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Déborah Carlson-Burkart

Partner
Attorney-at-law, L.L.M.

Déborah Carlson Burkart has extensive experience in the areas of corporate governance, legal risk management, and compliance. She advises domestic and foreign clients in connection with imminent or ongoing criminal and/or regulatory investigations, including administrative and legal assistance, and represents her clients before authorities and courts. Also, she assists her clients in the negotiation of agreements and the settlement of transactions, including matters related to trust and holding structures.

Before Déborah Carlson-Burkart became an independent advisor, she headed the legal departments of various listed multinational companies in the finance, engineering and IT industries in the United States and in Switzerland for over 14 years. In this capacity and as member of the respective company's management, she, inter alia, coordinated and advised on various investigations lead by the corresponding financial market supervisory authority, the tax authority and the attorney general’s office (Switzerland, USA, UK, Brazil, Singapore, Italy, France, etc.).

With her background of working for companies, which were under scrutiny or investigations (which lead to, inter alia, financial restatement, settlement with the SEC, guilty plea, summary punishment order, etc.), she has unique skills in successfully navigating companies and individuals through difficult times and effectively adapting their compliance.

She is a board member of Visana (insurance), Alstom Network (engineering), foundation council of Karolina Blaberg Stiftung (Stradivari instruments), PVS Pension Fund and advisory board member.

Professional Experience

  • Since 2015: Partner
  • 2011-2015: Head Legal Rothschild Trust Group and member of the senior management at Rothschild Trust (Switzerland) AG, Zurich (CH) and managing director of Rothschild Trust Italy srl., Milan (IT)
  • 2005-2011: Head Legal, Secretary of the Board of Directors at Alstom (Switzerland) AG, member of the senior management, Baden (CH)
  • 2000-2005: Head International Legal, MicroStrategy Inc. Washington, DC (US)

Education and Training

  • 2019: International Directors Programme: Corporate Governance, INSEAD, Paris (FR)
  • 2018: Certificate in Anti-Money Laundering, STEP (UK)
  • 2004: School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University (US)
  • 2000: Negotiation and Mediation Program, Harvard University (US)
  • 2000: LL.M.; Duke University (US)
  • 2000: Bar exam, Zurich (CH)
  • 1997-1999: Trainee in the law offices of Baer und Karrer, Zurich (CH)
  • 1996: lic. iur. / Master of Law: Faculty of Law, University of Zurich (CH)

Preferred Fields of Work

  • Compliance und Governance
    Advice and training in the areas of compliance, legal risk management and corporate governance, compliance programmes, codes of conduct and whistleblowing procedures, trend analysis and development of best practices for corporate governance, review and design of organisational regulations and statutes
  • Commercial Law and International Administrative and Legal Assistance
    Representation of private individuals and corporate entities in proceedings in national and international criminal proceedings with commercial relevance, international administrative and legal assistance, support of financial intermediaries and account holders in cases of blocked accounts and requests for disclosure
  • Contracts and Transactions in International Matters
    Contract negotiations, drafting and assessment of contracts, particularly in international matters, especially under inclusion of trust and holding structures

Other Activities

Memberships

  • Swiss und Bernese Lawyers Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Member of STEP)
  • INSEAD and DUKE Alumni Association
  • ID-29 Think Tank

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