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    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
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    1. Coty picks CMS as global adviser following beauty parade
    2. Tristan completes EPISO 5 fund raise amidst political turbulence
    3. Portuguese renewable energy sector heats up with EUR 600m Novenergia sale
    4. New challenges in a changing world
    5. E-Procurement sets new commercial tone for EU contractors
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    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
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    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. CMS breaks ground with first global tech start up programme, equIP
    2. Facing the future
    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 Niklas Zaugg

Niklaus J. Zaugg
Dr Niklaus J. Zaugg, LL.M.
T +41 44 285 11 11

In which CMS office (besides your own) would you like to work and why?

I would choose the CMS office in Singapore as I love Asian culture and food. In addition, living in Singapore would bring me a bit closer to Sydney, Australia. This is a fantastic city where I spent one year during my LL.M. studies.

What has been your most memorable moment as a lawyer?

As a young attorney, I had to apply for a freezing order for a debtor’s assets located in Switzerland. The basis for our application was an old judgment by the German Supreme Court, in which our client had been awarded a bounty. We had to overcome various pitfalls such as matters of transitional law and the conversion of the claim as the bounty had been awarded to our client in German Marks. In the end, the Zurich District Court, which is known to be rather reluctant in issuing freezing orders, fully upheld our application. I will never forget this case, which was extraordinary from beginning to end.

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

Before I joined CMS, I had started a diplomatic career with the Swiss Foreign Ministry. It was a very exciting and enriching experience, and the only reason I left that path was the lack of ‘truly legal work’. So, if I weren’t a lawyer, I would opt for the second-best profession and be a Swiss diplomat again!