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Privacy Policy

GÖNÜLER Attorneys at Law (Universitätstrasse 47, 8006 Zurich) is responsible for your personal data and for the operation of the website. Protecting the privacy of the users of our website is important to us. References in this privacy statement to "we" or "us" are references to GÖNÜLER Attorneys at Law. We are therefore responsible for the collection, processing and use of your personal data and for handling this data in accordance with the law.

We take the topic of data protection seriously and pay attention to the protection of your personal data. We consider it a matter of course to comply with the legal requirements of the Swiss Federal Law on Data Protection, the Ordinance to the Federal Law on Data Protection and other provisions of data protection law that may be applicable.

In the following, we would like to inform you about how we process your personal data in general as well as in connection with our website. Please note that the following information will be reviewed and amended from time to time. Therefore, we recommend that you review this privacy policy regularly.

What categories of personal data do we collect?

  • Names and contact details (for example, postal address, telephone number or email address);

  • Information about the company you work for, your position or title;

  • Identification and background information that you provide to us or that is collected from you as part of our engagement process;

  • Financial information and payment information;

  • Information disclosed to us by or on behalf of our clients or that we generate in the course of providing services to clients;

  • Information disclosed to us for the purpose of attending meetings, seminars or events;

  • Information relating to documents and communications that we send to you electronically; and

  • Any other information related to you that you provide to us.

Why do we collect and record these categories of personal information?

We collect and record this information when you interact with us, for example, when you communicate with us to receive information via email, or when you attend a meeting, seminar or other event. We also collect or create personal information as part of our provision of legal services and when we obtain personal information from other sources by consulting publicly available sources to update your information.


For what purposes do we collect personal data?

  • To communicate with you;

  • To conduct money laundering, conflict and reputational checks;

  • To provide and improve our services to you and our clients, including personal data from third parties that is disclosed to us or that we collect on behalf of our clients, for example, as part of the engagement process and as part of our administrative and marketing processes;

  • To manage the business relationship with you and our clients;

  • To maintain, provide and improve our websites, including monitoring and evaluating their use;

  • To promote our services, including sending you publications, alerts, updates and invitations to events;

  • To comply with our legal, regulatory and risk management obligations, including the assertion, enforcement and defense of legal claims.

On what basis do we process personal data?

We process personal data for these purposes when it is necessary for us to perform a contract, such as contacting an individual to provide legal or other services, to assert, enforce or defend legal claims or in legal proceedings. Furthermore, the processing of your personal data is necessary to comply with legal and regulatory obligations, to protect legitimate interests including those mentioned and listed above, and based on consent.

We use various technical and organizational measures to help protect your personal data from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, alteration or destruction.

What data is collected when I visit our website?

Our website can generally be used without disclosing personal data. However, the server of our website temporarily stores information about user accesses. This information includes the IP address, the date and time of access, the name and URL of the file accessed, the browser used, the operating system of the computer used and the name of the user's access provider. We use this data to ensure a smooth connection, the comfortable use of the website, the evaluation of system security and stability, and for other administrative purposes.

How do we use cookies or web analysis tools on our website?

Currently, we do not use cookies or web analysis tools on our website. However, we may use cookies at any time to optimize our services. Cookies are text files that are stored on your computer and allow the analysis of the use of our website. You can configure your browser so that no cookies are stored on your computer or a notice always appears before a cookie is installed. Complete deactivation of cookies may result in the website not functioning or not functioning completely. The data processed by cookies is necessary for the above purposes to protect our legitimate interests.

Why do we use social media plug-ins?

We have integrated social media plug-ins of social networks on our website. You can recognize the social media plug-ins by the logos of the relevant social networks. If you click on the corresponding icons of the social networks, you will automatically be redirected to our profile of the corresponding social network. In order to use the functions of the respective network there, you must partially log into your user account for the respective network.

When you open a link to one of our social media profiles, a direct connection is established between your browser and the server of the social network in question. This provides the network with the information that you have visited our website with your IP address and accessed the link. If you access a link to a network while logged into your account on the network in question, the content of our site may be linked to your profile on the network, i.e. the network may link your visit to our website directly to your user account. If you want to prevent this, you should log out before clicking on the relevant links. An assignment is made in any case if you log in to the relevant network after clicking on the link.

Do we pass on your personal data to third parties?

We only disclose your personal data to third parties if you expressly consent, if there is a legal obligation or permission to do so, if the disclosure is necessary for the assertion, exercise or defense of legal claims, or if the disclosure of data is necessary for the processing of client relationships with you.

In this regard, we may share your personal data with the following categories of trusted third parties:

  • Providers to whom we have outsourced certain support services such as translation work or document reviews;

  • IT service providers;

  • Brokered third party services to our clients with prior consent, such as other law firms or technology service providers for data room services;

  • Auditing firms; and

  • Third parties who are also involved in the execution or organization of events and seminars.

For the purposes set forth in this Privacy Policy and to the extent deemed necessary, we may disclose personal data to courts, law enforcement agencies, regulatory and governmental authorities. We may also be required to disclose your personal information to comply with legal and regulatory requirements.

Do we share your personal information with third parties abroad?

We may transfer your personal data to recipients abroad, including countries that do not ensure an equivalent level of data protection as Swiss law. Normally, we will make such a transfer if it is necessary for the performance of a contract and for the assertion, enforcement or defense of legal claims. If the level of data protection in a country does not correspond to the Swiss or European level, we contractually ensure that the protection of your personal data corresponds at all times to that in Switzerland or the EU. To this end, we agree on the EU standard clauses with our partners and, if necessary, implement additional technical and organizational measures.


How secure is your personal data?

We take technical and organizational measures to protect your data against manipulation, loss, destruction or unauthorized access by third parties. When calling up our website, the SSL encryption procedure is used to guarantee the security of your data. In this context, please also note that data transmitted via an open network such as the Internet or an e-mail service is openly accessible. We cannot guarantee the confidentiality of messages or content shared over these networks. If you share personal data over an open network, you should be aware that third parties may access this data and collect and use it for their own purposes.

How long do we store your personal data?

We only retain personal data for as long as necessary to provide you with services that you have requested or for purposes to which you have given your consent.

Please note that certain data may be subject to special legal retention periods. We must store this data until the end of the retention period. Thereafter, business communication or concluded contracts, for example, must be stored for up to 10 years. We block such data in our system and use it exclusively to fulfill our legal obligations.


What rights do you have regarding your personal data?

Right of access

You have the right to request access to your personal data stored by us at any time and free of charge. This gives you the opportunity to check what personal data we are processing about you and that we are using it in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations.


Right to rectification

You have the right to have incorrect or incomplete personal data corrected and to be informed about the correction. In this case, we will inform the recipients of the data concerned of the adjustments made, unless this is impossible or involves disproportionate effort.


Right to deletion

You have the right to have your personal data deleted under certain circumstances. In individual cases, the right to erasure may be excluded.


Right to restriction of processing

Under certain circumstances, you have the right to request that the processing of your personal data be restricted.


Right to data transfer

Provided that you are resident in an EU or EEA member state, you have the right under certain circumstances to receive from us, free of charge, the personal data that you have provided to us in a readable format.


Right to complain to a supervisory authority

If you believe that the processing of your data violates data protection law, you can report this to us or to the competent supervisory authority.


Right of withdrawal

In principle, you have the right to revoke any consent you have given at any time. However, processing activities

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