Marquard Christen is a partner at CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd specialising in competition law (antitrust law). He advises on all matters related to Swiss and EU competition law and represents companies in investigations of competition authorities and in court proceedings. Apart from competition law, Marquard practices in the field of public procurement law and heads CMS Switzerland’s public procurement practice group. He is also the co-founder of a competition law roundtable consisting of senior associates and young partners from major Swiss law firms.

Apart from merger control proceedings (including the coordination of multi-jurisdictional filings), Marquard’s relevant experience includes representing clients in investigations of the Swiss Competition Commission and in appeal proceedings related to, inter alia, horizontal price fixing, bid rigging, information exchange, vertical allocation of territories, resale price maintenance and abuse of dominance, advising on complex cooperation projects related to technology transfer, specialisation and joint R&D (recently in the payment, telecommunications, electricity and retail sectors), developing and implementing antitrust compliance programmes and supporting companies in the (re)organisation of their distribution systems. Due to his other practice area of public procurement law, Marquard is particularly experienced in competition law matters related to public tenders such as bid rigging.

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 regularly lectures and publishes on competition law. His most recent publication (April 2018) is a contribution to a commentary on so-far unpublished advice given by the Secretariat of the Competition Commission to companies under Article 23(2) ACart.

A recognised expert in competition law by all major legal directories, Marquard is recommended in the current editions of Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. He is fluent in German, English and French, and also speaks Spanish and Dutch.