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Dr iur Stefan Gerster

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Real Estate & Construction.




Dr Stefan Gerster is a partner in CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd. His practice focuses mainly on real estate law. He is head of our internal practice group real estate. Upon completion of his doctorate studies at the University of Zurich, Stefan Gerster was admitted to the Swiss bar and obtained a "Master of Laws" (LL.M.) from the University of Miami. Stefan Gerster has been with CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd. since 1991, and became a partner in 2001. As one of the first lawyers he has received the title Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law. Stefan Gerster provides advice in real estate transactions, including acquisition, sale and financing. He has profound experience in the areas of portfolio transactions, investments in hotels, shopping and entertainment centres as well as real estate development projects. Chambers Europe states ‘Stefan Gerster heads the firm’s real estate practice; and is highly renowned for his work in transactions. Clients describe him as “very experienced,” saying “he knows the best approach for different problems and has a good feeling for how to deal with complicated issues.”’ Stefan Gerster is lecturing at the CUREM Center for Urban & Real Estate Management and Swiss Banking at the University of Zurich ( since the beginning of the program in 2008. He teaches real estate law, brokering and legal due diligence.


German, English, French.


Zurich Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association, RICS, chamber of specialist lawyers SBA Construction and Real Estate Law, Swiss Circle.


University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland), Licentiate of Laws / University of Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland), Doctor of Laws - 1991 / Bar Admission - 1993 / University of Miami School of Law, Miami (USA), LL.M. - 1997 / Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law - 2007.


Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

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International firm CMS has a strong reputation for competition law, dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, as well as insurance sector, employment law and real estate matters. Prominent practitioners include Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, David Hürlimann, Marquard Christen, Clemens von Zedtwitz, Christian Gersbach, Jodok Wicki and Philipp Dickenmann.

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Stefan Gerster - CMS

Within: Real estate and construction

The real estate team at CMS focuses heavily on transactions, disputes and the development of shopping malls, hotels, retail buildings, offices and residential property. Sibylle Schnyder assisted Swiss Prime Site Immobilien with the share-deal purchase of a mixed-use building in Winterthur, while Stefan Gerster advised Credit Suisse Investment Foundation on the development of Zurich-based Project Pergamin II, including handling the acquisition of land and the construction of the residential complex.

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  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
    - CMS Group

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