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Christoph Kurth

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Zurich

Biography

Christoph Kurth heads the Compliance & Investigations practice of the Zurich office.

Before joining the Firm, Christoph was global head of Litigation & Investigations and general counsel in Asia for a world-leading Swiss bank. For over 10 years, he has led high stakes litigation as well as complex regulatory and criminal investigations across the US, Europe and Asia, and has advised on transformational regulatory developments and wealth management products and services across Switzerland and Asia. In his roles, Christoph has worked closely with business leaders, government authorities and the media, navigating businesses through regulatory and other challenges with a strategic eye on sustainable growth. Prior to this, Christoph was a litigator in leading practices in Switzerland and the US. He has been consulted by regulators and industry groups in relation to various political, regulatory and industry developments impacting the financial centers of Switzerland, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Practice Focus

Christoph helps clients in the financial services and other industries establish effective legal and compliance risk management programs, investigate instances of non-compliance and their root causes, and develop responses to transgressions that limit financial and reputational consequences and pave the way for sustainable business growth. Drawing from his experience as general counsel and his substantial exposure to businesses, legal systems and cultures in the US, Europe and Asia, Christoph seeks to offer more than legal advice, litigation and investigations work. He also supports in overall crisis management, adjustment of business conduct and strategies, cultural transformation and sustainable legal and compliance risk management solutions.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association

Admissions

  • Switzerland (1999)

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (LLM) (2002)
  • University of Zurich (lic. iur.) (1995)

Languages

  • English
  • German

Previous Offices

  • Singapore