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Deloitte launches real estate advisory practice in Switzerland

Zurich, 17 September 2015

Building on its market-leading advisory capabilities, Deloitte has launched a real estate advisory practice in Switzerland. The new offering encompasses strategic, operational, due diligence and restructuring real estate advisory services for corporate and public sector clients.

Deloitte Real Estate (RE), a global network of over 7,300 dedicated professional in more than 50 countries, is now present in Switzerland. The Swiss RE services team is led by Karl Frank Meinzer, Partner, and present at all of the Deloitte in Switzerland offices in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano.

Deloitte’s new offering is the model for comprehensive and independent real estate management services of the future. The cross-functional team develops innovative strategies and solutions for Swiss-based corporate and public sector clients. By combining the firm’s leading digital and creative resources with deep industry knowledge, Deloitte Real Estate delivers innovative, sustainable and bespoke solutions to its clients.

Jean-François Lagassé, Managing Partner Financial Advisory at Deloitte in Switzerland, said: “The launch of a dedicated real estate practice goes hand-in-hand with the firm’s overarching strategy to further develop our market-leading position in advisory services. We believe that this new practice adds an additional, important component to our wider offering of M&A and restructuring services for our Swiss corporate and public sector clients. With Frank and his growing team, I am confident that Deloitte is very well positioned to successfully serve the Swiss-based clientele in optimising their real estate portfolios.”

Deloitte Real Estate’s unique market offering

Deloitte’s RE team will work closely with in-house financial advisory, HR, technology and tax experts to craft integrated and industry-specific solutions for existing and new clients, from strategy to execution. This comprehensive, single-source offering is not provided by traditional real estate advisory firms and is thus unique for Deloitte clients.

Moreover, the local RE team will ensure a close collaboration with the worldwide Deloitte member firms to deliver global best practices and solutions to Swiss-based clients.

“In today’s fast-paced environment, it is essential for organisations to have a market-aligned real estate and workplace strategy in order to make an impact, especially with regards to the recruitment and retention of talent. Deloitte Real Estate supports clients in developing and implementing tailored real estate operating models, portfolios, investments and workplaces – in particular in the context of business restructurings induced by digital transformation, increased regulatory requirements or economic volatility,” outlined Karl Frank Meinzer, Partner and Head of Real Estate Services at Deloitte in Switzerland.

Karl Frank Meinzer, MRICS and member of CoreNet Global, has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate sector. Before joining Deloitte in mid-2015, he was a member of the Swiss leadership team of the international real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), where he led the Corporate Solutions division. Prior to that, he worked in a variety of executive positions in real estate and global sourcing, including advisory roles at Accenture and Goldman Sachs in Switzerland, Germany and Asia.

For more information about Deloitte Real Estate, please visit our website.

For more information about Deloitte Real Estate, please visit our website.

About Deloitte in Switzerland

Deloitte is a leading accounting and consulting company in Switzerland and provides industry-specific services in the areas of audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory. With more than 1,400 employees at six locations in Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich (headquarters), Deloitte serves companies and institutions of all legal forms and sizes in all industry sectors. Deloitte AG is a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP, the UK member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). DTTL member firms comprise of approximately 210,000 employees in more than 150 countries around the world.

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In this press release references to Deloitte are references to Deloitte AG, a subsidiary of Deloitte LLP, which is the United Kingdom member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (“DTTL”), a UK private company limited by guarantee, whose member firms are legally separate and independent entities. Please see www.deloitte.com/ch/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of DTTL and its member firms.

Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries are leading business advisers, providing audit, tax, consulting and corporate finance services through more than 14 000 exceptional people across the UK and Switzerland. Known as an employer of choice for innovative human resources programmes, it is dedicated to helping its clients and people excel.

Deloitte AG is an auditor firm recognised and supervised by the Federal Audit Oversight Authority (FAOA) and the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

The information contained in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

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