McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

London (Firms)
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McDermott Will & Emery has significant international expertise and handles complex cross-border planning matters for high net worth clients. Market source notes that "they are great lawyers" and that "the people are very good."

"They are very professional and provide strong private client advice. They are particularly strong on US to UK tax analysis," reports one wealth insider.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Vergunst is recognised for his experience acting for wealthy clients on cross-border tax planning. A source explains: "He has great technical knowledge and is also very knowledgeable on South Africa." The source continues: "He is extremely thorough and detail-oriented."

Astrid Owen is "hugely experienced," says a private client source, who continues: "She is one of those lawyers that commands attention in a room and with a client. Her planning and strategising is second to none." Owen regularly advises on cross-border wealth structuring, and a peer notes: "She has been around long enough to know what she is doing."

Charles Lubar advises wealthy clients on international tax and estate planning and also has considerable experience in cross-border matters. He is well regarded for his in-depth knowledge of the tax implications relating to inbound and outbound investments connected to the USA. A source notes: "He has really good clients."

Nicholas Holland has a strong reputation for handling multi-jurisdictional trust disputes for high net worth clients. "He is great, and very attractive to offshore clients because he has an international practice," reports one source, while another interviewee reveals: "He has very good connections throughout the offshore world."

Simon Goldring has expertise in a comprehensive range of private client matters. A market source explains: "What he is very good at is delivering results, and he sees the end result almost immediately." A foreign expert notes: "For any tax issues, he is a very good person for offshore trustees to use."