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Real Estate 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Josef Caleff comes "highly recommended" by peers in the Swiss real estate market. He is well versed in real estate transactions, financing, construction and commercial lease matters.

Biography

Josef Caleff (MRICS) heads Schellenberg Wittmer's real estate group in Zurich. Josef is also a partner in the construction group as well as the corporate/mergers and acquisitions group. He is a member of the firm's management committee. Josef advises clients in all types of corporate and M&A transactions, and has specialised expertise in real estate transactions.

Some recent examples of Josef's expertise in construction and real estate include: counsel to SV Group AG in the conclusion of several long-term lease agreements for hotel projects in Germany and Switzerland involving complex negotiations with the property owners and the franchisor Global Hospitality Licensing Sarl (Marriott) and counsel to Bouygues Construction in the acquisition of the engineering business of Alpiq for 800 million Swiss francs.

Josef graduated from the University of St Gallen with a Master of Economics in 1996 and of Law in 1999. He was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2002 and completed a master of laws (LLM) at UC Hastings in San Francisco in 2004. In 2006, he was admitted to the New York Bar. He became a certified specialist with the SBA in construction and real estate law in 2013 and was elected as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2018.

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Josef Caleff is recommended by interviewees as “a very experienced, diligent and committed real estate lawyer” whose experience lies in real estate transactions, financing and various leasing matters.

Biography

Josef Caleff (MRICS) heads Schellenberg Wittmer's real estate group in Zurich. Josef is also a partner in the construction group as well as the corporate/mergers and acquisitions group. He is a member of the firm's management committee. Josef advises clients in all types of corporate and M&A transactions, and has specialised expertise in real estate transactions.

Some recent examples of Josef's expertise in construction and real estate include: counsel to to SV Group AG in the conclusion of several long-term lease agreements for hotel projects in Germany and Switzerland involving complex negotiations with the property owners and the franchisor Global Hospitality Licensing Sarl (Marriott) and counsel to Bouygues Construction in the acquisition of the engineering business of Alpiq for CHF 800m.

Josef graduated from the University of St Gallen with a Master of Economics in 1996 and in Law in 1999. He was admitted to the Swiss Bar in 2002 and completed a master of laws (LLM) at UC Hastings in San Francisco in 2004. In 2006, he was admitted to the New York Bar. He became a certified specialist with the SBA in construction and real estate law in 2013 and was elected as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2018.

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