Christopher Bollen is a Swiss attorney and notary public (Urkundsperson in the canton of St. Gallen).

International Litigation and Commercial Law

One of Christopher Bollen's main fields of practice is international commercial law. He frequently coordinates major international legal disputes in Switzerland, the European Union, Canada and the United States. He provides legal advice with respect to transactional services both for existing companies and aspiring companies. Furthermore, he is experienced in negotiating and drafting international commercial contracts (international sale of goods, trade finance and intellectual property) and in assisting clients in settling international and national commercial disputes in English, German and French.

International Organizations

Christopher Bollen has extensive experience in international civil service law.  He regularly represents staff members of International Organizations such as the ITU, ILO, WHO, CERN etc. in internal complaints and appeals before the International Labor Organization and United Nations Administrative Tribunals. He regularly obtains favorable settlements in such disputes.

International Arbitration

Christopher Bollen combines his knowledge of international commercial law with his experience in arbitration and represents clients in institutional arbitrations (ICC, CCIG, ZCC) and ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL Rules. He is a member of the Swiss Arbitration Association. During his time as a legal secretary at the Claims Resolutions Tribunal in Zurich and Geneva, he investigated and analyzed over 200 claims brought against Swiss banks. At the Tribunal, he was responsible for drafting Procedural Orders, Settlements and Arbitration Awards, based on applicable inheritance law, banking law, and equitable principles.

Legal and Notary Practice in the German Part of Switzerland

In 2003, Christopher Bollen founded his own law firm in St. Gallen where he deals mainly with commercial and labor matters originating from the German part of Switzerland.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Member of the Geneva and St.Gallen Bars
  • Notary public ("Urkundsperson") in St. Gallen
  • J.D. in Swiss law, University of St. Gallen (HSG)
  • Certificate in Business Managment and Financial Systems Hochschule St. Gallen
  • Member of the Swiss Arbitration Association
  • Member of the Association of International Business Lawyers (AIBL)
  • Member of the Geneva Business Law Association (AGDA)

Professional experience

  • Partner, Byrne-Sutton Bollen Kern
  • Associate, Byrne-Sutton Bonnard Lawson Meakin, 2000-2006
  • Legal Secretary, Claims Resolution Tribunal, Zurich and Geneva, 1998-2000
  • Assistant in Family law, University of Bern, 1997


German (mother tongue)

English, French, Portuguese