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Dr. Matthias Staehelin


work Aeschenvorstadt 4 Postfach
4010 Basel


Attorney at Law and Civil Law Notary (BS/BL) / Partner
Matthias Staehelin

Matthias Staehelin regularly advises on mergers and acquisitions, financings (private equity and venture capital), licensing and collaborations (including joint ventures), IPOs and restructuring. He is familiar with the life sciences industry thanks to his broad network he has established with companies, investors and founders, and the numerous transactions concluded in this field. As member or chairman of Boards he has assisted companies in fundamental transformations thereby ensuring a robust corporate governance in times of significant change, both for public and private companies.

Matthias is president of BioValley Basel, an industry association active in the Oberrhein region (Basel/Freiburg/Strasbourg). He publishes and lectures in the field of corporate law, bankruptcy law and compensation. He completed at Harvard Business School the Advanced Corporate Director Seminar and the Directors Certificate. He studied in Halifax (Canada), Basel, Bruges (College of Europe) and Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany). He also serves as a notary public in the cantons of Basel-Stadt and Basel-Landschaft.

  • 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 which in 2022 merged with the Business Angels Club (BioBAC) (President)
  • German
  • English
  • French
Practice areas
  • Banking Law
  • Biotechnology Law
  • China Desk
  • Civil Law Notary
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Law
  • 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