Matthias Staehelin

Dr. Matthias Staehelin


work Aeschenvorstadt 4 Postfach
4010 Basel


Attorney at Law and Civil Law Notary


Matthias Staehelin is primarily involved in the life sciences and IT industries; he regularly advises on the sale and purchase of companies (M&A), financing through investors (private equity and venture capital), licensing and collaboration agreements (including joint ventures), introductions to the stock exchange (IPOs) and restructuring. Matthias knows the life sciences industry well from many years of working with companies, investors and founders, and is the President of BioValley Basel and a Board member of the BioValley Business Angels Club (BioBAC).

He publishes and lectures on corporate law, employee options, debt collection and bankruptcy. Matthias has studied in Halifax (Canada), Basel, Bruges (European College) and Freiburg i.B. (graduate college). He is also a notary public in Basel-City and Basel-Country.


  • University of Basel (Dr. iur., 1993)
  • College: Internationalisierung des Privatrechts Freiburg i.B. (1992/93)
  • College of Europe, Bruges (Master of Advanced European Studies, 1992/Diplome des Hautes Etudes Europeennes, 1991)
  • University of Basel (lic. iur., 1990)


  • General reporter of the AIJA-Seminar on Cross Border M&A, New York (2000)
  • Associate with the New York office of Cravath Swaine & Moore (1994)

Mandates as board member

  • Member or secretary to the Board of various companies

Memberships in Associations

  • BioValley Basel Association (President)
  • BioValley Business Angels Club (BioBAC) (Board Member)


  • German
  • English
  • French

Practice areas

  • Banking Law
  • Biotechnology Law
  • China Desk
  • Civil Law Notary
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Corporate Governance
  • Equity Compensation
  • Estate Planning
  • Financing
  • Health Law
  • Inheritance Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Licence Agreements
  • Life Sciences
  • M&A
  • Pharma
  • Private Equity
  • Restructuring and Reorganisation
  • Stock Exchange Law
  • Technology Law
  • Venture Capital

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Blogs & News Alerts


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