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 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 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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Practical Law: Structured finance and securitisation in Switzerland: overview

by Lukas Wyss, Johannes A. Bürgi and Maurus Winzap
in: "Practical Law, Multi-jurisdictional Guide, Structured finance and securitisation"
UK 2016 (www.practicallaw.com)
















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

Multilease: Swiss Auto Lease ABS 2017-2

On 28 November 2017, Multilease AG closed its second Swiss auto lease securitization transaction involving the issuance by First Swiss Mobility 2017-2 AG (the Issuer) of CHF 267,300,000 Zero percent asset-backed Class A Notes, due in 2027, CHF 16,500,000 1.00 percent asset-backed Class B Notes, due in 2027 and CHF 14,800,000 2.00 percent asset-backed Class C Notes, due in 2027.

The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are backed by a portfolio of Swiss auto lease assets originated by Multilease AG and transferred to the Issuer. The Notes are rated «AAA sf»/«AAA(sf)»; «AA+sf»/«AA-(sf)»; «A+sf)»/«BBB+(sf)» by Fitch and S&P. UBS Investment Bank und Stormharbour Securities LLP acted as Joint Arranger and Credit Suisse AG, UBS Investment Bank and Zürcher Kantonalbank as Joint Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners.

Walder Wyss advised Multilease AG on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal, tax and VAT aspects of the transaction (transaction counsel). 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), Roger Ammann (Associate, Finance) and Fanny Sutter (Trainee, Finance).


Valiant Bank AG places inaugural Swiss Covered Bond

Valiant Bank AG has successfully placed a CHF250 million covered bond with a 10 year term and carrying a coupon of 0.375 percent. Moody's assigned a provisional (P)Aaa rating to Valiant Bank AG's mortgage covered bonds. Valiant Bank AG intends to have the covered bonds provisionally admitted to trading at the SIX Swiss Exchange on 5 December. The transaction is the first public covered bond issuance entirely structured under Swiss law with a Swiss guarantor. BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA and Zürcher Kantonalbank act as lead-manager. 

Walder Wyss acted as transaction counsel to the co-arrangers Valiant Bank AG and BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA and advised on all legal and tax aspect. The Walder Wyss team included Thomas Müller (partner, finance),  Johannes Bürgi (partner, finance), Elisabeth Moskric (counsel, finance), Thomas Meister (partner, tax), Christine Glättli (managing associate, corporate), Ursina Gremminger (associate, tax) and Matthias Lötscher (associate, finance).


Multilease: First Swiss Auto Lease ABS 2017-1

On 13 April 2017, Multilease AG closed its inaugural Swiss auto lease securitization transaction involving the issuance by First Swiss Mobility 2017-1 AG (the Issuer) of CHF 260,700,000 0.14 percent asset-backed Class A Notes, due in 2027, CHF 22,200,000 1.75 percent asset-backed Class B Notes, due in 2027 and CHF 14,100,000 2.75 percent asset-backed Class C Notes, due in 2027. The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are backed by a portfolio of Swiss auto lease assets originated by Multilease AG and transferred to the Issuer. The Notes are rated «Aaa sf»/«AAA(sf)»;«A1 sf»/«AA-(sf)»;«Baa2sf)»/«BBB+(sf)» by Moody’s and S&P. Credit Suisse acted as Arranger and Manager and Zürcher Kantonalbank as Manager on this transaction.

Walder Wyss advised Multilease AG on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal, tax and VAT aspects of the transaction (transaction counsel). The Walder Wyss team included Lukas Wyss (Partner, Finance), Johannes A. Bürgi (Partner, Finance), Maurus Winzap (Partner, Tax), Thomas Meister (Partner, Tax), Thomas Müller (Partner, Finance), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT), Roger Ammann (Associate, Finance), Sugandha Kumar (Associate, Finance), Aliénor Nina Burghartz (Trainee, Finance) and Katrin Tschalèr (Trainee, Finance)


Intershop aquires World Trade Center Lausanne

Intershop has acquired the World Trade Center Lausanne as per 1 December 2016 for a purchase price of CHF105.5 million. The acquisition represents one of the largest real estate M&A transactions in Switzerland during 2016.
 
Walder Wyss has structured the transaction on behalf of the selling lender. The team was lead by Thomas Müller (Partner, Finance) and Johannes Bürgi (Partner, Real Estate) and included Samuel Dürr (Partner, Tax), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT), and Julia Lehner (Associate, Real Estate/Finance).


Cembra's CHF 200'000'000 Swiss Auto Lease ABS transaction 2016-1 listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange

On 23 June 2016, Cembra Money Bank AG (Cembra) closed its fourth auto lease securitization transaction involving the issue by Swiss Auto Lease 2016-1 GmbH (the Issuer) of CHF 200,000,000 0.22 per cent. Asset-Backed Class A Notes due 2026 and CHF 22,600,000 0.40 per cent. Asset-Backed Class B Notes due 2026 to the Swiss capital market. The Notes issued are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and are backed by a portfolio of auto lease assets originated by Cembra and transferred to the Issuer.
 
Walder Wyss advised Cembra also on this fourth transaction 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 Müller (Partner, Finance), Jan Ole Luuk (Counsel, VAT), Julia Lehner (Associate, Finance) and David Henseler (Trainee, Finance).


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