Guenther Dobrauz

Guenther Dobrauz is a law specialist, author and a partner at PwC in Zurich.
Summary

Guenther is a Partner at PwC Zurich and Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland as well as a member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s global legal practise with 4000+ lawyers in 90+ countries. He and his team are building the law firm of the future. Every day. Prior to this he was a successful Venture Capitalist, served as in-house counsel at an international hedge fund and practised in court and with a leading business law firm. Guenther holds a PhD in law from Johannes Kepler University (Austria), an MBA from the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and has completed the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School. He is the author of 10 books mostly on investment law and regulation but also of “Making Money out of Technology” (2003), “Uptake Revisited: How Innovative Products succeed in International Markets” (2007) and the forthcoming “New Suits. Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World” (2019). Guenther is a permanent member of the Swiss Fund & Asset Management Association’s Specialists Committee “Legal & Compliance Asset Management”, of the ecomomiesuisse “Financial Market Regulation” working group, a Member of the Advisory Board of the Swiss LegalTech Association and the Swiss Innovation Valley and Co-Host of Legal Hackers Zurich. He is also the host of the educational video series “Appetite for Disruption”, the Founder of the global Disruption Disciples Collective, privately invested and actively involved in numerous ventures and lectures at various universities.

Biography

Guenther is a Partner with PwC in Zurich and Leader of PwC Legal Switzerland where he also heads the Legal FS Regulatory & Compliance Services practise. He is a member of PwC’s Global Legal Leadership Team directing the firm’s global legal practise in 90+ countries. He believes that Circular Economy and Decentralization are key for our future! 

Guenther specialises in structuring, authorization and ongoing lifecycle management of financial intermediaries and their products. His passion as a practicing tech-enthusiast since 2002 is innovation linked to Exponential Technologies with a particular focus on achieving decentralization and he has also been working to promote real sustainability since 2010 where he advocates a systemwide change towards a circular economy. 

He is the author of several books on innovation and disruption and also of ones on European, Swiss and Liechtenstein regulation. He also authored and co-authored 100+ publications in international expert magazines and has to date been speaking at more than 200 conferences worldwide. 

Next to being a lawyer, Guenther is an entrepreneur and innovator in the legal field fully embracing technology. His believes that his job first and foremost is to provide an inspiring and rewarding environment that allows talent to grow on the basis of what he considers to be the future of legal services: interdisciplinary and diverse teams of passionate specialists working together on the basis of trust and respect and as part of a truly global legal network but also closely connected to all the other areas of expertise within PwC. He fundamentally believes that regulation has become a strategic dimension and he is passionate about translating legal into business with his team of great Swiss and EU attorneys and lawyers.

 


Vision

Guenther Dobrauz's vision for PwC Legal Switzerland would likely revolve around several key pillars:

Innovation and Technology: Guenther Dobrauz is known for his interest in innovative technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and data analytics. His vision for PwC Legal would likely involve leveraging these technologies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of legal services. By adopting cutting-edge tools and processes, PwC Legal could stay ahead of the curve and offer clients more comprehensive and streamlined solutions.

Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration: PwC is a multidisciplinary firm with expertise in various areas such as tax, consulting, and assurance. Guenther Dobrauz's vision would likely emphasize the importance of collaboration between PwC's legal team and other departments. By breaking down silos and working together seamlessly, PwC could provide holistic and comprehensive services to clients.

Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management: In a rapidly evolving legal and regulatory landscape, staying compliant and managing risks are paramount for businesses. Guenther's vision would likely involve guiding clients through complex regulatory environments, helping them anticipate potential risks, and designing proactive strategies to mitigate those risks effectively.


Recognition and Awards
He is the author of 10 books mostly on investment law and regulation but also of “Making Money out of Technology” (2003), “Uptake Revisited: How Innovative Products succeed in International Markets” (2007) and “New Suits. Appetite for Disruption in the Legal World” (2019). He is actively involved in numerous ventures and lectures at various universities. Guenther is also the host of the educational video series “Appetite for Disruption”, the founder of global technology enthusiasts movement Disruption Disciples, Co-Host of Legal Hackers Zurich, and a permanent member of expert groups at economiesuisse, the Swiss Fund and Asset Management Association and the Swiss Fintech Innovation Association.

References
Guenther Dobrauz
Nationality
Austrian
Residence
Zurich, Switzerland
Occupation
Partner, PwC Legal
Known for
Innovation influencer
Education
LL.M. and PhD in Law, Johannes Kepler Universität Linz
Social Media
Sun Feb 25 2024
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