Nicolas Capt is a recognized established specialist in media and technology law.
In 2016, he was voted by the Swiss-German magazine Bilanz as one of the 100 leading people in the field of digital technology in Switzerland (digital shapers) and in 2015, was included in the annual list of the “100 leading people of French speaking Switzerland “.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019, Nicolas Capt’s practice in telecommunications law was voted as being amongst the best in Switzerland (*) in a study by the German studies institute Statista, LE TEMPS and BILANZ.
In 2019, Quinze Cours des Bastions has been awarded a “Trophée du droit” (special mention) by the French Magazine “Decideurs”.
Nicolas Capt is in particular specialised in issues relating to online reputation and data protection (right to be forgotten, identity theft, defence of online presence, drafting of general terms and conditions, privacy policies or IT charters, etc) and the management thereof, and his expertise is regularly sought by public institutions, companies and exposed persons. He offers comprehensive strategic and legal assistance for the preparation of large digital projects.
Founder of the Firm, Nicolas Capt assists his clients in all issues relating to technology and media law, whether in an advisory or litigation context.
Registered at the Paris Bar (list of EU lawyers), Nicolas Capt is registered to act on behalf of his clients in France.
He regularly speaks at conferences on media and IT law, both in Switzerland and around the world; he regularly appears on leading broadcast media and is often published.
Nicolas Capt teaches media law at the Journalism and Media Training Centre (CFJM).
He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Geneva Bar, the CEDIDAC, the Swiss Press Club and the Swiss Association of Specialist Journalists.
He is a member of the Modernisation and Innovation Commission of the Geneva Bar and participates in the technological law forum of the Genevan Bar.
Having obtained his law degree at the University of Lausanne in 2003, Nicolas Capt completed his legal training with a Masters in law in Legal Issues, Crime and Security of Information Technologies, which he passed in the autumn of 2004 with honours (summa cum laude).
He was also awarded two certificates - General Course on Intellectual Property, and Advanced Course in Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property - at the World Intellectual Property Organisation Academy (WIPO).
Having initially practised as an Associate with two well established commercial law firms, first with Ming Halperin Burger Inaudi, then with Bonnant Warluzel & Partners, in 2012 Nicolas Capt founded the firm Capt & Wyss together with Me Nicolas Wyss, where he practised up until 2018.
Together with Professor Bertil Cottier and Denis Masmejan, he published the first Commentary on Federal law Governing Radio and Television (Staempfli editions, Switzerland) of which he is also one of the co-authors.
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Nicolas Capt initiated and co-organised the Artificial Intelligence Geneva Summit (AIGS), an annual international event which offers a holistic vision of the numerous issues raised by Artificial Intelligence (www.aigs.ch).
Nicolas Capt took part in the International Human Rights Competition for Lawyers in Caen, 2008, where he defended a case involving Kenneth Foster, who had been condemned to death for witnessing a crime. The jury, which was presided over by Mrs Françoise Tulkens, vice President of the European Court of Human Right (ECHR), awarded him second prize.
A keen advocate, Nicolas Capt introduced and organised in Switzerland, for the Young Bar Association of the Canton of Vaud when he was a committee member, the first Swiss versions (2007 and 2008) of the famous Paris “Conférence Berrier”. He has also participated in, and won, several national and international moot competitions, and in 2018 and 2019 acted in a surrealist play, “The robot who loved me”, together with the former President of the Geneva Bar, Marc Bonnant.
Me Alexis Constantacopoulos
Alexis Constantacopoulos offers significant experience in various areas relating to finance, in particular as an analyst of alternative fund investments, of entrepreneurship relating to new technologies and to sustainable development.
Over and above his legal expertise, Me. Alexis Constantacopoulos received a university Bachelor of Science from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne (HEC Lausanne), department of Information Systems Management, and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst © (2011) diploma. He also received a Certificate in Advanced Studies (CAS) from the University of Geneva in Energy Management (2013).
Alex Constantacopoulos studied law at the University of Geneva, and has been working with Me. Nicolas Capt since 2016 as a trainee. Passionate about Information Systems and New Technologies, his Bachelor’s paper focused on the right to be forgotten on the Internet, and his Masters thesis examined the respective liabilities of both the data controller and the data processor in matters relating to data protection, in particular in the banking sector.
Me Amandine Marquis
Amandine Marquis passed her law degree at the University of Geneva, her Masters in law and criminal science at the University of Lausanne and was awarded a certificate of legal specialisation.
Prior to joining the Firm as a trainee, she was a formal reporter at the Grand Conseil de la République et Canton de Geneve, a legal adviser at the Radio Television Suisse (RTS) and a trainee lawyer at the Geneva Court of Justice.
Amandine is passionate about culture, and pursued musical studies at the Conservatoire populaire de musique de Geneve in both song and piano