Christian M. Reiser

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Corporate Law   Inheritance law    Laws governing the legal profession


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On 1 July  2023, the new Swiss Code of Professional Conduct came into force, to the drafting of which our partner Christian Reiser made a major contribution as a member of the expert committee set up by the Swiss Bar Association. The Code applies to all lawyers practicing in Switzerland.
We are pleased to announce the publication by Helbing & Liechtenhahn of a reference book on the practice of the Bar, namely the Commentary of the Lawyers' Act (LLCA), to which our partner, Christian Reiser, contributed as scientific editor alongside Me Michel Valticos and Professors Benoît Chappuis and François Bohnet, as well as author or co-author of the analysis of several provisions.
Our partner, Christian Reiser, spoke on the draft of the new Swiss code of lawyers ethics at the Conference of Bar Presidents and Secretaries.
Professional career

Christian M. Reiser enjoys a long-standing reputation in the fields of Corporate law and Commercial law. He has extensive experience in civil law, in particular inheritance law, and regularly advises lawyers on rules governing the legal profession. 

Christian Reiser’s extensive commercial practice covers the creation, administration and liquidation of companies, as well as their representation in court proceedings, whether of a civil or criminal nature. He has also acted as counsel and as arbitrators in numerous domestic and international commercial arbitration proceedings.

These activities have led him to advice company directors, and many other clients, in relation to various legal aspects of their private lives, including estate planning.

Christian Reiser acted as the president of the Geneva Supervisory Authority for Lawyers for four years, and was active within this supervisory body for many more (2002-2010). In doing so, he has acquired a thorough knowledge of the rules governing the legal profession in Switzerland. He regularly advises and represents lawyers in relation to practice authorisations and disciplinary sanctions.

Christian Reiser started his career as an associate for Me Gabriel C. Oltramare. He was one of the four founding partners of the law firm Oltramare, Hochstaetter, Eardley & Reiser, set up in 1981, which later became OHER Avocats. He co-founded Reiser Avocats in 2019.


1981 Program of Instruction for Lawyers (Harvard Law School)

1976 Admitted to practice at the Geneva Bar

1974 Master degree in Law, University of Geneva

Professional memberships
  • Christian M. Reiser is a member of the Geneva Bar Association, the Swiss Federation of Lawyers, the Geneva Business Law Association, the Geneva Society of law and law-making, the Swiss Arbitration Association and the International Association of Lawyers (UIA).

Commentaire Romand, Loi sur les avocats LLCA (co-éditeur avec Michel Valticos, Benoît Chappuis et François Bonnet), Helbing Lichtenhahn, 2022 .  

Les négociations sous les réserves d’usage (co-auteur avec Michel Valticos), in : SJ 2019 II 217

La liberté d’expression de l’avocat et du magistrat (co-auteur avec Michel Valticos), in : SJ 2017 II 153.

La SA d’avocats, sismologie d’une rupture, in : Regards de marathoniens sur le droit suisse, Ed. Slatkine, Genève, 2015.

Les règles professionnelles et les activités atypiques de l’avocat inscrit au barreau (co-auteur avec Michel Valticos), in : SJ 2015 II 191.

"Point de presse" sur le secret de l'avocat, in : La Revue de l'Avocat, 2012.

La jurisprudence de la Commission du Barreau, 2006-2010, in : la Semaine Judiciaire 2011, no 6.

Commentaire Romand, Loi sur les avocats LLCA (co-éditeur avec Mes Michel Valticos et Benoît Chappuis), Helbing Lichtenhahn, 2010.

Le check-up de votre société anonyme (4ème édition), co-auteur avec Jean-Daniel Poncet et Georges Fournier, Editions Cosmos, Berne 2010.

La suppléance de l'avocat empêché, in : Revue de l'Avocat, FSA 2009.

Sanctions disciplinaires applicables aux avocats (co-auteur avec Me Michel Valticos), in : Défis de l'Avocat au XXIème siècle, Ed. Slatkine, Genève, 2008.

La Commission du barreau et la surveillance des avocats sous l'angle de la LLCA et de la LPAv/GE, in : Semaine Judiciaire 2007.

Conflits d'intérêts : l'autorité de surveillance des avocats est-elle fondée à intervenir préventivement ? (co-auteur avec Me Michel Valticos), in : Revue de l'Avocat, FSA, 2006.

Autonomie et démocratie dans les communes genevoises, Helbing & Lichtenhahn, Bâle, Genève, 1998.

Le secret professionnel de l'organe de révision face au juge, in : Mélanges en l'honneur de Louis Lombard, Editeur Société de Contrôle Fiduciaire SA, Genève, 1992.

Le secrétaire de la société anonyme, in : l'Expert-comptable suisse, 1986.

La convocation de l'Assemblé générale des actionnaires par l'organe de contrôle, in : l'Expert-comptable suisse, 1984.

Conferences and academic activities

Conference organized by ISHR (International Service for Human Rights), The Profession of attorney-at-law in Switzerland, 13.11.15.

Conferences for the “Marathon of law” organized by the Geneva Bar Association on the rules governing the legal profession (2008 and 2009).