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Dr. Nicolas Wiegand

Managing Partner
Head of Hong Kong Office and APAC International Arbitration | Head of Dispute Resolution, CMS Germany

CMS Hasche Sigle, Hong Kong LLP
57/F, One Island East, 18 Westlands Road Taikoo Place, Quarry Bay
Hong Kong S.A.R.
Hong Kong
CMS Hasche Sigle
Nymphenburger Straße 12
80335 Munich
Germany
Languages German, English, French

Nicolas Wiegand specialises in international commercial and investment arbitration with a focus on corporate law, post-M&A disputes, joint ventures, commercial, sales and distribution law and IP matters as well as the energy, pharmaceutical, automotive, construction and infrastructure sectors. He is particularly experienced with arbitration in or in relation to Asia, specifically China, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia as well as additional South-East Asian jurisdictions.

Nicolas has so far acted as party representative and arbitrator in more than 130 international arbitrations under all the major arbitration rules (mainly ICC, HKIAC, KCAB, JCAA and DIS but also SIAC, LCIA, DIAC, ASA, VIAC, SCC and others) as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. He also acted in numerous investment disputes (ICSID, UNCITRAL) and disputes involving states and state-owned enterprises.

Alongside his work as a party representative, Nicolas is an experienced arbitrator, with matters he has sat in covering a wide range of jurisdictions, including Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka and other jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the Americas. His cases were seated in most of the major arbitration hubs worldwide. To date, he has acted as arbitrator in over 30 arbitrations and has also served as an emergency arbitrator.

Nicolas is regularly engaged as a speaker at international arbitration conferences and he runs training courses for arbitral institutions.

He joined CMS in 2006 and was made partner in 2013. In 2009/2010, he was seconded to Clayton Utz in Sydney. He now heads the CMS Hong Kong office and leads the firm’s arbitration practice in the Asia-Pacific region. In January 2020, he has also been appointed as co-head for the overall CMS dispute resolution practice.

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Listed as "Litigation Star"

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021

"He's really good at forming a strategy for arbitration, risk assessment, opening statements, and also in cross-examination."

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2021

"always calm and never gets agitated"

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2021

"Top ranked lawyer"

Chambers Global, 2021

"Mr Wiegand was diligent and showed a strong grasp of complex technical issues"

Who's Who Legal 2021 – Arbitration

"Recommended" for Dispute Resolution

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2021 (GCLF)

"strong business in Asia" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2020 (GCLF)

"Nicolas Wiegand wins acclaims from peers across the globe, who say he is 'an extremely clever practitioner with strong experience in the field'."

Who's Who Legal 2020

Listed for Arbitration / Dispute Resolution / Mediation

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2020 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

"'Impressive practitioner' Nicolas Wiegand is 'a star' in the market who boasts extensive experience acting in international commercial arbitrations across three continents".

Who's Who Legal 2018 - Arbitration

Ranked as a notable practitioner for Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms) - China

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2019

Listed as "Thought Leader"

Who's Who Legal 2019 - Arbitration

"Nicolas Wiegand is a ‘very fine counsel; well prepared, honourable, extremely bright and not too aggressive’"

Who's Who Legal 2017

"Wiegand drew much attention for his frequent arbitration activity in Hong Kong."

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2016 (GCLF)

Listed for Arbitration / Dispute Resolution / Mediation

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2019 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

Memberships & Roles

  • Panel of arbitrators of KCAB International, Seoul
  • Panel of arbitrators of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Panel of arbitrators of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • Panel of arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
  • Panel of arbitrators of the Asian International Arbitration Center (AIAC)
  • Panel of arbitrators of the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission/Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA)
  • Panel of arbitrators of the Indian Institute of Arbitration & Mediation (IIAM)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA)
  • German Insitution of Arbitration (DIS)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • ABIE Germany (Australian Business in Europe)
  • IPBA (Inter-Pacific Bar Association)
  • Chinaforum Bayern e.V.
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Publications

  • "Investitionsschutz entlang der Seidenstraße: Schiedsgerichtsbarkeit und Chinas neue "Seidenstraßengerichte""; ICC Germany-Magazin, (6) Mai-November 2018, p. 32 (together with Tom Christopher Pröstler)
  • "How China-seated arbitration awards have been enforced overseas – the German perspective", CIETAC.com newsletter 10/2015 (together with Falco Kreis)
  • "Arbitration is becoming increasingly Asian", Business Law Magazine 03/2015 (together with Tom Christopher Pröstler)
  • "Mock Arbitrations" in: Arbitration Insights, Essays in Honour of Neil Kaplan, Hong Kong 2012 (together with Dr Klaus Sachs)
  • Commentary on the recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards (German title: Handbuch des Zwangsvollstreckungsrechts, Kapitel 10: Anerkennung und Vollstreckung von Schiedssprüchen), Verlag C. H. Beck 2009
  • "Schiedsvereinbarung und -verfahren für Gesellschafterstreitigkeiten", Anwaltsblatt 2007, p. 396 ff
  • "Die Sicherungsgesellschaft - Der Sicherungsvertrag bei der Sicherungsübereignung als BGB-Gesellschaftsvertrag", Münchener Universitätsschriften, Verlag C.H. Beck, München 2006
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Lectures list

  • HKIAC Roadshow (July 2013): Making Deals - Maximising Opportunities and Managing Risks in Asia (Panel 1: Challenges and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Asia)
  • ICC YAF Global Conference 2013, New York, World Café Session: What makes a good arbitrator?
  • YAAP/ICC YAF Vienna Conference 2013: Young approaches to arbitration (Panel 1: Case management challenges in high profile arbitrations)
  • Generations in Arbitration Hong Kong 2012: Shadow Tribunals – Good Deal or Ordeal?
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Education

  • 2006 - Research assistant for a German Federal Court of Justice lawyer.
  • 2005 - PhD at the University of Munich on secured transactions and corporate law.
  • Trainee lawyer with Higher Regional Court Munich including stint abroad with Alston & Bird, LLP., New York.
  • 2004 - Research assistant at the Institute for Civil Law at the University of Munich.
  • 2002 - Graduated in law from the University of Munich.
  • 2001 - Banking training and employed in the corporate clients department of Credit Suisse.
  • 1998 - Law studies at the University of Munich.
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17 November 2020
CMS Dis­putes Talk
In these un­cer­tain times, glob­al busi­nesses in al­most every sec­tor are fa­cing chal­lenges brought about by an un­pre­ced­en­ted op­er­a­tion­al cli­mate. Ac­tions and de­cisions taken dur­ing and im­me­di­ately after...
10 November 2020
Belt and Road videocast: Avoid­ing and man­aging risks, plan­ning for suc­cess
Leg­al and reg­u­lat­ory is­sues are the risks most of­ten as­so­ci­ated with the Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI), ac­cord­ing to a re­cent CMS sur­vey. In the first videocast of our BRI series, CMS part­ners dis­cuss...
02 October 2020
Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive: the view from Asia-Pa­cific
The Asia-Pa­cific re­gion has seen ex­tens­ive Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) in­vest­ment already, and prom­ises much more. BRI con­tin­ues to evolve des­pite cur­rent head­winds, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and...
17 February 2021
CMS Dis­putes Talk
In these un­cer­tain times, glob­al busi­nesses in al­most every sec­tor are fa­cing chal­lenges brought about by an un­pre­ced­en­ted op­er­a­tion­al cli­mate. Ac­tions and de­cisions taken dur­ing and im­me­di­ately after...
02 June 2020
In­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion law and rules in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is prob­ably the only city in the world with three top-notch in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ral in­sti­tu­tions. These are HKI­AC, CI­ETAC (with its CI­ETAC Hong Kong Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre (CI­ETAC HKAC)), and ICC...
18/03/2020
Crisis Man­age­ment un­der Coronavir­us Out­break - In­vok­ing Force Ma­jeure
Since the out­break of the new coronavir­us, COV­ID-19, we have wit­nessed the con­tinu­ous ripple ef­fects of the spread of the out­break on people's daily lives and busi­ness op­er­a­tions, es­pe­cially busi­nesses...
03 October 2019
In­ter­im meas­ures in Main­land Chinese courts in aid of Hong Kong-seated...
On 1 Oc­to­ber 2019, the Ar­range­ment Con­cern­ing Mu­tu­al As­sist­ance in Court-ordered In­ter­im Meas­ures in Aid of Ar­bit­ral Pro­ceed­ings (the “Ar­range­ment”), con­cluded between China’s Su­preme People’s...
10 April 2019
Parties to Hong Kong ar­bit­ral pro­ceed­ings can ob­tain in­ter­im meas­ures in...
In­tro­duc­tion In many jur­is­dic­tions, a stand­ard fea­ture of in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion is that parties to an ar­bit­ra­tion agree­ment can re­quest in­ter­im re­lief from na­tion­al courts in sup­port of en­su­ing...
21 November 2018
The Hong Kong In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre re­veals its new rules for...
On 1 Novem­ber 2018, the Hong Kong In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre’s (here­after, “HKI­AC”) new ar­bit­ra­tion rules (here­after, “2018 Rules”) came in­to ef­fect. The 2018 Rules ap­ply to all ar­bit­ra­tions...
07 October 2018
IBA An­nu­al Con­fer­ence 2018
Sev­er­al of our part­ners will be at the IBA An­nu­al Meet­ing in Rome, Italy, rep­res­ent­ing a range of jur­is­dic­tions, prac­tice areas and sec­tor spe­cial­isms. To ar­range a meet­ing dur­ing the IBA, please con­tact...
21 November 2017
We­bin­ar: Ar­bit­ra­tion in the Asia Pa­cific: Key re­gimes and how they stack...
As one of fast­est grow­ing eco­nom­ic re­gions glob­ally, the Asia Pa­cific re­gion is a key pri­or­ity mar­ket for many mul­tina­tion­al cor­por­a­tions and in­vestors. In resolv­ing com­plex multi-jur­is­dic­tion­al dis­putes...
07 April 2017
Make In­vest­ment Ar­bit­ra­tion Great Again!
CMS Hong Kong and HKI­AC join forces to share in­sights on ways to more ef­fect­ively re­solve in­vest­ment dis­putes. Neil Ka­plan CBE QC SBS – the fath­er of ar­bit­ra­tion in Hong Kong – will draw a roadmap...