Jim Parker

Country Head for Switzerland  |  Butterfield Group
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Switzerland

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

As Country Head for Butterfield Trust in Switzerland, I’m a professional trustee serving demanding global families with complex needs.

RECOMMENDED SPECIALISMS

Multi-National Families

Q&A

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

Providing transitional oversight and management to a large family business following a bereavement. Our work was challenging and multifaceted as it involved direct negotiations with the family as well as several agencies to avoid any unwarranted movement of assets; our work included the implementation of a joint venture with sector-specific experts. The resulting restructuring has been positively received and its valuable assets are well-positioned for the future.

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

Never underestimate the need for regular face to face communication. Insist on this; spend quality time with your clients. The use of technology creates efficiencies but nothing outshines direct contact.

What sets you apart from your peers?

My team and I have established a reputation as hands-on, proactive Trustees with an uncompromising focus on service. We do our level best to “keep it simple”

What is your favourite quote?

“If it’s not right, don’t do it. If it’s not true, don’t say it.” - Marcus Aurelius
“Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.” - Epictetus