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).
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 registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.
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. Johannes advised on virtually all public and private auto-leasing and credit card asset-backed securitisations in Switzerland including GE Money Bank, Cembra, AMAG Leasing, Swisscard/Credit Suisse and a number of conduit transactions for Swiss auto-lease captives.
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 buyer in its CHF1 billion landmark acquisition of the Uetlihof office complex in Zurich from Credit Suisse AG in a sale-lease back transaction, Blackstone Group with respect to the Swiss part of the acquisition of assets of GE Capital Real Estate in a transaction valued at USD23 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.