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Real Estate Law

Cutting-edge Advice from Real Experts

Our Real Estate Group is one of the most specialized real estate practices in Switzerland. Its members boast an in-depth understanding of, and broad experience in, their respective specializations. We are therefore poised to provide our clients with cutting-edge, yet comprehensive advice in all types of real estate matters in Switzerland in the real estate sector, even on short notice.

„very responsive, meets dead-lines and provides service that is focused to the client’s needs’“

Legal 500

Contact

Yves Jeanrenaud
Partner Geneva
Josef Caleff
Partner Zurich
Partners
Josef Caleff
Partner Zurich
Caroline Clemetson
Partner Zurich / Geneva
Yves Jeanrenaud
Partner Geneva
Full Team
Josef Caleff
Partner Zurich
Caroline Clemetson
Partner Zurich / Geneva
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

Expertise

We act as counsel in the following non-contentious matters:

  • Sale and purchase of commercial buildings (i.e. office, industrial and retail buildings, shopping centers, hotels and resorts);
  • Sale and purchase of residential properties;
  • Sale and purchase of development sites;
  • Sale and purchase of real estate portfolios;
  • Sale and leaseback transactions;
  • Real estate acquisitions by way of share-purchase transactions;
  • Advising bidders at public and private auctions;
  • Negotiating and drafting of strategic commercial and retail leases;
  • Advising buyers and banks on financing of real estate transactions.

Our Real Estate Group assists our clients in performing the due diligence review and in drafting, negotiating, implementing and enforcing all types of real estate contracts. We advise on real estate related matters such as construction, environmental law aspects, tax and administrative matters, special rights and encumbrances on properties, and real estate owner’s liability. We have extensive experience throughout the Swiss real estate sector in both the commercial and the residential property markets.


We represent clients in contentious matters such as:

  • Adjudication, conciliation and mediation proceedings pertaining to post-closing disputes;
  • Litigation of post-closing disputes;
  • Litigation and arbitration of lease disputes;
  • Litigation of statutory liens disputes;
  • Litigation and arbitration of disputes relating to total work contracts, general work contracts and architect agreements.

Our experience includes:

  • Counsel to the Parker Hannifin group for the sale of its industrial contaminated site in Carouge, Geneva to Bricks Invest SA, on which a major residential and office development is planned in the area of Praille Acacias Vernet;
  • Counsel to Rockspring Property Investment Managers for the legal and tax due diligence, as well as for the negotiation, drafting and signing of a SPA concerning 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 a large international oil trading group in the negotiation, drafting and signing of a complex commercial lease concerning more than 3’000 sqm of office premises in the CBD of Geneva (and 50 parking spaces in the basement of the building) to be used for the new headquarters of the client in Geneva;
  • Counsel to Foncia Group, a European leader in residential property management in the negotiation, drafting and signing of a sale and purchase agreement concerning all shares of Groupe MK, a real estate services company principally active in the canton of Vaud. We additionally advised Foncia Group in the negotiation, drafting and signing of a sale and purchase agreement concerning all the shares of Brolliet Holding SA and Brolliet SA, one of the oldest and most important real estate groups in Geneva;
  • Assistance to a private owner of a mixed use property situated in Geneva to terminate the lease agreement of tenants who were proposing to rent the apartment 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 for 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 in Hotel Beaulac in Neuchatel;
  • Advice to the owners of an office and retail property located on Rue Du Rhone in Geneva for the negotiation and signing of a complex retail lease with Activ Fitness AG – for a new high-class fitness and wellness center.

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 www.gettingthedealthrough.com.
 
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"