For more than two decades, Christoph Balsiger has specialised in banking and banking regulationa. He advises and represents financial institutions in regulatory proceedings before FINMA, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority and SIX Swiss Exchange. Christoph advises issuing houses, issuers and lead managers in debt, equity and equity linked capital market transactions, structuring and registration of collective investment schemes, structuring of complex derivative transactions, AMCs (actively managed certificates), structured finance transactions, EMTN, warrant and structured products programmes.


Counselling Swiss and international institutions in legal and regulatory matters, in particular:

  • Domestic and international banks and asset managers
  • Domestic and international broker-dealers and issuing houses
  • Swiss and international fund providers in the context of the Federal Collective Investment Schemes regulations
  • Swiss or international institutions in connection with complex M&A transactions
1997 Admitted to the Bar, Rechtsanwalt
1995 University of Zurich, PhD, magna cum laude
Best Lawyers 2013 – 2025
Who’s Who Legal: Switzerland 2016 – 2024
Who’s Who Legal: Global 2020
The Legal500 EMEA 2020 – Recommended
Who’s Who Legal: Global 2019
The Legal500 EMEA 2018 – Recommended
Chambers Global 2013 – 2017
Chambers Europe 2012 – 2017
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
2021 Of Counsel, Niederer Kraft Frey
2004 Partner, Niederer Kraft Frey
1997 Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
1992 Legal counsel in the capital market department of a major Swiss bank





Deals & Cases


EFG International successfully issues USD 400m inaugural AT1 bonds and repurchases outstanding Tier 2 …

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Helvetia Group AG successfully places 3.3m shares raising gross proceeds of approximately CHF 300m

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CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG refinances CHF 100m Swiss-franc bond

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Market Perception

«Christoph Balsiger ‘stands out for his work on debt matters’ according to one impressed commentator, and regularly advises clients on regulatory aspects of complex transactions.»
Who’s Who Legal 2018
«Clients say that Christoph Balsiger is ‘focused on the important points and very reasonable’.»
Chambers Global 2017
«Christoph Balsiger has ‘a long track record of excellence’, advising on all aspects of securities law, representing clients in stock exchange listings, regulatory and supervisory procedures and in proceedings before the takeover commission.»
Who’s Who Legal 2016
«He is noted for his work on securities, structured debt and derivatives and is described as a ‘very reliable and constructive lawyer.’»
Chambers Global 2015



Debt Capital Markets in Switzerland 2020

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Switzerland’s New Financial Market Architecture

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Switzerland’s New Financial Market Architecture (3rd Edition / 2019)

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