Real estate and construction in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. handles real estate and development project transactions and sector-related capital market matters. Corrado Rampini and Thomas Reutter advised Andermatt Swiss Alps on the sale of a portfolio consisting of 25 properties to real estate joint venture Taurus Andermatt. Other clients include PSP Swiss Property and Porterhouse.

Baker McKenzie

Due to its 'sophisticated knowledge of complex real estate transactions', Baker McKenzie 'enjoys a leading role in the Swiss market'. It has notable expertise in hotel transactions, while also assisting with investment schemes and development projects. In recent work, it handled Mövenpick's sale of its worldwide hotel division to Accor Hotels; the 'excellent, business-minded and hands-on lawyerMartin Furrer led the advice. Samuel Marbacher and Alexander Wyss were instructed by Fundamenta Real Estate to provide legal support concerning its CHF65m capital increase. Of counsel Daniel Peregrina is another key member of the team.

CMS

The real estate team at CMS Von Erlach Poncet AG 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.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin is best known for advising on real estate financing, sale-and-lease-back transactions, commercial leasing, developments, public-sector matters and regulatory law. Subsequent to handling the acquisition, Beat Kühni is assisting Marriott and Ritz-Carlton with the transition and refurbishment of a luxury five-star hotel to be relaunched as "The Ritz Carlton, Hotel de la Paix Geneva". Eli Lilly and Z Capital Partners are among its other clients. Cécile Berger Meyer is the key contact in Geneva. Geneva-based Andreas Rötheli handles transactional real estate matters.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

The 'prompt and proactive' team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) is recommended for its 'high knowledge and experience in contract negotiation'. The range of services includes transactions, development, construction and financing projects, as well as construction and zoning litigation. Allianz Suisse Immobilien instructed Wolfgang Müller to obtain a construction permit and advise on the ongoing "Weltpost Park" project, which involves the construction of 176 apartments in Bern. Key names in Geneva include Philippe Prost, who stands out for his 'acumen and foresight in analysing legal problems and an ability to suggest pertinent solutions', as well as Frédéric Cottier and senior associate Cosima Trabichet-Castan, who are 'very efficient'.



Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG impresses with 'a fast and focused service, no-nonsense advice and a combination of capabilities in construction and real estate transaction law'. The team also handles investment, financing, leasing and management matters regarding commercial, hospitality and residential properties. Andreas Vögeli, who clients single out as a strong 'sparring partner', assisted Credit Suisse with multiple sale transactions concerning residential and mixed-use property in all language regions of Switzerland. Fortimo, Pocimmo, Ruag Real Estate and AXA Investment Managers also feature in the client list.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The 'reactive, available and helpful' real estate practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is known for its international expertise in all aspects of real estate contracts, transactions, construction, environmental law, special rights, owner's liability, financing and dispute resolution. Yves Jeanrenaud, who provides 'accurate and precise' advice, assisted DuPont de Nemours International and Credit Suisse with the due diligence required for the simultaneous disposal of land and building reconstruction in relation to three office buildings constructed on the land. Josef Caleff advised Barana Group on the sale of a large retail building in Lucerne to a Swiss institutional investor via a structured, two-stage auction process.

Walder Wyss Ltd

Walder Wyss Ltd's 'knowledgeable and trustworthy' team 'provides clear and practical advice'. While mainly focusing on real estate transactions, the practice also engages in niche sector-related crowdfunding work. Francis Nordmann assisted Luxembourg company Propz with the $65m sale of a property in Winterthur, while the 'reassuring and pragmaticJohannes Bürgi, together with Thomas Müller, advised the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority on the development and letting of a shopping centre outside Lucerne. Lugano-based Davide Jermini acts as a regular adviser to various divisions of Artisa Group.

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC impresses with its 'suitable knowledge, as well as good relationships with investors, architects, construction specialists and public authorities'. It provides assistance with transactions, construction, leasing, asset management, financing and investment, as well as public-law and Lex Koller matters. Geneva-based Yves de Coulon and Marc Metzger, who specialises in public-sector aspects and healthcare projects, are the main practitioners.

Homburger

The real estate practice at Homburger has 'a very good reputation in the market' due to its 'hands-on approach, flexibility and responsiveness'. Its experience covers transactions, various types of contracts, agreements and permits, dispute resolution, infrastructure projects and financing matters. Recent highlights include handling the structuring and implementation of a mortgage financing platform for UBS Switzerland, as well as assisting Careal and Amag with obtaining a construction permit for the realisation of a public car park in central Switzerland. Key names include Daniel HaslerMarcel DietrichStefan KramerBalz Gross and Gabrielle Nater-Bass.

Pestalozzi

'Accomplished in handling real estate transactions', Pestalozzi 'provides efficient, solution-oriented advice and has an excellent understanding of its clients' industry and needs'. Focusing on a diverse range of industrial, commercial and residential construction projects, the department further assists with portfolio transactions, environmental and public-law topics. The 'exceptional' team of partner Michael Lips and associates Andrea Rohrer and Larissa Rickenbacher are advising luxury hotel The Capra on refurbishment, construction and expansion proceedings with authorities and neighbours. McDonald's is a longstanding client, for which the firm provides leasing and construction advice.

Python

Mainly active in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, the real estate department at Python is considered to be 'very professional, client focused and reliable'. Key areas of expertise include residential and commercial transactions, construction projects, permit procedures and environmental issues, as well as financing, leasing, contractual and contentious matters. Marc Iynedjian, who 'has the capacity to translate the clients' need into contracts', advised Angelo Gordon and Westcore on the sale of an industrial building in Zurich to Akara Funds, and also assisted Realstone with the $130m share-deal purchase of an office building in Geneva. Clients also recommend the 'responsive and thoroughOlivier Klunge and Christophe de Kalbermatten.

VISCHER

VISCHER's practice group combines real estate, development and notarial services, with special expertise in foreign investment projects and urban housing developments. Recent highlights include handling Bâloise's majority shareholding acquisition of real estate company Pax Anlage and advising Biogen International on the acquisition of land and the construction of a biologic manufacturing facility. The team also assists Meininger Hotels with its expansion in Switzerland. Team lead Roland Müller, real estate specialist Andreas Albrecht , corporate partner Benedict Christ  and counsel Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer make up the core team.

BAUR HÜRLIMANN AG

BAUR HÜRLIMANN AG, which has offices in Baden and Zürich, advises on real estate, industrial facilities and infrastructure, and construction project matters and also represents clients in real estate-related proceedings. Specialist areas include environmental and liability issues, and public procurement law. Dispute specialist Roland Hurlimann, transactions lawyer and notary Erich Rüegg, public lawyer Michael Merker and construction expert Martin Werner form the core team.

Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd

Blum & Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd is 'fast, professional, hands-on and team-oriented' and stands out for 'thinking in solutions, not in problems'. In addition to its considerable experience in tenancy law, the practice handles all types of real estate transactions and structuring options, while also assisting with construction projects and disputes. The 'broadly knowledgeable and honestGian Marchet Kasper, who is 'appreciated for his involvement and skin-in-the-game mindset', advised Loreda Real Estate on its acquisition of a real estate portfolio covering five Swiss cantons, and 'competent and accurate tenancy specialist' David Schwaninger assisted WieRe with the termination of 40 lease agreements, involving negotiations and litigation proceedings. Transactions partner Adrian Hirzel is also noted.

BMG Avocats

BMG Avocats handles development projects and proceedings, construction projects and environmental issues, as well as transactions, leasing and tenancy matters. Nicolas Wisard and Isabelle Salomé Daïna are the names to note.

Bratschi Ltd

The private and public real estate law department at Bratschi Ltd is particularly experienced in the hotel sector, and also handles transactions, financing, contractual, planning, zoning, environmental and construction matters, as well as real estate-related disputes. Ion Eglin assists PSP Group Services with its first hotel development projects, and is also advising on the negotiation of a lease agreement for RIMC Schweiz Hotels & Resorts. St. Gallen-based Thomas Schönenberger advises Asga Pensionskasse on transactions and a construction project in Ittigen.

Hartmann Müller Partners

The 'very strong real estate team' at 'high-quality firmHartmann Müller Partners stands out for its 'tailor-made solutions and relationships of trusts with clients' at an international level. It is best known for handling transactions and financing matters, as well as commercial tenancy and private construction law issues, especially in connection with residential projects. 'Highly specialised and thorough contracts lawyerMarkus Aeschbacher provides 'a flexible and diverse range of solutions in order to meet special needs' and 'resolves disputes pragmatically and efficiently'.

LALIVE

LALIVE's specialism in real estate, construction and infrastructure law is dispute resolution, with the majority of clients stemming from the Middle East, Switzerland, Eastern Europe and Canada. Key partners active in the energy, construction and engineering sectors include Michael E SchneiderMatthias Scherer, Dr Bernd Ehle and Joachim Knoll.

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC

Handling transactions, finance matters, environmental issues and development projects, the real estate team at Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC assists developers, real estate companies, investors, architects and private clients located in Switzerland and France. Joël Chevallaz settled a contractual dispute and payment claims against a contractor for client Heka Constructeur d'Emotions, while Pierre Rüttimann advises Realswiss on the development of a residential portfolio in Switzerland, involving the creation and stock-exchange listing of a $100m real estate investment fund.

Wenger Plattner

Assisting real estate and construction management companies, investors, pension funds, building owners, public clients and individuals, the eight-partner team at Wenger Plattner handles private and public construction law, transactions, tenancy and facility management matters. Practice lead Thomas Wetzel, transactions and tenancy lawyer Placidus Plattner and public-law specialist Gaudenz Schwitter are among the key practitioners.