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 is highly regarded for its healthcare, TMT and transport practices as well as its expertise in capital markets, M&A, public law, competition and litigation matters. Key at the firm include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Benedict ChristStefan Rechsteiner and Christian OetikerMichael Waldner, Klaus Neff and Christian Wyss are other names to note. David Rosenthal was a new arrival in 2020.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

VISCHER‘s dispute resolution team is particularly active in the banking and insurance; IT and telecoms; and transport sectors. It is a popular choice for domestic as well as cross-border commercial litigation mandates. Practice heads Felix Meier-Dieterle and Thomas Weibel are based in Zurich and Basel, respectively; the former is well versed in debt enforcement and insolvency proceedings while the latter has special expertise in the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, and disputes related to white-collar crime. Daniele Favalli in Zurich is a key contact for insurers in contentious matters. Christian Oetiker splits his time between Zurich and Basel.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration

The team at VISCHER is particularly well known for its experience in the enforcement of arbitral awards as well as asset freezing and practitioners frequently sit as arbitrators. Thomas Weibel and Christian Oetiker combine dispute resolution skills with knowledge in aviation law. Daniele Favalli is well versed in commercial disputes and Mladen Stojiljkovic joined as counsel from Homburger in November 2019.