Pekka Tuunainen

+358 40 553 8874

Pekka Tuunainen

Partner  |  Pekka Tuunainen Attorneys Ltd.
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Finland

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates
Succession and estate planning
Dispute resolution

Q&A

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

Working on various difficult cases and negotiations and then clients referring me as a recommended lawyer. On the practical side, to name a few, I can point out a successful litigation on a widely publicized inheritance case in Supreme Court and setting up a charitable foundation from administered estate funds.

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

Be interested in your client’s cultural background and understand his or her personal views and business. Everything you do, be confident and patient, and give clear answers even if it is something your client would not like to hear. Besides hard work this is the key to lifetime client relationships.

What is your favourite quote?

“Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you'll be able to see further.” Thomas Carlyle


Matthew David McKim

+1 763 464 9482

Matthew David McKim

Partner and Chair of 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?

Continuing the do what I enjoy. Working to grow our team of highly qualified, focused lawyers delivering sophisticated services to clients around the globe.

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

To find a group of kind, like-minded lawyers to develop your practice with, learn from, teach and mentor. The practice of law, particularly in the private client world, can be exceptionally rewarding and challenging at the same time. Remaining resolute in your focus to deliver top quality work product along with top-quality client service is the key - never waver from either.

What is your favourite quote?

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain


Phillip Kite

+442037523601

Phillip Kite

Managing Partner  |  Harneys
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales (not practising)
British Virgin Islands
Anguilla


Simon Weil

+44 (0)20 7783 3527

Simon Weil

Partner  |  BDB Pitmans
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Private Wealth planning, both UK and international
Philanthropy
Charities

Q&A

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

Acting for the trustees of a UK discretionary settlement as shareholders in an insurance company based in Bermuda, pursuant to a $100m loan contracted by the company, part of the security for which had to comprise the trustees’ shareholding in the company. The transaction involved all the shareholders, the company, its UK subsidiary and the lender, together with all their respective advisers. My advice to the trustees had to take into account a number of conflicts of interest and the requirements for trustee indemnities from beneficiaries.

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

Never allow yourself to be pressured into giving advice on the hoof in the age of email/text without being absolutely sure of your ground.

What is your favourite quote?

“Brevity is the soul of wit” - Alexander Pope


Oliver Court

+44 (0)20 7849 2783

Oliver Court

Partner  |  Macfarlanes
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales


Charles Gothard

+44 (0)20 7849 2770

Charles Gothard

Partner  |  Macfarlanes
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family offices
Asset protection
Dispute resolution


Tanja Schienke

+4969-717030

Tanja Schienke

Associated Partner  |  Flick Gocke Schaumburg
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Germany

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

(International) Succession planning particularly inheritance and gift tax
Taxation foreign trusts in Germany
Advising non-profit organizations

Q&A

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

Transaction of Canadian real estate into a German GmbH Holding for a German family

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

Take the time to understand what your client wants and needs.
Never stop learning.

What is your favourite quote?

You have to try the impossible to achieve the possible. Hermann Hesse


Robin Rathmell

+1 646 327 9424

Robin Rathmell

Partner  |  Kobre Kim
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Washington DC
New York
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Asset Protection
Dispute Resolution
Asset holding structures

Q&A

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

Working on high-profile civil and criminal asset forfeiture and related trusts matters, as well as commercial and insolvency litigation around the world, often involving parallel actions brought by both U.S. and non-U.S. government agencies.

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

Don’t be a lawyer, be a problem-solver.

What is your favourite quote?

"If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein


Piers Master

Piers Master

Partner  |  Charles Russell Speechlys
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Succession planning
Asset holding structures
Tax

Q&A

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

Establishment of a global asset holding structure for an ultra-high net worth Middle Eastern family, to hold investments, real estate, yacht, special assets; with UK and US tax angles and questions of Shari'a compliance to consider in addition. This required coordination with a host of private client advisers from across the world and across the profession (such as trustees, private bankers, accountants, non-UK lawyers).

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

A successful private client lawyer must combine absolute technical rigour with people skills. This is a relationship business and you must enjoy getting to know wealthy clients from all over the world. Don't become too specialised – the best private client lawyers are true advisers in the best sense of the word – you need to know enough about a whole range of areas to spot the issues, before referring on to specialist colleagues in appropriate cases.

What is your favourite quote?

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" – Nelson Mandela.


James Campbell

+44 (0)1534 514230

James Campbell

Partner  |  Ogier
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Jersey

Q&A

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

We are looking after the private wealth requirements of some very large international families requiring a joined up approach from our Ogier Private Wealth teams in Jersey, Cayman, Guernsey and Hong Kong. This supports the investment Ogier has made in Private Wealth to ensure we have the relevant depth and expertise in all our Private Wealth jurisdictions.

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

Get straight to the point and keep advice pragmatic and simple. Clients for the most part do not want an "academic" analysis.

What is your favourite quote?

"The harder I practice, the luckier I get" - Gary Player (Golfer)