Sophie Winkler

External Counsel (FlyingLawyers)
+41 (0)79 786 67 89

Sophie Winkler is the founding partner of law firm FlyingLawyers and can be called upon as a cooperation partner to assist Swiss Insurance Law Sàrl on a case-by-case basis.

Sophie has extensive experience in commercial and contract law with a focus on small and mid-sized companies. Over the past 10 years, she has mainly advised companies in the tourism and travel industry as well as insurance companies with regulatory issues. She has experience as an attorney-at-law in private practice as well as in-house counsel in multinational and mid-sized companies. As a legal advisor, Sophie has distinguished herself through personal commitment, professionalism and a sense for pragmatic solutions. 

Through her work as president of the foundation board of the Children’s Home of Hope “NAG” in Nepal, Sophie also has firsthand experience with the challenges faced by NGOs and their leadership. As a result, her consulting services go far beyond the legal aspects.

Sophie completed her law degree (lic. iur.) at the University of Basel and University of Freiburg i.B. in 2007 and was admitted to the bar in Zurich in (2010). Furthermore, she successfully completed her LL.M. at Columbia University, New York, in 2013 (with distinction). Further, Sophie has completed the CAS “Management for Board Members” at the University of Rochester-Bern in 2020.

Professional career

2019 Founder /Partner FlyingLawyers, Zurich

2017 – 2019 CEO and Co-founder of Valucor Legal AG, Zurich

2016 Secondment with Zurich Insurance Company, Zurich

2013 – 2017 Senior Associate with Altenburger legal + tax, Küsnacht

2008 – 2012 Trainee and Associate with Blum&Grob Rechtsanwälte AG, Zürich

2005 – 2008 Working student with Nationale Suisse in the Board of Directors and Compliance Office, Basel

2001 – 2005 Travel agent and tour guide with Media Touristik AG, Basel

Further mandates

President of the Foundation Childers Home of Hope “NAG”, Nepal (

President of RYLA-Committee

Member of the board of the Willy und Margherit Wölfli Foundation






Travelling is possible even during Corona times:

COVID-19 and travel law:, Sophie Winkler, in Travelnews und Tagesanzeiger, April 2020

What travellers now need to know:, Sophie Winkler, in Berner Zeitung, März 2020

Die IDD und das neue liechtensteinische Versicherungsvertriebsgesetz (VersVertG) – Fluch oder Segen? Sophie Winkler, Klaus Feuerstein in Liechtenstein Journal, 2/2018, S. 38 ff. –

Cross-border insurance: a refresher on the Swiss-Liechtenstein and Liechtenstein-EU passporting regime, Melissa Gautschi, Leonhard Toenz, Sophie Winkler, Karin Furrer in Altenburger Newsletter, May 2016

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Insurance & Reinsurance 2017/2016/2015 Editions – Swiss Chapter, Melissa Gautschi, Anna Neukom Chaney, Sophie Winkler
This article appeared in the 2017/2016/2015 editions of ‚The International Comparative Legal Guide‘ to: Insurance & Reinsurance published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London

Impact of the proposed Swiss Financial Services Act on the Swiss Insurance Supervision Act, Melissa Gautschi, Leonhard Toenz, Sophie Winkler, Karin Furrer in Altenburger Newsletter, February 2016

Implementation of FATF Recommendations 2012 – Corporate Law Changes, Massimo Calderan, Thierry Thormann, Karin Furrer, Sophie Winkler in Altenburger Newsletter, July 2015

Umsetzung der neuen GAFI Empfehlungen in der Schweiz, Cyril Troyanov, Melissa Gautschi, Lillian Chavan-van Campen, Denise Pagani Zambelli, Sophie Winkler in Altenburger Newsletter, May 2015

Financial Services Act and Financial Institutions Act: what changes to expect for independent asset managers? Stéphanie Hodara El Bez, Melissa Gautschi, Cecilia Peregrina, Sophie Winkler in Altenburger Newsletter, September 2014

Berufliche Vorsorge – Zulassungspflicht für unabhängige Vermögensverwalter, Stéphanie Hodara El Bez, Melissa Gautschi, Cecilia Peregrina, Sophie Winkler in Point de Mire, numéro 56 – printemps 2014