Johannes Bürgi, partner with Walder Wyss since 2005, advises clients on matters involving real estate, finance, structured finance, restructuring, and capital markets.
In real estate, Johannes advised a large sovereign wealth fund on an important investment in a real estate development in Switzerland and a UK based international banking institution on the restructuring of various large real estate financings in Switzerland. He also advised the 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 and an international commercial bank on a large development financing of hotel residences in Switzerland. Other work highlights include acting on behalf of a consortium of lenders with respect to the rescue operation of a major German Pfandbriefbank, acting on behalf of UBS AG with respect to its novel covered bond program backed by Swiss residential mortgages, acting on the first public private partnership financing transaction in Switzerland, acting on behalf of Apollo International in its trade receivables factoring and inventory based financing to fund Apollo's acquisition of Rio Tinto's Alcan business as well as acting on a large restructuring transaction with respect to a pan-European hotel financing.
Who's Who Legal says: Johannes Bürgi is "in high demand" due to his "relaxed manner" and "sharp intellect". Chambers Global praises his "strong client skills and pragmatic approach," his "excellent strategic oversight" and his "wealth of experience."
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 secondee to UBS Investment Bank in Zurich. He is fluent in German, English and French; he is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.
With approximately 150 lawyers, Walder Wyss is one of the largest Swiss law firms, with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano. It offers a full range of services for the business community in Switzerland, as well as public, private and international clients. Its practice teams handle business transactions, banking and finance matters, taxes, arbitration and litigation as well as IP/IT and competition matters.