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 > 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 > TMT

Clients appreciate VISCHER‘s ‘fast response times, great flexibility‘ and ‘good business sense‘ when handling cloud-based software as a service offerings, cross-border data security and GDPR issues, and IT sourcing transactions. The team advised Tiko on the business-to-business and customer agreements for its energy consumption optimisation service and is assisting Swisscom AG with various matters following on from representing it in Switzerland’s first ISP blocking case. Practice head Rolf Auf der Maur has ‘excellent knowledge‘ and is noted for his ‘transparent working methods‘. Other work, largely led by Basel-based Christian Wyss, involves third-party collaboration and software licensing agreements for DigitalPK, Skillue and Sympany. David Rosenthal was a new arrival in 2020.

Switzerland > Fintech

VISCHER‘s team handles asset tokenisation and international blockchain disputes, as well as providing legal compliance training to start-ups and drafting their set-up agreements. Mobile payments and crowdfunding expert Jana Essebier heads the practice, which has acted as a main adviser to the Interchain Foundation on all fintech-related issues, assisted Vreo with the set-up of an in-game video advertising platform, and acted for Bank CIC (Schewiz) AG on the development of its mobile payment processes. Stefan Grieder and Basel-based Christian Wyss are other names to note.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences

(Next Generation Partners)

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VISCHER has a strong track record in transactions in the life sciences space, in which it acts for companies, entrepreneurs and investors alike. It is also well versed in advising clients on compliance matters, administrative procedures and other regulatory matters. Stefan Kohler has longstanding experience in the sector and further advises on IP and technology law. He jointly leads the practice alongside Matthias Staehelin in Basel, who is a key contact for M&A, IPOs and financings in this space. Christian Wyss, also in Basel, has considerable knowledge in setting up contracts and assisting start-ups.

Switzerland > Intellectual property

VISCHER‘s IP practice handles patent litigation and protection strategies, copyright licensing and agreements for online models and video on demand (VOD) platforms, and trade mark portfolio management. Highlights included team head Stefan Kohler co-ordinating the European market launch of Migros Delica’s new coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso machines, and Rolf Auf der Maur successfully defending Swisscom in the first-ever national ISP blocking case. Christian Wyss focuses on due diligence and M&A-related cases.