Gabriele Colombaioni

+44 (0)207 374 0299

Gabriele Colombaioni

Associate  |  Maisto e Associati
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Cross-border taxation of HNWIs with a focus on UK-Italy topics
Taxation of trusts and estates
Asset holding structures

Q&A

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

Advising on a private equity investment of a HNWI resident in Italy under the Italian forfeit tax regime. Assisting a trustee in relation to the collapsing of a trust structure with Italian assets and Italian resident beneficiaries. Advising a trustee on the consequences stemming from the transfer to Italy under the Italian forfait tax regime of a trust beneficiary

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

Living in a global world means that your clients will expect you to be aware of global developments that may affect them. Build a reliable international network with whom you can work seamlessly as it will be extremely valuable for your clients.

What is your favourite quote?

“It always seems impossible until it’s done”


Alberto Brazzalotto

+39 02 776931

Alberto Brazzalotto

Associate  |  Maisto e Associati
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Italian and cross-border taxation of HNWIs
Trusts and estates
Tax optimization of estate planning

Q&A

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

Advising high-net worth clients moving to Italy under the new Italian forfeit tax regime.
Working for a multi-jurisdictional family to set up a new succession structure.
Assisting an Italian entrepreneur on the tax optimisation of estate planning and changes of ownership structures.

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

Provide your clients with thorough and up-to-date advice in a straightforward and user-friendly manner, easy to understand. Clients assume you know the law – they look for an adviser who can explain it and provide solutions to their needs.

What is your favourite quote?

"Rule your mind or it will rule you."


Nicola Saccardo

+442073740299

Nicola Saccardo

Partner  |  Maisto e Associati
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

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

Assisting a client in relation to the set up of a charity following the demise of her father.
Being referred to as the reccomended lawyer by several colleagues in relation to the same matter.
Assisting several billionaire clients moving to Italy under the new Italian forfait tax regime.

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

Study hard. Have international experience by working abroad for a few years.
Write contributions to books and journals in your spare time.
Never take any view for granted, always question the view of others.

What is your favourite quote?

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”


Beatrice Puoti

+447779133816

Beatrice Puoti

Partner  |  Burges Salmon
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales
Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Administration of estates and trusts
Residency and domiciliation
Tax

Q&A

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

I have become the head of private wealth sector in the firm and created a sector that comprises of over 60 lawyers throughout the firm. My clients worth has increased to UHNW and the complexity of the work has also increased. Our reputation, and also mine, are now established, a difficult task from a Bristol base.

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

Do this job if you love the technical challenges every day, and people. It is a demanding, fulfilling job, but clients will want 100% all the time, and the complexity of what we do means that you are always under pressure. Get to know your competitors.

What is your favourite quote?

“Success is never final and failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts,” Winston Churchill.


Catherine Pugsley

+44 (0)207 786 8645

Catherine Pugsley

Senior Associate  |  Maurice Turnor Gardner
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

England and Wales
Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Cross border administration of estates and trusts
Cross border estate and succession planning
Asset holding structures and Asset protection

Q&A

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

I took great satisfaction in restructuring a group of trusts so that the underlying corporate assets and businesses were reorganised into geographical area groups and placed into separate trusts. A huge value of debt, that had been lent into the structure on an ad hoc basis, was documented and novated through each of the structures. We dealt with forced heirship issues, family disputes, amendments to the tax legislation and a flighty UBO.

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

Whatever life throws in your path, sidestep it and keep ploughing the same furrow.

What is your favourite quote?

“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well,” Lady Julian of Norwich.


Raul-Angelo Papotti

+39 02 721571

Raul-Angelo Papotti

Partner, Head of Tax  |  Chiomenti
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

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

Sophisticated trust planning and trust tax litigation.
I also handled (and am handling) dozens of cases of redomiciliation of individuals and families in Italy under the new Italian resident non-dom rules.
Another substantial part of my practice has been the representation of foreigners and foreign trustees in succession litigations in Italy and in pre-litigation settlements.
Hardcore international tax planning is of course always present in all the mandates I assist on.

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

Study, study and study. Be curious about everything. Talk with people and listen to what they are saying and to what the feel especially. You always have something to learn.

What is your favourite quote?

I have two or three I think of on many occasions:
“When you pray for the rain, you have to deal with the mud too.”
“Do not forget those who helped you on the way up.”
“What I need does not cost any money.”


Giovanni Cristofaro

+39 06 46622 708

Giovanni Cristofaro

Partner, Head of the Wealth Management Business Unit  |  Chiomenti
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Family business governance
Succession planning

Q&A

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

I have been appointed partner of the firm one year ago and confirmed as Head of the Wealth Management Business Unit (two years prior).
I have been ranked by Private Client Global Elite and by Chambers, for the first time.
I have assisted a big Italian client for the set-up of an international foundation with the purpose of financing and supporting the social and economic growth of developing countries in the world.
I opened the Business Unit in the field of art law, hiring two experts.

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

I would suggest to be realistic. Do not worry too much about mistakes and do not celebrate your successes too much. The private client world requires patience, sensitivity, good sense, reasonableness, reliability and transparency. You have to be a good lawyer.

What is your favourite quote?

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming,” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


Marco Cerrato

+39 02 776931

Marco Cerrato

Partner  |  Maisto e Associati
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Dispute Resolution
Tax

Q&A

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

Over the last 12 months I have been assisting clients on a number of matters including:
● Advising individual clients moving to Italy under the new Italian res non-dom regime
● Reviewed and set up trust structures in light of CRS
● Tax advice in connection to art and collectors
● Multi-jurisdictional voluntary disclosure
● Review of global estate planning of an international family
● Ruling to Italian tax agency on tax treatment of distributions from a non-Italian resident trust

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

Find always the right balance between a personal and professional relation with your private clients.

What is your favourite quote?

“Learning never exhausts the mind,” Leonardo Da Vinci.


Alessandro Bavila

+39 02 776931

Alessandro Bavila

Partner  |  Maisto e Associati
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Italian and cross-border taxation of HNWIs
Trusts and estates
Personal and estate planning

Q&A

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

Over the last year, my practice has been focused on advising high-net worth individuals on a number of mandates, including advising on family trusts, the transfer of residency to Italy under the recent new flat tax regime applicable to new Italian residents and on estate planning for foreign citizens.

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

Challenge yourself, understand clients’ expectations, do not forget to network with your peers.

What is your favourite quote?

“In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure,” Confucius.


Giorgia Zanetti

+39 02 776931

Giorgia Zanetti

Associate  |  Maisto e Associati
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Italy

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Italian and cross-border taxation of HNWIs, trusts and estates
Personal and estate planning

Q&A

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

Contributing to the design and set up of a family office for an important family with an estate of above 1bln $.
Assistance in the analysis of Italian tax implications related to a succession of a US-Italian citizen, including the analysis of several US family trusts settled by the ancestors of the deceased.

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

Listen to your client and be emphatic, study hard and be innovative.

What is your favourite quote?

γνῶϑι σεαυτόν (Know thyself)