Marquard Christen is “clearly one of the best experts in competition law” extol sources, one of whom says, “His strength is his ability to quickly understand even the most complex set of facts.”
Marquard Christen is a partner at CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd specialising in competition and public procurement law.
Marquard advises Swiss and international companies on all aspects of Swiss and EU competition law (horizontal and vertical agreements, dominance abuse, merger control and civil antitrust law) and represents them in proceedings before competition authorities and courts. Over the past 15 years, he has gained special knowledge in various industries. Additionally, he advises clients on compliance matters, in general and with a particular focus on antitrust law (development of compliance programmes, compliance and dawn raid trainings and antitrust law audits). In public procurement law, Marquard supports both procuring entities and bidders in the tender process and in appeal proceedings.
Born in 1975, 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 was admitted to the Bar in 2003 and is a member of the Swiss and Zurich Bar associations and the Antitrust Law Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht). Marquard is a member of the steering committee of the global CMS competition practice group and heads our firm's public procurement practice group. He is the co-founder of a competition law roundtable consisting of senior associates and young partners from major Swiss law firms.
Marquard regularly lectures and publishes on competition and public procurement law. He is fluent in German, English and French and also speaks Spanish and Dutch.
CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd is a leading Swiss business law firm and a member of CMS, the world’s fifth-largest law firm. The CMS Competition Practice Group consists of more than 170 competition lawyers.