November 14, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Welcome lunch

1:00 PM - 1:05 PM | Welcome from Butterfield Group

Michael Neff - Butterfield Group

1:05 PM - 1:15 PM | Opening remarks

Basil Zirinis - Sullivan & Cromwell
Clare Maurice - Maurice Turnor Gardner

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM | Opening Keynote: The Second Renaissance For Private Client Lawyers

Opening the Forum, Professor Ian Goldin will take us on a journey comparing the present day to the Renaissance as another “rare moment of flourishing genius and risk.” As the future will be characterisied by shock, the only way to “fashion our own golden age” is to not only expect further shock, but to wholeheartedly embrace it.  

Ian Goldin - The University of Oxford

2:15 PM - 2:55 PM | Hide and seek: Gathering (and protecting) information in international estate and trust litigation

  • Measures and tactics regarding the information gathering process in international estate and trust litigation.
  • The clash of different discovery systems as a challenge for gaining access to documents.
  • Potential hurdles for the enforcement of information rights in an international context.
  • Multi-jurisdictional analysis of legal privilege: a minefield when transmitting and using information.

Tina Wüstemann - Bär & Karrer
Rachael Reynolds - Ogier
Fozeia Rana-Fahy - MJM Barristers & Lawyers

2:55 PM - 3:30 PM | The New Generation : Understanding and advising

Modifying your advice with the New Generation versus the traditional “wealth generator,” considering:

  • The New Generation’s relationship with money, tax and investments (the morality of wealth in 2019)
  • Allowing for flexibility in structuring and introducing mechanisms to enable the New Generation to “buy in,” including ring fencing assets and allocating unique roles
  • Understanding the all-encompassing term “New Generation,” which surpasses “millennials” and introduces the impact of non-traditional family structures on planning

Piers Barclay - Macfarlanes
Beatrice Puoti - Burges Salmon Co Ltd
Hayden Bailey - Boodle Hatfield
Lester Huang - P.C. Woo & Co

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM | Coffee break

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM | Transparency and political rivalries: The real story

Richard Hay - Stikeman Elliott
Alec Anderson - Conyers Dill & Pearman
Paul Hodgson - Butterfield Group
Lisa Springate - Jersey Finance

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM | I’d rather be at the Villa d’Este: Part II

November 2017 seems like a distant memory, but what have you learnt from The Ritz-Carlton debacle and applied to your international clientele in the past 24 months? As a trustee, what can you do, either to prepare in advance or to react after the event, to try and minimise the impact of assets being demanded, when contact is impossible?  How best can you help deal with the situation? Where does this leave the advisers and the family for the future, particularly with the impact of duress, KYC and AML?

Arabella Murphy - Maurice Turnor Gardner
Richard Wilson QC - Serle Court

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Breakout Discussion: How will International Financial Centres evolve in the next decade? Will Millennials and Gen Z want to use them?

Patricia Garcia - Avantia Asesoramiento Fiscal Y Legal, S.L.
Rupert Phelps - Smith and Williamson

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Breakout Discussion: Hero to Zero – How do the Mighty Fall?

Tim Robinson CBE - Schillings

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Breakout Discussion: The Professionalisation of Wealth: Global Evolution of the Single Family Office

The family office space is going through an evolution.  With educating and motivating the next generation as being one of the top strategic challenges of leading a single family office in 2019, how does this impact the client-adviser relationship?  What are the other challenges being faced and what needs to be a part of your tool kit going forward?

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Breakout Discussion: Recognising cultural differences in wealth transfer

  • The impact of religion
  • The impact of the industrial traditions of the involved countries
  • The impact of the role of the patriarch and matriarch in the society
  • The impact of forced heirship rights
  • The culture of having pre- and post-nups


Christian von Oertzen - Flick Gocke Schaumburg
Vikna Rajah - Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Close of Day One sessions

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM | Welcome drinks reception

7:45 PM - 10:00 PM | Villa d’Este welcome dinner

November 15, 2019

8:40 AM - 8:45 AM | Welcome comments from the Co-Chairs

Basil Zirinis - Sullivan & Cromwell
Clare Maurice - Maurice Turnor Gardner

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM | Keynote: David Sanger

David Sanger - Author and Journalist

9:45 AM - 10:35 AM | Peace and war: Building and destroying trusts and foundations

Raul-Angelo Papotti - Chiomenti
Elspeth Talbot Rice QC - XXIV Old Buildings
Johannes Gasser - Gasser Partner Attorneys at Law
Sarah Von Schmidt - Farrer & Co

10:35 AM - 11:00 AM | Coffee break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM | The impact of emerging non-traditional families and of biological science

Alain Nijs - NijsDraye
Dean Berry - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Jeremy Kosky - Clifford Chance
Sonia Velasco - Cuatrecasas

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM | Criminalisation of the private client world

Philippe Pulfer - Walder Wyss
Marco Cerrato - Maisto e Associati

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Breakout Discussion: The role of asset holding structures (including trusts and foundations) and nuptial agreements in the cross-border divorce world


Alex Carruthers - Hughes Fowler Carruthers
James Campbell - Ogier

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Breakout Discussion: In discussion with... Our keynote speaker

Michael Neff - Butterfield Group
David Sanger - Author and Journalist

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Breakout Discussion: Structuring investments in emerging countries: Promotion and protection arising from Bilateral Investment Treaties and local law

  • Problems of the traditional model of Bilateral Investment Treaties: promotion or protection of the investment?
  • Promoting investments: in what way liberal governments of emerging countries are shifting perspective and attracting investments 
  • The investor´s perspective: Structuring an investment to maximize protection in emerging countries
  • The invested side: How emerging countries may benefit from the Cooperation and Facilitation Investment Agreement model

Alessandro Fonseca - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Steve Sokic - IQ-EQ
Piers Master - Charles Russell Speechlys

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM | Breakout Discussion: Privacy in Legal Proceedings

  • “Publicity is the very soul of justice.” But is it? 
  • Scott v Scott (1913)
  • The Sherborne School defamation case (1889)
  • Arbitration as an alternative
  • Anonymisation of reporting
  • Public interest and public prurience
  • Technology and the Right To Be Forgotten
  • Tax planning: MN v OP 
  • Has the English court gone wrong? Opportunities for the offshore jurisdictions

Gilead Cooper QC - Wilberforce Chambers
Keith Robinson - Carey Olsen

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM | Lunch

2:30 PM - 7:00 PM | Leisure activities

7:00 PM - 7:45 PM | Villa d’Este Champagne reception

7:45 PM - 10:00 PM | Villa d’Este Gala Dinner

November 16, 2019

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | The Bloody Mary breakfast session

Our forum closes with a lively session inviting all to participate.

Shan and Jonathan will use their forensic skills to laser in on the hottest topics which have been debated over the last couple of days.  For those who have not had the opportunity to contribute to the debate, now is your chance to get it off your chest.  Tell us what you really think – no holds barred!  And if you consider important subjects have been missed off the agenda, tell us.

Jonathan Speck - Mourant
Shan Warnock-Smith - ICT Chambers

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM | Closing comments and lunch

Basil Zirinis - Sullivan & Cromwell
Clare Maurice - Maurice Turnor Gardner

*Draft Agenda: Agenda may be subject to change.