Harald Baertschi

Prof. Dr., LL.M. (Yale)

admitted as attorney at law in Zurich (Switzerland) and New York (USA)

member of the Swiss and of the Zurich Bar Association

Research and Teaching Positions

  • Adjunct Professor of Private and Commercial Law, University of Zurich
  • Head of Center for Corporate and Tax Law, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur (Switzerland)
  • responsible for the project of the Swiss National Science Foundation regarding the regulation of virtual currencies

  • co-editor of the law journal ius.focus (contract law)


Legal advice and representation of enterprises and individuals in and outside administrative or court proceedings, in particular in the following areas:

  • corporate and business law
  • formation of businesses, reorganizations and succession planning
  • banking and insurance law, capital market law, Fintech/Blockchain
  • law of contract, other fields of private law, including employment law and tenancy law
  • regulatory requirements, compliance


  • English
  • German
  • French

Education and Former Professional Experience

  • studies of law at the Universities of Zurich and Lausanne (Licentiate/J.D. equivalent 1999, summa cum laude)

  • dissertation on Liability in Corporate Law (2001, summa cum laude, Professor Walther Hug and Issekutz Prize)

  • until 2015: Counsel with the law firm Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich

Publications (Selection)

  • Company Law, Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2018 (Sections stock corporation/LLC/cooperative law)
  • Payment and Default in connection with Virtual Currencies, Basel 2018 (contribution to book)
  • Principles of Financial Market Law, Zurich/Basel/Geneva 2017 (co-editor and -author)