Dr Michael Lips > Pestalozzi > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Real estate and construction, environment, public procurement, corporate.


Michael Lips is partner and head of Pestalozzi’s Real Estate and Environment practice. He has long-standing experience in real estate, environmental and public procurement law. For years, he has been working exclusively in this field, handling numerous transactions, contracts, public procurement and regulatory matters. He frequently represents clients before Swiss courts.


University of Zurich (lic.iur., 1997; Dr. iur., 2003). Bar admission (2001). University of Virginia, School of Law (LL.M., 2004), Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Construction and Real Estate Law Fribourg University (2016). Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law (2017). Joined Pestalozzi (2002). Partner at Pestalozzi (2010). Head of Pestalozzi real estate and environment practice group.


German, English, French.


Swiss and Zurich Bar Association, Swiss Advocates‘ Chamber of Certified Specialists SBA Construction and Real Estate Law

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Pestalozzi has solid expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, tax, real estate and intellectual property. Well-known partners include Urs Klöti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction

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.