Walid Chiniara

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Walid Chiniara

Partner  |  Deloitte
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United Arab Emirates
Quebec, Canada

RECOMMENDED SPECIALISMS

Family Office

Q&A

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

Writing a book summarizing the methodology I developed over the past twenty years advising families in business. This book is intended to provide an innovative and a systemic approach to family business succession planning. THE 7-STEP METHODOLOGY™, a Practical Guide to Family Business Succession Planning and a Conflict Management Tool for Families in Business, is expected to be published in Q4 of 2019.

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

You are the Future. Follow your Heart, Dream Big, and Strive for Excellence.

What is your favourite quote?

“The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing” (Socrates)


David Russell AM QC

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David Russell AM QC

Barrister  |  Outer Temple Chambers
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Australia
United Arab Emirates
England and Wales
Papua New Guinea
New Zealand

TOP AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family succession structures
Family management structures

Q&A

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

A Court of Appeal application in Dubai which will set out at some length how the structures in the DIFC can be used by families and whether they meet Sharia requirements.

How did you get into private client?

Through tax, which was my speciality initially. I was the President of the Tax Institute of Australia, then I joined STEP and became the successive chair of STEP NSW, Australia and STEP worldwide.

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

Remember that you are part of a profession that, provided its constraints are respected and rigorously followed, contributes much to the future of the world and human freedom. Never underestimate your capacity or diminish your ambition.

What is your favourite quote?

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." Margaret Thatcher.

Do you have any outside interests or hobbies?

Politics and history.

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

Gaia, Dubai.