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Josef Caleff, LL.M.


Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19

P.O. Box 2201

8021 Zurich

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 9383
F +41 44 215 5200

German, English, French

T +41 44 215 5252
D +41 44 215 9383
F +41 44 215 5200

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.

Practice Areas / Sectors and Industries

Expertise and Experience

  • 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


Professional Experience
Member of the Management Committee of Schellenberg Wittmer
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate in a major law firm in Zurich

Education and Admission
Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law
Bar Admission in New York
Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of California Hastings in San Francisco
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. iur., University of St. Gallen
lic oec., University of St. Gallen

Additional Professional Activities
  • Member of IBA
  • Regular publications in the field of Real Estate


  • Chambers Europe: Real Estate
  • Legal 500
  • Who is Who Legal

„He is responsive, meets our deadlines and is focused on our needs“


Selected Publications

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
Commentary regarding Art. 1 - 111 Swiss Merger Act
in Handkommentar zum Schweizer Privatrecht, Zürich-Basel-Genf 2007
Kaufverträge betreffend Immobiliengesellschaften
in: Mergers & Acquisitions XVIIIS, Hrsg. Rudolf Tschäni, Schulthess, Zürich, 2016
Kommentar zum Fusionsgesetz, 3. Auflage
Handkommentar zum Schweizer Privatrecht, 3. Auflage, Art. 1-111 FusG, hrsg. von Marc Amstutz et al., Zürich 2016