I’m a construction worker. I build bridges. Bridges between people, law and reality.

Clarisse von Wunschheim specializes in international and cross-cultural dispute resolution, in particular international arbitration and commercial mediation and with a focus on the European and Chinese market.

Her main areas of practice include general contract law, agency and distribution, sales, technology transfer, joint ventures as well as other forms of foreign investment. Clarisse has been involved as counsel, arbitrator and mediator in a multitude of arbitration proceedings under various rules including the ICC, SCAI, Uncitral Rules, ICSID, CIETAC, HKIAC, SIAC, DIS, VIAC, WIPO, etc.

Described by Who’s Who legal as a “very impressive lawyer and arbitrator”, Clarisse is particularly appreciated by her clients and peers for her strategic thinking, her inspirational mindset and her personal dedication to each case.

She leads the firm’s Switzerland-China Business Solutions.


  • since 2018 Partner at Altenburger
  • 2015-2018 Of Counsel at Asiallians Attorneys, Beijing
  • 2015-2017 Partner at Hartmann Dreyer Attorneys-at-Law, Fribourg
  • 2010-2015 Founding Partner WunschARB Sàrl, Beijing / Fribourg
  • 2008-2009 Associate at Jones Day, Beijing
  • 2006-2008 Associate at DLA Piper, Beijing
  • 2003 Junior clerk at the Zurich District Court
  • 2002 Junior associate at Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich


  • 2013 Accredited CEDR Mediator, London
  • 2010 Dr. iur. with predicate 'summa cum laude', Fribourg
  • 2004 Bar admission, Zurich
  • 2001 Lic. iur. with predicate 'summa cum laude', Fribourg

Bar / Court Admission

At all Swiss courts

Special Engagements

  • since 2012 Lecturer at the University of Turin, Italy
  • 2016-2018 Lecturer at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (University of Geneva)
  • 2010-2018 Lecturer at the University of Fribourg


Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Switzerland - Arbitration 2024
Who's Who Legal - Global Leader - Switzerland - Arbitration 2023
Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders - Switzerland 2023 - Arbitration
Who's Who Legal - Thought Leaders - Switzerland 2022 - Arbitration
Who's Who Legal: Global Leader – Arbitration 2021


Mr. Jeong Su Kim, Legal Counsel at LS Cable & System Ltd.
Jimmy Tian, Legal Department at Startimes Group
Jörg-Nicolas Rödger, Managing Director, Lysoform Vetfarm GmbH

Speaking Engagements

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