Johannes Bürgi

Walder Wyss - Switzerland



+41 58 658 5559

Highly regarded


Bar admissions:




Practice areas:

Capital markets : Debt
Capital markets : Structured finance and securitisation

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). 

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.

  • 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 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;
  • Valiant Bank AG has successfully placed a CHF250 million covered bond with a 10 year term and carrying a coupon of 0.375 percent. 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 aspects;
  • On 28 November 2017, Multilease AG closed its second Swiss auto lease securitization transaction. Walder Wyss advised Multilease AG on the overall structuring and all Swiss legal, tax and VAT aspects of the transaction (transaction counsel);
  • A middle-eastern investor on the development of the Mall of Switzerland near Lucerne, one of the largest real estate developments in Switzerland.

  • Asset finance
  • Covered bonds
  • Real estate finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Structured finance/securitisation

  • Accounting
  • Automotive
  • Construction and materials
  • Financial services
  • Real estate


  • European Securitization Forum

  • 1998: State exam; 2001: Dr. iur., summa cum laude;
  • 2003: LL.M. Stanford Law School