Johannes A. Bürgi


Walder Wyss
Seefeldstrasse 123
P.O. Box 8034, Zurich

Tel: +41 58 658 55 59
Fax: +41 58 658 59 59


Johannes Bürgi, partner with Walder Wyss since 2005, 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.

In real estate, Johannes advised 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.

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). He has working experience as a District Court law clerk, trainee at a Berne law firm, research assistant at the University of Berne and seconded to UBS Investment Bank in Zurich. 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 the winner for Switzerland of the ILO Client Choice Award for securitisation and structured finance. He is fluent in German, English and French; he is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Walder Wyss has specialised and established itself in the real estate sector over the course of many years. Our experienced and well known Real Estate team, consisting of numerous lawyers and tax experts, is one of the largest in Switzerland. This enables us to execute highly complex real estate transactions efficiently and with an integrated perspective.

Working with our clients, we develop solutions that generate added value and are executed with interdisciplinary project teams where necessary. We advise institutional and private investors in all legal and tax aspects of the real estate market.

Our key areas of activity are:

  • Purchase and sale of properties, property portfolios and real estate companies
  • Development and construction projects
  • Property financing
  • Public private partnerships (PPPs)
  • Securitisations
  • Planning tax structures
  • Lex Koller rulings
  • Rental contracts
  • Environmental law issues
  • Representing clients before all state courts, arbitral tribunals, and administrative authorities
Walder Wyss is one of the leading law firms in Switzerland. Our clients include international corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, public companies, and family-owned companies, as well as public-law entities and individuals.

The Walder Wyss legal team includes more than 150 lawyers and tax experts, all of whom are highly qualified multilingual professionals with international experience. The team is also supported by around 70 employees working in support functions.

Walder Wyss began early to specialise in selected commercial sectors and we are now known for our profound knowledge of our clients’ specific businesses. Walder Wyss is active in national and international professional organisations and maintains established business relationships with partner law firms in other countries.

Walder Wyss was established in 1972 in Zurich and has grown steadily since inception. Walder Wyss has also offices in Berne since 2009, in Lugano since 2013, in Basel since 2014, and in Geneva and Lausanne since 2016.

“Johannes Bürgi is a renowned figure in real estate financing and securitisation. He advised the Blackstone Group on the Swiss portion of its acquisition of assets from GE Capital. Clients say he is “very responsive, and works in a timely manner.”
Chambers & Partners, 2017