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Christian Schönfeld


Position: Counsel
Practice Areas: Banking & Finance , Capital Markets , Corporate & M&A , Health and Medical Law , Venture Capital , White Collar Crimes & Investigations
Field-Display: Banking & Finance Team , Capital Markets Team , Corporate & M&A Team , Health and Medical Law Team , Venture Capital Team , White Collar Crimes & Investigations Team , Startups

Dr Christian Schönfeld focuses on corporate and commercial law as well as the law of banking and capital markets and associated regulatory issues. Within these areas he has particular experience in collective investment law and Fintech (ICOs, tokenization etc.). He also advises on data protection matters and is a member of the Startup Desk. Before joining Prager Dreifuss as a lawyer, he worked as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Urs Bertschinger at the University of St. Gallen.


+41 44 254 55 55



Admission to the Bar

Admitted in Switzerland (2011) 

Practice Areas

  • Corporate & M&A
  • Capital Markets
  • Banking & Finance


  • Maastricht University (ECPC-B Professional DPO Certification, 2019)
  • Queen Mary University of London (LL.M., 2017)
  • University of St. Gallen (Dr. iur., 2016, M.A. HSG in Law and Economics, 2007)


  • German
  • English


  • Zurich and Swiss Bar Association
  • Swiss Lawyers Association

Winner - Mondaq Thought Leadership Awards, Autumn 2023



Subject: Health and Medical Law
Autor: Marcel Frey, Christian Schönfeld, Andrea Schütz

Winner - Mondaq Thought Leadership Awards, Autumn 2023

Prager Dreifuss is proud to announce that our colleagues Andrea Schütz, Christian Schönfeld and Marcel Frey have been recognised by Mondaq as thought leaders in the area of Food, Drugs, Healthcare and Life Sciences in Switzerland in its autumn 2023 awards.

Subject: Privacy policy
Autor: Rahel A. Nedi, Christian Schönfeld
Reading time: 2 Min

Is the GDPR applicable to my Swiss company?

Even weeks after the new data protection law came into force in Switzerland, many companies still lack orientation. The extensive scope of the GDPR can be confusing when compared to the Swiss Data Protection Act (DPA), but it is worth clarifying this in detail.

The implementation of Swiss data protection law is less complex than the implementation of the GDPR, and the sanctions are also significantly milder than if the GDPR is also applicable, under which the consequences of non-compliance can be significantly more serious. The following overview is intended to provide support in this regard:

Subject: Privacy policy
Autor: Rahel A. Nedi, Christian Schönfeld
Reading time: 1 Min

Revised Data Protection Act is in effect today

On September 1, 2023, the revised Data Protection Act will come into force. With the accompanying media coverage, many companies are noticing that they have not yet adapted their contracts and processes. Time to quickly get an overview.

Subject: Startups
Autor: Rahel A. Nedi, Christian Schönfeld
Reading time: 1 Min

Swiss Startup Association x Prager Dreifuss: Are you ready for the revised Swiss Data Protection Act?

The new Data Protection Act and Ordinance will come into force on September 1, 2023. What does this mean for entrepreneurs and companies in Switzerland?

On May 16, our attorneys Dr. Rahel Nedi and Dr. Christian Schönfeld presented the essentials as part of a training event of the Swiss Startup Association at our premises.

Rahel and Christian explained the rights of the data subject on the one hand and the obligations of the data controllers and processors on the other. They also talked about data transfers, upcoming challenges, important terms and definitions to be aware of and much more.

After the presentation, there was a lively exchange of ideas over an evening aperitif. We would like to thank the Swiss Startup Association for organizing the event and all the startups that were guests of Prager Dreifuss that evening.

Subject: Banking & Finance
Autor: Christian Schönfeld, Guy Deillon
Paper: NZZ
Reading time: 4 Min

Need for instruments against a bank run

An American law professor makes a proposal on how a withdrawal in panic of bank deposits could be curbed

Subject: Privacy policy
Autor: Christian Schönfeld, Andrea Schütz

IoT and data protection - challenge and opportunity

The "Internet of Things" (IoT) causes our private life to increasingly become part of the Internet. Nevertheless, many IoT applications do not meet the requirements of data protection law. In this publication, the authors Dr Andrea Schütz and Dr Christian Schönfeld illustrate that data protection law is not just a regulatory hurdle, but can also be used as a potential competitive advantage.

Subject: Health and Medical Law
Autor: Marcel Frey, Christian Schönfeld, Andrea Schütz

Medical Devices & Consumer Health Products 2022: A Chambers Global Practice Guide Publication

After Switzerland's designation as a "third country" by the EU, the Swiss medtech industry faces two existential challenges. On the one hand, it must ensure the sustainable supply of medical devices to the Swiss population. On the other hand, it must maintain the competitiveness and innovative strength of Switzerland in the global medical market. This article illustrates the challenges but also the opportunities for the Swiss and foreign medtech industry related to the "third country" status of Switzerland.

Subject: Corporate News
Autor: Gion Christian Casanova, Reto M. Jenny, Christian Schönfeld
Reading time: 1 Min

Prager Dreifuss joins VSUJ summer event

The summer event of the Association of Swiss Corporate Lawyers turned into a successful evening at the Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten in cooperation with Prager Dreifuss. PD attorneys Christian Casanova, Reto M. Jenny and Christian Schönfeld spoke on the topic of cyber risk and data protection, followed by an inspiring career keynote speech by Beat Hess, former in-house counsel, and current Chairman of LafargeHolcim.

Subject: Startups
Autor: Michael Mosimann, Christian Schönfeld
Paper: International Financial Law Review IFLR

Demystifying blockchain regulation in Switzerland

Subject: Competition & Regulatory Matters
Autor: Michael Mosimann, Christian Schönfeld
Paper: PD Newsletter

Fintech Newsletter September 2019: Praktische Auswirkungen der neuen FINMA-Aufsichtsmitteilung "Zahlungsverkehr auf der Blockchain"

Subject: Capital Markets
Autor: Christian Schönfeld
Paper: The FinTech Edition

Smart Contracts under Swiss Law

Subject: Corporate & M&A
Autor: Matthias Bürge, Andreas Moll, Christian Schönfeld, Charlotte Rupf
Paper: IFLR

IFLR Magazine July/August 2018: Share Transfer Restrictions - Unanswered Questions

Subject: Capital Markets
Autor: Christian Schönfeld
Paper: St. Galler Schriften zum Finanzmarktrecht, Band 12

Kollektive Kapitalanlagen in Krisensituationen

Autor: Christian Schönfeld
Paper: St. Galler Schriften zum Finanzmarktrecht, Band 12

Collective Investment Schemes in Distress