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Dr Sibylle Schnyder, LL.M.

Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law

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

Sibylle Schnyder specialises in real estate law and mainly deals with real estate acquisitions and divestments, portfolio transactions, construction and development projects, landlord and tenant law, real estate financing, sale & rent back transactions and real estate related litigation.

Among the clients of Sibylle Schnyder are Swiss and foreign institutional real estate investors, companies with corporate real estate matters and individuals.Her tasks include, amongst others, the legal due diligence of properties and real estate projects, drafting and negotiating of contracts (in particular purchase, construction and lease agreements as well as management agreements) and the assistance with all questions arising in connection with the realisation of real estate projects (such as environmental and regulatory aspects, Lex Koller etc.).

Sibylle Schnyder deals with commercial and residential buildings all over Switzerland. In addition, Sibylle Schnyder has longstanding experience with hotel and leisure properties, holiday homes, senior citizen homes, logistics buildings, shopping malls and other special real properties.

Sibylle Schnyder joined CMS Zurich in 2002 and is a partner since 2013.

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Clients recommend Sibylle Schnyder for her strong work in contracts, property purchase agreements and private building law. Her expertise also covers transactions, tenancy law, construction law and hotel agreements. Commentators appreciate that "she is willing to dig very deeply and come up with good solutions."

Chambers and Partners, Real Estate, Switzerland, 2016

WWL says: According to one client, Sibylle Schnyder "brings broad expertise in real estate law, possesses good business acumen and is solutions-oriented.”

Who's Who Legal, Construction & Real Estate, Switzerland, 2016

According to sources, Sibylle Schnyder is "efficient, focused and reliable. She is deal-oriented and finds creative solutions to get the deal done." Clients also highlight her efficiency: "If you drop something on her desk it will be dealt with in time and to a high standard."

Chambers and Partners, Real Estate, Switzerland, 2015

Relevant experience

  • Advising Deka Immobilien on the acquisition of Pictet's headquarters in Geneva
  • Advising UBS AG regarding the sale of a five star hotel in the historic center of Zurich (Hotel Widder) together with adjacent properties and the operating company
  • Advising Acron Helvetia II Immobilien AG, a listed real estate company, regarding the sale of hotel Steigenberger in Gstaad
  • 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 Credit Suisse Real Estate Fund Hospitality regarding the sale of Hotel Palace Lucerne
  • Advising Credit Suisse Real Estate Fund Hospitality regarding the acquisition of a portfolio of three branded hotels
  • Advising Credit Suisse Investment Foundation in connection with the development and construction of a mixed-use residential, office, retail and hotel project in Zurich
  • Advising Swiss Prime Anlagestiftung regarding the acquisition of a start portfolio of 7 properties situated in 6 cantons and purchase of other real estate
  • 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 client regarding the construction of an old-age and care centre in the Canton of Berne (general contractor and general planer agreement, lease agreement)
  • 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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Memberships & Roles

  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SBA)
  • Chamber of specialist lawyers SBA Construction and Real Estate Law
  • Chamber of independent building owner consultants (KUB)
  • Swiss society of engineers and architects
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Awards & Rankings

  • Chambers and Partners | Real Estate, Switzerland, 2021 | Europe | Band 2
  • IFLR 1000 | Real Estate, Switzerland, 2021 | Notable practitioner
  • Who's Who Legal | Real Estate/Construction, Switzerland, 2021 | Thought Leader Global Elite
  • Who's Who Legal | Hospitality, Switzerland, 2021 | Global Leader
  • Best Lawyers | Construction Law, Switzerland, 2021 | Best Lawyer of the Year 2022
  • Euromoney's Women in Business Law Expert Guide | Real Estate, Switzerland, 2021 | World’s leading female practitioner
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  • The International Hotel Law Review, 1st Edition, Switzerland chapter - Law Business Research Ltd., 01/2021
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilienrecht - DIE COVID-19-Verordnung Miete und Pacht – Nachfrist bei Zahlungsrückständen, 05/2020
  • Haftungsfreizeichnung bei Grundstückskaufverträgen, MODULAR, Architektur, Immobilien, Recht, 04/2019
  • Rechtsfragen rund um Ladestationen für Elektrofahrzeuge auf privatem Grund, MODULOR, Architektur, Bauen, Recht, 04/2018
  • General- und Totalunternehmerverträge, MODULOR, Architektur, Immobilien, Recht, 06/2017
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilienrecht – Augen auf beim Grundstückskauf, 06/2017
  • Zweitwohnungsgesetz, MODULOR, Architektur, Immobilien, Recht, 02/2016
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilienrecht – Zweitwohnungsgesetz, 12/2015
  • Haftungsbeschränkung in Planerverträgen, MODULOR, Architektur, Immobilien, Recht, 05/2015
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilienrecht – Zuständigkeit der Handelsgerichte für mietrechtliche Streitigkeiten, 06/2014
  • Neuerungen im Altlastrecht, MODULOR, Architektur, Immobilien, Recht, 02/2014
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilienrecht – Änderung des Raumplanungsgesetzes (RPG), 03/2013
  • Schnittstellenproblematik von Baumängeln unter Mietrecht und Werkvertragsrecht, MODULOR, Architektur, Immobilien, Recht, 01/2013
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilienrecht – Zweitwohnungen, 09/2012
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilienrecht – Erdbebensicherheit, 07/2012
  • Rechtsfragen rund um Erdbebensicherheit von Bauwerken, MODULOR, Architektur, Immobilien, Recht, 06/2012
  • CMS Newsletter Immobilienrecht – Register-Schuldbrief, 07/2011
  • Vertragsgestaltung beim Verkauf von neu erstelltem Wohn-Eigentum, MODULOR, Architektur, Immobilien, Recht, 02/2011
  • Double-net, Triple-net und andere besondere Regelungsformen von Unterhaltsverpflichtungen in Geschäftsmietverträgen, MRA MietRecht Aktuell, 04/2010
  • Subunternehmerverträge – Worauf zu achten ist, MODULOR, Architektur, Immobilien, Recht, 06/2010
  • Grundstückskaufverträge, Fragen rund um Eigentumsübertragung und Besitzesantritt, Der Schweizer Treuhänder 2010/1-2, 02/2010 
  • Wie man Hotels kauft, Swiss Equity magazin, 06/2009
  • Mietverträge in wirtschaftlich schweren Zeiten, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Sonderbeilage Immobilien, 25/03/2009
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Lectures list

  • University of Fribourg, Certified specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law, topic „Lease of real estate property“
  • University of Zurich, CUREM (Center for Urban Real Estate Management at Swiss Banking Institute of University of Zurich, www.curem.ch), topic „brokerage law“
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  • 2010 – Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law
  • 2008 – Dr. iur., University of Basel
  • 2005 – Master of Laws, LL.M. in commercial law, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • 2001 – Bar Admission, Zurich
  • 1999 – Legal studies, lic. iur., magna cum laude, University of Basel
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