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Switzerland: Construction & Real Estate 2017

This chapter identifies 43 individuals with proven expertise in representing a range of clients including owners, contractors and subcontractors in both contentious and non-contentious work in Switzerland and abroad. Below we highlight the most highly regarded individuals. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Corrado Rampini Bär & Karrer, Zurich
2. Sibylle Schnyder CMS von Erlach Poncet, Zurich
3. Stefan Gerster CMS von Erlach Poncet, Zurich
4. Andreas Rötheli Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
5. Michael Schneider Lalive, Geneva

WALDER WYSS leads the way in our research with an impressive five practitioners identified. The firm has one of the largest real estate teams in Switzerland, and is a known specialist in handling complex real estate transactions.
The “fantastic” Francis Nordmann is a leading real estate specialist known for his comprehensive practice. He advises institutional and private investors, as well as owners, on a wide range of matters in the sector, including real estate financing.
Thomas Müller-Tschumi is recognised for his proficient real estate practice that sees him advise Swiss and international corporate and public sector clients in all aspects of real estate and infrastructure law.
According to respondents, Johannes Bürgi is “very active in the field” and a “top choice for banking clients on very large finance transactions”.

Three notable firms achieve four listings in this chapter. SCHELLENBERG WITTMER is a notable presence in the Swiss market and is known for providing top-tier assistance to clients in both contentious and non-contentious real estate matters.
In Geneva, real estate practice head Yves Jeanrenaud is a big name in the market known for his “impressive” practice covering property law, real estate investments, domestic and international transactions, and financing, among other areas.
Zurich-based Josef Caleff co-heads the firm’s real estate team and is praised for his proficiency in transactions.

MEYERLUSTENBERGER LACHENAL has a broad-based practice, providing expertise relating to the purchase and sale of real estate portfolios, real estate holding structures, tender procedures, contractor and rental agreements.
Wolfgang Müller is a well-known player in the Swiss market with extensive experience handling high-profile real estate transactions.
Corporate finance practice head Alexander Vogel is “one of Switzerland’s premier lawyers”. His impressive practice focuses on a wide range of real estate and rental law matters.

LALIVE frequently counsels international clients on large complex transactions concerning a wide variety of construction, infrastructure and real estate projects, as well as international disputes.
Matthias Scherer specialises in international construction dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration. According to peers, “He is extremely knowledgeable and well respected.”
Michael Schneider is widely endorsed by clients and peers for his “eminent disputes practice”. He has over 40 years’ experience handling disputes involving states and corporations in construction, industrial engineering and infrastructure projects.

BAKER MCKENZIE boasts a standout construction and real estate practice.
In Zurich, real estate transaction practice group co-chair Alexander Wyss is a prominent figure with a strong reputation in the market. He regularly appears on many large sale and leaseback transactions and is particularly proficient advising clients in the hotel industry and healthcare sector.
Martin Furrer and Daniel Peregrina also receive recognition for their standout real estate practices.

CMS VON ERLACH PONCET is home to a real estate team with a strong track record in high-profile transactions. The team advises a broad range of clients, including pension funds, institutional investors and publicly listed real estate companies.
Practice head Stefan Gerster emerges as one of the foremost real estate lawyers in the country. Interviewees consider him “a top lawyer” whose legal advice cuts right to the point”.
Sibylle Schnyder draws widespread praise from market commentators thanks to her comprehensive, market-leading practice. According to one client, “She brings broad expertise in real estate law, possesses good business acumen and is solution-oriented.”

BCCC AVOCATS boasts a respected domestic practice across its offices in Geneva and Lausanne. The firm’s teams advise on a wide range of matters including construction, environmental and tax issues.
Head of department Yves de Coulon is a notable real estate specialist with a broad-ranging practice. He has specific experience relating to the hotel and restaurant industry, and is known for his “personable manner”.
Managing partner Manuel Bianchi della Porta is also recognised in the following pages for his longstanding transactional expertise.

LENZ & STAEHELIN’s real estate team offers a wide range of clients a comprehensive service, advising on transactions, sale and lease agreements, financings and development projects.
Geneva’s Cécile Berger Meyer leads the firm’s real estate practice and is considered “a prominent real estate specialist” by market commentators. Her practice includes advising both private and institutional clients on civil and administrative real estate legal matters.
Corporate practice head Andreas Rötheli is “a well-known lawyer” and “respected figure in the Geneva real estate market”. He regularly advises on domestic and cross-border real estate transactions.

BÄR & KARRER’s Corrado Rampini leads the firm’s real estate practice and is described as “one of the best-known lawyers in this field” by respondents. He regularly leads on some of the firm’s largest transactional mandates and boasts an enviable list of clients.

At BAUR HÜRLIMANN, name partner Roland Hürlimann stands out in the market for his construction expertise. He specialises in domestic and international litigation and arbitration relating to the construction sector, and also regularly advises on construction contracts.

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