Mark Florance

Executive Chairman for Asia  |  Butterfield Trust



Simple Structures
Exotic Assets
Multi-National Families


My trust focus is on the higher value, more complex trusts, in line with Butterfield’s model. Growing businesses in Asia.

Enhanced Q&A

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

Being part of the team expanding Butterfield’s business in Asia and seeing the opportunities take shape.

How did you get into private client?

I have been in the finance sector my whole career, a lot of it in investment banking.  I have been involved with trusts for many years, but became more interested in it when I saw the potential of Butterfield’s model in the sector.

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

Think laterally; imagine what the industry will look like in five years’ time and design your career accordingly.

What is your favourite quote?

“Life is not a rehearsal.”

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I have pre-teen kids – hobbies are a luxury!  As for outside interests, I do spend a lot of time in the sustainability and ESG space.

When the restaurants reopen, where would you like to go?

In Singapore, the restaurants have been open since June 2020.  They are so busy it is hard to get a booking.  I am looking forward to getting back to Ku De Ta in Bali!