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Real Estate Industry

Cutting-edge Advice from Real Experts

The real estate sector is one of the major sectors in Switzerland and one of the key investment asset classes for private and institutional investors. The real estate sector is very heterogeneous and comprises developing, financing, constructing, selling, leasing and management of properties. The properties include infrastructure, facilities, office, retail and residential real estate, logistics and public premises. The sector is subject to substantial economic cycles which have a major impact on the activities. Our real estate sector team covers the entire range of the sector from construction law, real estate, tax, administrative to environmental law.

„team who thinks in an entrepreneurial, proactive way.“

Who's Who Legal


Yves Jeanrenaud
Partner Geneva
Josef Caleff
Partner Zurich
Josef Caleff
Partner Zurich
Yves Jeanrenaud
Partner Geneva
Full Team
Josef Caleff
Partner Zurich
Yves Jeanrenaud
Partner Geneva
Dr. Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer
Of Counsel Zurich
Prof. Dr. Bénédict Foëx
Of Counsel Geneva
Amanda Burnand Sulmoni
Associate Geneva
Marcel Jakob
Associate Zurich
Mélisande Léna Nussbaum
Associate Geneva
Mirjam Schneider
Associate Zurich
Gregory Strohmeier
Associate Geneva


For our expertise in the real estate sector, please see our real estate practice group and our construction practice group.

Our experience includes:

  • Counsel to Rockspring Property Investment Managers in the legal and tax due diligence, as well as for the negotiation, drafting and signing of a SPA for the entire share capital of a Swiss company owning land in the Canton of Geneva, on which the construction of a major industrial development was authorized;
  • Counsel to Foncia Group France in the negotiation, drafting and signing of a SPA concerning all shares of Groupe MK in French speaking Switzerland real estate market;
  • Assistance to GSG Immobilier SA in the legal due diligence and the structuring of the purchase of office premises in a building situated near Geneva airport;
  • Assistance to a private owner of a property situated in Geneva to terminate the lease agreement with tenants who were proposing to rent the apartment legally on Air bnb. We then negotiated the sale of the building to a Swiss fund in the course of a private bidding process;
  • Advise to Barana Group in the sale of the landmark building "Airgate" in a multi-tier auction process to the city of Zurich. We advised on all structural, legal and tax aspects;
  • Counsel to SV Group AG on the conclusion of four long-term lease agreements for hotel projects in multiple German cities. This involved complex negotiation with the property owners and the franchisor;
  • Advice to Celgene group in the mixed real estate and asset acquisition of a strategically important leasehold property including installations and equipment at the Siegfried pharmapark;
  • Counsel to Aerium group in the sale of a food industrial building in Winterthur;
  • Counsel to Foncia Groupe France and Foncia Groupe Switzerland in the negotiation, drafting and signing of a sale and purchase agreement concerning all the shares of Brolliet Holding SA and Brolliet SA in Geneva, one of the oldest and most important real estate groups in Geneva;
  • Counsel to Hôtel Beaulac SA/AIC Holding Sàrl in the negotiating and signing of the architect agreement, interior design agreement, work contracts as well as the loan agreement for the construction of a landmark rooftop bar and lounge.

Deals & Cases

SIX Group carves-out European cards business into strategic partnership with Worldline

Bouygues Construction acquires Alpiq Engineering Services for CHF 850 million

Awards and Recognitions

The group and leading practitioners are highly recognized amongst leading law firms across international directories and publications:

  • Chambers Europe in Real Estate
  • Legal 500 in Real Estate & Construction
  • WWL Switzerland and across WWL Construction international guides

Selected Publications

Kaufverträge betreffend Immobiliengesellschaften
in: Mergers & Acquisitions XVIIIS, Hrsg. Rudolf Tschäni, Schulthess, Zürich, 2016
Getting the Deal Through 2016, Real Estate (Switzerland chapter)
Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through: Real Estate 2016, (published in November 2015; contributing editor: Joseph Philip Forte, DLA Piper LLP) For further information please visit
ICLG, Real Estate Law 2015 (Switzerland chapter)
London, February 2015 "This article appeared in the 2015 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Real Estate; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London"