Michael Lips, Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law, is partner and head of Pestalozzi's Real Estate and Environment practice. He has long-standing experience in real estate, environmental and public procurement law. For years, he worked exclusively in this field, handling numerous transactions, contracts, public procurement and regulatory matters. He frequently represents clients before Swiss courts. He is recognized by Chambers, Legal 500, Best Lawyers and others.
Michael Lips' fields of expertise include commercial and residential leases, sales, pledges and encumbrances of real properties, building and other work contracts, real estate transactions including public private partnerships and all types of environmental issues. Michael Lips advises domestic and international business and private clients. He frequently advises on compliance and other regulatory matters such as the acquisition of real properties by non-Swiss residents and rural land rights. In public procurement law, Michael Lips regularly advises public authorities throughout the entire procurement process and related court litigation. He also advises bidders in preparing tenders and in related litigation. Michael Lips frequently publishes in his fields of expertise (publications available on www.pestalozzilaw.com).
Michael Lips graduated from the Zurich University (lic.iur., 1997; Dr. iur., 2003) and from the University of Virginia (LL.M., 2004). He served at the District Court of Meilen for two years. Michael Lips was admitted to the bar in 2001 and joined Pestalozzi in 2002. In 2016, he obtained the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Construction and Real Estate Law from Fribourg University. Since 2017, he is a Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law.