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Dr Christian Oetiker

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Litigation, Arbitration, Aviation, Real Estate, Restructuring and Insolvency


Christian Oetiker is a partner in VISCHER's litigation and arbitration team. He represents businesses in proceedings before national courts throughout Switzerland as well as before national and international arbitral tribunals. He also acts as arbitrator. Christian studied at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and the London School of Economics. He has an in-depth understanding of economic issues. He regularly represents both national and international companies from the financial, chemical and aviation industry. Recent cases include litigation on derivative contracts (governed by the ISDA Master Agreement) and on accounting matters. In addition to dispute resolution, he advises on private international law, general contractual issues and unfair competition law. Christian publishes and speaks regularly on litigation and arbitration matters as well as other selected topics.


Christian Oetiker qualified in 1999 and practises law since then. Since 2003, he has a dedicated focus on litigation and arbitration. He has become a partner of VISCHER AG in 2010. He is a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution and a Board Member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA).


German, English, Italian, French.


Swiss Bar Association; Basel Bar Association; Swiss Arbitration Association ASA (Board Member); Member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers' Arbitration Institution; Italian Chamber of Commerce for Switzerland (CCIS).


University of St. Gallen, HSG (lic. iur., 1996; Dr. iur., 2003); London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London (LL.M., 2001).


Dispute resolution: arbitration

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration

VISCHER's arbitration team 'provides solid, high-quality work in complex international disputes', including 'hands-on, proactive settlement strategies'. Transport, banking, nuclear power and construction form major areas of expertise, and the team is additionally experienced in representing clients in relation to Russia and the Middle East. 'Highly skilled and experienced practitionerThomas Weibel is recommended in Basel. Daniele Favalli and Christian Oetiker are the key partners in Zurich.

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Dispute resolution: litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: litigation

VISCHER's 'thorough' dispute resolution practice has 'in-depth knowledge and outstanding legal expertise, combined with a practical, result-oriented approach'. The main areas of focus include commercial attachment, enforcement and injunctive relief proceedings, and it also has considerable experience in the transportation, insurance, IT and telecoms sectors. The 'patient and capableChristian Oetiker is representing Pricewaterhouse Coopers as liquidators of Lehman Brothers in proceedings against the claimant, the Italian pension fund Fondazione Enasarco. 'Excellent strategistDaniele Favalli and 'dedicated analystThomas Gelzer are also recommended. Thomas Weibel leads the team.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

VISCHER has core strength in the healthcare, TMT and transport sectors and notable public law expertise, while also fielding strong capital markets, M&A, competition and litigation departments. Key partners include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Stefan RechsteinerBenedict Christ  and Christian OetikerMichael Waldner and Christian Wyss are other names to note.

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