal arena, notably in the biggest Swiss firms (Schellenberg Wittmer or Bratschi Law), he understands the challenges of starting a venture from the ground up and supporting its growth. Solution-oriented, Jonathan acts as counsel or mediator and represents clients in courts. He assists Swiss and international organizations, especially in contractual & regulatory matters. He is member of the boards of Lendora and Legal Factory.

Sophie-Emilia Steinauer
Attorney-at-Law

2019 – Ph.D. Cand. at the University of Lausanne
2017 – In-house lawyer in a publishing house
2015 – Court clerk at a civil law District Court
2014 – Admitted to the Bar, Canton of Geneva
2013 – Research Assistant at the University of Geneva
2010 – Master of Laws (Universities of Fribourg & Paris II)
2009 – Erasmus at the University of Bologna

Sophie-Emilia’s expertise covers a broad range of legal matters, from private to criminal law. The diversity of her experience allowed her to develop a rigorous approach to complex legal issues. While she enjoys working both with companies and individuals, she is particularly interested in family law and estate planning as well as in data protection and the risks related to social media growing powers. Next to her practice, she is writing a Ph.D. on cyberbullying at the University of Lausanne.

Sophie-Emilia Steinauer
Attorney-at-Law – COUNSEL

2019 – Ph.D. Cand. at the University of Lausanne
2017 – In-house lawyer in a publishing house
2015 – Court clerk at a civil law District Court
2014 – Admitted to the Bar, Canton of Geneva
2013 – Research Assistant at the University of Geneva
2010 – Master of Laws (Universities of Fribourg & Paris II)
2009 – Erasmus at the University of Bologna

Sophie-Emilia’s expertise covers a broad range of legal matters, from private to criminal law. The diversity of her experience allowed her to develop a rigorous approach to complex legal issues. While she enjoys working both with companies and individuals, she is particularly interested in family law and estate planning as well as in data protection and the risks related to social media growing powers. Next to her practice, she is writing a Ph.D. on cyberbullying at the University of Lausanne.

Daniel de Charrière de Sévery
Attorney-at-Law – ASSOCIATE

2020 – Admitted to the Bar, Canton of Fribourg
2019 – ad hoc Law clerk, First Instance Court
2018-2019 – Law firm, Fribourg (Intern)
2017-2018 – Federal Customs Administration
2017 – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
2017 – Master of laws, Fribourg
2015 – 2016 : Erasmus at Durham University

Daniel assists the firm’s clients in commercial law cases. He combines his experience in private law, administrative law and criminal law with his linguistic abilities (French, German and English) to best address the clients legal issues. His major interests cover contract law, data protection, criminal law and migration law.

Providing peace of mind. Boosting legal confidence.

We place our clients’ needs at the center and support them in facing the challenges of an ever-changing regulatory landscape.

We not only provide legal insights and strategic advice, but also team up with tech companies to redefine the way legal services are performed, and meet the needs of our clients at an affordable price.

Innovative

Solution-Oriented

Efficient

Price-Predictable

Recent cases and events.

Social Media, Ethics & Public Policy

Conference

Social Media, Ethics & Public Policy

Invited by the Swiss Distance University Institute, Jonathan Bory gave a talk on the legal and ethical risks of the growing asymmetry of powers between users and social media platforms.

FinTech & FemTech Startups Raising Funds

Startups

FinTech & FemTech Startups Raising Funds

Bory Legal advised FinTech & FemTech startups on their successful > 2M financing rounds.

Structuring International Partnerships

Multinationals

Structuring International Partnerships

Bory Legal assisted a multinational company in designing an international distribution agreement.

Negotiating Out-of-Court Settlements

SME

Negotiating Out-of-Court Settlements

Bory Legal advised the founder of a major real estate company and led the negotiations of a complex share purchase agreement.

Dispute Resolution through Mediation

Conference

Dispute Resolution through Mediation

Jonathan Bory intervened in the mediation training of the EPMN to share his experience as a mediator.

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Looking forward to hearing from you.

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