Mr Christian Wyss > VISCHER > Basel, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

4010 BASEL
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Work Department

Life Sciences, Corporate & Commercial, IP/IT


Christian Wyss is Partner and head of VISCHER’s Corporate & Commercial team. Christian advises clients mainly from the Life Sciences and Information Technology industries on all contractual requirements in their core business. He has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating license agreements, research, development or marketing co-operations, clinical trial agreements, contract manufacturing agreements and distribution agreements. Christian also regularly works with clients in financing rounds, acquisitions, or joint ventures, and assists with implementing compliance with the Swiss data protection laws.


Christian was admitted to the bar in Switzerland in 2002. He joined VISCHER as an Associate in 2005 and has been elected Partner in 2015. Before joining VISCHER, he worked as a law clerk at the Basel-Land Criminal Court and as a legal intern with a corporate law firm in Basel and the Basel-Land Criminal Court.


German, English, French.


Licensing Executives Society International, International Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association, Basel Bar Association, Pro Iure


University of Lausanne (1998/1999), University of Basel (lic. iur., 2000), Wake Forest University School of Law (LL.M., 2005)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > TMT

VISCHER supports companies and public institutions with cloud migration projects, specifically when relating to sensitive data and applications, regulatory solutions for streaming media and entertainment content, and licensing agreements. The team is co-headed by Rolf Auf Der Maur, who advises domestic and international companies on TMT-related matters, especially regarding digitalisation and online businesses, and David Rosenthal, who has broad experience in advising and representing national and multinational clients in the areas of data protection, technology law, eDiscovery, and technology arbitration. Christian Wyss handles collaborations and joint ventures, and has extensive experience with technology transfer and licensing as well as technology-related issues in M&A deals.

Switzerland > Fintech

Described as ‘dedicated, responsive and professional’, VISCHER’s fintech practice has recently been engaged in crypto-related and cloud-related matters as well as security token offerings. The practice is led by Jana Essebier, who fields a diverse practice that encompasses blockchain-related advice, mobile payments, crowdfunding and complex financial instruments. Stefan Grieder specialises in the law on collective capital investments, while Christian Wyss’s capabilities range from transfer and licensing agreements to contract manufacturing agreements. Rolf Auf Der Maur has established extensive knowledge in the digitisation and online platforms sphere.

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection

David Rosenthal steers VISCHER’s experienced data privacy practice, which is particularly well versed in the movement of sensitive data or applications to the cloud. The team is regarded as being ‘extremely knowledgeable, creative and responsive’ as well as ‘on top of legal developments’. ‘Leading innovator’ Rosenthal leverages his background in software development to advise clients on information technology, data protection and e-discovery. Rolf Auf Der Maur counts digitalisation, online businesses and strong capabilities across data law in his arsenal, while Christian Wyss is notable active in the life sciences sector.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences

(Next Generation Partners)

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The ‘highly skilled‘ team at VISCHER acts for a diverse client base of medtech, digital health, and pharma companies in matters concerning the market launch of products, off-label use, and cross-border IVF related issues. Stefan Kohler and Matthias Staehelin jointly lead the team from Zurich and Basel respectively. Staehelin is an expert in transactional matters within the life sciences sector, frequently advising on seed and series financings, M&A, and royalty purchase agreements. Kohler advises both Swiss and overseas corporates on technology transfers and R&D agreements, all whilst acting as an associate judge in the Swiss Federal Patent Court. Christian Wyss is known for handling a broad range of issues, including partnering deals and fundraisings, regularly assisting investors, start-ups, and license terms.