Your business law boutique

Dr. iur. Sébastien Gobat 



Gobat Legal is a business law boutique specializing in intellectual property law (trademarks, designs, copyright), antitrust and unfair competition law, distribution law and new technology law. The firm also has proven expertise in company law (business transfers, transactions, M&A), insolvency law and construction law.

The firm provides advice and represents its clients with high standards and conviction in civil and administrative litigation. Particularly attached to bilingualism, the firm intervenes in French as well as in German before all the cantonal and federal judicial authorities of the country.



Dr. iur., Attorney-at-Law

Degree in Economics

Born in 1980
Admitted to the bar in 2012

+41 31 307 23 00



Bernese bar exam (2nd rank)


Dr. iur. (summa cum laude), University of Bern


Master of Law (summa cum laude), University of Bern


Master of Business Information Systems (MDI), HEC Lausanne


Degree in Economics, University of Neuchâtel


Maturité (type D – modern languages), Lycée cantonal, Porrentruy (JU)



Gobat Legal, independent Attorney-at-Law, Bern

Since 01.09.2020

Attorney-at-Law (Partner), Troller Hitz Troller, Bern


Attorney-at-Law (senior associate), Wenger Plattner, Bern


Attorney-at-Law (associate), Kellerhals Anwälte, Bern


Legal internships :


Legal Counsel, The Swatch Group Ltd, Legal Department, Biel/Bienne


Teaching activity

Parallel to his legal practice, Sébastien Gobat has various teaching assignments in the field of commercial law at the Haute école de gestion ARC in Neuchâtel and the Haute École d’Ingénierie et de Gestion du Canton de Vaud.


He also teaches sports law (European law, antitrust law, rules of procedure) at the Fernfachhochschule Schweiz.

Other ACtivities

Swiss Football Association (SFA), member of the control and disciplinary commission

Since 2023

Swiss Football League (SFL), member of the licence commission

Since 2021



L’indemnité de clientèle du distributeur : étude de l’application analogique de l’art. 418u CO aux contrats de distribution, doctoral thesis Bern 2011.

Articles and other contributions

Kollokationsklage im Konkursverfahren, in: Kommentierte Musterklagen zur Zwangsvollstreckung und zu den Rechtsmitteln, Fischer Willi/Theus Simoni Fabiana/Gessler Dieter (Hrsg.), Volume V, 2nd edition, Zurich 2022, p. 99 ss. (co-author with Stefan Kesselbach).

Commentary on articles 133, 138 et 139 SchKG, in: Basler Kommentar zum SchKG, A. Staehelin/Bauer/D. Staehelin/Lorandi (ed.), 3rd edition, Basel 2021 (co-author with Pablo Duc).

Switzerland Chapter to Merger Control, in: The Legal 500 & The In-House Lawyer Comparative Legal Guide, 3rd édition, 2018.

L’applicabilité et la mise en œuvre du droit de la protection des données à la blockchain, graduation thesis in the framework of the further training programme « Responsable de la protection des données en entreprise / DPO ».

Les fusions d’hôpitaux sous l’angle du droit de la concurrence, in:
AJP/PJA 3/2018, pp. 344-353. pdf

Distribution & Agency 2016, 2017 and 2018: Switzerland, in: Getting the Deal Through: Distribution & Agency, Andre R. Jaglom (Hrsg.), Law Business Research Ltd.

Kollokationsklage im Konkursverfahren, in: Kommentierte Musterklagen zur Zwangsvollstreckung und zu den Rechtsmitteln, Fischer Willi/Theus Simoni Fabiana/Gessler Dieter (ed.), Volume V, Zurich 2016, p. 45 ss. (co-author with Stefan Kesselbach).

Les monnaies virtuelles à l’épreuve de la LP – Questions choisies à l’exemple du bitcoin, in:
AJP/PJA 8/2016, pp. 1095-1105. pdf

L’indemnité de clientèle du franchisé : Conditions d’application analogique de l’art. 418u CO au contrat de franchise, in: AJP/PJA 4/2013, pp. 537-545.  pdf

Le for de la consorité et du cumul d’actions (art. 15 CPC), ZZZ 2011/12, pp. 189-198.  pdf

Conferences and presentations

La position juridique de l’employeur, de l’employé(e) et du médecin en cas d’arrêt de travail, presentation at an event organized by SUVA on the theme of absence management, on 5 June 2019, Campus Strate J, Delémont.

Kryptowährungen im Konkurs, Weiterbildung für Notare, Notar-Stellvertreterinnen und Notar-Stellvertreter, 10. November 2018, GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institut, Rüschlikon.

Les monnaies virtuelles et la LP, presentation at the 18th General Assembly of the LP Association (SchKG Vereinigung) on 2 March 2017, in Bern.

Les accords de confidentialité : un outil juridique incontournable pour les start-up, Swiss Economic Forum Roadshow « Connaissances pratiques pour les start-up » on 8 January 2013, in Lausanne.



In principle, the firm works on the basis of an hourly fee agreed with the client at the beginning of the mandate. In setting the fee, the value in dispute, the interests at stake and the difficulty and urgency of the case are duly taken into account.


If the nature of the case permits, a maximum fee (“cap”) may be agreed upon for each stage of the case or the procedure. This allows the client to better plan and budget his legal fees.


In the case of long-term collaboration with the firm, more advantageous rates (e.g. in the form of a monthly flat fee or preferential hourly fee) can be agreed upon in a framework agreement.


    Schweizerhof-Passage 7
    P.O. Box
    CH-3001 Bern
    T +41 31 307 23 00