Nancy Chien

Partner - head of department  |  Bedell Cristin


Family Governance and Business

Family Office

Trusts: Planning

Office Location


Short Biography

Nancy is head of Bedell Cristin's International Private Client practice. Nancy is a qualified lawyer in multiple jurisdictions and has over 20 years of experience in advising ultra-high net worth families on family governance as well as succession planning. Nancy has extensive experience in a wide range of offshore matters in both the private client area as well employee incentive arrangements. Nancy has considerable experience advising ultra-high net worth families, family offices and intermediaries on all aspects of private client structuring including the use of trusts and foundations, as well as related corporate law issues (including where such vehicles are used for philanthropic purposes). Nancy is ranked as a leading individual in Legal 500 2023 where her clients said "the depth of knowledge that Nancy clear has shines through in the advice she gives".

What is your favorite restaurant to take a client or colleague to?


What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Life is a marathon nor a sprint

What was your first job?


What is the book you recommend to everyone?

The Happiness Trap

What changes do you expect to see in your practice over the next year?

Having a more global outlook as clients' needs become more international. There will be more cross jurisdictional advice required which would require closer collaboration with advisors from other jurisdictions.