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Christian Meisser, CEO LEXR, Swisspreneur Podcast

EP #29 - Christian Meisser: Legal Advice For Early Stage Startups

Christian Meisser (LEXR)

July 3, 2019

1:50 – What mistakes do Swiss startups make repeatedly when it comes to the legal aspect?
10:54 – How to get out of a tricky contract
26:30 – How to handle investors
40:00 – HR: attracting and retaining talent
48:50 – Should you have a strong legal partner on your side?

The Episode In 60 Seconds

There are 5 legal areas every startup should have covered:

Corporate law

  • Have a clear agreement in place of how the departure of a co-founder would be handled.
  • Critically look at shareholders agreements and make sure you understand the implications in case of an exit.

Contract law

  • Make sure that any IP produced for you by a third party will also belong to you.
  • Always read contracts before signing. In the B2B business, there is no 30 day return policy.
  • Ensure liability caps on sales contracts in case your product causes unintentional harm to your client.


  • Be aware of how tougher privacy and data protection laws affect you and your business model.
  • Know which sectors you need special licenses for.

HR law

  • Make sure your employee contracts contain a provision for IP created by employees.
  • Sign any employee contract by hand.
  • Consider employee stock option plans.

Intellectual property

  • Software is usually protected by copyright rather than patent law. The only way to effectively protect your code is by not disclosing it.
  • For hardware, be aware of existing patents and consider patenting yourself.
  • Consider protecting your company name if it is crucial for your business.

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