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Dr. Alexander Wyss

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Zurich

Biography

Alexander Wyss is a seasoned business lawyer with a special focus on real estate transactions, private equity & venture capital, mergers & acquisitions and fund structuring. He is a member of the Management Committee of Baker McKenzie Zurich, co-heads the Swiss Real Estate Transaction Practice Group and is a former member of the Firm’s European Real Estate Steering Committee. He is ranked among the leading lawyers in his areas of practice by various publications, including Chambers Europe and Legal500. Alexander Wyss acts as trusted advisor for his clients and serves as a member of the board of directors in selected companies. He is a lecturer at the University of Zurich in the CUREM master and executive classes.

Practice Focus

Alexander advises domestic and international clients in cross-border and national real estate and corporate transactions, private equity & venture capital, mergers & acquisitions as well as fund structuring.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted as lead adviser in domestic and international sell-side and buy-side real estate and corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions and private equity deals.
  • Acted as client relationship partner for Swiss multinationals overseeing their international operations from a legal perspective.
  • Represented both investors and developers in real estate development projects.
  • Represented both owners and operators in HRT transactions (hotel, tourism and resorts).
  • Acted as lead adviser in sale-and-lease back transactions.
  • Represented healthcare companies in international sell-side and buy-side transactions; represented healthcare investment funds in biotech investments.
  • Acted as lead advisor in the setup of contractual and/or corporate strategic business partnerships.
  • Represented pension funds and promoters in the setup and management of investment foundations.
  • Acted as lead adviser for promoters in setting up regulated and non-regulated Swiss and foreign investment structures (including listed vehicles) focusing on real estate, private equity and/or alternative investments.
  • Acted as lead adviser, director, angel investor and/or co-founder in Swiss start-up companies.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Swiss Bar Association - Member
  • Zurich Bar Association - Member
  • INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland - Member of the executive committee, former Zurich Chapter President (2008 to 2016) and former Swiss President (2017 to 2020)
  • University of Zurich - Lecturer since 2009 at CUREM Master Program (Center for Urban & Real Estate Management)

Admissions

  • Civil law notary of the canton of Zug - Switzerland (2009)
  • Switzerland (1996)

Education

  • INSEAD Business School (M.B.A.) (2001)
  • University of Zurich (Dr. iur.) (1999)
  • University of Bern (Law Degree) (1996)

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian

Previous Offices

  • Rome

Press Release

Contribution to the Law & Practice section of the Chambers Real Estate 2019 Guide

Baker & McKenzie Advises Swiss Real Estate Danmark on the Sale of Helvetica I Fund Portfolio to Partners Group in a Secondary Transaction 

Baker & McKenzie Advises AXA on the Sale of 11 Hotels to Accor

Baker & McKenzie Advises FREO on the Development of the Mall of Switzerland

Publications

Author, Commentary on articles 18, 20, 43, 44, 64 and 65 of the Swiss Merger Act, in: Stämpflis Handkommentar, Fusionsgesetz, 2nd Edition, 2015

Presentations

Speaker, "Development Projects," “Academy of Best Execution, September 2016