Dr Christian Oetiker > VISCHER > Basel, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

4010 BASEL

Work Department

Litigation, Arbitration, Transport/Aviation, Restructuring and Insolvency, International Judicial Assistance, Sports Law, China Desk


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. He is a member of the Board of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA) and of the Swiss Commission of Arbitration and ADR of the ICC. From 2008 until 2019, he was a member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution.


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.


German, English, Italian, French.


Swiss Bar Association; Basel Bar Association; Swiss Arbitration Association ASA (Board Member); Swiss Commission of Arbitration and ADR of the ICC; former Member of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (2008 until 2019).


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).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

VISCHER has particular experience when it comes to M&A, capital markets and litigation matters as well as healthcare, TMT and transport matters. The team is further noted for its expertise in public law and competition matters with Michael Waldner and Klaus Neff  active here. Rolf Auf der Maur, Stefan Kohler and David Rosenthal have strengths in IP, IT, TMT and data. Benedict Christ, Stefan Rechsteiner, Christian Oetiker and Christian Wyss are other names to note.

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.