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Christian Gersbach, LL.M.

Partner
Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law

CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.
Dreikönigstrasse 7
P.O. Box
8022 Zurich
Switzerland
Languages German, English, French

Christian Gersbach is a Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law and the head of our employment and immigration law team.

Christian Gersbach joined CMS in 2004 and advises a wide range of corporate clients in all areas of employment matters (e.g. drafting of employment contracts, employee representation matters, dismissals, dispute resolution). A strong focus lies on international and cross-border matters.

Christian Gersbach served from 2001 until 2005 as an ordinary judge with a part-time workload at the District Court of Aarau. In 2006/2007 he completed postgraduate studies at New York University (Master of Laws, LL.M.) and worked as a foreign associate in a major New York law firm before re-joining CMS in 2007.

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Christian Gersbach of CMS is ‘always very approachable’ and ‘quick to respond to requests,’ and is also ‘practical but with good knowledge.’

Chambers and Partners, Employment, Switzerland, 2018

CMS delivers ‘great service and clear, comprehensive answers’ to employment law and corporate policy issues, including advice on M&A-related employment and contentious matters. The ‘responsive, professional and very practical’ Christian Gersbach is a ‘pleasure to work with’.

The Legal 500, Employment, Switzerland, 2018

Relevant experience

  • Advising Accenture AG in employment matters
  • Advising Burger King with regard to employment matters as well as work and residency permits
  • Advising and representing Denner AG in employment matters
  • Advising and representing Nike in employment matters
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Education

  • 2014 - Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law
  • 2007 - Master of Laws, LL.M., New York University in New York (USA)
  • 2004 - Bar Admission
  • 2001 - Lic. iur, magna cum laude, Universität Zürich (exchange studies at Université François Rabelais, Tours, France)
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Memberships

  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SBA)
  • Employment Law Practice Group of Zurich Bar Association
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Publications

  • Arbeitsrecht: Nebenbeschäftigungen, Zürcher Wirtschaft 11/2015
  • Arbeitsrecht: Massenentlassungen, Zürcher Wirtschaft 11/2014
  • Nebenbeschäftigungen: Zweigleisige Arbeitsverhältnisse, personal Schweiz 06/2014
  • Nachvertragliche Konkurrenzverbote, Zürcher Wirtschaft 11/2013
  • Arbeitsrechtliche Aufhebungsvereinbarungen, Zürcher Wirtschaft, 11/2012
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Lectures list

  • Schweizerische Treuhänder Schule STS – Die wichtigsten Änderungen im Arbeitsrecht 2019, Bern, 22 January 2019 / Zurich 24 January 2019
  • Bundesverband der Arbeitsrechtler in Unternehmen BVAU (Deutschland) – Einführung in das Schweizer Arbeitsrecht, Frankfurt am Main, 19 November 2018
  • Schweizerische Treuhänder Schule STS – Update Arbeitsrecht. Zurich,
    7 November 2018
  • Schweizerische Treuhänder Schule STS – Die wichtigsten Änderungen im Arbeitsrecht 2018, Bern, 23 January 2018 / Zurich 25 January 2018
  • Webinar "Work Smart, Not Hard – Legal Challenges in the Modern Workplace", 23 January 2018
  • Europa Institut an der Universität Zürich – Aktuelle Fragen zum Ferienrecht, Zurich, 27 June 2017
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