Definition and Delimitations

Definition

Restrictions on the acquisition of real estate are linked above all to specific persons

Official abbreviation of the federal act

  • BewG

Colloquial name of the act

  • “Lex Friedrich” or “Lex F.”

Colloquial name of earlier fixed-term regulations

  • Lex von Moos
  • Lex Celio
  • Lex Furgler

Delimitations

Direct real estate acquisition

=   Real estate is held directly in the name and on the account of the beneficial owner

Indirect real estate acquisition

=   Real estate is held indirectly via an intermediate legal entity owned by the beneficial owner via shares or partner’s interests

Residence permit

=   Entitlement of a person to reside in Switzerland; ownership of real estate in Switzerland does not give the respective owner any entitlement to a residence permit!