Dr iur Christoph Zimmerli > Kellerhals Carrard > Berne, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Kellerhals Carrard
3001 BERNE

Work Department

  • Corporate and Commercial Law (Company Law, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social 
  • Responsibility, Remuneration, Board Liability) 
  • Mergers & Aquisitions (transactions, restructuring, succession planning) 
  • Restructuring and reorganisation 
  • Employment Law (including Collective Labour law, labour permits (expatriates), pension plans) 
  • Health Law and Life Sciences 
  • Information and Technology Law


Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law


  • since 2014: Partner of Kellerhals Carrard
  • 2003-2014: Associate/Partner/Member with the management board of Wenger Plattner attorneys-at-law, Basel Zurich Berne Geneva 
  • 2001-2003: Associate with Pestalozzi Attorneys at law Ltd., Zurich Geneva 
  • 1996-1998: Internship with two district courts (Basel and Berne) an a Basel based law firm


  • German
  • English
  • French


  • International Bar Association (IBA) 
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Swiss Jurist Association (SJV)
  • Bernese Bar Association (BAV), practice groups corporate M&A and employment law 
  • Bernese Jurist Assocation (BJV, president) 
  • German-Swiss Jurist Association (DSJV)
  • Pro Jure, alumni organisation of the law faculty of the University of Basel
  • HR Bern, association for HR


  • 2017: CAS Employment Law
  • 2002: Dissertation “Set-off in Court Proceedings and in Arbitration”, a study in international comparative law, University of Basel 
  • 2001: LL.M. in International and European Law (with distinction, 3rd rank), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Institute of European Studies (IES) 
  • 1998: Bar Exam, High Court of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft
  • 1995: lic. iur., University of Basel

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Employment

Among the largest employment practices in Switzerland, Kellerhals Carrard advises on the full spectrum of employment law matters as well as immigration and data protection. The team acts for Swiss and foreign corporations and has specialised industry knowledge of the pharmaceutical, health care, insurance, fashion, sports and construction sectors. Practice heads Christoph Zimmerli and Urs Marti regularly handle company and employment disputes, including dismissals of senior employees and disputes regarding bonus payments. Ivan Paparelli, Jonathan Bernasconi and Daniel Alder are further key contacts. The team in Bern was joined in late 2019 by Michael Daphinoff from Walder Wyss Ltd..

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences

Kellerhals Carrard‘s team is ‘characterised by its excellent cooperation with each other and with clients‘, which makes cross-departmental collaboration run smoothly. A particular area of expertise is dispute resolution, where the group represents national and foreign companies as well as doctors and hospitals in litigation and arbitration proceedings. The team’s offering also includes regulatory advice and compliance matters, as well as financing and M&A transactions. Thomas Eichenberger in Bern leads the team and is also well versed in tort and product liability law. Basel-based Claudia Götz Staehelin is noted as a ‘highly experienced litigator and a superb advocate with excellent strategic skills‘. Nicolas Mosimann, Christoph Zimmerli and Jean-Luc Chenaux are key contacts in Basel, Bern and Lausanne, respectively. Oliver Brupbacher from Novartis joined the Basel office in August 2020.