Mrs Karin Graf > VISCHER > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

8021 Zurich

Work Department

Litigation & Arbitration, International Judicial Assistance, Restructuring & Insolvency




Karin Graf has extensive experience in handling complex national and international disputes and has been successfully representing her clients before national courts and arbitral tribunals for more than 20 years. Her focus is on corporate disputes, commercial trade, banking matters, insolvency related claims and matters of enforcement. In addition, Karin Graf regularly serves as arbitrator, primarily in international disputes regarding commodities, distribution, licencing and in corporate disputes. 

Karin Graf studied at the University of St Gallen and was admitted to the bar in 2002. She worked for the District Court of Bulach (Zurich) at the beginning of her career and gained experience in three leading Swiss law firms before becoming a partner at her last firm in 2015. In 2003/2004, Karin Graf pursued her studies for a master degree (LL.M.) at Queen Mary College, London. For several years, Karin Graf was a lecturer for Civil Procedural Law and International Arbitration and currently acts as member of the board of the Zurich Bar Association. 


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Member of the Board of the Zurich Bar Association
  • Member of the Swiss Bar Association
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • Arbitral Women
  • DRI Voice of the Defense Bar


  • LL.M. degree programme Queen Mary College, University of London (2004).
  • University of St. Gallen (2000) 

Lawyer Rankings

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.