Nicholas Heuer

+1 312 902 5549

Nicholas Heuer

Senior Associate  |  Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

USA

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Cross-Border Tax and Succession Planning
Family Office and Business Governance
Global Reporting and Disclosure Regimes

Q&A

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

Assisting two non-US trustees restructure twenty-six trusts, including their underlying direct and indirect business interests, in a tax neutral manner that maximizes benefits for future US beneficiaries, protects each beneficiary’s privacy, and creates more administrative and cost efficiency in respect of the global structure.

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

Only create complexity when necessary.

What is your favourite quote?

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." - Helen Keller


Kyra Motley

+44 20 7079 8223

Kyra Motley

Partner  |  Boodle Hatfield
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United Kingdom

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

UK tax advice for clients in an international context
International wealth structuring
Sharia wealth planning

Q&A

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

A highlight has been really growing my practice in the first year of being a Partner, which grew four-fold and continues to grow. This is so rewarding as it brings in more work from existing clients where I am able to provide a holistic full service family office offering to the client. A new client instruction is rewarding as the holistic approach encourages families to remain clients of the firm for centuries to come.

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

I would recommend that new lawyers in the private client world find a distinguishing feature for their practice that differentiates them from all other private client lawyers. I would also advise that they strive above and beyond the everyday legal work required by the client and by providing additional services they will build a very strong relationship with the client as a trusted advisor.


Di Fu

+1 312 624 6352

Di Fu

Associate  |  Benesch
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

USA

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

International tax planning & structuring
Succession planning and global family governance
Tax compliance, regularization, voluntary disclosure procedures and global reporting classification and compliance (i.e., CRS / FATCA)

Q&A

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

Assisted in establishing a charitable foundation dedicated to the life of a world-renowned architect

What is your favourite quote?

"As heaven maintains vigor through movements, a gentle man should constantly strive for self-perfection. As earth's condition is receptive devotion, a gentle man should hold the outer world with broad mind." - The I Ching.


Christina Santana Hammervold

+1 630 674 8362

Christina Santana Hammervold

Associate, International Private Client Group  |  Benesch
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

USA

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

International tax planning & structuring
Succession planning and global family governance
Tax compliance, regularization, voluntary disclosure procedures and global reporting classification and compliance (i.e., CRS / FATCA)

Q&A

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

The highlight of my practice over the past 12 months has been mentoring a junior lawyer who joined our practice group and watching her develop into a highly-skilled and trusted advisor for our clients.

What is your favourite quote?

“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.” (Henry Ford)


Bryan Jones

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Bryan Jones

Partner  |  Hughes Fowler Carruthers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family law
Asset protection
Children law

Q&A

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

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

What is your favourite quote?


Renato Labi

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Renato Labi

Partner  |  Hughes Fowler Carruthers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family law
Asset protection
Children law

Q&A

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

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

What is your favourite quote?


Yindi Gesinde

+442079191057

Yindi Gesinde

Senior Associate  |  Baker Mckenzie
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Contentious Trusts – representing trustees and beneficiaries
Compliance and Investigations
Commercial Litigation

Q&A

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

I can’t pick one particular thing – it’s always a pleasure to work with my brilliant colleagues for interesting clients around the world.

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

Network!

What is your favourite quote?

“Nevertheless, she persisted” is a good, all-purpose one.


Gabriele Colombaioni

+44 (0)207 374 0299

Gabriele Colombaioni

Associate  |  Maisto e Associati
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Cross-border taxation of HNWIs with a focus on UK-Italy topics
Taxation of trusts and estates
Asset holding structures

Q&A

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

Advising on a private equity investment of a HNWI resident in Italy under the Italian forfeit tax regime. Assisting a trustee in relation to the collapsing of a trust structure with Italian assets and Italian resident beneficiaries. Advising a trustee on the consequences stemming from the transfer to Italy under the Italian forfait tax regime of a trust beneficiary

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

Living in a global world means that your clients will expect you to be aware of global developments that may affect them. Build a reliable international network with whom you can work seamlessly as it will be extremely valuable for your clients.

What is your favourite quote?

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”


Alberto Brazzalotto

+39 02 776931

Alberto Brazzalotto

Associate  |  Maisto e Associati
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Italian and cross-border taxation of HNWIs
Trusts and estates
Tax optimization of estate planning

Q&A

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

Advising high-net worth clients moving to Italy under the new Italian forfeit tax regime.
Working for a multi-jurisdictional family to set up a new succession structure.
Assisting an Italian entrepreneur on the tax optimisation of estate planning and changes of ownership structures.

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

Provide your clients with thorough and up-to-date advice in a straightforward and user-friendly manner, easy to understand. Clients assume you know the law – they look for an adviser who can explain it and provide solutions to their needs.

What is your favourite quote?

"Rule your mind or it will rule you."


Richard Giangrande

+44 (0)207 849 2694

Richard Giangrande

Partner  |  Macfarlanes
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Non-dom cross border tax and estate planning
Advice to institutions on structuring offerings for res non-dom clients, revenue disputes, investigations and litigation

Q&A

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

Becoming a partner in the private client team, and advising two different clients in respect of long-running disputes with HMRC. Both disputes raise very interesting questions of law – one relating to residence for double tax treaty purposes, and the other relating to tax avoidance motives.

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

With the increased complexity of tax and reporting rules over recent years it is crucial to be able to offer clients thorough and up-to-date advice in a straightforward and user-friendly manner which is easy to understand. Clients assume you know the law – they want an adviser who can explain it.