Dr Christoph G Lang > Pestalozzi > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Mergers and acquisitions / EU, competition and WTO.


Practice in corporate law with focus on corporate governance, M&A, Swiss and European antitrust law and insurance law, representing major Swiss and multinational clients in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and joint ventures. Frequently advises clients on policy and governance issues.


Bar admission (1997). University of Berne (Dr. iur., summa cum laude, 1999). Columbia University School of Law, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar (LL.M., 2000). Joined Pestalozzi (2000). Partner at Pestalozzi (2006), Member of the Management Board.


German, English, French.


International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), Swiss and Zurich Bar Associations, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Pestalozzi‘s team handles the full range of services in commercial, corporate and M&A, from governance aspects, liability issues and contracts to corporate compliance, reorganisations and transactions. New client American International Group instructed Christoph Lang and Beat Schwarz with the negotiation of an agreement to acquire Validus Holdings for $5.56bn, while Severin Roelli advised on the purchase of Raiffeisen Privatbank Liechtenstein by Mason Group. Christian Leuenberger and Martin Müller are other key partners in Zurich, and Sébastien Roy heads the Geneva practice.

Switzerland > Competition

The practice at Pestalozzi combines competition and international trade matters, focusing on merger notifications, leniency applications, distribution systems, compliance and dawn raid assistance, as well as representation in administrative proceedings. Key partner Christoph Lang advises Koninklijke DSM and Evonik Industries on the merger control aspects of their joint venture aiming to establish a new animal nutrition product.

Switzerland > Insurance

The ‘responsive and solution-focused‘ team at Pestalozzi demonstrates ‘thorough regulatory know-how in the Swiss and US insurance fields‘ and is able to ‘adapt to the client’s needs‘. Other areas of expertise are sector-related M&A transactions, as well as corporate and contractual matters. Practice head Christoph Lang and ‘knowledgeable and practical‘ Beat Schwarz acted for AIG on its $5.56bn acquisition of re-insurer Validus, while ‘experienced and flexible‘ Christian Leuenberger regularly assists the same client with the provision of W&I insurance during M&A transactions.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Pestalozzi has solid expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, tax, real estate and intellectual property. Well-known partners include Urs Klöti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips.