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Dominique Jakob

Full Professor/Owner  |  University of Zurich/Independent adviser
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Switzerland
Germany
Liechtenstein

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Philanthropy and charitable giving
Foundation law

Q&A

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

Relocation of a major, multi-billion trust into a Swiss charitable foundation – this (ongoing) project will have a huge impact in the future.

How did you get into private client?

It was rather a coincidence. Being a young academic and striving for an academic career, I came over the topic of foundation law - a niche topic at the time. By writing a major book on foundation law for Germany and surrounding countries, I fast made my name as the foundation guru. From a Professor position at Zurich University, it took only a matter of days to consult privately. My consultancy then expanded to an international scope into private client work. The private client world found me – and it has been a great symbiosis so far.

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

Be authentic, even if you work for and with important people.

What is your favourite quote?

"Na also, geht doch." (something like: “Ah, there you go”), The Kangaroo from The Kangaroo Chronicles, Marc-Uwe Kling.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Wine, gardening and surfing. I spent a month in Bali during my sabbatical revisiting surfing and the glory of a surfing day.

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

The “Badi” in Zollikon, at the lake just outside of Zurich. It is a traditional public bath, with a very cool and stylish lounge – we’re waiting for it to open!

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