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Real Estate - Switzerland

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第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Superb practice regularly instructed on complex, high-profile real estate transactions. Particularly noted for its expertise in advising on mandates involving hotels. Represents financial institutions, institutional investors and real estate companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is well organised and efficient, with deep insight into the matter and detailed knowledge of the area. It is used to working on complex transactions and the lawyers have an intuitive understanding of what the business really needs."

Work highlights Acted for Credit Suisse on the outsourcing of its facility management services.

Assisted Swiss Re with the intragroup reorganisation of its CHF2.7 billion real estate portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Martin Furrer recently formed part of the team acting for AXA Investment Manager Switzerland on the sale of a hotel portfolio. "He gives everything to move the deal forward. He is a strong negotiator, a great project manager and business-minded," say clients. Furrer co-heads the Zürich team.

Alexander Wyss is a prominent member of this team, with sources describing him as "experienced, pleasant to work with and able to handle large real estate transactions." He recently acted for FREO Financial & Real Estate Operations on the development of the Mall of Switzerland.

Daniel Peregrina heads the Geneva team and is regularly seen acting on real estate project developments. Sources highlight his strength in environmental work.

Significant clients Halter, Swiss Finance & Property, Helvetica Property Investors, PSP Swiss Property, Atlantis Immofin.

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team with a hugely impressive track record in real estate transactions. Also active on real estate development projects. Clients include investors, pharma companies and banks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is responsive and available, and meets deadlines. It is one of the best in Switzerland in this area. It really knows the real estate market and the key drivers of the business."

"When we have an emergency, the firm has the resources to support us immediately." 

Work highlights Assisted Henderson Global Investors with the sale of a shopping centre to a Middle Eastern investor.

Acted for Partners Group on an investment in a high-tech office building in Geneva.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Corrado Rampini has a superb reputation among commentators: "He has a great track record in his field. He focuses on the big issues and really makes a deal happen." Further sources confirm:"He is supportive and does not get lost in the details."

Significant clients Swiss Life, Novartis, USI Group Holdings.

Band 1 | CMS

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent team advising on a broad range of real estate transactions. Recent areas of activity include transactions involving hotels, sale and leaseback mandates, project developments and financings. Also offers related expertise in environmental matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A top firm for real estate investors in Switzerland. It understands what we want, knows how we operate and is well connected."

"The team is responsive, proactive and precise. The lawyers are more dynamic and deal-oriented than many others in the market."

Work highlights Advised a Swiss institutional investor on its acquisition of seven properties in Switzerland.

Assisted an international real estate investor with its sale of a shopping centre.

Notable practitioners  

Stefan Gerster is "a brilliant lawyer. He is charismatic, goal-oriented and pragmatic. He is client-focused and always goes the extra mile for us," enthuse clients. He attracts particular praise for his work on real estate transactions, with sources reporting: "It simplifies the process to have him on the deal."

According to sources, Sibylle Schnyder is "efficient, focused and reliable. She is deal-oriented and finds creative solutions to get the deal done." Clients also highlight her efficiency: "If you drop something on her desk it will be dealt with in time and to a high standard."

Significant clients Credit Suisse Real Estate Asset Management, Acron, SPS Immobilien, Pramerica Overseas Funding.

第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sizeable team with a comprehensive real estate offering. Regularly handles transactional matters as well as disputes, real estate financing deals and tax issues. Clients range from real estate funds and high net worth individuals to multinational corporates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a top-class firm, particularly suitable for large transactions."

"Walder Wyss stands out for its expertise and responsiveness. It really knows what it is doing and has a reputation as experts in this area." 

Work highlights Acted for Alcatel Lucent Switzerland on the exercising of a pre-emption right over its Zürich-based headquarters and the subsequent sale of the building.

Assisted Kakuru Swiss with the sale of a telecommunications and data centre in Swisscom.

Notable practitioners  

Johannes Bürgi is recognised for his expertise on real estate financing, recently assisting Deutsche Bank with the development financing of hotel residences in Switzerland. "He is quick-thinking, reactive and well connected," say clients.  

Francis Nordmann acted for Midus Properties on the sale of a real estate portfolio and subsequent refinancing. He has particular expertise in advising Israeli investors active in Switzerland and is considered an "experienced and responsive" practitioner by commentators. 

Sources are quick to highlight Thomas Meister's availability as well as his long-standing experience in this field. He heads the tax team and regularly handles real estate finance mandates.

Significant clients Fordgate, Hugo Boss, Capita, Teva, GMG.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team representing banks, insurance companies, construction companies and high net worth individuals. Offers wide-ranging expertise encompassing construction, transactions and the management of real estate portfolios. Also advises on real estate finance and tax issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers always keep their word and you can be sure you will get high-quality work."

"It is a well-established, serious and reliable firm in this area. It has some very good, technically strong people." 

Work highlights Recently advised Eichhof Immobilien on negotiations with cantonal authorities on the development of various new buildings.

Represented Zürcher Kantonalbank, Helvetia, Swiss Re and the Marazzi family in the sale of Tertianum to a company controlled by Swiss Prime Site. 

Notable practitioners  

Practice head Andreas Vögeli is "outstanding. He is straightforward, finds solutions and produces great results. He has a very practical approach and is a real specialist in this area," report interviewees. He handles domestic real estate transactions as well as developments.

Significant clients AXA, Schroders, RUAG Real Estate, UBS, Zug Estates.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active in both Zürich and Geneva, with notable experience of real estate portfolio transactions. Other areas of work include real estate financing and environmental issues. Demonstrates particular expertise in representing hotels, and is also regularly active on construction disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team takes our work seriously, gives us quality advice and is absolutely responsive and available."

"We get a great service from the team. It has saved us time and money." 

Work highlights Acted for Rockspring Property Investment Managers on a joint venture, investment agreement and financing relating to the construction of Project Skylab, a mixed-use facility in Geneva.

Assisted Caisse d'Epargne Rhone-Alpes with the lease for the premises of a new retail bank in Geneva.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Yves Jeanrenaud covers investments and transactions, sale and leasebacks, commercial leases and real estate financing. Clients consider him a strong real estate practitioner, particularly praising his "capacity to understand the technical issues."

Josef Caleff covers both construction and transactions, recently acting for Aerium Group on the sale of an office building to a UBS fund. "He is responsive, meets our deadlines and is focused on our needs," agree clients.

Significant clients Marti Holding, Barana Group, Guris, Banque du Leman.

第三等 |

What the team is known for Geneva-based practice covering the full spectrum of real estate mandates. Recently active on property acquisitions, commercial leases and real estate finance. Also covers zoning and planning and construction.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is proactive and the lawyers are specialists in this area."  

Notable practitioners  

Clients particularly appreciate Yves de Coulon's understanding of the real estate industry, adding: "He has a great feel for cases and is not aggressive, but doesn't give up." His broad practice encompasses construction and planning and zoning, and he has notable experience in advising on transactions involving hotels.

According to sources, Manuel Bianchi della Porta is "a transactional guru. He is very practical and prompt and we are glad to have him on our side." Clients also highlight his knowledge of the luxury goods sector.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice covering portfolio transactions, commercial leases, real estate finance and developments. Clients include corporates, institutional investors, banks and private clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The lawyers are knowledgeable and insightful, and make sensible recommendations."

Notable practitioners  

Geneva-based Andreas Rötheli is a particularly strong choice for real estate transactions, thanks to his background in corporate/M&A.

Beat Kühni maintains his strong reputation in this field. He covers a range of areas including transactions and financing mandates.

第四等 |

What the team is known for Well-established firm with a particular focus on construction projects, covering all elements of real estate and infrastructure projects. Areas of expertise include planning and environmental issues, disputes and PPP.

Notable practitioners  

Roland Hürlimann has a strong track record in this area, with particular expertise in construction mandates. He is regularly instructed on construction disputes, handling both litigation and arbitration.

Band 4 | Homburger

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adopts a strong focus on real estate transactions, and is particularly active representing international companies in their investments in Switzerland. Clients include hotels and real estate companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Homburger is very service-oriented and committed to helping clients solve problems, not just providing legal services. It is excellent." 

Work highlights Acted for PaxVax on the purchase of a number of properties, including a manufacturing facility, relating to its acquisition of Vivotif from Crucell Switzerland.

Advised Kering Group on the acquisition of several properties as part of its acquisition of Ulysse Nardin.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Hasler heads the team and is the main contact for queries.

Significant clients 3M, Alpiq, Pears Global, Metall Zug.

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for The Zürich and Geneva teams were recently active on project development and advising investors on property acquisitions. They also handle construction, real estate litigation and real estate finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have worked with Meyerlustenberger Lachenal for a long time and its lawyers are always motivated to provide reliable, high-quality and very client-oriented services." 

Notable practitioners  

Alexander Vogel is highly regarded for his work on real estate transactions. Other areas of expertise include leases and financing matters. 

Armin Zucker wins particular recognition for his work on commercial leases and is widely regarded as an excellent landlord and tenant lawyer by sources. He also handles contentious matters.

Significant clients Allreal Holding, Strabag.

Band 4 | Pestalozzi

第四等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Comprehensive real estate practice covering portfolio transactions, commercial and residential leases and planning and zoning matters. Also has notable experience of construction and real estate litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is well connected, with excellent expertise in this area. The lawyers have a sound understanding of our needs." 

Notable practitioners  

Anne-C. Imhoff is a key client contact for the firm.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Geneva-based Delphine Zarb of Lachat Harari & Associés handles real estate transactions as well as construction and landlord and tenant mandates. Her clients include banks, corporate and investment funds.

Thomas Wetzel of Wenger Plattner is a respected figure in this field, winning praise from interviewees for his experience and knowledge of the real estate market. He handles a variety of real estate and construction mandates, attracting particular recognition for his work on commercial leases.

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