22nd Annual International Wealth Transfer Practice Conference

6 Mar - 7 Mar 2017

Claridge’s Hotel

Session information

Lawyers in practice – will your clients’ problems become yours?
Claridge’s Hotel


Family Law Committee (Lead)
Legal Practice Division (Lead)
Private Client Tax Committee (Lead)
Taxation Section (Lead)
European Regional Forum


How do you get, keep or sometimes get rid of your clients? Join in this lively roundtable discussion about managing clients in the age of tax transparency and exchange of information. Will your clients’ tax planning, legal in your jurisdiction but illegal in theirs, entangle you into a new morass? How do you disengage if need be? What are your ethical and legal obligations in your jurisdiction? What can and can you not do? And what about so-called ‘aggressive tax planning’? What if your client wants to move assets from a CRS jurisdiction to the US? Can US tax lawyers be caught in the client’s transaction? What does the 4th Money Laundering Directive say to this? What is a SAR and do you care? Should we ask: ‘is it ethical or is it legal’? Can we afford not to care about a client’s actions? Share your stories and solutions.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Leigh-Alexandra Basha McDermott Will & Emery, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; LPD Council Member, LPD Council
Gerd D Goyvaerts Tiberghien, Antwerp, Belgium; Membership Officer, Private Client Tax Committee