Gathering of experts across the globe who advise Russian & CIS HNWIs & UHNWIs

2 - 3 February 2021

Zürich Marriott Hotel, Zürich

2020 SPEAKER CONFIRMATIONS

Charlie Bain is Chief Operating Officer at Digitalis, a technology company that specialises in online reputation management, crisis communications and digital privacy and risk.

 

Charlie has 25 years’ experience within the sectors of risk consulting, communications and journalism. He is widely recognised as a leading expert in advising clients on their digital footprint and the affect this has on their reputation. During his career, he has helped a number of leading families, global corporates and prominent individuals understand the nascent field of internet risk and digital crisis communications.

 

Following a career in journalism for several UK newspapers covering crime and foreign news, including the war in Afghanistan in 2001 and the 9/11 attacks on New York, Charlie was appointed Head of Private Clients at risk management firm G3 Good Governance Group. During his seven years at the company, he was Head Of Europe, Managing Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive overseeing the firm’s expansion into international markets and the launch of its cyber practice.

Sergei has been practising English corporate law for more than 20 years, most recently as a partner in our corporate practice.

 

Sergei is a UK-qualified transactional corporate lawyer based in London. He is bilingual in English and Russian.

 

Sergei specialises in corporate finance and M&A transactions with a strong focus on emerging and frontier markets. He has acted for issuers and shareholders on several successful London IPOs, both Main Market and AIM. He has also advised on international private equity and debt investments, complex cross-border joint ventures and shareholder arrangements.

 

Geography of jurisdictions where Sergei has had first-hand experience and developed trusted relationships with local counsel include most of the former Soviet Union, such as Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and the Caucuses.

 

Since 2014, Sergei has developed particular expertise in the area of international sanctions related to Russia, not only from the compliance and regulatory perspective but also in the transactional context. Over the years he also has advised clients in relation to several significant disputes in Russia and internationally.

 

Since 2016, Sergei has been a member of the International Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales.

Mark advises global wealthy families, their businesses and wealth holding structures, and the institutions that service them. He is most noted advising families resident or investing in multiple highly taxed and regulated jurisdictions such as the US or EU where they are affected by complex multi-jurisdictional tax and legal issues.

 

Mark’s practice includes advising on matters of automatic exchange of tax information (including CRS and FATCA), anti-money laundering regimes and information registers (including 4 and 5AMLD), and requirements to report cross border transactions and tax schemes (including DAC6 and CRS Mandatory Disclosure Rules). It also includes the regularisation of untaxed assets particularly where there is a multi-jurisdictional dimension.

 

Mark also advises on matters of UK taxation including the remittance basis of taxation for non-domiciliaries, matters of UK tax residency and the taxation of UK real estate particularly for clients with US or European connections.

 

Mark is admitted to practise in England and Wales and as a foreign lawyer to the EU list of the supervisory commission of lawyers for the canton of Zurich and the Swiss Federation. Mark is a member of the IBA and the STEP Zurich branch committee.  He is a permanent Swiss resident with his family in the canton of Zug.

Kecia is the founder and CEO of VALUEworks, a Multi-Family Office based in Zurich and leads the development of its innovative, values-based service offering, focussing on family advisory, investment consulting and holistic management of wealth holding structures. She started her career with GAM in Zurich and Bermuda, before joining Coopers & Lybrand’s private client team as vice president. She speaks and publishes on family governance, philanthropy and trust matters. 

 

Kecia is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Deputy Chair of its global Business Families Group and served as judge at the STEP Private Client Awards. She spearheaded the creation of the Swiss Association of Trust Companies (SATC), which she presided from 2007 to 2012. Kecia’s passion for strategic philanthropic giving led her to co-found the Zurich Roundtable of Philanthropy and initiate the exclusive Swiss Women + Philanthropy Network.

 

Kecia has a Master in Law from Zurich University and an MBA from Heriott Watt University. Citywealth has named Kecia among its IFC Power Women from 2013 to 2019.

Maxim Alekseyev is a co-founder and Senior Partner of ALRUD, head of ALRUD Private client and Tax practices. He graduated from the Moscow State University of International Relations.


Maxim is an expert in foreign economic and business activity, investments, corporate and commercial issues. Maxim Alekseyev leads projects dealing both with Russian and foreign partners within the territory of Russia and abroad. In his private client practice, Maxim Alekseyev has extensive experience in advising high wealth individuals on various types of issues to help them manage and secure their assets, business and family relations. He advises clients on different aspects of estate planning and administration, personal wealth management, as well as family business governance, risk management in respect of assets protection. Maxim is also highly recognized in domestic and international taxation projects, including resolution of tax disputes. Maxim Alekseyev is acknowledged as a leading Russian expert focusing on private wealth planning, succession, on-shore and off-shore structures, private banking and individual taxation.


Maxim is an author of numerous publications, including Russian chapters for Thomson Reuters' Private Client Tax and Art Collecting Legal Handbook editions, STEP - Family Office and Getting the Deal Through - Private Client.


Maxim Alekseyev is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is also a frequent speaker at foreign and domestic conferences and seminars.

 

Languages

  • Russian
  • English

 

Rankings and Awards

  • Best Lawyers, 2017 recommends Maxim Alekseyev for Corporate law and M&A
  • Recommended in Band 1 by Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2017
  • Russia’s Best Lawyers 2013 edition recommends Maxim Alekseyev as one of the best lawyers in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions 
  • Maxim Alekseyev is recommended by The European Legal Experts 2013 for Corporate and M&A law and Tax
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2013 recommends Maxim Alekseyev for Corporate Tax
  • PLC Which Lawyer 2012 recommends Maxim Alekseyev as an expert in tax practice in Russia 
  • Tax Directors Handbook appreciates Maxim Alekseyev as “highly regarded senior partner”

Mark focuses on divorce and family law, in particular international cases and those involving trusts. He also deals with pre-nuptial and pre-civil partnership agreements.

Mark was ranked one of the top ten UK family lawyers in Spear’s Wealth Management’s Family Law Index 2017, 2018 and 2019 and was described as “without doubt the best technician in London”.

Darlene Hart is Founder of US Tax & Financial Services (est. 1986). With offices in London, Zurich and Geneva, and clients in over 30 countries, the firm provides US tax advice, planning, and compliance services for individuals, partnerships, corporations, trusts and estates throughout the world.

 

Darlene has over 30 years of tax, accounting, financial and retirement planning experience. Her dynamic presentations on tax and financial matters, including the growing global transparency of the tax industry, make her a sough-after speaker to other professionals, banks, investors, accountants and the general public.

 

She also spends a lot of time helping family offices, financial institutions, trust companies and fund administrators deal with the US Tax compliance and consulting issues. Given the major changes in US corporate tax law, every client which with US LLC’s in their structures, now have annual filing requirements. All US owned foreign structures, need to be reviewed in light of the new GILTI legislation, which directly affects their bottom line worldwide tax liabilities.


Darlene holds a BS in Accounting and a MS in Tax from the University of Houston. She is an Enrolled Agent and a member of the Association of International Accountants.

Brian Fleming's practice focuses on investigations and compliance counseling in matters at the intersection of international trade and national security with an emphasis on economic sanctions, export controls, and foreign direct investment. Mr. Fleming advises leading U.S. and foreign companies on compliance issues implicating the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). Mr. Fleming also conducts internal investigations, coordinates responses to subpoenas and other investigative demands, and represents companies and individuals in government enforcement actions, including criminal cases brought by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

 

Mr. Fleming counsels U.S. and foreign companies with respect to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) process from pre-transaction risk assessments to preparation of voluntary and mandatory CFIUS filings and management of mitigation agreements. Additionally, Mr. Fleming concentrates on core national security issues and advises clients on matters relating to cybersecurity, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI), the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and DOJ investigations of media leaks and disclosures of classified information.

 

Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, Mr. Fleming served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at DOJ where he advised senior DOJ leadership on sensitive legal and policy issues pertaining to economic sanctions and export controls, cybersecurity, intellectual property theft, FARA, and Team Telecom, among others. Mr. Fleming also managed DOJ's review of all CFIUS matters and advised on numerous transactions and mitigation proposals across various industries.

 

Initially, Mr. Fleming joined DOJ as a Trial Attorney in the National Security Division's Counterintelligence and Export Control Section where he investigated and prosecuted U.S. and foreign companies and individuals in connection with export control and economic sanctions violations, cyber intrusions, economic espionage, and unauthorized disclosures of classified information, including media leaks.

 

Mr. Fleming began his legal career at a prominent Washington, DC law firm where he defended individuals and companies in government enforcement actions and complex civil disputes.

Nicholas Jacob, since qualifying in 1982, has specialised in taxation and trusts and is a specialist in Family Governance and Succession Planning. He focusses on the psychological issues as well as the legal issues, thus providing a holistic exercise.

 

He advises trustees all over the world.  In particular, he acts for a number of substantial institutions in relation to trust drafting, risk assessment and other non-contentious issues.  One of his other specialisations is acting for trustees in situations where beneficiaries are divorcing. 

 

He has been nominated by Who's Who as one of the top ten private client practitioners in the world, is listed in the top category globally in Chambers Global Legal Directory. A significant part of his practice in acting for clients from Hong Kong, Singapore, and other East Asian countries, as well as a number of major shareholders in listed and private companies.

 

Nick has recently retired from the International Board of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He is also a member of the International Fiscal Association and the International Tax Planning Association.

Anouch advises her clients in all matters relating to superyachts, including building projects, sales, acquisitions and financing, ownership structures and operation of superyachts. She assists her clients with the negotiating, drafting and execution of sale, purchase and financing contracts, build contracts, and management and crewing contracts. Her knowledge extends to the structuring and implementation of superyacht owning and holding structures, maritime law compliance and dispute resolution.

 

Memberships

  • Member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • Member of the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce

Dr Johanna Niegel joined Allgemeines Treuunternehmen (ATU) after having worked with international law firms in Moscow, New York, Budapest, and Vienna.

 

She is the Head of ATU's Russia & CIS Desk, having over twenty years of experience in working with Russian private clients. Johanna has specialized in international private foundations and trusts as well as tax. Apart from work, she teaches trust law in the master programme at the University of Liechtenstein and has been editing Trusts & Trustees ‘Private Foundations: A World Review’ from its inception in 2004. She is also editor to the survey book entitled ‘Private Foundations World Survey’, published by Oxford University Press in August 2013. Johanna took a doctorate in law at the University of Vienna Law School, Austria, and graduated with a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Law, New York, having obtained a Fulbright scholarship.

 

She was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and holds the Parker School Recognition of Achievement with Honors in International and Foreign Law. Johanna is the Chairman of STEP Liechtenstein and was awarded the STEP Founder’s Award in 2017. Apart from German, she is fluent in English, Russian, French and Italian.

Ayzo Eysinga is a partner and lawyer at AKD and provides clients with international tax solutions on a variety of cross-border transactions including private equity, real estate, mergers and acquisitions, financing, fund structuring and joint ventures. He also advises a broad range of American multinationals about Luxemburg corporation tax because that affects cross-border acquisitions, project financing, structured financing, securitizations, private equity and venture capital funds, and corporate reorganizations.

 

Ayzo’s clients are predominantly US and UK private equity and venture capital firms. They praised his hands-on, pro-active and solution-oriented approach and this enables Ayzo to find efficient and careful solutions for complex matters.

 

Ayzo teaches at the University of Luxembourg and regularly participates in seminars and panels. He is also ranked in Chambers and Legal 500.

For over 15 years, Andrey has been providing advice on civil law and taxation. As head of an international practice and tax manager, he provided tax advice where he was involved in projects to provide legal and tax support to foreign companies in Russia. Andrey’s professional interests include international taxation and the application of legislation concerning controlled foreign companies (CFCs). Before joining Pepeliaev Group, Andrey worked for international consulting firms.

 

Andrey advises high-net-worth individual clients and families on international tax, wealth succession matters, managing global information reporting and tax obligations. 

 

Andrey has authored numerous articles on international tax issues in the prominent journal “Nalogoved”. He is a member of the IFA international tax association.

Nicola graduated from the University of Milan “Luigi Bocconi” and holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Taxation from the University of Leiden (The Netherlands). He is admitted to the Italian Bar and is also qualified as Italian chartered accountant.

 

He is a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, as well as its vice President for Europe and Chair of its Tax Committee. He is an international fellow of ACTEC. He is a member of STEP and a member of some of its global committees such as the International Client Global SIG Steering Committee and the EU Public Policy Committee.

 

He leads the EU tax law course at the LL.M. of the King's College in London.

 

He is author of many publications on Italian tax matters and is frequent speaker at conferences.

 

His areas of expertise include taxation of trusts, estates and HNWIs; estate planning in general; and international and EU tax law.

William Barry regularly advises boards of directors, companies, and financial institutions on a broad range of issues involving white collar and securities enforcement, transactional due diligence and compliance with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), money laundering, economic sanctions, and insider trading requirements.

 

Mr. Barry guides clients through the complex issues involved in responding to inquiries from domestic and international regulators regarding issues of accounting fraud, foreign bribery, money laundering, and other financial crimes. He represents clients faced with the challenge of responding to competing demands in parallel proceedings, such as internal reviews, government investigations, and private civil actions.

 

Mr. Barry is a member of the American Bar Association's International Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Committee and International Anti-Corruption Committee. He has been designated as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist by ACAMS, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

 

Mr. Barry is the chairman of Olney Boys & Girls Club, a non-profit sports association that serves approximately 5,800 children and their families in Maryland. 

Christian Gattiker-Ericsson, CFA, CAIA, is Chief Strategist & Head of Research at Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. Previously, he held positions at other Swiss banks including global equity strategist, equity analyst and economic editor. Mr. Gattiker-Ericsson's research has included the analysis of global industrial sectors, equity strategy, and investment decisions across asset classes. He is a leading economic commentator for Julius Baer in the media, known for his contributions on CNBC and Bloomberg as well as to newspapers such as the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Berne.

Michael Vlahovic graduated in Political Science at the Nottingham University and began his banking career at Hill Samuel. He moved to Switzerland in 1984 and worked at Bank von Ernst & Cie until 1990 when he became a Relationship Manager in the Private Banking Division of Nomura. 

 

Michael was at Credit Suisse between 1995 and 2010.  He held a number of roles including Regional Head, Northern Europe and Southern Africa Desks for Zurich and Geneva; Managing Director; Market Group Head for UK, Northern & Eastern Europe, Israel, South Africa and Russia and latterly was Market Group Head for Russia, CEE and Greece. In May 2010 he joined Coutts & Co, Ltd in Zurich as Global Head, Eastern and Central Europe, Chair/CEO of the Monaco Branch and was a Member of the Management Committee.

 

Michael joined EFG Bank in Zurich in July 2015 as Managing Director, Global Coordinator Russia/CIS and in July 2017 he moved to EFG Private Bank in London and was appointed Head of Private Banking.

Olga is English and Russian qualified tax and wealth planning expert with over 20 years of experience in major Anglo-Saxon law firms. At the end of 2016 Olga left her role as a partner of Withers LLP to launch her own boutique law firm “Boltenko Law” aiming to add greater value to her clients. Olga achieves this by devoting more of her own time to the select number of clients and by offering effective solutions to problems of wealthy families.

 

Olga’s firm  focus is on Russian, UK and international tax matters for wealthy entrepreneurs from the CIS region, with an emphasis on tax efficient cross-border financing structures and international corporate operations. In addition, Boltenko Law works with family offices providing solutions to complex tax, succession and private wealth management issues for wealthy families and entrepreneurs from Russia and CIS.

 

Olga is actively engaged in the wider profession.  She is a member of International Bar Association (Chair of Individual Tax and Private Client Committee, 2015- 2016), Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, International Academy of Trust and Estate Lawyers. 

She organizers and chairs a number of professional events on a regular basis and often is a guest speaker at major professional events.

 

Olga is named in Legal 500 Directory and in Chambers & Partners. She is listed in The Private Client Global Elite 2017 rating.

Filippo is a Partner in Mishcon Private. A dual qualified English solicitor and Swiss lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) he advises clients on international tax and estate planning issues. Able to approach both common law and civil law issues from a practical perspective, he routinely advises on the establishment and restructuring of both trusts and foundations as well as on UK and international tax and succession planning issues, including family governance and disputes. Filippo has also advised a number of governments on the introduction of private foundations' laws and successfully lobbied the Swiss government on the recognition of trusts in 2007 (various amendments to ratification bill).

More recently, he appeared as an expert before the Council of Europe and the EU data protection authorities in connection with the introduction of the OECD's Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and the EU's Beneficial Ownership Registers.

Filippo is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law.

Michael Addison is a senior wealth planner with UBS Switzerland AG's Ultra High Net Worth / Global Family Office Wealth Planning team based in Zurich. He provides international tax and legal consulting services to the bank's UHNW / GFO clients. His main areas of focus include estate and succession planning matters; family asset protection structures; transaction structuring issues; legal, tax and regulatory / compliance issues relating to family offices; implementing trust and corporate holding structures; private fund structures and international relocation services. He is also a frequent speaker at UBS conferences and external events.

 

Michael studied law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and qualified as a Barrister and Solicitor in the Province of British Columbia in 1996. He also holds a BA (Honours) from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Michael has been a member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) for more than 15 years and is a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP).

 

Before joining UBS, Michael worked for a major UK bank as a wealth planner. In that role, he primarily worked with clients from the UK, Scandinavian, Israeli and Russian / CIS markets. He also worked as the Tax Director at a major independent trust company on the Isle of Man and was a Senior Tax Manager with EY (Ernst & Young) in Canada, focusing on private client tax planning, including cross-border US planning, and mergers and acquisitions matters.

 

Most of his current clients are based in the Russian Federation, the Ukraine, Turkey, certain Asia Pacific countries and the Middle East. His clients generally have complex cross-border tax and legal issues, either at a personal or corporate level. Michael also has a comprehensive understanding of US, UK and Swiss tax and legal issues that typically concern UHNW private clients.

Charlie is a Director of Stonehage Fleming and responsible for the implementation of the US FATCA, UK FATCA and OECD CRS regimes, across the Group.

 

Charlie joined the Group in 2006 and was based in our London office before moving to Switzerland in 2009. Prior to this he worked at the UK Financial Services Authority for five years where he was responsible for the supervision of Corporate Finance and small Asset Management firms. Before this he worked for the NatWest Group, where he initially started his career and for the last ten years he was responsible for the oversight of the offshore centres for the Coutts Group. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Dr. Johannes Gasser is senior partner of GASSER PARTNER Rechtsanwälte, formerly Batliner Gasser, one of the leading law firms in Liechtenstein and a Chambers Global top tier firm, which was established in 1954. Dr Gasser is ranked by Chambers Global as a “leading individual” in Liechtenstein. He is admitted to the Liechtenstein and Austrian Bar and specializes in challenging and defending Liechtenstein foundations and trusts in international and cross border litigation and arbitration. In recent cases, he has handled complex litigation on trust matters involving trustee removals and liabilities. Dr. Gasser is a frequent speaker at the Liechtenstein University on foundation and trust law issues, legal expert witness in UK and other courts on Liechtenstein law, a member of the Judiciary Selection Panel by appointment of H.H. the Prince of Liechtenstein, a member (Trust Estate Practitioner) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (IAETL) and chairman of the Liechtenstein Arbitration Association.


Admitted

  • 1999, Austria
  • 2001, Liechtenstein

 

Areas of practice

  • Corporate Law
  • Foundation and Trust law
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • White collar crime

 

Education

  • Graduation from the Faculty of law of the University of Innsbruck (1995)
  • Dr. iur. (1996)
  • Post-Graduate on European Law (1998)
  • Master of Laws, LL.M., Schloss Hofen, Austria (2003)
  • Leadership in Law Firms Executive Programme, Harvard Law School (2018)

 

Memberships

  • Chairman of the Liechtenstein Arbitration Association
  • Member of Liechtenstein Judiciary Selection Panel
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Treuhandkammer Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein
  • Institute of Professional Trustees and Fiduciaries)
  • IBA, Legalink, UIA
  • Frequent lecturer at the University of Liechtenstein

 

Languages
German, English, French, Spanish

Philippe is Head of our Fiduciary Division in Neuchâtel and the Group’s Fiduciary services in Switzerland.

He joined the Group in 2007 after working for several years as an Attorney at law in Berne and Geneva specialising in corporate and commercial law. Philippe graduated from the University of Zurich in 1996 with a Law degree (Lic.iur.). He qualified as an Attorney at law and was admitted to the Bar of the Canton of Berne in 1999. Philippe also obtained a Post Graduate diploma in Law from the University of Geneva in 2004. Philippe is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and a member of the Committee of the Swiss Association of Trust Companies (SATC).

Walter H. Boss' practice focuses mainly on domestic and international tax law, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate law and commercial law. He also advises private clients and represents his clients in tax-related litigations.

Admitted to the Swiss Bar since 1980.

Professional career
Poledna Boss Kurer Attorneys at law, Partner (2008-2015)
Blum Attorneys at law, Partner (2001-2007)
Pestalozzi Attorneys at law, Partner (1991-2001)
Ernst & Young, New York, International Services Office, Partner (1988-1991)
Ernst & Young, Zürich, Tax Department (1986-1987)
Attorney at law in Lugano (1984-1986)
Federal Tax Administration, International Law Department, Legal Counsel; Swiss Delegate at the OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs in Paris (1980-1984)

Specialization:

  • International taxation
  • Wealth tax
  • Tax audits and litigation
  • Sports Law

 

Client profiles:

  • Small and medium sized businesses, Major groups
  • Private banks, Family Office
  • Professional sport club, associations and federations
  • Individuals and Managers

 

Career:

  • AyacheSalama (since 2015)
  • Eversheds Paris LLP (2004-2015)
  • Coudert Frères (2002 -2004)
  • Arthur Andersen International Paris (1991 – 2002)

 

Degrees:

  • DESS business tax law (Paris IX – Dauphine)
  • Master’s degree in business law and tax law (Paris II – Assas)

 

Professional affiliations:

  • IFA (International Fiscal Association)
  • IACF (French Tax Lawyers Institute)
  • AADS (French Association of the Sports Law’s Lawyers) co-founder
  • AIAF (International Association of the Football Lawyers)

Vasilisa Strizh represents global and domestic strategic and financial investors across multiple industries, including financial services, mass media and telecommunications, energy, and pharmaceuticals and life sciences.

Vasilisa’s practice focuses on cross-border investment, joint venture, and merger and acquisition transactions. Vasilisa also counsels on corporate governance and compliance and advises on capital market transactions and related regulatory matters.

 

She has served as lead lawyer on complex corporate projects, including acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures, public and private equity offerings, financing, and structured settlements.

 

Vasilisa serves as the Managing Partner of the Moscow office.

 

Vasilisa also leads Morgan Lewis’s pro bono legal services in Russia, providing advice to charities and other nonprofits helping persons of limited means.

 

Daniel Bleuer studied at the University of St. Gallen and graduated with a master's degree in economics and law. He then worked for several law firms in Zurich, St. Gallen and Miami (USA).

 

He is a Swiss admitted lawyer and public notary in the canton of St. Gallen. As a lawyer, he advises and represents his clients, nationally and internationally, primarily in the areas of commercial law, contract law, migration law, inheritance law and tax law. As a public notary, he is authorised to certify testamentary dispositions, company resolutions and contracts with effect throughout Switzerland, but also throughout Europe in accordance with the relevant provisions of the bilateral agreements with the European Union.

 

Daniel Bleuer speaks German, English and Spanish.

Thomas Stoltz heads the notarial services as well as the employment, migration and social security practice areas of Bär & Karrer. He manages the Zug office.


Thomas Stoltz advises national and international clients mainly located in the Zug business area on all legal issues related to corporate, commercial and employment law. He also specializes in questions of Swiss migration law.

 In his capacity as civil law notary, Thomas Stoltz is regularly responsible for the notarial acts in the various national and cross-border M&A transactions and IPOs assisted by Bär & Karrer.

Practice Areas
Notarial Services | Employment | Corporate & Commercial | Mergers & Acquisitions | Private Clients | Social Security & Pension | Fintech | Startup Desk

 

Languages

  • German, English, Dutch

 

Curriculum

  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2007)
  • University of Toronto: LL.M. (2003-2004)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (2000-2007)
  • Civil Law Notary in the Canton of Zug (2000)
  • Admitted to the Zug Bar (2000)
  • Law Clerk at the Administrative Court of Zug (1999)
  • Law Clerk at the Cantonal Court of Zug (1998)
  • Trainee at a Swiss law firm (1997)
  • University of Leiden / NL (1994-1995)
  • University of Fribourg: lic. iur. (1992-1997)

 

Memberships and Public Offices

  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Zug Bar Association
  • Member of the Zug Bar Exam Commission of Experts
  • European Employment Lawyers Association
  • Swiss Federation of Civil Law Notaries
  • Association of Lawyers of Central Switzerland
  • Chairman of the Board of the "Dutch Business Round Table", Zug

 

Admission
All Swiss Courts

 

Paolo Panico is an avocat à la cour in Luxembourg, a Scottish solicitor and an advocate in Romania. He is also chairman of Private Trustees SA, an independent trust and corporate service provider in Luxembourg. He has an academic interest in the law of trusts and foundations and teaches courses at the University of Luxembourg and the University of Liechtenstein. He has published, among other works, Private Foundations. Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2014) and International Trust Laws (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2017). He is an academic of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, deputy chairman of the International Tax Planning Association and chairman of the STEP Europe Region.

Masters Graduate in Business Administration at the University of Bologna (Italy). After a period of training in England in 1994, he attained the State Degree in Professional Accountancy and Business Law Advisor (“Dottore Commercialista”). He is an equity partner in the Firm. He deals with corporate, tax and estate reorganisations, principally with regard to extraordinary finance operations and family business issues. He is Professor at SDA BOCCONI on the Executive Master’s Degree programme in Corporate Banking and Finance, in addition to publishing numerous articles in the specialist press, within Italy and abroad. 

Roi is Managing Director of the Swiss offices of Sqope S.A based in Geneva and responsible for Switzerland, Monaco and Liechtenstein.

 

Roi joined the Group in 2014 and provides due-diligence services for leading Swiss banks, external wealth managers and family offices as part of KYC process. He works together with senior managements and compliance officers on sensitive cases and as part of large projects.

 

Before joining Sqope, Roi worked several years as an Israeli attorney in prestigious law firms in Tel-Aviv for large corporate clients and later as senior consultant in the Risk & Advisory department of Ernst & Young, advising international financial companies on different regulatory topics and monitoring process.



Roi holds LL.B (Law), B.A in Business Administration and Executive MBA from The University of Geneva (with distinction).

Kamen is a Bulgarian advocate and a Registered European Lawyer with the Bar in England.

 

Kamen graduated in law from the University of Cambridge, England. He has a wide experience in both transactional and contentious matters in various sectors and geographic markets, having lived and worked in Russia, Japan and Saudi Arabia as well as Bulgaria and the UK.

 

He is fluent to a native standard in English, and also speaks fluent French, German, Italian and Russian. Kamen is a member of the Bar European Group, the Intellectual Property Institute both in the UK, and is a mentor to startup companies through Europe's largest accelerator, Seedcamp.

Matthew Howson is a member of our London office, specialising in BVI and Cayman trust law, general private client and estate planning matters. His clients include individuals and families, trust companies and family offices, as well as institutional clients such as banks.

 

Prior to joining us in 2016, Matthew worked at leading London private client firm Penningtons Manches LLP. His current practice includes creating, administering and advising on often complex trust structures. He also drafts wills covering BVI assets, and administers BVI estates. His work invariably has an international and multi-jurisdictional dimension.

 

Matthew is a full member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), and has contributed to publications such as the Trusts & Estates Law & Tax Journal, Private Client Adviser, and LexisNexis Seminars.

Prior to joining the Bureau, Dmitry, as part of well-known Russian and international law firms, successfully defended the interests of Russian and international companies in complex property and corporate disputes in both domestic and international commercial arbitration courts.

 

Dmitriy’s experience encompasses comprehensive court protection of business from raider attacks and protection of interests of investors in disputes over control of business, complex handling of bankruptcy cases, coordination of litigation processes in Russia and abroad within uniform strategy for defense of the client’s interests.

 

Dmitry specializes in internal dispute resolution, international commercial arbitration, conflict of law issues, conflicts of jurisdictions, enforcement of foreign judgements, bankruptcy, disputes concerning construction and intellectual property, criminal law protection of business.

 

Dmitriy has provided legal opinions in high-profile cases in England, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and Cyprus.

 

Dmitriy is fluent in English and French.

 

Projects:

  • Defending the interests of a foreign investor in a conflict concerning the control over a Russian bank, representing the interests of a holding company in a set of disputes at Russian arbitration courts, LCIA, State Courts of Cyprus and the United Kingdom, criminal law protection;
  • Representing the interests of the investment division of a large Russian bank in a conflict over a group of Russian factories (including elaboration, legal support and implementation of the strategy for establishment of the effective control over the factories, formation of the legal service of the key factory and maintenance of its operation during transit period, control over bankruptcy of two factories, handling of enforcements proceedings) at state commercial courts and courts of general jurisdiction;
  • Representing the interests of a foreign investor of a large company in a dispute over control of the nickel ore mine;
  • Defending the interests of a large construction company in a conflict with a contractor over the construction of an electrical station complex and high-voltage power lines (development of an evidence base with cumulative evidence in the absence of documentation for half of the work done, successful recovery of the indebtedness), the bankruptcy of the contractor (exposed and successfully combated the scheme for fraudulent conveyance of money through promissory notes, a criminal case was open)

 

 

 

 

Kirill specializes in tax law, particularly in corporate and private taxation, tax dispute resolution, transfer pricing issues and international tax planning.

 

Kirill is experienced in providing legal assistance and advice to a wide range of domestic and international clients doing business in many different sectors (automotive industry, construction development, metal industry, FMCG, advertising, food and non-food retail, financial services, pharmaceuticals, service industry, oil and gas industry, IT and others) on various tax issues, related to tax regime of inbound investments, as well as current domestic and international business operations. Kirill provided tax support in M&A transactions and in the setting up of joint ventures. 

 

Kirill has extensive experience of litigating tax cases involving Russian and international companies both at the pre-trial (administrative) and trial stages (in Russian commercial courts) re the assessments of corporate profit tax, VAT, corporate property tax, personal income tax and other Russian taxes, including cases over the application of tax treaties ratified by the Russian Federation.

 

Kirill provides legal advice to private clients on matters related to personal taxation, including tax deductions, tax reliefs, controlled foreign companies (CFC) rules and deoffshorization.

 

Kirill’s scope of professional knowledge and experience also includes transaction support, commercial disputes and bankruptcy cases. Kirill has significant experience of advising clients on civil and corporate legislation, financial market regulations, administrative litigation (litigation of cases over administrative offences).

 

Prior to joining the Bureau, Kirill worked as a member of the tax teams of leading Russian and international law firms.

 

Kirill has been named a leading tax lawyer in Russia for several years in a row by International Tax Leaders and Tax Controversy Leaders / International Tax Review. Kirill was selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Russia 2019 Edition.

 

Kirill has numerous media publications on the subjects of tax legislation to his credit.

 

Kirill is fluent in English and French.

The Hon. Peter Charles David is Minister for Foreign Affairs and Labor in Grenada. After the 1999 general elections, he qualified as a barrister-at-law and continued his political career. He has been a member of the House of Representatives from the town of St. Georges and served as the Deputy General Secretary of the New National Party. He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from July 2008 to November 2010 and subsequently served as Minister of Tourism until April 2012.

Mohammed Asaria is Managing Director and Board Member of Range Developments, an
international luxury hospitality development company that develops luxury resorts in the
Eastern Caribbean under Citizenship-by-Investment programs.


Born and raised in England, Mr. Asaria has a dual background in law and investment banking. A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, he began his career at Lovells, the international law firm. An interest in structured finance and investment banking led him to move to HSBC prior to founding Range Developments, the company that has grown to become the leading Citizenship-by-Investment developer in the Eastern Caribbean. Range

 

Developments is the only developer to have completed two 5-star resorts under Citizenship-by-Investment Programs – Park Hyatt St. Kitts and the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski, Dominica. Range Developments has gained a reputation for developing ultra luxury, high end resorts that are transformational Construction of Range Development’s third Citizenship-by-Investment project, Six Senses La Sagesse, Grenada will commence imminently.

Robert Amsterdam is an international lawyer with 35 years experience working on high-profile cases in emerging markets. His law firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP, with offices in London and Washington DC, is frequently sought after for its unique practice areas which explore synergies between public international law, international criminal law, and political advocacy.

 

Amsterdam has been retained by multinational mining and energy corporations on issues pertaining to resource nationalism and expropriation, while also representing sovereigns in disputes with foreign investors. His unique blend of political advocacy and international law has led to his retention by several world leaders, such as the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, among other high profile figures.

 

With significant experience on the ground in emerging economies across Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, Amsterdam has successively settled disputes for major corporations such as PWC and the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts Group, while also advising companies on opening new markets and managing political risk.

 

The law firm is well known for its pro bono practice in human rights, including the defense of the award-winning democracy activist Dr. Chee Soon Juan of Singapore, Ilya Ponomarev, an exiled Russian State Duma Deputy, and the journalist Stephan Templ, who recently became the first Jewish political prisoner of Austria. The firm has also represented Georges Tadonki, a United Nations employee who survived a campaign of intimidation by officials in Zimbabwe – a case which resulted in Amsterdam & Partners LLP being awarded the 2013 Global Pro Bono Dispute of the Year Award from American Lawyer.

 

Amsterdam has also represented high profile political prisoners, such as the former head of the Yukos oil company in Russia, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was successfully released into freedom.

 

As a prolific columnist and blogger, Amsterdam’s writings have been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Fordham International Law Journal, among other publications. Amsterdam has made several television appearances on networks such as CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, and Fox News. A profile feature of Amsterdam was published in the magazine American Lawyer in February 2012.

 

Amsterdam is a member of the Canadian and International Bar Associations, and is licensed as a solicitor in the United Kingdom. He earned his BA from Carleton University in Ottawa, and studied law at Queen’s University in Ontario (LLB).

Boris Bruk is of counsel in Dentons’ Moscow office. He specializes in general corporate and international tax law and has considerable experience in advising on tax aspects of corporate restructurings.

In particular, Boris advises clients on tax structuring in connection with financing joint ventures in Russia, cross border transactions, and inbound and outbound investments. His work has involved the development of tax-efficient personal and corporate holding structures and the structuring of financing and IP holding activities, as well as counselling with regard to the mitigation of identified tax exposures. Boris' background also includes IPO-related tax consulting services.

Experience

  • An international oil & gas industry group: Advising on  corporate reorganisation of its Russian operations.
  • International hotel management groups, as well as the hotel owners: Advising on various tax issues arising from hotel operations and management in Russia.
  • A pharmaceutical company: Reviewing and restructuring the domestic supply structure.
  • Russian shipping company: Advising on tax structuring.
  • International R&D, consumer goods and hospitality industry companies: Advising on ensuring tax compliance and obtaining tax refunds.
  • Russian construction group: Advising tax structuring of its operations in the EU.

Recognition

  • Chambers Europe 2017: leading tax expert in Russia; "He's very strong in international taxation." "His advice is amazing."
  • Best Lawyers 2017: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Tax Controversy Leaders 2017: leading tax litigator in Russia
  • Indirect Tax Leaders 2017: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Chambers Europe 2016: leading tax expert in Russia; “Very well-known tax specialist”
  • Tax Controversy Leaders 2016: leading tax litigator in Russia
  • Indirect Tax Leaders 2016: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Best Lawyers 2016: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Chambers Global and Europe 2015: leading tax expert in Russia; “He is a visible figure on the market, frequently contributing to industry events.”
  • The Legal 500 2015: recommended international tax law expert in Russia
  • Tax Directors Handbook 2015: recommended tax expert in Russia
  • Best Lawyers 2015: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Indirect Tax Leaders 2015: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Chambers Global and Europe 2014: leading tax expert in Russia; “Clients appreciate Boris Bruk's ‘exact and effective advice’ and describe him as an ‘intelligent lawyer’.”
  • The Legal 500 2014: recommended tax expert in Russia; “Boris Bruk combines ‘a deep theoretical knowledge of the law’ with strong expertise in corporate restructurings.”
  • Tax Directors Handbook 2014: recommended tax expert in Russia
  • Best Lawyers 2014: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Chambers Global 2013: leading tax expert in Russia; “Boris Bruk is noted for his knowledge of international tax law, particularly in respect of double tax treaties. Clients appreciate his understanding of their needs, as well as his enthusiasm and creativity.”
  • The Legal 500 2013: recommended tax expert in Russia; “Competent, fast and accurate.”
  • World Tax 2013: leading tax expert in Russia
  • Best Lawyers 2013: leading tax expert in Russia

After a decade with the Trident Trust Group, Svetlana left the Group at the end of June 2016 to set up her own business, Carré Trust AG - Family Office.

Svetlana has launched Carré Trust in July 2016. Carré Trust is a multi-family office providing best-quality customized services.  Svetlana’s long professional  and successful experience in the trust- and company world, her established and trustful relationship with banks and providers enables her company Carré Trust to offer individual wealthy clients, their families and professional intermediaries qualified guidance and assistance regarding their requirements and needs, from structural challenges to personal customer solutions.

Svetlana joined the industry in 2000 bringing over 17 years of experience in the fiduciary and financial services sector. Being born in Soviet Union and then lived more than 17 years in Western countries, provides good knowledge of the two/ both sides.

Kira Egorova advises private clients, families with dynastic wealth, family offices as well as their counsels. Her clients also include corporate executives, business owners (and former business owners who have experienced a liquidity event), professionals, fund managers, private foundations and others. She counsels clients in connection with the significant number of projects involving purchase of luxury items and other property.

Kira has extensive experience in advising the high net worth Russian individuals on development of ownership and succession structure for diversified private and business assets, located in different jurisdictions. Kira leads projects of negotiations and conclusion of shareholder agreements and associated matters; supports the firm’s M&A projects in respect of the completion procedure and administration of the deals. She has also gained substantive experience in Financial and accounting consulting and participates in the development of the financial business schemes.

Kira is a regular contributor of articles publications and a frequent lecturer at conferences and seminars on current legal issues within her areas of practice.

Kira Egorova is a member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the International Bar Association (the IBA).

Ayshat is a UK/Russia-qualified senior associate; she leads the Russian private client and tax team at Withers LLP.

 

Ayshat spends most of her time advising UHNWIs and wealthy families from Russia, Ukraine and the CIS on Russian, UK and international cross border complex tax and wealth planning issues.

 

She has over thirteen years of experience and was recognised as one of the ‘Top 35 Under 35’ private client practitioners byeprivateclient in 2017.

Hussein is a partner at Withers who jointly leads the firm’s international arbitration team and leads the firm’s public international law team. He is a Solicitor-Advocate of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He has experience of working on international legal and dispute resolution matters in London, Paris, New York and South Africa for over 14 years.

 

Hussein is recognised in Who’s Who Legal (Arbitration: Future Leaders) which notes that he is ‘an amazing lawyer and thorough professional’ and ‘one of the most brilliant international public law specialists out there.’ He is recognised by Legal 500 as a Next Generation Lawyer for International Arbitration and Public International Law, which states that ‘The practical and solutions driven Haeri is outstanding’ and that ‘He combines huge intellectual powers with great client handling and gives straight-to-the-point advice’. Legal Business Disputes Yearbook says that Hussein is ‘a name that is destined to join the pantheon of stars in the international arbitration arena’.

 

He has worked as counsel and advocate on arbitrations under all the major rules, including ICSID, UNCITRAL, LCI A, ICC, SCC and SIAC Rules, as well as in ad hoc arbitrations. His clients include governments, multinational corporations and international organisations.

 

Hussein is a member of the faculty at the University of Rome, Roma Tre University, Certificate in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration and a Visiting Lecturer of SOAS, University of London.

Varvara Knutova is partner of Attorneys Bureau Kveidze & Partners. Before joining us, Varvara was heading the international sector of the dispute resolution practice in one of the leading Russian law firms, and then she was Head of group of the Dispute Resolution Practice of one of the reputed international law firms. In recent years Varvara is engaged in private practice.

 

In private practice Varvara deals with complex projects with the focus on defending businesses from hostile take-over, represents investors in disputes related to acquisition / retaining of control over a business, handles bankruptcy cases (including tasks on defending from bankruptcy attacks, challenging of stripping of assets, handling of subsidiary liability claims), coordinates litigation processes in Russia and in foreign jurisdictions in alignment with uniform strategy of defending the client’s interests.

 

Varvara Knutova has significant experience of working with major Russian and international companies. Her expertise comprises conflict of laws problems, domestic and cross-border disputes, commercial and corporate arbitration, disputes over due forum and competent jurisdiction, recognition of foreign judgments (also based on principles of comity and reciprocity) and arbitral awards, cross-border bankruptcy proceedings. She acts from time to time as expert on Russian law for foreign court proceedings in such jurisdictions as UK, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Israel.  

 

Legal 500 (2014): “Varvara Knutova’s expertise encompasses all forms of alternative dispute resolution including domestic as well as international arbitration”.

 

Legal 500 (2012): “Varvara Knutova manages to find a solution in any complicated situation”.

 

Legal 500 (2011): “Varvara Knutova is an efficient problem-solver”.

 

Varvara Knutova is recommended by the reputable international ranking Best Lawyers 2019.

 

Varvara is fluent in English and German.

George Mangion FCCA CPA MA (Financial Services) is the senior partner and the head of the audit department at PKF Malta.

 

He has over thirty years experience in accounting, taxation, financial and consultancy services. His efforts have seen that PKFhas been instrumental in establishing many e-Commerce and international trading companies in Malta and has developed relationships with market leaders in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, USA, Belgium, Italy and Scandinavian countries.

 

George Mangion has also lectured and delivered presentations at numerous seminars and conferences worldwide on subjects relating to a wide range of topics including taxation, auditing and captive insurance.

Evgenia is Senior Associate in Boltenko Law qualified in Russian law with more than 15 years experience in tax consulting. She is working for Boltenko Law since September 2017 with focus on Russian and international tax consulting, coordination of international wealth planning and corporate projects.

  • In 2012 – 2017 Evgenia worked as Senior Tax expert for Withers LLP in its Zurich office with focus on international tax and wealth planning for private clients.
  • In 2006 – 2011 she was a part of tax consulting team in Deloitte in Moscow and Zurich with focus on corporate Russian and international tax planning. Being in Zurich Evgenia was responsible for development of Russia and CIS Desk in Deloitte Switzerland and coordination of international projects.
  • In 2004 – 2006 Evgenia worked as inhouse tax specialist in TNK-BP Management.
    In 2001 – 2004 she was a part of tax consulting team in Arthur Andersen International B.V./ Ernst & Young (CIS) Limited.

 

Stephen is partner in the contentious trusts, succession and Court of Protection team at Withers LLP.  Stephen regularly acts for beneficiaries, trustees, executors and other fiduciaries in a range of disputes both domestically and internationally. 

 

He acted in the long running Berezovsky estate and his reported cases include Re MN, the leading Court of Protection decision on enforcement of foreign orders. 

 

He regularly advises on challenges to the validity of wills, issues of construction and rectification of wills and deeds, constructive trust and proprietary estoppel claims, claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, and professional negligence claims involving estate planning, trust and succession issues.

 

The directories describe him as "clever and tenacious" and "top notch on procedure, brilliant at managing clients and has a way of getting the courts’ sympathy for his clients". Chambers & Partners describe Stephen as "a strong combination of iron fist and velvet glove." 

1993-1994 - Leading Specialist of the Committee on Environmental Protection of the Georgian Parliament.

 

In 1995 - Scientific staff at the Georgian Ministry of Justice.
From 1996 to 2012 - country manager of the International Project for Advising Legal Reforms in the countries of the former Soviet Union at the University of Bremen, financed by the Federal Government of Germany (GIZ/BMZ).
Thereafter from 2013 to 2019 - Expert of the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) at Tbilisi State University and Senior Manager of the Institute of Administrative Sciences.

 

Since 2010 - Lecturer for the joint Master’s Program of TSU and University of Cologne „LLM zu Köln“.

 

Since 2016 - Expert at the Georgian National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement for the accreditation of higher education institutions.
Co-editor of the South Caucasus Law Journal.

 

Co-author of the Commentary on the Georgian Civil Code.

 

Publications in the field of civil and administrative law.

Paul Stibbard joined Rothschild in 2012 as Executive Vice Chairman with primary focus on Trusts and Wealth Management. Paul was formerly Co-Chairman of the Global Wealth Management Practice and Head of Wealth Management Department, Baker McKenzie London. He graduated from Cambridge University (Natural Science and Law) and INSEAD International Business School (MBA, Dean’s List) Fontainebleau. He specialises in advising individuals extensively on cross‑border tax, trust and succession issues, advising on issues relating to succession of substantial family-owned businesses and creation of complex offshore structures for wealth preservation.  Paul lectures extensively on many of these topics. 

 

In May 2008 he received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from CityWealth. Chambers Global and Chambers UK Directories rated Paul in the top tier as a private client adviser and Spears Wealth rated him as one of the top five Private Client Lawyers in June 2010. In September 2012, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the STEP Annual Awards. He was Chairman of the Presiding Judges of the STEP Awards 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and is a Presiding Judge again in 2017.

Jan van Bueren, LLM, TEP, is Global Head Family Office Advisory at the Swiss private bank Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) and Co-Founder of UBP’s FOSS Family Office Advisory unit. He assists families from all over the world with the establishment of their own single-family office or alternatively supports them with the selection of a multi-family office in Switzerland or abroad.


Jan holds a Master’s degree in Tax Law (1997). He worked, among others, as a tax advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers with a focus on large family-owned companies and their owners, and as a senior legal counsel with the financial supervisory authority in the Netherlands. He joined ABN AMRO Bank (Switzerland) AG in 2006, which was acquired by UBP in 2011.
Jan has extensive experience with complex international family office and wealth planning issues for internationally oriented affluent families, tax efficient corporate structures, universal life insurance, international relocation schemes and (wealth protection) structures such as trusts and family foundations. He also regularly supports affluent families with relocation to fiscally (more) attractive jurisdictions. Jan has been a member of STEP since 2010.

Philip van Hilten (1952), tax attorney at law, is a member of the Finance and Structuring practice group. He specialises in corporate law and tax law with a focus on ongoing international clients and cross-border operational, asset, acquisition and finance transactions. Philip advises international clients since 1976 on tax and legal efficient structures, whereby also asset protection and governance play vital roles. He has worked in many foreign places such as Paris, Luxemburg and Dubai.

He is former chairman of the Tax Committee of the International Bar Association and member of the Council of the International Bar Association and member of American Bar Association with particular focus on international taxation, bilateral investment treaties, corporate law and international wealth management+estate planning .

He is board member of various Associations and Foundations in and outside the Netherlands having served for many years as member of the executive committees of 2 privately held, major multinationals. He has published a variety of books and articles a.o. on corporate and tax optimisation of multinationals, bilateral investment treaties and corporate and family governance and has lectured numerous times about these and other tax and legal topics.

Sonia Velasco is a tax partner in the Barcelona office of Cuatrecasas. She focuses her practice on advising international clients on their investments and transactions in Spain, and private clients on their asset and succession planning. She also advises on structuring private equity and venture capital firms regarding their investments in Spain. Three years’ work experience in the United States provided her with an in-depth knowledge of US legal structures such as trusts, which do not have a precise counterpart in Spanish law.

 
Specialty areas

  • Art
  • Family Business
  • Financial Institutions
  • Financial Taxation
  • Insurance and Complementary Social Security
  • Private Client & Wealth Management
  • Private Equity
  • Tax