Christoph M. Pestalozzi

Dr. iur. Christoph M. Pestalozzi, M.C.J.

T +41 44 387 19 00

Practice Areas

International Commercial Arbitration

Civil and Commercial Litigation

Private Clients

Labor and Employment Law

Corporate and Commercial Law, Contracts

Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Christoph M. Pestalozzi has a long and successful practice as arbitrator in national and international commercial arbitration. He has practical experience in approximately 100 arbitration cases as Chairman, Co-Arbitrator, Sole Arbitrator and Counsel. He also advises domestic and international corporate and private clients in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, including litigation. Several corporations benefit from his wealth of professional experience as a board member in the banking and pharmaceutical sector. In addition, he is the longstanding chairman of a large charitable foundation.

Professional Experience

Since October 2014 Partner with Lustenberger Attorneys at law

2000 - 2014 Founding Partner VISCHER Ltd., Zurich and Basel

Until 2007 Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Zurich in the field of the Swiss Code of Obligations

1987 - 2000 Sole Practitioner and Founding Partner of Pestalozzi Haegi & Partners, merged 2000 into VISCHER Ltd.

1982 - 1987 Legal Counsel Shell Switzerland, Zurich

Court Clerk District Court of Horgen and Associate with a Zurich Law Firm

Research Assistant to the Law Faculty of the University of Zurich in the field of Corporate Law for Prof. Dr. Peter Forstmoser

Education and Admissions

1982 Post-Graduate Studies at New York University, NYU School of Law (M.C.J.)

1979 Bar Admission to the Zurich and Swiss Bar

1977 Dr. iur., University of Zurich, School of Law

1974 lic. iur., University of Zurich, School of Law


Best Lawyers Switzerland 2014

Recommended for Arbitration and Mediation, Aviation Law, Corporate Law

Who's Who Legal (Switzerland 2014) - "Commercial Litigation"

"(...) Described by sources as a 'significant name', he regularly acts as counsel for Swiss and foreign companies, private individuals and foreign states in high-profile disputes. (...)"

Chambers Europe/Global (2014) - "Dispute Resolution - Arbitration/Litigation"

"(...) He is well known as an arbitrator, and presides over proceedings heard under various rules."

Legal 500 (EMEA 2014) - "Dispute resolution/Litigation"

"(...) Christoph Pestalozzi is ‘a very good team leader’ who ‘defines an overall strategy and creates a good relationship with the client’.(...)"

Who's Who Legal (Switzerland 2013) - "Commercial Litigation"

"(...) He has over 20 years of experience in this area and is in 'high demand'. (...)"

Who's Who Legal (Switzerland 2013) - "Arbitration"

"Christoph Pestalozzi ... received high levels of recommendation from interviewees in Switzerland and abroad. He has handled around 100 arbitration proceedings across the continent as chairman, co-arbitrator and sole arbitrator and is 'much in demand'."

Chambers Global (2013) - "Dispute Resolution"

"Christoph Pestalozzi ... is in demand as an arbitrator. His main areas of focus are commercial, contract and insolvency law."


German, English, French


Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)

Swiss Association for Aviation and Space Law (ASDA)

Zurich Chamber of Commerce (ZHK)

Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce

International Bar Association (IBA)

Europa Institute of the University of Zurich, Auditor (EIZ)

Swiss and Zurich Lawyers Association

Swiss and Zurich Bar Association