Profile

Senior Associate and “excellent real estate lawyer” (The Legal 500 2022) Oliver Zbinden specialises in real estate and construction law. As a Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law, his expertise covers the entire life cycle of real estate. He advises and represents domestic and international investors, financial institutions, companies and private clients on all aspects of real estate and construction law, particularly real estate transactions, tenancy law, private construction law, public construction and zoning law, environmental law and Lex Koller issues. Oliver Zbinden has repeatedly been recognised by The Legal 500 as a “rising star” in real estate and construction in Switzerland.

Deals & Cases

13.05.2024
Fresenius sells a majority stake in Vamed’s rehabilitation business
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20.11.2023
Andermatt Swiss Alps AG closes CHF 125m credit facility
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30.08.2023
IDAK Food Group acquires Romer’s Hausbäckerei AG
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Experience

Highlights:

  • Legal counsel to Rhystadt AG (former Central Real Estate Basel AG), a consortium of institutional investors supported by Nova Property Fund Management AG, Mettler2Invest AG and Credit Suisse Asset Management (Switzerland) AG, on the acquisition of 160,000 sqm within the Klybeck site in Basel, one of the largest development areas in Switzerland, from Novartis Pharma AG 2019
  • Legal counsel to Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank in the sale of a portfolio containing three commercial properties in Reinach (BL), Volketswil (ZH) and Steinhausen (ZG) as well as in the sale of a commercial property in Buchs (SG)
  • Legal counsel to Fortimo Group in one of the largest sales of a residential real estate portfolio in Switzerland in 2017 consisting of 14 residential properties in 9 different cantons
2023 Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law (Fachanwalt SAV Bau- und Immobilienrecht)
2023 University of Freiburg, Certificate of Advanced Studies Construction and Real Estate Law (CAS Bau- und Immobilienrecht)
2017 Admitted to the Swiss and Zurich Bar (Rechtsanwalt)
2013 University of Lucerne, Master of Law (MLaw)
2007 University of Lucerne, Bachelor of Law (BLaw)
The Legal500 EMEA 2024 – Rising Star
The Legal500 EMEA 2023 – Rising Star
The Legal500 EMEA 2023 – Recommended
The Legal500 EMEA 2022 – Recommended
The Legal500 EMEA 2021 – Recommended
The Legal500 EMEA 2020 – Recommended
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SBA)
  • Specialists SBA Real Estate and Construction Law
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZBA)
  • Specialist Group Building Law ZBA
2021 Senior Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2017 Associate, Niederer Kraft Frey
2015 Clerk, Cantonal Court of Lucerne
2013 Research and teaching assistant to Prof. Dr. iur. Jörg Schmid in contract law, property law and notarisation law, University of Lucerne
2011 Research associate with the Business Law Institute (BLI), University of Lucerne
2009 Trainee lawyer with a major law firm in Zurich
2008 Internship with a major law firm in Zurich
2007 Research assistant to Prof. Dr. iur. Madelaine Simonek in national and international tax law, University of Lucerne

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Deals & Cases

16.07.2024

IDAK Food Group’s majority owner changes from Invision, Nord Holding and LGT to TowerBrook Capit…

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13.05.2024

Fresenius sells a majority stake in Vamed’s rehabilitation business

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20.11.2023

Andermatt Swiss Alps AG closes CHF 125m credit facility

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Market Perception

«Oliver Zbinden: excellent real estate lawyer.»
Legal 500 2022
«The client service of NKF and especially of Oliver Zbinden is very client-oriented. Oliver Zbinden is available more or less all the time, while he is permanently patient with my questions. NKF is providing us with solutions and fact-based recommendations which generates an added value for us.»
Legal 500 2022
«Andreas Vögeli and his team (Oliver Zbinden, among others) have delivered outstanding service. I very much value the direct approach and their ability to deliver in a timely manner, working precisely and efficiently.»
Legal 500 2022
«Oliver Zbinden “has vast experience with complex Lex Koller issues and with environmental matters”.»
Legal 500 2023
«Very good people and communication skills, persuasive personality, high availability, outstanding negotiating skills, perfect knowledge about real estate law (especially Andreas Vögeli but also his team members Oliver Zbinden, Annina Fey and Jamie Lee Mancini). »
Legal 500 2023
«Andreas Vögeli with Oliver Zbinden and Annina Fey are highly experienced, responsive and always available. The mix of skills and willingness to perform makes them an amazing team.»
Legal 500 2024

Events

18.01.2023

Swiss Property Fair for Investors IMMO 2023

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19.01.2022

Swiss Property Fair for Investors IMMO 2022

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22.01.2019

The Swiss Property Fair for Investors IMMO’19

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Firm News

06.01.2021

NKF promotes five senior associates as of 1 January 2021

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Publications

06.04.2023

Real Estate Law Review: Switzerland 2023

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21.04.2022

Real Estate Law Review: Switzerland

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26.03.2021

Real Estate Law Review: Switzerland

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Speaking Engagements

31.01.2024

Liegenschaftskaufverträge / Mehrwertabgabe bei Immobilientransaktionen

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05.12.2023

Mehrwertabgabe bei Immobilientransaktionen

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14.06.2023

MWST beim Kauf und Verkauf von Anlageimmobilien

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