Swiss M&A – Third Edition

Getting the deal through


Introductory remarks

Even though price growth in the Swiss real estate market has slowed somewhat in recent years, it is to be expected that real estate property will remain in demand in the future and represent an attractive investment opportunity.

However, access to these attractive investment opportunities has been restricted for foreign investors in Switzerland for many decades. In particular, the Federal Law of 16 December 1983 on the Acquisition of Real Estate by Persons Abroad (better known as the Lex Koller) restricts the acquisition of real estate for residential purposes. This will be discussed in more detail in the course of this chapter. This restriction inevitably leads to foreign investors having to focus on the acquisition of commercial property for the time being. For this reason, the chapter focuses on real estate transactions in the area of commercial property. Since it has also transpired in the past that foreign investors in Switzerland are increasingly investing in hotels, a separate section of this chapter goes into more detail on hotel transactions.

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