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Marquard Christen

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Marquard Christen specializes in competition law (antitrust law) and public procurement law. He heads CMS Switzerland's Public Procurement practice group.


Marquard Christen joined CMS as a trainee attorney in 2001 and continued working for CMS as an associate after being admitted to the bar in 2003. From 2009 to 2010 he worked as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) before returning to CMS in 2011. Marquard is a partner at CMS since 2017.


German, English, French, Spanish, Dutch


Antitrust Law Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht), Swiss Association for Public Procurement, Swiss Bar Association (SBA), SBA Expert Group Digitalisation, Zurich Bar Association, ICRC Alumni


Master of Advanced Studies (MAS), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEI) and University of Geneva - 2011, Master of Law (LL.M.), University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) – 2007, Bar Admission (partial remission) – 2003, Law degree (lic. iur.), Universities of Fribourg and Leuven (summa cum laude) – 2000



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Marquard Christen - CMS

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With an 'excellent reputation for investigations and strength in merger control', CMS' 'stable competition law practice' provides 'an exceptionally high level of quality and responsiveness'. The team also handles first-instance administrative and appeal proceedings, as well as horizontal cooperation projects and antitrust compliance programmes. According to one client, another 'major asset is the international CMS network, which provides one solution out of one hand'. Team lead Patrick Sommer represents Bayer Switzerland in longstanding proceedings concerning price recommendations for erectile dysfunction medication traded over the counter, while 'pragmatic strategist' Marquard Christen, who 'has unique expertise in competition law combined with public procurement', reached a settlement for client Rimowa during a ComCo investigation regarding an alleged restriction on product exports from Germany to Switzerland. Geneva-based Pascal Favre advised Michelin on the competition aspects of its joint venture with A.T.U. Auto-Teile-Unger. Counsel Fabian Martens was a new arrival in 2019 from Borer Attorneys at Law.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

International firm CMS has a strong reputation for competition law, dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, as well as insurance sector, employment law and real estate matters. Prominent practitioners include Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, David Hürlimann, Marquard Christen, Clemens von Zedtwitz, Christian Gersbach, Jodok Wicki and Philipp Dickenmann.

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