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

4010 BASEL

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 > Healthcare and life sciences

(Next Generation Partners)

Christian WyssVISCHER

Pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, entrepreneurs/start-ups as well as private equity and individual investors regularly turn to the team at VISCHER for advice. Areas of expertise are regulatory matters, including compliance and administrative procedures, and patent cases in the biotech and pharmaceutical sector. Furthermore, it is also involved in IPOs, financing rounds and M&A deals. Stefan Kohler, a life sciences IP specialist, and transaction expert Matthias Staehelin lead the practice. Christian Wyss is a key contact for start-ups.

Switzerland > Intellectual property

VISCHER acts in litigation and arbitration cases regarding, in particular, trade marks and patents, and also covers regulatory issues as well as transactional matters, such as licensing, cooperations, joint ventures and franchising. Practice head Stefan Kohler is a ‘very valuable patent litigator‘ with a focus on arbitration in pharmaceutical and biotech matters. Rolf Auf Der Maur is ‘best in class in IP topics in the media and telecommunications sector‘ and Christian Wyss has a focus on the IP aspects of M&A transactions. IP litigator Lorenz Ehrler is the key contact in the Geneva office.

Switzerland > Fintech

VISCHER has long-standing experience a wide range of fintech matters. The practice is particularly experienced in crowdfunding projects and distributed ledger technology projects, having recently advised on one of the few DLT projects in Switzerland that went beyond the proof of concept phase. Jana Essebier heads the team and, together with Stefan Grieder, has recently been involved in policy making regarding venture capital financing and new technologies. Christian Wyss has a particular focus on insurance-related technology companies and David Rosenthal is the specialist for the data privacy and protection aspects of fintech projects.

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.