Michael Lips

Michael Lips, Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law, is a partner and the head of Pestalozzi’s Real Estate and Environment practice group in Zurich. He specializes in real estate, environmental and public procurement law. His fields of expertise include commercial and residential leases, sales, pledges and encumbrances of real properties, building and other work contracts, real estate transactions including public private partnerships and all types of environmental issues. Michael Lips frequently advises on regulatory matters such as the acquisition of real properties by non-Swiss residents and rural land rights. In public procurement law, Michael Lips regularly advises and litigates for contracting authorities and bidders in federal and cantonal procurement matters. Michael Lips frequently publishes in his fields of expertise.

Michael Lips, born in 1970, graduated from Zurich University (lic.iur., 1997; Dr.iur., 2003) and from University of Virginia (LL.M., 2004). He served at the District Court of Meilen for two years, first as a law clerk and then as a secretary to the judge. Michael Lips was admitted to the bar in 2001 and joined Pestalozzi in 2002. In 2016, he obtained the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Construction and Real Estate Law from Fribourg University. Since 2017, he is a Certified Specialist SBA Construction and Real Estate Law. His professional languages are German and English, and he also has a good knowledge of French.

Chambers 2016 lists Michael Lips as recognised practitioner.
Legal 500 2016 upgraded Pestalozzi's real estate and construction practice to tier 2 and says: "Pestalozzi is especially strong with real estate transactions and dispute resolution. It recently advised UBS on the transfer of a CHF90m real estate portfolio. Anne Imhoff and Michael Lips have 'in-depth knowledge of real estate and construction law'".
Legal 500 2015 about Pestalozzi in real estate and construction: "Pestalozzi is especially strong with real estate portfolio transfers. Its 'excellent' team is headed by Anne Imhoff and Michael Lips, who have 'in-depth knowledge of real estate and construction law'".
Who's Who Legal Switzerland 2015, Construction and Real Estate, recognises that "Michael Lips also garners high praise for his experience in the sector with clients commenting on his 'diligent manner'".
Who's Who Legal Switzerland 2014, Construction and Real Estate, about Michael Lips: "Peers have 'no hesitation in recommending' Michael Lips at Pestalozzi. His 'considerable experience' makes him a 'first choice for major clients'".
Who's Who Legal Switzerland 2013, Construction and Real Estate, listed Michael Lips as "key contact for high profile clients, for whom he acts on construction contracts and real estate portfolio development".

Publications & Speaking Engagements


Michael Lips
Loewenstrasse 1
CH-8001 Zurich
Phone +41 44 217 92 67



English, French, German




Business organisation and compliance, Civil liability, Commercial, Commercial disputes, Contracts, Corporate, Energy, Environment, Health and safety, Joint ventures, Mergers and acquisitions, Private international law / conflict of laws, Product liability, Public procurement, Real estate and environment, Restructuring and insolvency, Trade and retail


Switzerland 2001