White & Case LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

New York
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White & Case is described as "a high-quality firm" which is "extremely well suited for handling the legal representation of cross-border clients." It provides private wealth services encompassing both contentious and non-contentious matters, and is acknowledged as being "a top-notch firm who are seen as one of the best at what they do."

With offices in New York and in key locations across the world, a legal insider notes: "The international breadth of the firm, as well as the quality of their other clients, means that they are prepared as a whole to address novel and complex issues that have not necessarily been seen by other firms."

Notable practitioners

Kerry O’Rourke Perri
is recognised as being "an excellent lawyer" who is "an expert in what she does." She is dual-qualified in New York and Florida and advises on domestic and international private client matters. "She has a background in investment banking, and that background is a really helpful addition to the way she approaches the clients we work with," explains a market source, who adds: "She has a very unique perspective that most other trust and estate lawyers don't have." A trust company insider reports: "She has established herself as an expert among her peers and has become a go-to person within the firm for solving private client issues globally. She is viewed as the next generation of the firm's private client leadership."

Michael Kavoukjian
is described as "a great lawyer" who is "always focused on giving solutions to the client which are in their best interest." He is chair of the firm's global private wealth and family offices group and regularly acts for both individual and institutional clients. "He is an expert in law and technical issues, but his real strength is his business acumen and making the technical issues understandable from a common-sense point of view," reports a wealth adviser. His involvement in major litigation is highlighted, with a legal insider remarking that "he defends major institutions caught up in high-profile cases in this area." The insider continues: "People seek him out for his expertise and legal knowledge." He is further praised by sources for his "excellent judgement" and his "in-depth knowledge in estate and gift tax issues."

Winthrop Rutherfurd
has longstanding experience in the area of wealth and estate planning. "He sets the tone and he is brilliant at making things work for clients," says one market insider, who continues: "He knows how to handle clients and their problems and is very user-friendly." He also has extensive expertise in connection with charitable giving and tax-related matters.