Johannes A. Bürgi
Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law
Partner

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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). 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. Other 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. Johannes also advised Lloyds Bank on the first Swiss auto lease asset-backed conduit securitisation of a US based client.

In real estate, Johannes advised advised Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) in its 1 billion Swiss franc landmark acquisition of the Uetlihof office complex in Zurich from Credit Suisse AG in a sale-leaseback transaction, Blackstone Group with respect to the Swiss part of the acquisition of assets of GE Capital Real Estate in a transaction valued at US$ 23 billion globally, a Middle-Eastern sovereign wealth fund on its acquisition of a portfolio of hotel properties in Switzerland.

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. Johannes is ranked as a top practitioner by international directories such as Chambers, PLC and ILO that describe him being "a great tactician". He is winner for Switzerland of the ILO Client Choice Award for securitisation and structured finance. He 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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Johannes A. Bürgi
Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 59


Walder Wyss Ltd.
Seefeldstrasse 123
P.O. Box
8034 Zurich
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 58 58
Fax +41 58 658 59 59
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Johannes A. Bürgi Johannes A. Bürgi Johannes A. Bürgi Johannes A. Bürgi

Johannes A. Bürgi
Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law
Partner

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). 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. Other 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. Johannes also advised Lloyds Bank on the first Swiss auto lease asset-backed conduit securitisation of a US based client.

In real estate, Johannes advised advised Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) in its 1 billion Swiss franc landmark acquisition of the Uetlihof office complex in Zurich from Credit Suisse AG in a sale-leaseback transaction, Blackstone Group with respect to the Swiss part of the acquisition of assets of GE Capital Real Estate in a transaction valued at US$ 23 billion globally, a Middle-Eastern sovereign wealth fund on its acquisition of a portfolio of hotel properties in Switzerland.

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. Johannes is ranked as a top practitioner by international directories such as Chambers, PLC and ILO that describe him being "a great tactician". He is winner for Switzerland of the ILO Client Choice Award for securitisation and structured finance. He is fluent in German, English and French; he is registered with the Zurich Bar Registry and admitted to practice in all Switzerland.

Johannes A. Bürgi
Direct phone: +41 58 658 55 59

Walder Wyss Ltd.
Seefeldstrasse 123
P.O. Box
8034 Zurich
Switzerland
Phone +41 58 658 58 58
Fax +41 58 658 59 59


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Bankenaufsichtsrechtliche Entwicklungen in der Schweiz(Developments in Swiss Banking Regulation)

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi and Thomas Müller
in: Heemann/Grieser (Editor[s]), "Bankenaufsichtsrecht – Entwicklungen und Perspektiven"
1. Auflage, Frankfurt 2010, pp. 268–290






Kommentar zu Art. 425–438, 827 des Schweizerischen Obligationenrechts(Commentary to Art. 425–438, 827 of the Swiss Code of Obligations)

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi and Elisabeth Moskric
in: "Handkommentar Schweizerisches Obligationenrecht"
Zurich 2009




An overview of securitisation in Switzerland

co-authored by Thomas Meister, Johannes A. Bürgi and Evan Spangler
in: "Euromoney Yearbooks: Global Securitisation Review 2008/2009"
2008











Auswirkungen der Kartellgesetzrevision auf Verträge(Impacts of the revised Competition Act on contracts)

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi and Reto Jacobs
in: "Schweizerische Juristen-Zeitung (SJZ)" 7/2004, pp. 149–157




Credit Derivatives – New Regulatory Framework in Switzerland

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi
in: "ISR Law Guide"
London 2003


Securitisation in Switzerland

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi, Markus Kroll and Evan Spangler
in: "Euromoney Yearbooks: Global Securitisation Review" 2003


Kommentar zu Art. 425–439, 824–827 des Schweizerischen Obligationenrechts(Commentary to Art. 425–439, 824–827 of the Swiss Code of Obligations)

by Johannes A. Bürgi
in: "Handkommentar Schweizerisches Obligationenrecht"
Zurich 2002



Zivilrechtsfolge Nichtigkeit bei Kartellrechtsverstössen(Nullity as a Consequence of Swiss and EC Competition Law Infringements)

by Johannes A. Bürgi
Berne 2001




Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftsrecht (SZW)

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi
in: "Medienberichterstattung und UWG – Erforderliche Kurskorrekturen nach dem 'Mikrowellenherd'-Entscheid aus Strassburg?" 1999 (Nr. 6)


Abrakadabra! – Wie die GmbH zur AG wird...(Abrakadabra – how a limited liability company becomes a share corporation)

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi
in: "Anwaltsrevue" 10/1999




Rechtsformwechselnde Umwandlung einer GmbH in eine AG de lege lata: Das klärende Wort aus Lausanne(Transformation of a limited liability company in a share corporation de lege lata: The Clarifying Word From Lausanne)

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi and Roland von Büren
in: "REPRAX" 1/1999


Parallelimporte à la carte? – Ein Diskussionsbeitrag zur Situation im Arzneimittelbereich(Parallel imports à la carte? – The situation on the market of pharmaceuticals)

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi
in: "Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ)" 129/1999


Medienberichterstattung und UWG – Erforderliche Korrekturen nach dem «Mikrowellenherd» – Entscheid aus Strassburg?(Media Coverage and the Unfair Competition Act – Corrections needed after the «Microwave» – Decision from Strasbourg?)

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi and Roland von Büren
in: "Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Finanzmarktrecht (SZW)" 6/1999, pp. 283–302


Momentaufnahme des Lauterkeitsrechts – Kurzdarstellung des BG gegen den unlauteren Wettbewerb unter Einbezug von aktuellen Streitfragen und Abgrenzungsproblemen(A momentary view on unfair competition law – Overview of the Federal Unfair Competition Act including discussion of presently controversial issues)

co-authored by Johannes A. Bürgi
in: "recht" 6/1998


Deals and Cases

Swisscard AECS GmbH

On 15 June 2016, Swisscard AECS GmbH (the Originator) closed its fifth credit card securitization transaction involving the issue by Swiss Credit Card Issuance 2016-1 AG (Issuer) of CHF 190,000,000 0.130 per cent Asset-Backed Class A Notes (due 2021), CHF 6,000,000 1.250 per cent Asset-Backed Class B Notes (due 2021) and CHF 4,000,000 2.500 per cent Asset-Backed Class C Notes (due 2021) to the Swiss capital market. All Notes are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are backed by a portfolio of Swiss Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit card receivables originated by Swisscard – a joint venture between Credit Suisse and American Express. The transaction was again issued through Swisscard’s credit card receivables securitization platform.
 
The proceeds of the transaction has mainly been used to refinance the Originator’s second securitization transaction that was redeemed in full on 15 June 2016. Also, the transactions has been structured to reflect the fact that the originator role has been transferred from Credit Suisse to Swisscard as a consequence of the business transfer from Credit Suisse to Swisscard which included the transfer of the credit card receivables portfolio from Credit Suisse to Swisscard as of June 30, 2015. Simultaneously, the Originators' credit card receivables securitization platform and the current third and fourth credit card securitization transaction involving the issue by Swiss Credit Card Issuance 2015-1 AG and Swiss Credit Card Issuance 2015-2 AG of Asset-Backed Class A Notes, Asset-Backed Class B Notes and Asset-Backed Class C Notes (due 2020/2022) have been partially amended and restated to reflect and address the business transfer.
 
Walder Wyss advised Swisscard and Credit Suisse (as leaving Originator) on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal, tax and VAT aspects of the transaction. The Walder Wyss team included Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Johannes A. Bürgi (Partner, Finance), Thomas Meister (Partner, Tax), Thomas S. Müller (Partner, Finance), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT), Julia Lehner (Associate, Finance), Anna Baldenbach von Bröchen (Associate, Finance), Janine Corti (Associate, Tax) and Sebastian Müller (Trainee, Finance).


AMAG Leasing: Second Auto Lease CHF 515m ABS Transaction (Dual Tranche 2016-/2016-2)

On 4 May 2016, AMAG Leasing AG closed its second auto lease securitization transaction. The transaction was structured as a dual trance transaction involving the issuance of notes with various terms, issued by two separate SPVs. Swiss Car ABS 2016-1 AG (the 2016-1 Issuer) issued CHF 200,000,000 0.15 percent Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2026 (2y soft bullet) and CHF 15,000,000 1.125 percent Asset-Backed Class B Notes due 2026 (2y soft bullet) and Swiss Car ABS 2016-2 AG (the 2016-2 Issuer) issued CHF 300,000,000 0.30 percent Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2026 (4y soft bullet). The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are each backed by a portfolio of auto lease assets originated by AMAG Leasing AG and transferred to the Issuers. The Class Notes are rated "AAAsf" by Fitch and "Aaa(sf)" by Moody’s and the Class B Notes are rated «AA+sf» by Fitch and «A1(sf)» by Moody’s. UBS Investment Bank acted as Lead Manager, Sole Bookrunner and Co-Arranger, Credit Suisse and Zürcher Kantonalbank acted as Senior Co-Manager and StormHarbour acted as Co-Arrangers and Co-Manager (Class B Notes) on this transaction.

Walder Wyss advised AMAG Leasing AG on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal, tax and VAT aspects of the transaction. The Walder Wyss team included Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Johannes A. Bürgi (Partner, Finance), Maurus Winzap (Partner, Tax), Thomas Müller (Partner, Finance), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT), Julia Lehner (Associate, Finance), David Borer (Associate, Finance), Fabienne Limacher (Associate, Tax) and Sebastian Müller (Trainee, Finance).


AMAG Leasing: Inaugural Auto Lease ABS 2015-1

On 3 December 2015, AMAG Leasing AG closed its inaugural auto lease securitization transaction involving the issue by Swiss Car ABS 2015-1 AG (the Issuer) of CHF 310,400,000 0.20 percent Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2025. The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are backed by a portfolio of auto lease assets originated by AMAG Leasing AG and transferred to the Issuer. The Notes are rated "AAAsf" by Fitch and "Aaa(sf)" by Moody’s. UBS Investment Bank acted as Lead Manager, Sole Bookrunner and Co-Arranger, Zürcher Kantonalbank acted as Senior Co-Manager and StormHarbour acted as Co-Arrangers on this transaction.

Walder Wyss advised AMAG Leasing AG on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal, tax and VAT aspects of the transaction. The Walder Wyss team included Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Johannes A. Bürgi (Partner, Finance), Maurus Winzap (Partner, Tax), Thomas S. Müller (Partner, Finance), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT), David Borer (Associate, Finance), Martina Nüesch (Associate, Finance), Anna Baldenbach von Bröchen (Associate, Finance), Fabienne Limacher (Associate, Tax) and David Henseler (Trainee, Finance).


Berghoff: Cross-Border Transfer of Assets

Berghoff Mechanical Engineering AG transferred certain assets by a cross-border transfer of assets to Berghoff Property GmbH, Luxemburg.

Walder Wyss advised on this transaction. The Walder Wyss Team was led by Urs P. Gnos (Partner, Corporate/M&A) and included Johannes Bürgi (Partner, Finance), Samuel Lieberherr (Associate, Corporate/M&A), Elisabeth Moskric (Counsel, Finance), Christine Beutler (Managing Associate/Notary, Corporate) and Nico Bernhard (Trainee, Corporate/M&A).


Blackstone To Acquire Real Estate Assets from GE Capital

Walder Wyss is assisting Simpson Thacher and Blackstone Group LP (NYSE: BX) with respect to the Swiss part of the announced acquisition of assets of GE Capital Real Estate in a transaction valued at approximately $23 billion globally. Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone’s real estate business was founded in 1991 and has approximately $81 billion in investor capital under management.  Blackstone’s real estate portfolio includes hotel, office, retail, industrial and residential properties in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.  

The Walder Wyss team included Johannes A. Bürgi (Partner, Real Estate), Elisabeth Moskric (Counsel, Real Estate), Tervel Stoyanov (Associate, Real Estate) and Valentin Wiesner (Trainee). Certain notarial services were provided by Christine Beutler (Managing Associate, Notary).


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