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Christian von Oertzen

Partner  |  Flick Gocke Schaumburg
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Germany

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

A lot of international transactional estate planning projects and international probate matters, particularly for Germans in Canada.

How did you get into private client?

The senior partner I worked with came to me whilst I was in international and corporate tax and said “I think this the right type of work for you.” Private client business is more interesting with the personal relationships and the mixture of tax, succession laws and psychology.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Develop your academic skills, write a lot, speak at conferences, but at the same time be an empathic person trying to listen to the client. Try to communicate clearly and not technically, be on time and be always totally reliable.

What is your favourite quote?

"Who thinks who achieved something, has stopped developing himself." Philipp Rosental.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Running, hiking, art, art history and history. And my wife and children!

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

An Italian restaurant – Miro’s.