Our Real Estate expertise

Our Real Estate Team specialises in high value, complex real estate transactions including sale and lease back transactions, hotel and leisure projects and the development of former industrial sites.

We advise on:

  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Leasing and Operations
  • Real Estate Finance and Investments
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Development and Construction
  • Environmental Law
  • Hotel and Leisure
  • Real Estate Litigation

The Real Estate team works seamlessly with our Tax, Banking, Finance & Regulatory and Dispute Resolution teams to provide the full service offering needed in large scale and cross-border real estate projects.


  • Counsel to ZKB/Swisscanto on a large number of real estate transactions, contracts and litigation cases
  • Counsel to Credit Suisse Asset Management (Schweiz) AG on a large number of real estate transactions
  • Counsel to Schroders on the sale of two large commercial buildings to the Steiner Investment Foundation
  • Counsel to AXA Investment Managers Schweiz AG, in litigation regarding total contractor agreement and defective construction works
  • Counsel to A.P. Møller Holding A/S on the acquisition of Unilabs from funds advised by Apax Partners LLP
  • Counsel to Partners Group on the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Breitling
  • Counsel to BVK Personalvorsorge des Kantons Zürich on a wide range of complex legal issues in the development of a former industrial site proceedings and in connection with the construction of a major road construction project and expropriation proceedings
  • Counsel to Swiss Finance & Property Group regarding a club-deal structure
  • Counsel to Swisscom Immobilien AG in connection with zoning and construction law questions
  • Counsel to two non-profit building cooperatives regarding public law litigation (construction permit / landmark protection)
  • Counsel to Canton of Zug regarding the granting of a building right on the site of the former cantonal hospital to a real estate developer in a bidding process in private law as well as public law matters
  • Counsel to a private persons in the sale of an industrial area in the Canton of Zurich (share deal)
  • Counsel to Schroders on the acquisition of a life science center with Cytiva, a leading life science company in Lausanne
  • Counsel to INA Invest on the acquisition of a majority stake in CERES Group Holding Ltd (CERES) and contracts regarding the “Bredella” development project at Pratteln railway station and three ancillary properties in Pratteln and Aesch, Canton of Basel-Land
  • Counsel to G.A.T.E.S., Hôteliers & Restaurateurs SA in the sale of 100 per cent of their shares to Gold Tree Basel Limited
  • Counsel to Coop Genossenschaft on the acquisition of Jumbo Markt AG
  • Counsel to Schroder Investment Management (Switzerland) AG on the acquisition, as part of a 30 year sale & leaseback transaction, of the global R&D center from Syngenta AG in Stein (AG) and of a large office property located at Rue de Lausanne, next to Geneva-Cornavin railway station, from Credit Suisse AG
  • Counsel to a private person in the sale of a large industrial area in the canton of Aargau (share deal)
  • Counsel to Central Real Estate Basel AG, a consortium of Baloise and different Swiss pensions fonds in the acquisition of 160’000 sqm within the Klybeck site in Basel, one of Switzerland’s largest development site
  • Counsel to Procimmo Swiss Commercial Fund II on the acquisition of a retail warehouse in Dierikon next to the Mall of Switzerland and properties in Kriens and Neftenbach
  • Advising and representing RUAG Real Estate AG and Nidwalden AirPark AG, both subsidiaries of RUAG Holding AG which is fully owned by the Swiss Confederation, in proceedings regarding the master plan for 90,000 sqm of land at Buochs Airport for the competence centre for airspace technology
  • Counsel to a consortium of Cellnex Telecom (listed on the stock exchanges of Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia), Swiss Life Asset Managers and Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners on the CHF 500m acquisition of Swiss Towers AG with a portfolio of 2,239 telecom towers in Switzerland from Sunrise Communications AG
  • Counsel to Fortimo Group in the sale, of a large residential real estate portfolio in 9 different cantons of Switzerland
  • Counsel to SIX listed Schroder ImmoPLUS in the acquisition of the Zimmer Biomet manufacturing site in Winterthur
  • Counsel to Procimmo Swiss Commercial Fund II in a sale and rent back transaction of the properties of Landqart AG, a subsidiary of Fortress Paper
  • Counsel to Citychamp Dartong Group in the acquisition of the hotel Le Mirador Resort & Spa
  • Counsel to Private Equity AG in the acquisition of a majority stake in Parkresort Rheinfelden
  • Counsel to Neue Zürcher Zeitung AG in the sale of their printing center
  • Counsel to SIX listed Schroder ImmoPLUS in the acquisition of the 4-star hotel Mövenpick in Lausanne
  • Advising and representing of several international banks, insurance companies and financial and audit firms in complex leasing matters
  • Counsel to SIX listed Implenia AG in the acquisition, structured as a share deal, of a real estate portfolio and development unit of SIX listed Sulzer group
  • Counsel to Atos/Worldline in the CHF 2,750m acquisition of SIX Payment Services and strategic partnership with SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Counsel to GlaxoSmithKline plc on its asset swap (Vaccines, Oncology) and joint venture (Consumer Healthcare) transaction with Novartis
  • Counsel to Numisma Group and McCafferty Asset Management in the sale, structured as a share deal, of a large real estate portfolio
  • Swiss legal counsel in a large and complex acquisition of a first class investment property in Australia as part of a greater transaction in which the client sold another building by way of an asset swap
  • Swiss counsel on the sale of first class investment properties in Scotland and in London

Deals & Cases


Capvis acquires a majority stake in SCHURTER Group

Discover More

Invision AG completes acquisition of a stake in Careanesth AG

Discover More

Cinven and Ontario Teachers agree on an investment in group.ONE and dogado group combination

Discover More

Awards & Rankings


NKF ranked multiple times band 1 by Chambers Europe 2023

Discover More

Twelve NKF lawyers listed as “Thought Leaders Switzerland 2022” by Who’s Who Legal

Discover More

NKF recognised as leading Swiss law firm by Leaders League

Discover More



Real Estate Law Review: Switzerland

Discover More

Real Estate Law Review: Switzerland

Discover More

Real Estate Law Review: Switzerland

Discover More

Speaking Engagements


Mietrechtliche Einschätzung möglicher staatlicher Interventionsmassnahmen zur Abwendung der drohende…

Discover More

Neue Urteile und Entwicklungen im Bereich der Bauwerk- und Planerverträge

Discover More

Mietrechtsschulung bei der Privera AG

Discover More