New association promotes LegalTech

08.06.2016 17:11

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The Swiss LegalTech Association aims to create a proper ecosystem around legal technology, similar to what has happened with FinTech over the last couple of years. The two founders of the association have both started legal tech companies.

The legal services industry is currently entering a phase of deep transformation. The most basic tasks are automatized, simple services are commoditized, clients are empowered and professionals must increasingly focus on value-added services. The digitisation is giving birth to a new ecosystem for the industry, composed of lawyers, entrepreneurs, investors, academics and professionals. The Swiss LegalTech Association (SLTA) is a neutral, nonprofit association which offers a frame for those groups to create value together.

SLTA was founded by Christoph Küng and Antoine Verdon, two start-up entrepreneurs active in the legal space and based in Zurich. Christoph Küng is the CEO of SKUANI, a matching platform for experts in the legal industry, while Antoine Verdon is the founder of LegalHub, a platform allowing anyone to create basic legal documents and contracts for a low fee.

When the two entrepreneurs met earlier in the year, they realised that both of them would benefit from joining forces and creating a proper ecosystem around legal technology. As a result, they decided to create the Swiss LegalTech Association (SLTA) with the purpose of connecting all the actors of the LegalTech space in Switzerland.

For the start of the new association Christoph Küng and Antoine Verdon secured the support of experienced lawyers. The executive board of SLTA includes Marc Bloch Sommer, CEO Swisslex, Dominique Gottret, partner with the law firm ambralaw, Nils Harbeke, head of the Tax practice group of Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd and Louis Burrus, Partner with Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd in Geneva.

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