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Dr Stefan Gerster, LL.M., MRICS

Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law

CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.
Dreikönigstrasse 7
P.O. Box
8022 Zurich
Languages German, English, French

Stefan Gerster is a partner with CMS Zurich since 2001. His practice focuses mainly on real estate law. He is the head of our internal practice group Real Estate & Construction.

Among the clients of Stefan Gerster are Swiss and foreign institutional real estate investors, companies with corporate real estate matters and individuals. He provides advice in real estate transactions, including acquisition and financing as well as the sale of real estate. In addition, he has many years of experience in portfolio transactions, investments in hotels, shopping and entertainment centres as well as real estate development projects.

In 1996 Stefan Gerster worked as a foreign associate in a major US law firm. He has been with CMS Zurich since 1991. He is one of the first lawyers to receive the title Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law.

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Interviewees state that the highly-regarded Stefan Gerster is "very well known and has a good network." He gains particular recognition for his expertise advising investors on property purchase agreements. He is adept at handling transactions related to hotels, residential developments and leisure facilities.

Chambers & Partners, Real Estate, Switzerland, 2019

Stefan Gerster has a market-leading reputation among commentators, with one lauding his "long-standing and broad expertise in Swiss real estate law," and adding that "he has a very pragmatic approach to resolving matters, advising clients so they have a solution," and has "an excellent network." He excels in real estate transactions, with expertise in relation to hotel and retail developments. He assisted Credit Suisse Anlagestiftung with the purchase of land and subsequent construction of a residential development in Zürich.

Chambers & Partners, Real Estate, Switzerland, 2018

CMS is ‘driven by long-standing client relationships, which make for very effective collaboration’. The practice covers real estate transactions, developments, financing and litigation matters and packs a particular punch in assisting with hotel transactions, related management agreements and construction projects. The team advised Sunrise Communications on the sale of more than 2,000 telecommunication towers in Switzerland. Another key client is Swiss Prime Site, whom the group recently assisted with acquiring two campus facilities near Lake Geneva and in the Canton Valais per share deal. Team lead Stefan Gerster is recommended.

Legal 500, Real Estate and Construction, Switzerland, 2018

“At CMS, Stefan Gerster and his team have extensive experience in hotel transactions and management agreements. Other recent work includes advising Acron regarding the acquisition of a shopping centre in St Gallen. Credit Suisse and SPS Immobilien are also clients.”

Legal 500, Real Estate and Construction, Switzerland, 2015

Relevant experience

  • Advising Allianz Suisse regarding the acquisition of a development project concerning approx. 260 apartments in Winterthur.
  • Advising Allianz Suisse in connection with re-positioning and complete overhaul of an office building in the central business district of Zurich (approx. 14,000 sqm).
  • Advising the Pension Fund of the Canton of Zurich (BVK) in connection with the sale of the landmark building “Neue Börse” (Zurich), i.e. sale of a ground lease.
  • Advising Credit Suisse Investment Foundation in connection with the development and sale of a mixed-use residential, office, retail and hotel project in Zurich.
  • Advising Credit Suisse Investment Foundation regarding a portfolio transaction (asset swap) concerning nine commercial and residential buildings in seven cantons.
  • Advising co-owners of Sihlcity (a new “district” for shopping, residential, office, leisure), especially during the acquisition and construction phase and regarding ongoing operations.
  • Advising Swiss Prime Investment Foundation re acquisition of a start portfolio of 7 properties situated in 6 cantons and purchase of other real estate.
  • Advising investor regarding acquisition of a logistics building in the Canton of Aargau (distribution centre of a major Swiss retailer).
  • Advising a global IT company regarding the expansion of its Swiss offices (approx. 50,000 sqm, 3,000–4,000 additional work stations) at Europaallee near Zurich main station.
  • Advising investor regarding the acquisition of a new office building in Basel, used as a new headquarter of an international company.
  • Advising Swiss and foreign institutional investors in connection with the acquisition of properties in Switzerland, including commercial, logistic and hotel properties as well as sale & rent back transactions.
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  • 2009 Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
  • 2007 Fachanwalt SAV Bau- und Immobilienrecht, Universität Fribourg
  • 1997 Master of Laws, LL.M., University of Miami, USA, School of Law
  • 1993 Anwaltspatent, Zürich
  • 1991 Rechtsstudium, Dr. iur., magna cum laude, Universität Zürich
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  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Kammer der Fachanwälte SAV Bau- und Immobilienrecht
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Swiss Circle
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  • CMS Newsletter Immobilien Änderung des Raumplanungsgesetzes (RPG), 03/2013
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilien Zweitwohnungen, 09/2012
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilien Erdbebensicherheit, 07/2012
  • CMS Newsletter Register-Schuldbrief, 07/2011
  • Der Reiz des Besonderen, Finanz und Wirtschaft, 07/2011
  • Institutionelle Investoren als Bauherren, Modulor Magazin, 02/2009
  • Leichtere Übertragung von Immo-Pakteten, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 15/11/2005
  • Wie ein Abschluss per Handschlag, Immobilien Business, 06/2004
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Lectures list

  • Universität Zürich, CUREM (Center for Urban Real Estate Management am Swiss Banking Institute der Universität Zürich, (www.curem.ch), Themen „Immobilienkaufrecht“ und „Legal Due Diligence“ (seit dem ersten Lehrgang)
  • ACADEMY for Best Execution GmbH, various lectures
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