Thought Leaders - Switzerland - Constructions & Real Estate 2021

“highly respected adviser in real estate transactions”


“He is responsive, meets our deadlines and is focused on our needs”

Legal 500

“knowledgeable, diligent and reliable”

Who's Who Legal

“a very experienced and diligent real estate lawyer”

Chambers Europe

“organised, quickly understands the issue at hand and is able to break down complex legal questions in a way that is structured and easy to understand”

Who's Who Legal

“Josef Caleff possesses a standout reputation as "a very active franchising lawyer" who is "incredibly smart and always knows what he's doing"”

Josef Caleff

Jovana Skocajic


Josef Caleff co-heads Schellenberg Wittmer's Real Estate Group and is a Partner in the Construction Group as well as the Mergers & Acquisitions Group.


  • He possesses special expertise in real estate transactions, in particular sale and purchase of single properties and portfolios, real estate financing, construction and commercial leases
  • Advising clients in all types of corporate and M&A transactions
  • Counsel of Dolce & Gabbana in the negotiation of a long-term high-end lease agreement at a prime location on Bahnhofstrasse, Zurich
  • Counsel of the Barana Group in the sale of an office building in Zurich for CHF 128m to the city of Zurich


Professional Experience
Member of the Management Committee of Schellenberg Wittmer
Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer
Associate in a Zurich law firm
Education and Admission
Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law
Bar Admission in New York
LL.M., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Bar Admission in Switzerland
lic. iur. HSG, University of St. Gallen
lic. oec. HSG, University of St. Gallen
Additional Professional Activities
  • Member of International Bar Association
  • Regular publications in the field of Real Estate
  • Member of RICS
  • Member of the Zurich Bar Association

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