Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Andreas Kaeser of our member firm, wehinger kaelin ferrari ag in Switzerland!
In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Our firm represents both corporate and private clients with a strong focus on international commercial and corporate law.
Who would be your typical client?
Our typical clients are predominantly high net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs, a large number of which are from abroad, as well as domestic and foreign middle-sized companies.
What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
That due to our lean structures and our professional and language skills, as well as due to our very broad network of partners in the legal and financial field worldwide, we are in a position to meet our clients’ needs in Switzerland and abroad in a cost effective manner.
What has been your most challenging case? Why?
I represented a major football club domiciled in Honduras against an Italian Serie A-club in a transfer related matter. This was and still is challenging, as it deals with an unusual subject matter and went through three different instances, two of them having arbitral character (FIFA and the International Court for Sport). On the other hand, for me as an enthusiastic football fan, this case is also fascinating.
What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
When a long-time client sold his company to a multinational for an astonishing price with the help of a small team of our firm – the multinational was represented by a huge delegation of a big law firm together with Deloitte.
What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I am a father of seven and half years old twins, which sometimes can be quite a challenge; besides that I do a lot of sports such as football, swimming and bicycling.
What would surprise people most about you?
That I sometimes take myself not too seriously, despite being a lawyer….
What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
There have been a lot of really good experiences, however, if I had to point out one single event, I would choose the speech of old German Chancellor Helmut Kohl at the famous hotel Adlon in Berlin at the occasion of the ILN meeting 2006, which was the first meeting I attended. Helmut Kohl’s presence was tremendous, and all of a sudden, history became presence. I still have his signed biography from that day in my office.
What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Probably I would have entered in Switzerland’s Foreign Service as I always was and still am interested in international affairs and all issues related thereto.
If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
How would you like to be remembered?
As a good father to my children and as a loyal friend.