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Dr Niklaus J. Zaugg, LL.M.


CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.
Dreikönigstrasse 7
P.O. Box
8022 Zurich
Languages German, French, English, Norwegian, Spanish

Niklaus Zaugg specialises in contract law, litigation and arbitration.

He advises clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, including banking disputes, and represents their interests both before domestic courts and international arbitral tribunals. He is also experienced in advising clients on various contractual issues in the pre-litigation phase.

From 2003 to 2005, Niklaus Zaugg worked as a law clerk at the District Court of Zurich. From 2007 to 2008, he worked as a diplomatic trainee and diplomatic attaché at the Swiss Foreign Ministry in Berne as well as at the Political and Legal Affairs' Section of the Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C. From 2011 to 2013 he was the executive secretary at the Center for Conflict Resolution CCR at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne.

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N. Zaugg consistently delivers very high quality legal advice. His work is highly commended even from upper court judges (!). He is well organized and has an extensive knowledge in his areas of work. N. Zaugg is always available for his clients and easy to communicate with as he quickly understands where one comes from and what the client needs are. Feedback given is hands-on and always within required timeframe. A great lawyer, a hard worker and an easy-going and extremely friendly person.

Client feedback

Niklaus Zaugg represented our company in a license agreement, in which we as the licensee needed to protect our interests by legal means vis-à-vis the licensor. He did this in an aggressive, yet highly professional manner, and the outcome was completely to our satisfaction. I almost felt sorry for the counterpart’s legal counsel, who didn’t stand a chance in the dispute with Dr. Zaugg. Based on this experience, we can highly recommend Niklaus Zaugg for legal disputes.

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  • 2014 – PhD (Doktorat), University of Lucerne
  • 2011 – Master of Law (LL.M.), University of Sydney Law School
  • 2006 – Concours diplomatique, Swiss Foreign Ministry
  • 2006 – Bar admission, Zurich
  • 2003 – Licence, Universities of Geneva and Zurich
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  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA/ASA below 40)
  • AFIA Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration
  • International Association of Lawyers (UIA)
  • Australian Swiss Chamber of Commerce (ASCC)
  • Norgesklubben Sveits
  • SEC Handelskammer Schweiz-Mitteleuropa
  • SwissDiplomats – ZurichNetwork 
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  • Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit als alternative Streitbeilegungsmethode, KMU Magazin Nr. 09, September 2018
  • Implication of Third Party Funding on the integrity of arbitral proceedings - Is there need for action in Switzerland?, Von A wie Arbitration über T wie Transport bis Z wie Zivilprozess - Liber discipulorum für Professor Dr. Andreas Furrer zum 55. Geburtstag, April 2018
  • Objective scope of res judicata of arbitral awards – Is there room for discretion?, ASA Bulletin 2/2017, June 2017
  • Teil- und Zwischenschiedssprüche – Treue Diener im Dienste der Verfahrensökonomie?, guest commentary, Zurich Chamber of Commerce, May 2016
  • Vorprozessualer Anspruch von Bankkunden auf Erstellung von Stichtagbewertungen ihrer Portfolios?, AJP/PJA 7/2015, July 2015
  • Verfahrensgliederung in der internationalen Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit – Wirkungsweise von Teil- und Zwischenschiedssprüchen unter dem 12. Kapitel IPRG, Luzerner Beiträge zur Rechtswissenschaft, Diss. Lucerne/Zurich 2014
  • How caucusing and other elements of mediation fit into International Commercial Arbitration, The Australian ADR Reporter, Sydney (Australia), June 2012
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Lectures list

  • Zum Umgang mit Anlegerklagen, Lecture at CMS Breakfast "FIDLEG und FINIG - Herausforderungen für Unabhängige Vermögensverwalter" in Zurich, November 2018
  • Multi-tiered arbitration clauses before arbitral tribunals seated in Switzerland, Lecture at UIA 13th Winter Seminar, Zermatt, March 2018
  • Prozessfinanzierung in der internationalen Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit – Besteht Handlungsbedarf?, Lecture and panel moderation at ASA Local Group/ZAV FG Schiedsgerichtsrecht Event, Zurich, November 2017
  • Dos and Don’ts bei der Vertragsgestaltung aus Schweizer Sicht, Lecture at Handelskammer Schweiz-Mitteleuropa (SEC) Event "Polen Kompakt", Zurich, November 2017
  • Res Judicata – Can the diverging national approaches be bridged in international arbitration?, Lecture at ELSA Switzerland Summer Law School on Arbitration, Geneva, August 2017
  • Die Forderung der Beklagten: Strategien und Hindernisse rund um die Widerklage, Lecture and panel moderation at 3. Tagung zur Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit: Hot Topics, Europa Institut der Universität Zürich, Zurich, May 2017
  • "Die Rechtskraft von Schiedssprüchen - Praxis in der Schweiz", Lecture at ASA/ArbAut/LIS Dreiländer-Conference, Schaan, September 2016
  • "Enforcing Contracts with Russian Parties", Lecture at Switzerland Global Enterprise Event, Zurich, September 2015 
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Im­plic­a­tions of Third Party Fund­ing on the in­teg­rity...
Im­plic­a­tions of Third Party Fund­ing on the in­teg­rity of ar­bit­ral pro­ceed­ings...
The gen­er­al ad­miss­ib­il­ity of Third Party Fund­ing ("TPF") in Switzer­land has been af­firmed by the Fed­er­al Tribunal in its land­mark de­cision DFT 131 I 223, dated 10 Decem­ber 2004. However, in spite of its leg­al­ity, TPF still raises a num­ber of is­sues, in par­tic­u­lar.
New part­ner and new coun­sels at CMS
Ob­ject­ive scope of res ju­dicata of ar­bit­ral awards - Is there room...
In its land­mark de­cision DFT 141 III 229 dated 29 May 2015 - also known as the "US law firm de­cision" -‚ the Swiss Fed­er­al Tribunal con­firmed its pre­vi­ously es­tab­lished doc­trine on the con­trolled trans­fer of a for­eign award's ef­fects ("Kon­trol­lierte Wirkung­süber­nahme").
How caucus­ing and oth­er ele­ments of me­di­ation fit in­to...
Coun­ter­claims filed be­fore Ar­bit­ral Tribunals seated in Switzer­land...
This art­icle is partly based on a speech the au­thor held on 31 May 2017 dur­ing the Uni­versity of Zurich Europe In­sti­tute's third sem­in­ar on ar­bit­ra­tion ("Hot Top­ics"). The present­a­tion was giv­en as an in­tro­duc­tion to the pan­el dis­cus­sion on the top­ic Die For­der­ung.