Marquard Christen is a partner at CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd specialising in competition law (antitrust law). He advises Swiss and international companies on all matters related to Swiss and EU competition law and represents them in investigations of competition authorities and court proceedings. Marquard also assists clients in the development and implementation of antitrust compliance programmes. In addition, he heads CMS Switzerland’s public procurement practice group and advises clients on distribution and contract law in general.
Apart from merger control proceedings, Marquard Christen’s relevant experience includes representing clients in investigations and appeal proceedings related to alleged horizontal price fixing, bid rigging, information exchange, resale price maintenance and abuse of dominance issues, advising on complex cooperation projects related to technology transfer, specialisation and joint R&D and supporting companies in the (re-)organisation of their distribution systems. Marquard graduated from the universities of Fribourg (summa cum laude) and Leuven, Belgium (EU law) and completed postgraduate studies in Sydney and Geneva (international law). He has been admitted to the bar in 2003. Marquard is the co-founder of a competition law roundtable consisting of senior associates and young partners from major Swiss law firms and regularly lectures and publishes on competition law. He is recommended by Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal for the area of competition law. Marquard is fluent in German, English and French and also speaks Spanish and Dutch.