Mr Josef Caleff, LL.M., MRICS > Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19
P.O. Box 2201
8021 Zurich

Work Department

Zurich / Real Estate Law / Construction / Mergers & Acquisitions / Corporate and Commercial / Private Equity and Venture Capital / Hotels and Leisure / Real Estate Industry


Josef Caleff heads Schellenberg Wittmer’s Real Estate Group in Zurich and is a partner in the Construction Group as well as the Mergers & Acquisitions Group. 


  • He possesses special expertise in real estate transactions, in particular sale and purchase of single properties and portfolios, real estate financing, construction and commercial leases
  • Advising clients in all types of corporate and M&A transactions
  • Counsel of Dolce & Gabbana in the negotiation of a long-term high-end lease agreement at a prime location on Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich
  • Counsel of the Barana Group in the sale of an office building in Zurich for CHF 128m to the city of Zurich


2014 – Member of the Management Committee of Schellenberg Wittmer

2011 – Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer

2004 – Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer

2001-2003 – Associate in a Zurich law firm


  • German
  • English
  • French


  • Member of IBA
  • Member of RICS


2018 – MRICS

2013 – Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law

2006 – Bar Admission in New York

2004 – LL.M., University of California, Hastings College of the Law

2002 – Bar Admission in Switzerland

1999 – lic. iur. HSG, University of St. Gallen

1996 – lic. oec. HSG, University of St. Gallen

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on all aspects of business law with particular experience in banking and finance, capital markets and corporate and M&A matters with further expertise in dispute resolution, where Peter Burckhardt, Christopher Boog and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are active. Philippe Borens, Lorenzo Olgiati, Oliver Triebold, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and David Mamane are the key names for IP and competition law matters. Other names to note include Pascal Hubli, Josef Caleff, Anya George, Anna Kozmenko, Olivier Favre and Andrea Dorjee-Good.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises clients on the drafting, negotiating, implementing and enforcing of all types of real estate contracts as well as on real estate-related matters, including environmental law, tax and administrative matters. The ‘very well organised and efficient‘ team further represents clients in contentious matters, such as post-closing, lease and construction disputes. Practice heads Yves Jeanrenaud and ‘hard-working and successfulJosef Caleff specialise in real estate investments and transactions, including sale and lease back transactions, share and asset deals, as well as commercial leases and general contracts. Elliott Geisinger  and Christopher Boog are the names to note for construction litigation and arbitration. Head of the Zurich construction team Katherine Bell made partner in 2021.