Trusts play a significant role in the life and economy of New Zealand. Their operation continues to be the focus of attention from media, regulators and the Law Commission, and the amount of trusts-related litigation in the courts continues to grow.
Our team of Trusts specialists is drawn from across Russell McVeagh's practice groups to provide strategic advice to clients on the establishment, management and administration of trusts, asset and business planning, and complex family and succession matters. We also advise and act on contentious trust and estate matters, including litigation, alternative dispute resolution and pre-litigation advice. Our focus is on complex trust structures used by corporates, financial institutions, iwi and high net worth individuals.
Our experience includes advising on:
Companies acting as trustees have become increasingly common. We work with our clients to ensure the implications of having companies as trustees, and the risks and options to minimise the risk of failure, are fully understood. We advise on alternative approaches to the structuring of private trust companies, the relationship between the trust deed and the company constitution, and succession issues.
Special Counsel, Government, Public Law and Policy
Special Counsel, Tax
Special Counsel, Corporate Advisory
Senior Associate, Banking and Finance