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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. New challenges in a changing world
    2. Portuguese renewable energy sector heats up with EUR 600m Novenergia sale
    3. Tristan completes EPISO 5 fund raise amidst political turbulence
    4. Coty picks CMS as global adviser following beauty parade
    5. E-Procurement sets new commercial tone for EU contractors
  3. Supporting Growth
    1. Liberty sells European assets to Vodafone in EUR 18.4bn mega-deal
    2. Cinven acquires PPF as European pet food market flourishes
    3. Advance takes centre stage with theatre group acquisition
    4. Advent seals EUR 1.9bn Zentiva deal as healthcare booms
  4. Managing Risk
    1. New lab services agreements for Honeywell following Homes spin-off
    2. Creating a tax-effective structure for a private equity investment
    3. Protecting trade marks across Europe
    4. Markel takes Hippo to task in complex insurance arrears dispute
    5. Climate change liability – new litigation risks
  5. Inside CMS
    1. Facing the future
    2. CMS breaks ground with first global tech start up programme, equIP
    3. From China to Chile: cultural differences and the ties that bind
  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 Laura Houet

Laura Houët
Laura Houët
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What has been your most memorable moment as a lawyer?

Most of this last year since I joined the firm has been overwhelmingly memorable. I’m lucky to have such wonderful colleagues. But even this pales in comparison to my most memorable moment: while working at a law firm in DC, the senior partner took me along to a dinner one evening with Bill Clinton. The clear winning moment. I think I hit peak glamour too early.

If you weren’t a lawyer, how would you earn your living? 

I would run a lovely bookshop cafe. More accurately – I would own one, and spend my days drinking coffee and reading, while it was run for me. Obviously this depends on me not needing a decent standard of living, so it will remain a dream. In a more realistic world, I’d be a diplomat.

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

That your ability to foster and maintain strong relationships must be every bit as good as your ability as a lawyer. We should add value to our clients’ individual roles outside of the billable matter, in a way that is important to them.