Switzerland: Construction & Real Estate 2018

Forty-eight lawyers are recommended this year for their expertise in construction and real estate matters in the Swiss market. This includes both commercial and residential construction across numerous industry sectors including retail, healthcare and energy and mining.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Corrado Rampini Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich
2. Sibylle Schnyder CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd, Zurich
3. Andreas Rötheli Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
4. Michael E Schneider Lalive, Geneva
5. Andreas F Vögeli Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd, Zurich
6. Roland Hürlimann Baur Hürlimann AG, Zurich
7. Alexander Wyss Baker McKenzie Zurich, Zurich

Leading Swiss firm WALDER WYSS sees five practitioners recommended in the field of construction and real estate.
Thomas Müller-Tschumi is a well-respected figure in the Swiss market. He receives praise for his work on real estate and infrastructure law in both the public and private sector, including PPP-related matters.
Francis Nordmann is “well known in Zurich for real estate matters” where he is considered a go-to name on investment and financing.
Johannes Bürgi is a highly rated real estate finance lawyer, with deep experience in secured and unsecured lending, alternative risk transfer and structured finance.

MEYERLUSTENBERGER LACHENAL is regarded as a top firm in the Swiss market and achieves five listings in this chapter.
Wolfgang Müller stands out for his work in real estate capital markets and is recognised for his particular expertise in relation to Swiss real estate funds.
Alexander Vogel is well regarded for his corporate finance expertise which he deploys in complex real estate matters requiring specialist knowledge in such areas.
Philippe Prost is “a definite inclusion” and a well-known real estate specialist in the Geneva market, according to sources who note he is highly experienced in contract and tenancy law.

Four leading lights are recognised at LALIVE.
“Standout” practitioner and founding partner Michael Schneider is a veteran of construction arbitration recognised for his exceptional work both under Swiss and other international rules.
Matthias Scherer is highly respected for his international disputes work and his invaluable experience handling construction arbitration and commercial contract disputes.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER sees four practitioners recommended this year.
Nathalie Voser is an esteemed name in Swiss construction arbitration where she has deep experience in complex cross-border disputes concerning contractual and procedural issues. She is also well known for her work on civil projects.
Yves Jeanrenaud is an experienced practitioner in construction and real estate matters and is described as “definitely one of the leading figures” in the market. One respondent says, “Yves is a great lawyer who is highly experienced in transactions.”

BAKER MCKENZIE, described as “heavyweights in Swiss real estate transactions”, sees three partners listed.
Alexander Wyss is an industry specialist in the Swiss market. He advises both domestic and international clients and is well known for his expertise in real estate-related corporate matters.
Daniel Peregrina receives praise from colleagues for his work in construction and real estate disputes and is well regarded in the Geneva market. One peer notes, “I would undoubtedly recommend Daniel in real estate matters.”
Martin Furrer has an international practice with a strong focus on real estate and corporate transactions, where he has a stellar reputation as an adviser to international clients in the space.

BÄR & KARRER achieves two listings in this chapter.
Corrado Rampini is a highly regarded name in real estate transactions who is praised for his leading corporate expertise and his vast experience handling large-scale portfolio transactions.
Eric Stupp is a key adviser to financial institutions on cross-border matters and is a widely respected name in construction and real estate transactions.

CMS VON ERLACH PONCET sees two practitioners listed here.
Sibylle Schnyder is a highly respected real estate lawyer who is well known for her expertise in acquisitions and divestments and is also recommended for her work in construction projects. One respondent says, “Sibylle is among the best real estate lawyers in Switzerland.”
Stefan Gerster regularly acts on behalf of Swiss and international real estate investors and is recognised for his “specialist focus on real estate and construction law”.

LENZ & STAEHELIN sees two leading lawyers recognised.                                
Standout practitioner Andreas Rötheli is very well known in the market as one of Switzerland’s leading M&A experts and a guru on real estate transactions. He advises on both domestic and international transactions.
Cécile Berger Meyer is “a well-known construction and real estate lawyer” who is respected for her expertise in the field. She frequently advises on sector-related purchases, sales and structuring and finance matters.

BIANCHISCHWALD achieves two listings this year.
Yves de Coulon is “a great lawyer” who draws praise for his work in real estate and construction matters, particularly when it comes to transactions, leases and asset management.
Manuel Bianchi della Porta is a well-respected transactions lawyer recognised for his excellent work acting for entrepreneurs and commercial entities in M&A, partnerships and strategic management matters.

Two lawyers are recognised at SCHERLER + SIEGENTHALER RECHTSANWÄLTE.
Thomas Siegenthaler has a great reputation in the industry for his work in construction and real estate law and is a widely recognised name across the Swiss market.
Stefan Scherler draws praise from peers for his long-standing market experience and specialist expertise in both construction and real estate law.

Real estate law boutique REETZ SOHM RECHTSANWÄLTE sees two individuals recognised.
Peter Reetz is a go-to name on real estate litigation and construction matters. He is highly respected within the industry for his extensive knowledge of civil procedure law.
Martin Sohm is also highly esteemed as one of the best lawyers in the Swiss market on both real estate and construction law.

At BAUR HÜRLIMANN founder Roland Hürlimann is a well-known and well-respected figure in construction disputes and arbitration proceedings. He is a senior figure who “stands out for his advisory work”, particularly in domestic construction projects.

NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY’s Andreas Vögeli is recognised for his “very profound know-how on real estate matters”. He is highly experienced in complex transactions with a particular emphasis on development projects and wins praise for his “great legal knowledge with regard to structuring investment vehicles and executing transactions”.

Thomas Wetzel of WENGER PLATTNER boasts deep experience of real estate law across both the public and private sectors, where he regularly handles significant portfolios.

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