Dr. Martin Eckert

Legal Partner


Dr. Martin Eckert, one of the three founding partners of MME, has broad experience in assisting international technology and commercial firms (contracts, distribution, relocation, M&A). He is a climate law and ESG pioneer. His areas of expertise are Blockchain, IT, IP and technology law, particularly in the telecommunications and high tech sectors (inter alia medical technology). He has been appointed as an expert lawyer in negotiating many complex IT-Outsourcing, Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Data Protection (GDPR) projects, mainly for banks and insurance companies. He acts as a litigator in complex commercial law cases before arbitral tribunals and commercial state courts.

Business activities

  • Swiss and International Contract, Business and Corporate Law
  • IT and Intellectual Property
  • Outsourcing
  • Data Protection, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, IT-Compliance
  • Software and Knowhow protection
  • Digital Infrastructure and Telecommunication
  • Patent, Trademark, Copyrights Law
  • Licence contracts
  • Blockchain, FinTech
  • Technology Transfer
  • International Trade, Agency and Distribution
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Joint Ventures
  • Marketing, Media and Entertainment Law
  • Climate protection law and ESG
  • Commercial Litigation (State Courts and Arbitral Tribunals)
  • Unfair Competition


Admitted to the Bar 
University Zurich (Dr. iur.)


  • German
  • English
  • French

Teaching Assignments

  • CAS Digital Risk Management (HWZ University of Applied Sciences Zurich) 

Practical Experience

  • Accredited Data Protection Auditor at ePrivacyseal GmbH
  • Advisory Board Member (Bank, IT, Medical Technology)
  • Attorney of the Delegation of the EU Commission to Switzerland (EU Embassy)
  • Former Judge at the Swiss Federal Appeal Commission for Intellectual Property (2003-2006)
  • High Court Secretary at the Commercial Court of the Canton Zurich (1992-1993)
  • Register of Commerce, Canton Zurich (1990)


  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • World IT Lawyers (WITL)
  • The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Swiss Intellectual Property Institute (INGRES)
  • Swico (Member Legal Circle)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Membre honoraire de l’Ordre des avocats vaudois (OAV)
  • International Bar Association


The Legal 500 (www.legal500.com)

Recommended Lawyer 2020 for TMT

The 'availability, breadth of knowledge, and quality of service are exceptional' at MME Legal | Tax | Compliance. It handles software and pharmaceutical licensing disputes, public procurement tenders, as well as alleged copyright infringement matters. Founding partner Martin Eckert jointly heads the practice with Andreas Glarner, who provides 'impeccable and trustworthy' advice and proves himself to be of 'indispensable value' when advising international technology companies. Senior associate Michael Kunz is another name of note for GDPR contracts and other IT-based work.


Recommended Lawyer 2020 for Data Privacy and Data Protection

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance's team is 'pragmatic, straight to the point and efficient', with strong 'internal know-how and a large network'. Founding partner Martin Eckert demonstrates 'specialist knowledge, dependability and solution-oriented' assistance with general data protection and data privacy matters for banks and insurance companies. Other work includes advice on GDPR and Swiss national regulatory legal set-ups and compliance advice relating to public procurement tenders and new online platforms.


Recommended lawyer 2019 for TMT

MME – Legal | Tax | Compliance impresses with its 'good all-round knowledge of data and IT issues, with particular expertise in blockchain'. The team also provides assistance with IT outsourcing, distribution, transactions and medical technology, as well as regulatory matters, data protection and telecoms law. Key name Martin Eckert represents a Swiss bank in a court case pertaining to a licensing issue, while Luka Müller, Thomas Linder and Andreas Glarner are instructed by numerous clients to assist with the set-up of ICO structures.


Recommended lawyer 2018 for TMT

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance’s ‘professional and very good’ practice is ‘highly service-oriented and an absolute specialist in the TMT sector’. The group is particularly well versed in IT matters, including advice on crypto finance, data protection and outsourcing to banks and companies. Recent work includes representing one of the top four banks in Switzerland in a software license court case and advising Ethereum Foundation on the structuring and implementation of a crowd-funded cryptocurrency development. ‘Outstanding and target-oriented IT lawyer’ Martin Eckert ‘listens to the client’s needs first before giving advice’ and ‘does not hesitate to give recommendations regarding risk-based approaches’. Luka Müller, Andreas Glarner and Thomas Linder are the key contacts for fintech matters.


Legal 500 EMEA

MME is recommended for IP/TMT, and domestic and international arbitration work. Partners include Martin Eckert and Bernhard Meyer.



At MME Martin Eckert is 'top notch'. As former judge at the Swiss Federal Appeal Commission for Intellectual Property, he has a 'wealth of knowledge' and is respected in the field.

Martin Eckert is widely regarded by sources as a leading light in data protection and an expert in complex projects.



Dr. Martin Eckert
Legal Partner

T +41 44 254 99 66


Susanne Jöhr

T +41 44 254 99 58


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