BGPartner Ltd values your privacy. This Privacy Statement demonstrates our commitment to protect and respect your personal data when you use our website.
The responsible controller of your personal data is BGPartner AG Ltd, Genferstrasse 21, 8027 Zurich, Switzerland. References in this Statement to “BGPartner“, “we” or “us” are references to BGPartner Ltd.
Personal data we process
The personal data we process about you may include:
• your name and contact details (such as name, postal address, phone number or email address), information about the company you work for, your position or title and your relationship to a person, and other basic information;
• financial information, such as bank account details;
• information provided to us for the purposes of attending meetings, seminars and events;
• information, such as, your IP address and other information collected from your visits to our website or in relation to materials and communications we send to you electronically;
• personal information provided to us by or on behalf of our clients or generated by us in the course or providing services to clients;
• identification and background information provided by you or collected as part of our on-boarding process;
• any other information relating to you which you may provide to us.
How we process your personal data
We process your personal data:
• to communicate with you, including to send you invitations to events;
• to administer our relationship with you and with our clients;
• to provide and improve our services to you and our clients, including personal data of others provided to us or collected by us on behalf of our clients, for example processing identification and background information as part of our onboarding, finance, administration and marketing processes;
• to provide and improve our websites.
Purposes for processing your personal data
We only use your personal data in connection with our ordinary professional activities. These “Permitted Uses” may include:
• providing legal advice or other services;
• complying with legal and regulatory obligations;
• exercising or defending of legal claims or proceedings;
• processing that is necessary for purposes of legitimate interests of the firm or third parties including the interests set out above; and/or based on consent.
Data collection on our website
When visiting our website, we automatically collect and store for a limited time log data and device information. That information includes, among other things, details about how you use our website, IP address, access dates and times, hardware and software information, device information and similar information. We process that data on the basis that it is required for us to operate, maintain and improve our websites.
Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google LLC, USA that tracks and reports on the manner in which our websites are used. Google Analytics does this by placing small text files called “cookies” on your computer or other device. Cookies collect information about the number of visitors to the websites, the pages visited and the time spent on the websites. This information is aggregated and not personally identifiable. This integration of Google Analytics generally anonymizes IP addresses by shortening within the EU/EEA. Google is registered under the US-Swiss and the EU-US Privacy Shield.
We may use your name and email address(es) to send you publications, notifications, updates, invitations to events and other information by email. We will not use your personal data without your consent, unless we have obtained your contact details in connection with our services and you have not explicitly opted out of receiving such marketing communications. If you no longer wish to receive marketing communications from us, you may unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the relevant link at the bottom of the relevant email or by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the address details provided on our website.
We may use your name and e-mail address(es) to send you publications, alerts, updates, event invitations and other information by e-mail, but will ask for consent first unless we have obtained your contact details from you in the context of our services and you have not opted out from receiving such marketing communications. If you receive marketing communications from us and no longer wish to do so, please contact us at email@example.com or at our addresses set out on our website.
Who we share your personal data with
We may share your personal data with trusted third parties including:
• suppliers to whom we outsource certain support services;
• IT service providers;
• our accountants;
• third parties engaged in the course of the services we provide to clients, with their prior consent, for example other law firms and technology service providers such as data room services;
• third parties involved in hosting or organising events.
For the purposes set out in this Statement and where necessary, we may share personal data with courts, regulatory authorities, government agencies and law enforcement agencies. We may also be required to disclose your personal data to comply with legal or regulatory requirements.
Countries we transfer your personal data to
We may transfer your personal data to recipients abroad, including in countries that do not provide the same level of protection as Swiss law. We will usually do so on the basis that such a transfer is necessary for the performance of an agreement with the data subject(s), for an agreement or performance of an agreement concluded in the interest of the data subject, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
Protecting your personal data
We use various technical and organisational measures to help protect your personal data from unauthorised access, use, disclosure, alteration or destruction.
Retaining your personal data
We retain your personal data for as long as it is necessary for the purposes for which the data is collected, and as long as we have a legitimate interest in keeping personal data, for example to enforce or defend claims or for archiving purposes and IT security. We also retain your personal data as long as it is subject to a legal retention obligation.
If you apply for a position at BGPartner by mail or via the e-mail address provided on our website, you must provide us with personal data. With your application, you give us your express consent to use and check this information with a view to employment. We will not disclose the corresponding personal data to any third party.
You are entitled to ask for details of the personal data we hold about you and how we process it and to receive a copy of your personal data. You may also have your data rectified or deleted, restrict our processing of that information, and object to the processing of your personal data. You may also choose to withdraw your consent. Please note that even after you have chosen to withdraw your consent we may be able to continue to process your personal data to the extent required or permitted by law. You may also lodge a complaint in relation to our processing of your personal data with a local supervisory authority, in Switzerland with the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner.
All requests, questions or comments regarding this policy or our handling of your personal data should be addressed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates to this Privacy Statement
This Privacy Statement was updated in August 2021. We reserve the right to amend it from to time to reflect changing legal requirements or our processing practices. Any amendment will be included in a new version of this Privacy Statement, posted on our website and will be effective upon posting.