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

Walder Wyss Ltd.
PO BOX 1236

Work Department

Real Estate and Structured Finance




Johannes A. Bürgi advises clients on matters involving real estate, structured finance/securitisation, restructuring, and debt capital markets. Johannes is ranked as a top practitioner by international directories such as Chambers, PLC and ILO that describe him being ‘a great tactician’. He is increasingly involved in complex restructuring, insolvency and workout situations.

In finance, Johannes for instance advised Goldman Sachs on the establishment of a new Swiss residential mortgage business platform. He also advised on virtually all public and private auto-leasing and credit card asset-backed securitisations as well as covered bond / RMBS projects in Switzerland. Johannes is Swiss winner of the ILO Client Choice Award for Securitisation and Structured Finance.

In real estate, Johannes advised the buyer 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 the acquisition, development and operation of one of the biggest shopping malls in Switzerland, and another Middle-Eastern sovereign wealth fund on its acquisition of a portfolio of hotel properties in Switzerland.

He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Executive Board of Walder Wyss Ltd. from 2013-2021.


He is fluent in German, English and French.


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


Johannes was educated at Lausanne and Berne universities (state exam, 1998; Dr. iur., 2001, summa cum laude) and at Stanford Law School, U.S.A. (LL.M. in Corporate Governance and Practice, 2003).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Real estate and construction

Walder Wyss Ltd. has a strong track record of advising on large-scale transactions, in particular for institutional investors on the buy-side. The ‘professional, proactive and solution-orientated‘ team also handles real estate disputes for a variety of clients and advises on corporate real estate matters and urban development projects. ‘Practical and knowledgable lawyerFrancis Nordmann and the ‘very commercially mindedJohannes Bürgi and Marco Strahm head the practice, all specialised in transactions with experience in acting for international institutional investors, wealth funds and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Katja Schott-Morgenroth acts for private as well as institutional clients on all real estate matters. ‘Valuable partnerDavide Jermini is the key contact in the Lugano office. Christian Eichenberger is another name to note.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich

Walder Wyss Ltd. offers advice on all banking and finance matters, including regulatory, investigations, funds, finance, fintech as well as transactions in the financial industry. The ‘highly skilled’ and ‘very helpful’ team is headed by Theodor Härtsch and ‘highly respected finance partnerLukas Wyss and includes key contacts Luc Defferrard, Markus Pfenninger, Johannes Bürgi, Ramona Wyss and Roger Ammann. The practice is well known for its advice on large scale international lending transactions, including advising private equity investors on leveraged finance transactions, as well as finance transactions, such as synthetic transactions, covered bond transactions and other securitisations.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Walder Wyss Ltd. has a strong reputation for advice on M&A and capital markets transactions as well as public tender offers and restructurings. Transactions are ably covered by Luc Defferrard, Markus Pfenninger, Alex Nikitine and Urs Gnos. Markus Frick, Philippe Nordmann, Hans Rudolf Trüeb, David Vasella, Reto Jacobs and Johannes Bürgi are other key practitioners. Michael Isler, Irène Suter-Sieber and Reto Vonzun are also noted.