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As the market for private wealth becomes increasingly global, Taylor Wessing is one of only a handful of firms with a powerful international Private Client presence. We have experts in Europe, South-east Asia and the Middle East and our international team comprises more than 50 lawyers, including 23 partners.

We have a fast-growing client base and provide the high-quality and discreet service our clients expect. We are very experienced in advising international families, family offices, private banks and fiduciary groups and provide market-leading expertise in international and domestic trusts and estates. We are particularly adept with multi-jurisdictional tax and inheritance issues as well as international asset structuring, and provide a high-quality service on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

While much of our work is technically complex our lawyers are regularly commended by clients for their communication skills, their commercial approach and their pragmatism. Our ethos has always been to build a close and lasting relationship with clients. We offer a partner-led service with close partner involvement and supervision, whilst seeking to ensure that the right expert at the right level provides the advice.

The Private Client team is also an important part of Taylor Wessing’s cross-departmental International Private Wealth group. That team offers a fully integrated service to high net worth families/ family offices who require multi-jurisdictional advice on their personal wealth structures, international tax planning, commercial and real estate investments, reputation management and immigration issues.

Areas of expertise

  • Art & heritage property

    The enjoyment and protection of precious works of art remains central to the lives of many private clients, and we advise a wide range of clients in relation to art and heritage property. They include artists and the families of deceased artists, but also galleries, foundations and collectors on the purchase, ownership, taxation and protection of works of art. Our team will also work in conjunction with the firm’s intellectual property department and in particular our copyright experts in this field. Our practice also covers the buying, owning and selling of other high-value assets – or “trophy assets” – including items such as classic cars, antiquarian books, diamonds and precious gems, bloodstock, and private jets and super-yachts.

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  • Asset protection

    Asset protection has been gaining in importance as the targeted preservation of private assets against access by creditors (banks, fiscal authorities, spouse, etc.). This equally applies to both high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs. Moreover, recent legislation and jurisdiction have steadily increased the liability risks incurred by members of supervisory, advisory and management boards as well as managing directors. It is therefore of crucial importance to protect private assets against such new risks. At the same time, asset protection measures are becoming ever more complex, especially if assets are spread throughout the world or otherwise subject to external relationships. Taylor Wessing boasts a team of experienced, globally networked lawyers with in-depth expertise in the implementation of global asset protection measures.
    Our consultancy in this regard focuses on structuring that permits private assets to be shielded against entrepreneurial risks. The relevant measures include the establishment of domestic family foundations or the use of ‟marital property swings”. Another frequently applied means of structuring is a transfer of the family home.

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  • Charities & philanthropy

    For many individuals and families, making a difference to lives and communities through philanthropy can be the culmination of a life’s work. A family charity is a great opportunity to contribute to a range of good causes and help engage younger generations in running the charity and the work it undertakes, whilst developing an understanding of family values.

    We advise across all aspects of charity and trust law, particularly on issues relating to the formation and governance of charities, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and private trusts. Our practice covers the establishment of new charities by businesses, livery companies and families, and subsequent advice on all aspects of their administration, operations, taxation and dealings with the charity commissions.

    We also handle disputes that arise in relation to the administration of charities, including advice to charity trustees on how they should deal with disputes that the charity may have with third parties. See our Family Business Passport

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  • Disputes in family businesses

    Disputes between the shareholders of family-controlled businesses occur frequently and are often caused by differing personal and family interests, or by different opinions regarding business decisions. Such disputes not only strain the relationships between the shareholders but, since family members often manage the businesses, they can interfere with important business decisions.
    We have extensive experience in handling such conflicts and advising shareholders of family-controlled businesses on establishing suitable dispute resolution mechanisms before a conflict arises as well as in conflict situations. These include implementing alternative forms of dispute resolution such as mediation.
    We advise and represent family members or their businesses in out-of-court disputes as well as in court proceedings.

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  • Domestic, international estates & inheritance

    We advise individuals and families on their estate planning. This begins with a thorough understanding of the individual’s/family’s objectives and goals, together with an in-depth analysis of their current asset structuring. Implementing the intended succession typically involves tax planning, structuring and drafting wills, and contracts of inheritance. In addition we advise heirs through complex inheritance and probate issues and represent them in out-of-court disputes, as well as in court proceedings.
    Today, it is common that members of a family have residences in several different countries and regions. Owning assets in different countries around the world can greatly complicate the probate and succession process. Our lawyers are proficient in international probate issues, the drafting of wills and inheritance contracts within diverse jurisdictions, and the interplay between the succession laws of involved countries. We aim, through asset protection structures, to avoid the difficulties that can arise through probate procedures in different countries.

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  • Executorships & advice to executors

    Executors are key to securing an efficient succession. To fulfil the tasks, duties and responsibilities of an executor requires deep insight into the family sphere as well as a certain level of understanding of the estate and its implications. We are trusted executors over the estates of our clients and also control commercial investments as executors. On behalf of heirs, we also advise in relation to all matters of executorships including proceedings against executors. We frequently advise executors in the fulfilment of their duties, in most cases in relation to international estates, together with our international colleagues.

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  • Family offices

    We are experienced in establishing and maintaining private and family offices and assisting with management issues for private clients. We advise single and multi family offices in relation to their corporate structure and entire set up, as well as anchor adviser for all legal and tax matters for which the family offices are entrusted by their clients. Our services include day-to-day corporate advice, succession planning, asset protection and tax structures. The family offices we regularly advise are mostly run by international clients, but we do also work with offices with strong ties into one home jurisdiction.
    DISCLAIMER REGARDING THE UK: the firm does not engage in regulated activities within the meaning of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 other than in a purely incidental manner as part and parcel of our professional services.

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  • International marriage contracts

    We offer our high net worth individual clients comprehensive, holistic advice including support in family matters, with a focus on the particularities of marriages with an entrepreneurial or international bias. We boast longstanding experience in the preparation and negotiation of marriage contracts and in the tax-optimised structuring of assets owned by spouses. Thanks to the size of our law firm and our global network, we are able to involve colleagues from other jurisdictions, where required, in order to design a marriage contract so that legal certainty is guaranteed in all jurisdictions that are relevant to the concrete case. In cases of separation and divorce, we specialise in assisting the spouses in the development of financially reasonable solutions, preferably by mutual agreement, taking into account the applicable tax legislation, and in laying down the results in an agreement on the legal consequences of divorce. Where required, we will of course also represent the interests of our clients in court. We boast special expertise in complex business valuations in the context of the distribution of marital property and in determining the income of entrepreneurs and self-employed persons in order to clarify maintenance matters.

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  • Investment structures

    We are well placed to advise on investment structuring vehicles for clients and their families, onshore or offshore. Our team includes specialists in financial services, and our services extend through to the establishment and management of a range of bespoke investment structures.

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  • Private client tax planning

    All our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of personal taxation. We can also advise personal and business clients on the use of double tax treaties. We add value to our clients’ activities, advising on effective tax planning and the protection of wealth, from hostile and contentious claimants, and from problems arising out of succession issues. Such private client tax planning includes all aspects of inheritance tax, capital gains tax, income tax, real estate transfer tax and, in the UK, stamp duty land tax.

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  • Private wealth transactions

    Our Private Wealth team offers a fully-integrated international service for private individuals, and their families and businesses, who need expert advice on their personal wealth structures, tax planning, corporate transactions and commercial investments, residential and commercial property matters, family governance, and reputation management. We are one of the very few law firms able to assist clients with an integrated service covering both Private Client and Corporate needs on an international basis.
    We advise on the structuring of investment transactions including asset protection, risk mitigation and succession planning, as well as residency and tax consequences which can play a major role in the structuring and allocation of investments.
    Our Private Wealth clients include wealthy families and family offices; wealthy investors expanding their operations, particularly when looking at new jurisdictions; entrepreneurs; venture capital providers owners and principals of private equity houses, hedge funds and other financial service companies; and property investors.

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  • Succession in family businesses

    Succession issues in family-controlled and family-owned businesses and shareholdings raise complex estate planning issues. The owner will not only need to consider family interests but, just as important, the interests of the company and its employees when planning his/her succession. A smooth transition from present ownership and possibly management to the new owner(s) and managers is obviously important to the continued success of the business. We take care to ensure that all facets of this complex process are addressed, including tax planning and asset protection issues.

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  • Trusts, settlements & foundations

    For many entrepreneurs and families the use of trusts, settlements and foundations (established onshore or offshore) lies at the heart of tax planning, asset protection, and/or the long-term preservation of family-owned businesses. The uses of trusts and settlements are many and varied and they continue to provide excellent asset protection and tax planning opportunities (in the UK in particular) for clients from countries other than the UK, even those whose own legal system does not recognise trusts. Trusts also provide opportunities for UK clients wanting to hold long-term investments.
    Our German team provides legal advice on the creation and administration of foundations of all kinds, including all aspects of civil and tax law, choice of jurisdiction and category. Our UK and German teams also advise both beneficiaries and trustees on all contentious issues arising out of the investment and administration of trust/fiduciary funds.

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