Leaders List interview: 60 seconds with Jacopo Crivellaro, Baker McKenzie
Citywealth interviews Jacopo Crivellaro, Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Tax and Global Wealth Management practice groups in Zurich.
Citywealth speaks to Jacopo Crivellaro, Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Tax and Global Wealth Management practice groups in Zurich.
Tell Citywealth’s readers about your role
I am a Partner in Baker McKenzie’s Tax and Global Wealth Management practice groups in Zurich. My practice focuses on assisting high-net-worth individuals and financial institutions on cross-border tax and private client matters.
What are you working on at the moment?
In the past twelve months I have worked extensively on cross-border estates, ranging from advising executors on the estate administration and distribution process to the restructuring of the asset holding structures for the new generation of wealth owners.
What is the biggest challenge you and your firm are currently facing?
The technologies that are currently being developed (including the use of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data analytics) have the potential to radically shape the way our society functions, including the legal profession. Therefore, I am expecting that the very essence of the services that will be required from lawyers will change in the near future.
Are your clients behaving differently in the present era?
Yes, they are. I feel that Covid19 has exacerbated trends that were already starting to emerge. For example, I feel that the ability to convey practical business-oriented solutions is vital in modern practice; merely knowing the law will not be enough if a lawyer cannot advise on how to apply the law pragmatically.
What are the most important personal qualities to succeed in your role?
I believe the following are fundamental: adaptability to changing circumstances, in addition to respect for the opinions and beliefs of others, and the ability to keep a cool head in moments of intense pressure.
What is the most valuable piece of advice you have been given?
“… to thine ownself be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
Hamlet, Act I, Scene III.