Leigh-Alexandra Basha

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Leigh-Alexandra Basha

Partner  |  McDermott Will & Emery
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Washington, DC
Maryland
Virginia

Q&A

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

My recent highlight was attending the oral arguments for North Carolina Department of Revenue v. Kimberley Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust, 588 U.S. __ (June 21, 2019) at the United States Supreme Court. While the case addressed a narrow issue of whether North Carolina violated the 14th Amendment’s Due Process Clause by taxing trust income that had not been distributed to NC beneficiaries solely on the basis that those beneficiaries lived in NC, the fascinating aspect was hearing the justices’ questions counsel for both sides and observing their interactions among themselves. For example, when Justice Ginsberg asked a question, another justice stopped in the middle of his line of questioning to defer to Justice Ginsberg who has seniority on the Court. Some justices asked questions that made it clear they understood how trusts work while others seemed less familiar with trusts. While Justice Thomas never asked a question, he did have side conversations with Justice Breyer. I think every U.S. lawyer should sit through oral arguments at the SCOTUS to have a better understanding of how the process works and better understand the justices who make decisions that affect us all.

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

Be responsive to clients, advisors, other professionals, and staff alike. Listen to your clients, hear what they have to say, and learn from them.

What is your favourite quote?

“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way” (Napoleon Hill).


Charles Lubar

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Charles Lubar

Counsel  |  McDermott Will & Emery
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (MD, DC) (Inactive)
England and Wales

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

International personal tax and estate planning
International asset holding structures
Philanthropy and charitable giving, including dual resident charities

Q&A

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

Servicing multinational families with respect to their tax and personal issues.

How did you get into private client?

I’m trained as an orthodox tax lawyer – I was with the Chief Tax Advisor of Internal Revenue. My earliest practice in London followed that line, which meant that it was corporate plus individual, with a piece of estate planning. I’ve done a lot of corporate work over the years, as I was trained to do. In the years I stayed in London, there were fewer and fewer US trained tax lawyers that could do personal work. I gravitated towards that as I was well wired with exposure to multi-jurisdictional families. It turned out this area of the law was badly serviced and many individuals had cross border tax issues, both in the US and UK. This allowed me to build a practice without thinking about it, through getting the exposure.

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

Embed yourself into the community that you serve, through charities, local and international legal associations, university alumni groups and civic groups and keep abreast of changes in the tax law.

What is your favourite quote?

“So long as Horatio Alger means anything to the American people, Karl Marx will be just another German philosopher.”

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

I used to be a competitive golfer – I played golf for Yale. My lowest handicap was 2, when I tried to qualify for the US Open. I played competitively until I got out of law school. I also enjoy running, the gym. I ran a rock and roll band in Yale and I entertained McDermott’s with our group- singing and playing guitar.

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

We support Jeremy King and Chris Corbin in their collection of restaurants – The Wolseley, The Delaunay. In our local area, we like Lucio’s in South Kensington.


Laurence C Ho

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Laurence C Ho

Partner  |  Loeb & Loeb
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (NY, MA)

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

US tax
Personal and estate planning
Asset holding structures

Q&A

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

There has been an uptick in IPO activity for Chinese and Hong Kong companies this past year. I have assisted several ultra-high net worth PRC clients with establishing offshore trust structures to hold substantial pre-IPO interests. This type of work involved a tremendous amount of coordination and collaboration with corporate and tax counsel in other jurisdictions.


Scott Bowman

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Scott Bowman

Partner  |  McDermott Will & Emery
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States (CA, CT, DC, FL, NY, MD, VA)

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

International tax
Estate planning

Q&A

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

Working with families during challenging times of COVID and learning how to connect with them virtually.

How did you get into private client?

Interested in the practice area.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Spending time with my family; travelling (pre-COVID!); running and hiking.

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

Anywhere we can eat outside!