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Switzerland: Construction & Real Estate Analysis 2016

41 leading lawyers are singled out in this practice area

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Corrado Rampini Bär & Karrer, Zurich
Stefan Gerster CMS von Erlach Poncet, Zurich
Sibylle Schnyder CMS von Erlach Poncet, Zurich
Andreas Rötheli Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
Cecile Berger Meyer Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
Thomas Wetzel Wenger Plattner, Zurich
Armin Zucker Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Zurich
Alexander Wyss Baker & McKenzie, Zurich
Yves Jeanrenaud Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva

 Meyerlustenberger Lachenal has a “first-rate” reputation for real estate work, with five names featured from the firm. Armin Zucker is “a living legend” whose diverse practice is “held in high esteem” and clients praise his “great strategic mind”. Wolfgang Müller has an “unsurpassed reputation” and is known to be “very active”. Philippe Prost is a “heavyweight” who is considered a “formidable opponent” by peers. He is an “astute legal thinker” who has vast experience in all matters. Alexander Vogel is a “favourite among clients” who state they “hear only good things” about him. His “personable manner puts clients at ease”. Walter Häberling is a “valuable asset” to clients thanks to his “ ability to get to the heart of the issue”.

At Walder Wyss five leading practitioners are singled out. Francis Nordmann has a “strong grasp of technical details” and “simplifies matters and expresses himself clearly”. Thomas Müller-Tschumi is “great to work with” and peers praise him as being “incredibly effective” on matters of real estate and infrastructure law, such as project development, realisation, commercial leases, real estate transactions and financing. Johannes Bürgi is “in high demand” due to his “relaxed manner” and “sharp intellect”, while the “superb” Marco Strahm has an “easy way of expressing himself” and “makes it look easy”. Nicolas Iynedjian is noted for his “true expertise” in real estate law, and advises Swiss and international clients on acquisition, lease, regulatory and zoning matters, as well as dispute resolution.

Andreas Rötheli at Lenz & Staehelin is described as “one of the leading partners” in Switzerland. He is “very bright and successful” and is a “pleasure to work with” according to peers. Cécile Berger Meyer is “highly personable” and offers “practical solutions” and “excellent knowledge” on a wide variety of matters. Beat Kühni combines a “depth of expertise” in Swiss and European matters and is “very dedicated” to his clients. 

Baker & McKenzie’s Alexander Wyss is described as the “leading figure of the firm” and is particularly noted for his “impressive record” and “exceptional work”. He recently advised on the acquisition of a real estate portfolio with a value exceeding 500 million Swiss francs. He is joined by two colleagues: Daniel Peregrina and Martin Furrer.

At BCCC Avocats, Yves de Coulon is a “first port of call” for many thanks to his “terrific solutions” and “no-nonsense approach”. The “fantastic” Manuel Bianchi della Porta and Mathieu Simona are also featured in for their construction and real estate expertise.

At Schellenberg Wittmer, Yves Jeanrenaud is “efficient” and “cuts to the chase”. Alongside him, Josef Caleff has an “impeccable work ethic” and is “incredibly thorough”. Furthermore, Elliott Geisinger is appreciated for his “commercial insight” and “forensic approach”. 

CMS von Erlach Poncet’s Sibylle Schnyder stands out for her “extraordinary ability” and “rigour under pressure”. The “supremely accomplished” Stefan Gerster provides “practical and solutions-oriented advice” specialising in a broad range of matters.

From Wenger Plattner, Thomas Wetzel is a “heavyweight” who is “quick on his feet” and “always well prepared”.

From Bär & Karrer, Corrado Rampini is a “point of reference” and has “brilliant strategic awareness”.

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