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  1. Innovation
    1. Davos: winning trust in a digitalised, connected world
    2. Using technology to serve our clients
    3. Finding the balance: human touch versus high tech
    4. Connected Future: a global infrastructure report
    5. ShopBack seals latest major fundraising in Singapore
    6. FinTech reshapes financial services as sector booms
    7. WeWork: pioneering a new way of office working
  2. Anticipation
    1. E-Procurement sets new commercial tone for EU contractors
    2. Coty picks CMS as global adviser following beauty parade
    3. New challenges in a changing world
    4. Portuguese renewable energy sector heats up with EUR 600m Novenergia sale
    5. Tristan completes EPISO 5 fund raise amidst political turbulence
  3. Supporting Growth
    1. Cinven acquires PPF as European pet food market flourishes
    2. Advance takes centre stage with theatre group acquisition
    3. Advent seals EUR 1.9bn Zentiva deal as healthcare booms
    4. Liberty sells European assets to Vodafone in EUR 18.4bn mega-deal
  4. Managing Risk
    1. Climate change liability – new litigation risks
    2. Protecting trade marks across Europe
    3. Markel takes Hippo to task in complex insurance arrears dispute
    4. New lab services agreements for Honeywell following Homes spin-off
    5. Creating a tax-effective structure for a private equity investment
  5. Inside CMS
    1. From China to Chile: cultural differences and the ties that bind
    2. Facing the future
    3. CMS breaks ground with first global tech start up programme, equIP
  6. CSR and Diversity & Inclusion
    1. Helping to achieve a better world
  7. Interviews
    1. Interview with Olga Belyakova
    2. Interview with Jeremy Tan
    3. Interview with Laura Houet
    4. Interview with Ramón Huapaya
    5. Interview with Daniela Murer
    6. Interview with Christopher Jordan
    7. Interview with Herman Boersen
    8. Interview with Sibylle Schnyder
    9. Interview with Clemens Grossmayer
    10. Interview with Robert Stephen
    11. Interview with Mary Allan
    12. Interview with Matias Somarriva
    13. Interview with Denis Redon
    14. Interview with Joaquim Sherman de Macedo
    15. Interview with Eleanor Lane
    16. Interview with Niklas Zaugg
    17. Interview with Joachim Kaetzler
    18. Interview with Andreas Otto

Interview with Joachim Kaetzler

Joachim Kaetzler
Dr. Joachim Kaetzler
Rechtsanwalt | Co-Head of the CMS Banking & Finance Group
T +49 69 71701 132

What will the law firm of the future look like?

It will be a managed powerhouse platform run by a few “super lawyers” with a stellar reputation, brand experts, IT and highly qualified support staff. Future law firms will be 30% of today’s size and based on consent, engagement and personal contributions with compensation paid on merit only. The firm will be a small and speedy “helicopter carrier” and a platform for individuals, rather than a 19th century-style partnership of hundreds or even thousands. Leverage will be below 1:1 as routine work will be outsourced.

What has been your most memorable moment as a lawyer?

In 1999, I visited prisons in Rwanda on behalf of a humanitarian organisation to review adequate legal representation of around one hundred detained children who were accused of serious crimes during the genocide. Being a commercial lawyer in a large firm often makes us forget what an important job we have. We should get up and do some more of the important stuff, not only for our memories but also for the Rule of Law and access to it for all.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

After the Bank of New York and Mellon Bank merger in 2007, I saw and heard (the then CEO) Bob Kelly concluding a town hall meeting by saying, “Life is short”. We forget that too often.