Legal Week International Private Client Forum 2014:
Navigating through instability

12-14 November 2015
Villa d'Este, Cernobbio
Lake Como, Italy


I am delighted to announce that the twelfth annual Legal Week International Private Client Forum will once again be chaired by Basil Zirinis of Sullivan & Cromwell (UK & USA) and Rupert Ticehurst of Berwin Leighton Paisner (UK). This pre-eminent annual conference for leading international private client lawyers will take place on 13-15 November 2014 at the Villa d'Este, on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy.

The theme of this year's Legal Week International Private Client Forum is 'Navigating through instability'. The role of the international private client adviser has always been to anticipate risk and protect against it. Historically, in many jurisdictions those risks may have been limited to economic, tax and family conflict. In some countries the exposure was more dramatic and included political instability, potential nationalization of assets, personal safety and armed conflict.

With the "end" of the Cold War, the economic transformation of China, and the seeming stabilization of some previously volatile nations, it appeared that the international "risk index" was dropping. This was, of course, a false hope. With the Great Recession, the Arab Spring (and Fall), Chinese military ambitions, Putin's personal ambitions, the spread of nuclear weapons to rogue nations, Western government dithering, and many other factors, global instability has made a dramatic comeback.

The challenge for clients and their personal advisers has become to identify new (and renewed) exposures and devise means to protect against them. These risks include all those noted above, as well as environmental dangers (the impact of Asian pollution on movements of clients and capital is noteworthy), cyber security, the erosion of privacy, the hostility towards success and wealth, and the expansion of government regulation and global financial monitoring.

In this context, we will discuss not only tax and succession planning, but reputation protection, preservation of privacy, safeguarding against kidnapping and physical risk, and how to move families and wealth to safe havens. The most difficult question to answer is what to do if the perceived safe havens turn dangerous. That has happened throughout history, and cautious clients and advisers must consider the possibility of it happening again.

2014 Conference Advisory Board

  • Maxim Alekseyev, ALRUD, Russia
  • Alan Binnington, RBC Wealth Management, Jersey
  • Henry Christensen III, McDermott Will & Emery, USA
  • José Luis Fernández, Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa, Mexico
  • Line-Alexa Glotin, UGGC, France
  • Sue Laing, Boodle Hatfield, UK
  • Manuel Liatowitsch, Schellenberg Wittmer, Switzerland
  • Clare Maurice, Maurice Turner Gardner, UK
  • Ban Su Mei, GSM Law, Singapore
  • Tina Wüstemann, Bär & Karrer, Switzerland

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To reserve your place at the twelfth annual Legal Week International Private Client Forum 2014, call Steve Hands on +44 (0)20 7316 9819 or email

We look forward to welcoming you to Villa d'Este.

Rhiannon Van Ross
Senior conference producer, Legal Week

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