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Real Estate & Environmental Law

There is more to successful real estate transactions than legal expertise: profound market knowledge and a sense of timing are equally important.

In recent years, the real estate sector has experienced a major investor inflow that went in hand with a great deal of professionalisation and specialisation. Times of low yields encourage investors to take more commercial risks and consider increasingly complex deal structures. To operate successfully in this environment requires a thorough understanding of the local market and its players, a good sense for timing and in-depth knowledge of the regulatory framework.

Our real estate specialists have the industry knowledge and legal expertise to help our clients mitigate legal risks and tax implications. We follow an interdisciplinary approach and focus on practical solutions to help our clients achieve their goals.

With a strong Swiss base and far-reaching international connections, we have gained the trust of a diverse clientele and act for private individuals, privately held and listed real estate companies, insurance companies, investment banks, real estate and pension funds, developers, public institutions, hotel owners and operators, corporate tenants, as well as sovereign wealth funds.

Our services include:

  • Real estate transactions
  • M&A in real estate and related sectors
  • Development projects
  • Leases
  • Construction law
  • Real estate financings
  • Environmental law
  • Lex Koller / BBGB
  • Holding structures
  • Real estate tax
  • Hotel and leisure

The team provides very responsive and highly commercial advice.

Client in Legal 500 2017

The team has an excellent mix of experience, motivation and thoroughness.

Legal 500 2020

Particularly experienced in transactions regarding sizeable development projects as well as in issues pertaining to real estate acquisitions by foreigners.

Legal 500 2016

Always focused on the goal and are very pragmatic and solution-oriented.

Chambers Europe 2018

Bär & Karrer was extremely client-oriented and I am absolutely satisfied, content-wise as well as efficiency-wise.

Client in Chambers Europe 2016

Very good integration of all facets of advice.

Client in Chambers Europe 2017

Market-leading team that is highly visible on large-scale transactions and real estate development projects.

Chambers Europe 2016

The team provides very responsive and highly commercial advice.

Client in Legal 500 2017

The team has an excellent mix of experience, motivation and thoroughness.

Legal 500 2020

Ranked in Tier 1 by Chambers Europe and Legal 500

Chambers Europe and Legal 500 2020

Ranked in Tier 1 by Chambers Europe and Legal 500

Chambers Europe and Legal 500 2020

Ranked in Tier 1 by Chambers Europe and Legal 500

Chambers Europe and Legal 500 2020

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