Johannes Bürgi, partner with Walder Wyss since 2005 advises clients on matters involving finance, restructuring, real estate, capital markets (including debt and equity offerings and initial public offerings), banking, securities and corporate law. In finance, he focuses on secured and unsecured lending, structured finance transactions including securitization, alternative risk transfer, RMBS, CMBS, covered bonds, factoring, project finance and asset finance including complex real estate financings and PPP financings.
Work highlights include acting on behalf of a consortium of lenders with respect to the rescue operation of a major German Pfandbriefbank, acting on behalf of UBS AG with respect to its novel covered bond program backed by Swiss residential mortgages, acting on the first public private partnership financing transaction in Switzerland, acting on behalf of Apollo International in its trade receivables factoring and inventory based financing to fund Apollo’s acquisition of Rio Tinto’s Alcan business as well as acting on a large restructuring transaction with respect to a pan-European hotel financing.
Most recently, Johannes Bürgi advised Lloyds Bank on the first Swiss auto lease asset-backed conduit securitisation of a US based client, GE Money Bank as Originator on the first public Swiss auto lease asset-backed securitisation transaction listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and Credit Suisse/Swisscard as Originators on the first Swiss credit card asset-backed securitisation listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. In 2012, 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 through the buyer’s Luxembourg platform.
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 (LL.M. 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 a member of the European Securitization Forum and regularly publishes and speaks at conferences in his fields of expertise. Johannes Bürgi is ranked as top practitioner by international directories such as Chambers, PLC and ILO – he is winner for Switzerland of the 2010 ILO Client Choice Award for Securitization & Structured Finance. Johannes Bürgi is fluent in German, English and French. He is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland
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