Raphael Butz > VISCHER > Basel, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

4010 BASEL
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Work Department

International and Domestic Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Contract and Corporate Disputes, Construction and Real Estate Disputes


Partner. Litigation and Arbitration. Leading the practice area of construction and real estate disputes.


Partner with VISCHER Ltd, Basel (2021-today)
Associate with VISCHER Ltd, Basel (2011-2020)
Associate with Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich (2009-2010)
Admission to the bar, Zurich, Switzerland (2009)
Junior Associate with Civil Court of Basel (2007)
Junior Associate with Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich (2006-2007)
Academic Junior Assistant for criminal law at the University of Basel (2003-2005)


German, English, French, Italian


International Bar Association (IBA)
International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA)
Swiss Bar Association
Basel Bar Association
Pro iure


University of San Diego, School of Law (LL.M., 2014)
Admission to the bar  in Basel, Switzerland (2011)
Admission to the bar in Zurich, Switzerland (2009)
University of Basel School of Law (lic. iur. 2005)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Real estate and construction

Full-service law firm VISCHER ‘has specialised lawyers‘ which advise on all real estate matters, including related issues such as taxes, contracts for work and services, public procurement, intellectual property and environmental law. The team, headed by Maxime Chollet and Roland Müller, has a ‘great deal of practical experience in supporting demanding real estate projects‘ and ‘is also extremely experienced and skilled in conducting difficult and complex negotiations‘. Andreas Albrecht and Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer are key contacts for planning and zoning law as well as environmental law. Litigation and arbitration specialist Raphael Butz made partner in 2021.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

With ‘a very commercial and pragmatic approach’, VISCHER has continued its recent growth strategy with the early 2021 promotion of Raphael Butz to partner and the recruitment in late 2021 of corporate dispute expert Karin Graf from Wenger Plattner. While the group has a broad litigation practice, the team has notable expertise in asset-related matters, international litigation and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Daniele Favalli, Thomas Weibel and Gerald Virieux lead the team from Zurich, Basel and Geneva respectively. Managing partner Christian Oetiker, Felix C Meier-Dieterle and Lorenz Ehrler also contribute to the practice.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

VISCHER’s ‘excellent and balanced team’ has been active in a broad range of mandates, acting as both counsel and arbitrator. The group is led by Daniele Favalli, Christian Oetiker and Gerald Virieux in Zurich, Basel and Geneva respectively. Other key individuals include Thomas Weibel, Raphael Butz and new recruit Karin Graf, who joined from Wenger Plattner in 2021.