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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
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 140 international arbitrations under all 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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"Nicolas Wiegand […] is also well versed in arbitration proceedings with reference to Asia"

Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

Listed for Arbitration / Dispute Resolution / Mediation

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2019-2021 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

Named a Top Lawyer for Arbitration

WirtschaftsWoche Top-Kanzleien 2021; In Kooperation mit: Handelsblatt Research Institute

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

"'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)

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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  • "HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules", Verlag C.H. Beck, Baden-Baden 2021 (together with Dr. Markus Altenkirch)
  • "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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  • 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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