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Real Estate — Switzerland


Baker McKenzie - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Premier department with notable transactional expertise. Benefits from property teams in Zürich and Geneva, and draws on experience from a range of departments, including tax, financing, regulatory and M&A. Especially handles high-value deals pertaining to residential, office and retail properties. Represents a diverse roster of international and domestic companies, including leading corporates, asset managers and industrial businesses.

Strengths The team's commercial acumen draws praise from clients, who report: "They don't just have good technical experience, but also try to find solutions that are easily understandable. They are pretty straightforward and business-minded."

Other clients extol the team's attentive service, describing its lawyers as "dynamic, available, efficient and client-oriented."

Work highlights Advised Migros-Pensionskasse on the CHF5.1 billion transfer of its Swiss real estate portfolio to Anlagestiftung der Migros-Pensionskasse Immobilien.

Assisted Varia US Properties with its IPO at the SIX Swiss Exchange, which was worth over CHF300 million.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Wyss maintains an excellent standing in the market, with one commentator noting that "he is knowledgeable and solution-driven." His acts on real estate, private equity, fund structuring and M&A deals, on behalf of domestic and international clients. He advised Jones Lang LaSalle on its purchase of Meridian Immobilier.

Martin Furrer is well versed in real estate transactions, often advising international companies on M&A, capital markets and private equity deals. He assisted Schroder ImmoPLUS with a CHF130 million acquisition from Rockspring, which concerned a portfolio of three retail properties.

Daniel Peregrina is based in the firm's Geneva office, with market sources reporting that he is a "well respected" lawyer in this sector. He advises on a range of real estate transactions, especially in relation to commercial properties, while also being experienced acting on real estate project developments.

Samuel Marbacher has a burgeoning reputation in the market, with clients reporting that he "has excellent negotiation skills, is very solution-focused and has deep knowledge." He has a broad range of expertise, including real estate transactions and financing, regulatory issues pertaining to environmental and Lex Koller, as well as rental agreements. He played a key role in advising Colony NorthStar on the divestment of CFI Mountain and CFI Lake, which were the owners of the university campuses of the Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management.

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Bär & Karrer AG - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading practice that is active on a broad array of real estate matters, including portfolio acquisitions and regulatory work. Represents domestic and foreign clients from a wide range of sectors, including banking and finance, energy and retail. Highly visible on large-scale transactions and real estate development projects. Provides extensive expertise regarding Lex Koller regulations.

Strengths The team's practical and results-oriented approach impresses interviewees, who enthuse: "They are always focused on the goal and are very pragmatic and solution-oriented."

Additional clients appreciate the firm's direct advice, reporting that "they don't just say whether something is legally possible, but also give recommendations."

Work highlights Assisted Valora with the sale of a property in Geneva, the La Praille building, to Migros.

Acted for Sempione Retail and OVS on the former's public tender offer for all shares in Charles Vögele.

Notable practitioners

Corrado Rampini is an experienced practitioner who continues to impress commentators, who describe him as "a very fine partner." He handles a full range of acquisitions, financings and capital market transactions in the real estate sector. He assisted Swiss Prime Site with its placement of CHF250 million worth of convertible bonds.

About the Team (content provided by Bär & Karrer AG)

Our real estate team represents institutional and private investors acting as buyers and sellers in large portfolio transactions and single asset deals.

We also represent clients in acquisitions and sales of real estate companies, capital market transactions of listed companies in the real estate sector as well as in the financing or refinancing of real estate transactions as well as in securitizations.

  • Portfolio transactions and share deals
  • Financings and security packages
  • Tax structuring
  • Lex Koller rulings
  • Mergers, takeovers and capital market transactions of listed real estate companies
  • Sale and lease back transactions
  • Due diligence

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CMS - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Distinguished real estate practice with notable expertise in issues relating to hotels, including franchise and management agreements. Also offers strength in commercial and residential development projects, as well as sale-and-leaseback and asset transactions. Client base includes institutional investors, pension funds and publicly listed real estate companies. Provides additional advice to clients on Swiss legislation over secondary residences, while also offering expertise in real estate litigation.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's commercial and diligent approach. Interviewees commend its "high-quality work, good business acumen, solution-oriented nature and comprehensive expertise."

Work highlights Assisted Sunrise Communications Group with the real estate aspects of its CHF500 million sale of over 2,000 telecommunications towers in Switzerland.

Advised Swiss Prime Site Immobilien on the sale of a department store and public parking area in Locarno.

Notable practitioners

Stefan Gerster has a market-leading reputation among commentators, with one lauding his "long-standing and broad expertise in Swiss real estate law," and adding that "he has a very pragmatic approach to resolving matters, advising clients so they have a solution," and has "an excellent network." He excels in real estate transactions, with expertise in relation to hotel and retail developments. He assisted Credit Suisse Anlagestiftung with the purchase of land and subsequent construction of a residential development in Zürich.

Sibylle Schnyder is well regarded for her expertise in real estate transactions, construction matters and hotel contracts, as well as tenancy issues. Sources commend her as "an extremely talented and very nice person." She assisted Swiss Prime Site Immobilien with its purchase of a historical office property in Luzern.

About the Team (content provided by CMS)

The team provides legal advice for all aspects of real estate transactions, such as for the acquisition, development, financing and sale of real property; it acts mainly for Swiss and international institutional investors, such as Credit Suisse Funds Ltd. (acting on behalf of various real estate funds).

In the past year, the group focused on the following types of transactions:

  • Advising Swiss and international institutional investors regarding acquisitions and divestments of real estate in Switzerland (asset and share deal).
  • Acting for developers and/or investors regarding various real estate developments including shopping malls, hotels, retail, office and residential buildings.
  • Hotel & leisure properties: The CMS real estate team is one of the few Swiss law firms having broad experience with hotel transactions and management agreements. In the past year, the team was advising on hotel property transactions, hotel lease agreements and construction projects. The CMS experts were also advising on aspects of the new legislation regarding the restriction of secondary residences ("Zweitwohnungsgesetz").
  • Sale & rent-back transactions of office, hotel and logistic properties.
  • Advice on the construction of an old-age and care home
  • Advising international companies regarding their Swiss corporate real estate matters.
  • Real estate related litigation.

The core team members are active lecturers for real estate law at the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg.

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Lenz & Staehelin - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Significant practice with a particularly strong presence in Geneva and Lausanne, as well as in Zürich. Advises domestic and international clients from a range of sectors, including hospitality and construction. Also acts for public sector clients and ultra high net worth individuals. Strong experience in transactional matters and disputes, alongside development projects, leasing agreements and zoning issues. Offers regulatory expertise, including on housing issues, clean energy initiatives and Lex Koller legislation.

Strengths The team's responsiveness and knowledge impresses clients, who report: "They are extremely professional, immediately available and experts on very complex real estate matters."

Further clients admire the firm's "capacity to deliver on time and their outstanding level of service," while additional interviewees highlight its lawyers' "understanding of business" as a key attribute.

Work highlights Acted for Marriott and Ritz-Carlton on post-transaction issues and renovation linked to the relaunch of a luxury hotel in Geneva under the Ritz-Carlton brand.

Assisted Z Capital Partners with post-acquisition advice in relation to its purchase of Waldhaus Flims Mountain Resort & Spa, including the renovation of the hotel.

Notable practitioners

Cécile Berger Meyer garners strong praise from clients, who report that "she delivers outstanding legal advice in a very structured manner," while other interviewees say: "She is really dedicated, has excellent market knowledge and inhabits the details in every deal." She leads the firm's Geneva and Lausanne offering, handling real estate transactions and financings, as well as planning and construction issues.

Zürich-based Beat Kühni focuses on real estate transactions, securitisation deals, zoning issues and construction projects. He advised Eli Lilly on various real estate issues after its acquisition of Novartis's Animal Health business, as well as subsequently assisting with the sale of the portfolio.

About the Team (content provided by Lenz & Staehelin)

Our proven real estate specialists provide advice and support to clients ranging from private clients to commercial users and institutional investors to real estate investment funds, financial institutions, rating agencies. The practice group's capabilities encompass all legal aspects of real estate related transactions, financings, sale and lease back transactions, commercial lease and real estate development projects.

We also advise clients on matters relating to the environment, for example on how to deal with hazardous waste or contaminated properties in connection with real estate or M&A transactions. 

Our work includes:

  • Real estate development (including zoning and construction laws)
  • Transactional real estate (including direct or indirect single asset or portfolio acquisitions or sales)
  • Real estate finance (including acquisition financing or refinancing)
  • Real estate securitization (including CMBS and RMBS transactions)
  • Sale and lease back transactions
  • Real estate architect and contractor agreements (including general or total contractor or planning arrangements)
  • Commercial and residential leases  (landlord and tenant representation)
  • Property and facility management agreements
  • Environmental matters related to real estate 
  • Real estate related litigation and arbitration (including foreclosure in real estate)
  • Real estate regulatory for pension funds and insurers
  • Permits for acquisitions of real estate by persons abroad (Lex Koller)
  • Second home related aspects

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Niederer Kraft Frey - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong real estate practice with noteworthy expertise in a broad range of matters, including construction-related disputes, development projects and transactions. Represents domestic and international clients from sectors such as finance, insurance, construction and retail. Also advises ultra high net worth individuals on various real estate matters. Notable experience assisting hotel sector clients with sale-and-leaseback deals, as well as advising on real estate-related regulatory and environmental issues.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's dedication, describing its team as "very responsive and highly committed, offering incredible advice throughout the complete life-cycle of real estate matters."

Other clients admire the team's availability, suggesting that "in deals we sometimes need to work on weekend and nights; they are always pushing forward and are creative."

Work highlights Assisted RUAG Real Estate with the formation of Nidwalden AirPark, including advice on proceedings related to the project's design plan.

Advised GlaxoSmith Kline on the real estate aspects of its CHF25.2 billion asset swap and joint venture deal with Novartis.

Notable practitioners

Andreas Vögeli "has an impressive level of understanding of all real estate matters" and is "very sharp and focused on clients' needs," according to one source. He is an established practitioner who handles a high volume of real estate transactions, alongside projects involving former industrial sites. One client comments: "He is pragmatic, fast and able to see the big picture." He advised AFIAA Foundation for International Real Estate Investments on several mandates concerning the sale and purchase of properties in Australia, Germany and the UK.

About the Team (content provided by Niederer Kraft Frey)

NKF is one of the few major Swiss law firms to cover the entire spectrum of real estate law with recognised specialists. We offer our clients comprehensive advice throughout the complete lifecycle of real property, from the planning phase through to construction, use, exploitation and disposal. Furthermore, in connection with large scale real estate projects, our practice extends to advice on the financing, structuring (including with regard to regulated structures) and tax considerations.

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Fully integrated, national property group advising on sale and purchase agreements, acquisitions and development projects. Represents clients from a range of sectors, including construction, hospitality and chemicals, as well as high net worth individuals. Significant expertise across a range of office, retail, industrial, hotel and residential developments. Well versed in real estate litigation, particularly concerning construction disputes.

Strengths The team is well respected by market sources, with one noting that "the firm has a good reputation in the market" and "provides a vast scope of services."

Another client is impressed by the department's organisation skills, reporting that the lawyers are "very efficient during negotiations."

Work highlights Advised Groupe SMA on the CHF15.5 million acquisition of a commercial property in Collonge-Bellerive.

Assisted Foncia Groupe France and Foncia Switzerland with the sale and purchase agreement for the total shares in Brolliet Holding and Brolliet.

Notable practitioners

Yves Jeanrenaud leads the firm's Geneva practice, winning acclaim for his vast expertise in real estate transactions, leasings and financings. One market commentator observes: "He is well known in the real estate market, with long-standing experience and a solid client base." He advised Akara Funds on the CHF7.7 million sale and purchase agreement for a residential property in Geneva.

Josef Caleff regularly handles real estate transactions, including in relation to acquisitions and leasings. He assisted SV Group with hotel lease agreements for developments in Lausanne, Berne and Düsseldorf, which required negotiations with Global Hospitality Licensing as well as the property owners.

About the Team (content provided by Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd)

Schellenberg Wittmer’s Real Estate Group provides efficient and timely advice to Swiss and foreign clients on all legal issues relating to real estate. We call upon a unique combination of skills and resources when offering assistance and advice and are supported by leading lawyers from our other practice groups. We assist our clients at the highest level in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious matters

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Walder Wyss Ltd - Real Estate Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with a nationwide presence, acting across Switzerland's German, French and Italian-speaking regions. Routinely advises on both land acquisitions for development projects and lease agreements, as well as assisting with construction permits. Regularly represents clients from sectors such as hospitality, retail and finance, including public listed companies, international corporates, real estate investment funds and high net worth individuals. Also offers notarial services in its Bern, Basel and Lugano offices.

Strengths Clients are quick to commend the department's speedy and responsive service, with one declaring: "It is one of the best law firms I have ever worked with." This interviewee highlights "availability, flexibility and fast execution" as key attributes.

The firm's Switzerland-wide services attract strong praise, with clients reporting: "They are one of the most complete firms when it comes to commercial issues and when dealing with matters on a national level."

Work highlights Assisted Fordgate with the sale of a 47,000 sq m life science campus in Basel.

Acted for Bricks & Bytes on its formation of a real estate online crowdfunding platform, in a deal worth approximately CHF140 million.

Notable practitioners

Francis Nordmann concentrates mostly on real estate transactions and lease agreements, as well as disputes, with clients praising his "quick response" times. He advised RFH & Cie H Bach on the sale of a Hornbach centre in Biel to Swisscanto.

Johannes Bürgi is especially strong on transactional mandates in the real estate market, such as office, retail and hotel developments, often assisting international funds. According to a source, he is "simply one of the best lawyers I have ever come across: thorough, commercial and able to think outside the box to achieve parties' commercial intents within the legal and regulatory framework."

Christian Eichenberger gains client approval for his "very thorough and in-depth knowledge of current real estate law," while additional interviewees describe him as "pragmatic, quick and close to clients' economic targets." He has expertise in planning and construction, as well as rental agreements and real estate transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Walder Wyss Ltd)

Walder Wyss has specialised and established itself in the real estate sector over the course of many years. Our experienced and well known Real Estate team, consisting of numerous lawyers and tax experts, is one of the largest in Switzerland. This enables us to execute highly complex real estate transactions efficiently and with an integrated perspective. Working with our clients, we develop solutions that generate added value and are executed with interdisciplinary project teams where necessary.
The complexity and importance of the real estate transactions Walder Wyss was involved in over the last few months demonstrates again our capability to advise national and international clients in all real estate matters and underlines our top rating by PLC and should ensure again a top ranking within Chambers.

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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL) - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Key team with strong experience handling acquisitions, sales and leasebacks. Also represents clients in rental agreements and residential and commercial development projects. Acts for both local and foreign clients from sectors such as banking and finance and transport, as well as public authorities. Also active in real estate litigation, especially involving construction and tenancy disputes. Draws on a wide range of departments within the firm, including advice on concurrent tax, banking and corporate matters.

Strengths Clients extol the firm's extensive real estate knowledge and its results-based approach. Interviewees say: "The lawyers' expertise in their area of specialty is very high. They are proactive, creative and always solution-oriented."

The team's attentiveness and methodical nature also garners praise, with clients admiring its "quick response times, and its smart strategic and tactical propositions."

Value for Money Client consensus suggests that the firm provides excellent value for money, with interviewees admiring its "pragmatic, quick and cost-efficient counselling."

Notable practitioners

Wolfgang Müller handles the sale and purchase of real estate assets, especially on behalf of international investors. Clients report that he is "a strategic thinker who is two steps ahead."

Philippe Prost is commended by clients for his "receptiveness and responsiveness to our needs, and his pragmatic and no-nonsense approach to understanding and solving legal challenges." Praised by additional sources as "a brilliant real estate lawyer," he handles transactional and contentious real estate matters, as well as construction mandates.

About the Team (content provided by Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL))

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal's broad-based expertise in all fields of real estate law is cemented by its involvement in the boards of directors of real estate companies and its leading role in professional organisations such as the Association of Business Tenants. The close collaboration of our experts in real estate, company and tax law when planning transactions and setting up real estate holding structures guarantees optimum results.

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Baur Hürlimann - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned Zürich construction law team with a sound reputation for advising and representing contractors. Particularly noted for its expertise in handling public building law mandates. Highly visible in construction litigation, contract law and commercial lease agreements. Also covers environmental queries, public procurement and project development, as well as representing clients in property-related arbitration.

Strengths The firm's niche expertise attracts praise from market commentators, who report: "It has a very high reputation and is excellent in terms of real estate public law and litigation."

Notable practitioners

Roland Hürlimann handles real estate litigation and arbitration, with strong expertise in construction law. Also well versed in handling contractual agreements, he is described as "very knowledgeable about construction law aspects" by market sources.

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BianchiSchwald LLC - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Broad-ranging practice with a focus on the French-speaking Swiss market. Known for its work in transactions, leasing and construction, as well as possessing expertise in zoning, planning and public procurement. Additional expertise in advising on real estate-related environmental issues and disputes. Regularly assists real estate developers and international investors. Has an additional presence in German-speaking cantons thanks to the firm's merger in January 2017.

Strengths The team's attentiveness garners praise among clients, who report that "they are very professional, timely and they follow up," as well as being "clear and patient, with the ability to adapt the way they speak." This interviewee also adds: "What is really critical is that they inspire confidence."

Additional clients appreciate the lawyers' commercial awareness, indicating that "they are business-oriented and provide helpful advice."

Notable practitioners

Yves de Coulon heads the firm's Geneva and Lausanne offerings, with strong expertise in real estate transactions, construction issues, zoning, planning and public procurement. Clients appreciate that he is "gifted" at communicating "in a thorough yet understandable manner."

About the Team (content provided by BianchiSchwald LLC)

The real estate and construction team of BianchiSchwald has an impressive track record in the field. Its legal expertise includes both transactional and regulatory work and covers the entire spectrum of real estate activities. The team represents all types of real estate professionals, whether in the private or public sector. We help our clients get their projects off the ground, settle their disputes and navigate through a dense and complex regulatory environment. They benefit from the trusting relationships we have built with the judicial, political and administrative authorities.


CORE EXPERTISE

- Advising on commercial and residential leases and representing landlords and tenants before courts;
- Assisting both private and public players in real estate development projects and urban and mobility planning;
- Advising on real estate transactions;
- Assisting owners and financial institutions in real estate and securitization;
- Drafting of architect and contractor agreements;
- Advising clients on property and facility management agreements;
- Handling environmental matters related to real estate;
- Representing clients in all types of real estate related litigations;
- Advising pension funds and insurers on real estate regulations;
- Filing permits for acquisitions of real estate by foreign-controlled entities;
- Advising on second home owners regulations;
- Conducting legal due diligence on real estate assets.

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Pestalozzi - Real Estate Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises on a broad range of real estate issues, including sales and acquisitions, due diligence, finance and lease agreements. Possesses further expertise in environmental and contractual disputes arising from construction projects. Represents domestic and international clients involved in the financial services, hospitality, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors. Able to draw upon the firm's tax, finance, corporate and disputes teams to provide a full-service offering, while it also advises on regulatory matters.

Strengths Clients report enjoying their collaboration with the firm, suggesting that the department has "very efficient and friendly staff, with specialist skills in all major legal interests."

Notable practitioners

Michael Lips leads the firm's real estate and environmental law offering, with strong expertise in transactional, leasing and regulatory matters. He is also well versed in public procurement matters, including contentious issues.

About the Team (content provided by Pestalozzi)

Pestalozzi offers a comprehensive portfolio of legal services for all kinds of real estate projects in Switzerland, from industrial plant to offices, hotels and restaurants through to residential housing. Our long-standing and interdisciplinary expertise covers a vast range of real estate-related services:

  • Advising international and domestic corporate and private clients in legal matters relating to owned or leased premises, including acquisitions, sales, sale and lease-back transactions, leases, financings, construction permits, planning and zoning law issues, work contracts and construction matters as well as environmental issues and real estate-related disputes.
  • Advising professional investors in all legal matters relating to real estate transactions, including due diligence reviews, contract negotiation, portfolio transactions, the acquisition, legal division and sale of properties, regulatory matters such as the acquisition of Swiss real estate by non-Swiss residents, the transfer of properties into non-Swiss trusts and advice relating to the implementation of property transfers with land registers and tax authorities.
  • Advising private clients with regard to the financing, acquisiton, sale and lease of residential real estate both as main residence and as second home, including contract negotiation and drafting as well as regulatory matters such as the acquisition of Swiss real estate by non-Swiss residents.

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Band 1

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stefan Gerster has a market-leading reputation among commentators, with one lauding his "long-standing and broad expertise in Swiss real estate law," and adding that "he has a very pragmatic approach to resolving matters, advising clients so they have a solution," and has "an excellent network." He excels in real estate transactions, with expertise in relation to hotel and retail developments. He assisted Credit Suisse Anlagestiftung with the purchase of land and subsequent construction of a residential development in Zürich.

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yves Jeanrenaud leads the firm's Geneva practice, winning acclaim for his vast expertise in real estate transactions, leasings and financings. One market commentator observes: "He is well known in the real estate market, with long-standing experience and a solid client base." He advised Akara Funds on the CHF7.7 million sale and purchase agreement for a residential property in Geneva.

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Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Corrado Rampini is an experienced practitioner who continues to impress commentators, who describe him as "a very fine partner." He handles a full range of acquisitions, financings and capital market transactions in the real estate sector. He assisted Swiss Prime Site with its placement of CHF250 million worth of convertible bonds.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Wyss maintains an excellent standing in the market, with one commentator noting that "he is knowledgeable and solution-driven." His acts on real estate, private equity, fund structuring and M&A deals, on behalf of domestic and international clients. He advised Jones Lang LaSalle on its purchase of Meridian Immobilier.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Furrer is well versed in real estate transactions, often advising international companies on M&A, capital markets and private equity deals. He assisted Schroder ImmoPLUS with a CHF130 million acquisition from Rockspring, which concerned a portfolio of three retail properties.

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Band 2

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Francis Nordmann concentrates mostly on real estate transactions and lease agreements, as well as disputes, with clients praising his "quick response" times. He advised RFH & Cie H Bach on the sale of a Hornbach centre in Biel to Swisscanto.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sibylle Schnyder is well regarded for her expertise in real estate transactions, construction matters and hotel contracts, as well as tenancy issues. Sources commend her as "an extremely talented and very nice person." She assisted Swiss Prime Site Immobilien with its purchase of a historical office property in Luzern.

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Band 2

Niederer Kraft Frey

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andreas Vögeli "has an impressive level of understanding of all real estate matters" and is "very sharp and focused on clients' needs," according to one source. He is an established practitioner who handles a high volume of real estate transactions, alongside projects involving former industrial sites. One client comments: "He is pragmatic, fast and able to see the big picture." He advised AFIAA Foundation for International Real Estate Investments on several mandates concerning the sale and purchase of properties in Australia, Germany and the UK.

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Band 3

Cécile Berger Meyer

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Cécile Berger Meyer garners strong praise from clients, who report that "she delivers outstanding legal advice in a very structured manner," while other interviewees say: "She is really dedicated, has excellent market knowledge and inhabits the details in every deal." She leads the firm's Geneva and Lausanne offering, handling real estate transactions and financings, as well as planning and construction issues.

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Band 3

Johannes A Bürgi

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Johannes Bürgi is especially strong on transactional mandates in the real estate market, such as office, retail and hotel developments, often assisting international funds. According to a source, he is "simply one of the best lawyers I have ever come across: thorough, commercial and able to think outside the box to achieve parties' commercial intents within the legal and regulatory framework."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Josef Caleff regularly handles real estate transactions, including in relation to acquisitions and leasings. He assisted SV Group with hotel lease agreements for developments in Lausanne, Berne and Düsseldorf, which required negotiations with Global Hospitality Licensing as well as the property owners.

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Band 3

BianchiSchwald LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yves de Coulon heads the firm's Geneva and Lausanne offerings, with strong expertise in real estate transactions, construction issues, zoning, planning and public procurement. Clients appreciate that he is "gifted" at communicating "in a thorough yet understandable manner."

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Band 3

Roland Hürlimann

Baur Hürlimann

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roland Hürlimann handles real estate litigation and arbitration, with strong expertise in construction law. Also well versed in handling contractual agreements, he is described as "very knowledgeable about construction law aspects" by market sources.

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Band 4

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Zürich-based Beat Kühni focuses on real estate transactions, securitisation deals, zoning issues and construction projects. He advised Eli Lilly on various real estate issues after its acquisition of Novartis's Animal Health business, as well as subsequently assisting with the sale of the portfolio.

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Band 4

Pestalozzi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Michael Lips leads the firm's real estate and environmental law offering, with strong expertise in transactional, leasing and regulatory matters. He is also well versed in public procurement matters, including contentious issues.

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Band 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL)

From the Chambers Europe guide

Wolfgang Müller handles the sale and purchase of real estate assets, especially on behalf of international investors. Clients report that he is "a strategic thinker who is two steps ahead."

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Band 4

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Daniel Peregrina is based in the firm's Geneva office, with market sources reporting that he is a "well respected" lawyer in this sector. He advises on a range of real estate transactions, especially in relation to commercial properties, while also being experienced acting on real estate project developments.

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Band 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Prost is commended by clients for his "receptiveness and responsiveness to our needs, and his pragmatic and no-nonsense approach to understanding and solving legal challenges." Praised by additional sources as "a brilliant real estate lawyer," he handles transactional and contentious real estate matters, as well as construction mandates.

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Band 4

Wenger Plattner

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Wetzel of Wenger Plattner is described by market commentators as "a well-known and respected real estate lawyer," while other sources say he is "very knowledgeable." He has extensive experience of real estate transactions, as well as construction mandates.

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Band 4

LHA

From the Chambers Europe guide

Delphine Zarb of LHA practises real estate law from Geneva, with market commentators reporting that she is "quite knowledgeable." She is also well versed in public procurement, leasing and construction law matters.

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Up and Coming

Christian Eichenberger

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Eichenberger gains client approval for his "very thorough and in-depth knowledge of current real estate law," while additional interviewees describe him as "pragmatic, quick and close to clients' economic targets." He has expertise in planning and construction, as well as rental agreements and real estate transactions.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Samuel Marbacher has a burgeoning reputation in the market, with clients reporting that he "has excellent negotiation skills, is very solution-focused and has deep knowledge." He has a broad range of expertise, including real estate transactions and financing, regulatory issues pertaining to environmental and Lex Koller, as well as rental agreements. He played a key role in advising Colony NorthStar on the divestment of CFI Mountain and CFI Lake, which were the owners of the university campuses of the Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management.

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