Dr iur Johannes Buergi > Walder Wyss Ltd. > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Walder Wyss Ltd.
SEEFELDSTRASSE 123
PO BOX 1236
8034 ZURICH
Switzerland

Work Department

Real Estate and Structured Finance.

Position

Johannes Bürgi is a partner at Walder Wyss since 2005. He advises clients on matters involving real estate, finance, structured finance, restructuring, and capital markets (including debt and equity offerings and initial public offerings). In finance, he focuses on secured and unsecured lending, structured finance transactions including securitisation, alternative risk transfer, RMBS, CMBS, covered bonds, factoring, project finance and asset finance including complex real estate financings and PPP financings. Johannes Bürgi advised on virtually all public and private auto-leasing and credit card asset-backed securitisations in Switzerland including GE Money Bank, Cembra, AMAG Leasing, Swisscard/Credit Suisse and a number of conduit transactions for Swiss auto-lease captives. In real estate, Johannes Bürgi advised Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) in its 1 billion Swiss franc landmark acquisition of the Uetlihof office complex in Zurich from Credit Suisse AG in a sale-leaseback transaction, Blackstone Group with respect to the Swiss part of the acquisition of assets of GE Capital Real Estate in a transaction valued at US$ 23 billion globally, a Middle-Eastern sovereign wealth fund on its acquisition of a portfolio of hotel properties in Switzerland.

Career

Johannes Bürgi has working experience as a District Court law clerk, trainee at a Berne law firm, research assistant at the University of Berne and secondee to UBS Investment Bank in Zurich. Johannes Bürgi is ranked as a top practitioner by international directories such as Chambers, PLC and ILO that describe him being “a great tactician”. He is winner for Switzerland of the ILO Client Choice Award for securitisation and structured finance.

Languages

He is fluent in German, English and French.

Memberships

He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Education

Born in 1972, Johannes Bürgi was educated at Lausanne and Berne universities (state exam, 1998; Dr. iur., 2001, summa cum laude) and at Stanford Law School (LLM in corporate governance and practice, 2003).

Leisure

Travelling, reading.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Walder Wyss Ltd. is noted for its strong track record in M&A and capital markets transactions, public tender offers and restructurings. Here, prominent practitioners include Urs GnosAlexander NikitineMarkus PfenningerLuc Defferrard and Johannes Bürgi. The firm’s offering also includes support in employment, tax, competition and IP matters. Markus FrickPhilippe NordmannHans Rudolf Trüeb and Reto Jacobs are other names to note.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction

Walder Wyss Ltd.‘s client roster includes publicly listed companies, funds and high-net-worth individuals (HNWI). The team is noted for its wealth of experience in real estate transactions, in which it often acts on the buyer side. Furthermore, the team’s offering includes representation in related disputes as well as notarial services in the Basel, Bern and Lugano offices. Francis Nordmann and Johannes Bürgi know real estate finance matters well; they lead the practice jointly with Marco Strahm who is based in Bern. Christian Eichenberger made partner in early 2020 and advises on leases. Davide Jermini is the key contact in the Lugano region.

Switzerland > Capital markets

The practitioners at Walder Wyss Ltd. are noted for their proficiency in the full range of capital markets matters. The team has considerable knowledge of securitisation transactions, mortgage loan programmes, IPOs and regulatory topics and the group’s client portfolio includes Swiss and foreign companies and banks. Theodor Härtsch, who heads the practice, has extensive experience in rights issues and public M&A. Lukas Wyss adds banking and finance expertise to the team, and Urs Schenker covers public takeovers. Other key names are Johannes BürgiAlexander Nikitine and Ramona Wyss.