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Carlos De Serpa Pimentel

Partner, Group Head Private Client and Trusts  |  Appleby

Cayman Islands
British Virgin Islands
England and Wales


Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution
Asset holding structures


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

There have been two. The first is working for a new client who is based in Beirut, Lebanon and advising him on the establishment of a new Cayman Islands STAR Trust, involving a visit with other advisers to progress this in Beirut. The second has been working on a substantial Public Trustee v Cooper matter in Cayman which is ongoing and involves numerous leading QCs, Cayman counsel and Cayman Islands law firms.

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

Strive to make a human connection with your clients, be yourself, work hard and do the best job you can for your clients, make sure you keep your sense of humour at all times and keep things in perspective. The rest will take care of itself.

What is your favourite quote?

"You will make all kinds of mistakes; but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her," Winston Churchill.