Thierry Burnens



t +41 44 204 07 00
Office: Zurich


German, English, Italian, French


  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Recht und Informatik (DGRI)
  • International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
  • International Technology Law Association (TechLaw)
  • HSG Alumni
  • The Swiss Institute for the Protection of Intellectual Property (INGRES)
  • Swiss Legal Tech Association (SLTA)

Practice Areas

Litigation & Arbitration, Media & Protection of Reputation, Technology & Data

Thierry Burnens advises clients in matters related to the digital economy, technology and data. He has broad knowledge on issues involving data protection, cyber security, copyright, licensing, e-commerce, social media, marketing, software, artificial intelligence.

Thierry supports clients both in an advisory (non-contentious) function and in litigation as well as in transactional matters.

Prior to joining Chabrier Avocats, Thierry worked for a major Swiss business law firm, a global consulting firm as well as for boutique law firms in Zurich and Zug.

Thierry holds a Master's Degree in Law and Economics from the University of St. Gallen and is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/e).


  • M.A. HSG in Law and Economics (2015)
  • Senior associate at a Swiss business law firm (2019-2024)
  • Counsel at Chabrier Avocats (2024)


What sets Thierry apart is his multidisciplinary expertise. His understanding of law is not confined to a single domain; he has a holistic view of the law. This broad knowledge base allows him to provide comprehensive and actionable advice. (Legal500 EMEA 2024)

Thierry Burnens works very efficiently and is exceptionally responsive. I appreciated working with such a clever person ! (Legal500 EMEA 2024)

Thierry Burnens pays great attention to detail. He is meticulous and his advice leaves no space for legal compliance gaps. This makes Thierry an outstanding lawyer and a go-to expert in Swiss privacy law matters. (Legal500 EMEA 2024)