Trusts and Continental law: is this marriage possible?


14 - 16 November 2019

Join us in Geneva, a European hub offering banking, investment, trust and other wealth management services across the world. The longstanding tradition of local private banking, previous liens with various Anglo-Saxon countries, the solid infrastructure and a reliable Swiss politic and legal system have strongly contributed to this.

The seminar will mainly focus on trusts and their compatibility with continental legal systems. The programme will address a wide range of topics across many fields of law, including trust structures, related tax rulings and issues, real estate matters, and trust litigation, among others.

The seminar will attract numerous international and local lawyers, from a large number of countries in the world. It will be a great opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with lawyers dealing with trusts and related legal topics, as well as to discover unknown aspects of the Calvinist Geneva.

See you in Geneva!

AIJA Commissions

  • International Private Clients and Family Law

Programme complet

Trusts and Continental law: is this marriage possible?

Thursday 14 November 2019

17:30 » 18:30
Registration at Warwick Geneva Hotel
Address: Rue de Lausanne 14, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
18:30 » 20:30
Welcome Drink at Halles de l’Ile
Address: Place de l’Ile 1, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland
21:00 » 23:00
Dinner at Bain des Pâquis
Address: Quai du Mont-Blanc 30, Geneva, Switzerland
Optional Bar

Friday 15 November 2019

08:00 » 09:00
Registration at Warwick Geneva Hotel
Address: Rue de Lausanne 14, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland
09:00 » 09:30
Welcome address by the AIJA President
Paola Fudakowska, AIJA President, FCO Legal Directorate, United Kingdom
09:30 » 10:30
Panel 1: The 4 most frequent situations where trusts are used in common law countries
Oliver Piper, Farrer & Co, UK
Renat V. Lumpau, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, USA
Lucy E. Main, Beard Winter LLP, Canada
Adam Cloherty, XXIV Old Buildings, UK
Caitriona Moran, William Fry Tax Advisors, Ireland
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:00
Panel 2: The 4 countries of continental law where trusts are used the most
Stepan Holub, Holubova advokati, Czech Republic
Brazzalotto Alberto, Maisto e Associati, Italy
Vogt Annaïg, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal AG, Switzerland
Krzywański Tomasz, GWW Ladziński, Cmoch i Wspólnicy Sp. k., Poland
Pia Summer, Gasser Partner Rechtsanwälte , Liechtenstein
12:00 » 13:00
Panel 3: Trusts and abuses, sharing experiences on criminal law, asset tracing and litigation
Charlotte Tregunna, Peters & Peters, UK
Magdalena Heyder, Homburger, Switzerland
Marielle Boezelman, Hertoghs Advocaten, Netherlands
Maximilian Müller, Prof. Dr. Müller & Partner, Germany
Adam Flacks, Lipman Karas, UK

13:00 » 14:30
14:30 » 15:15
Keynote: Swiss diplomacy and Geneva: also a matter of trust. 
Ulrich Lehner, former Swiss Ambassador
15:15 » 16:00
Panel 4: Offshore trusts, how strong is the wind blowing?
Josefina Colomar, Withers Bergman LLP, USA
Ben Havard, Collas Crill LLP, Guernsey
Sophia Rolle-Kapousouzoglou,  LennoxPaton, The Bahamas
Nancy Chien, Bedell Cristin, Jersey
19:30 » 22:00
Home Hospitality Dinner
Optional Bar & Clubbing

Saturday 16 November 2019

10:00 » 10:45
Panel 5: Professionals sharing experiences and hints
Christian Presoly, Liechtenstein
Herman Krul, Reliance Trust, Switzerland
Bhavnita Gosrani, Zedra, Switzerland
Hansjoerg Wehrle, Allgemeines Treuunternehmen (ATU), Liechtenstein
10:45 » 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 » 12:00
Panel 6: Trust and tax, old friends. Talks from the practice
Gertjan Verachtert, Sansen International Tax Lawyers, Belgium
Annabel Spearman, Farrer & Co, London
Marc Buchmann, Fischer Ramp Partner, Switzerland
May-Lolli Ghetti, Interlaw Monaco S.A.M., Monaco
Alessia Paoletto, Withers, London
12:00 » 14:00
15:00 » 16:00
Optional guided tour of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
Not included in the registration fees, payable upon registration
19:00 » 22:00
Optional dinner
Not included in the registration fee, payable upon registration
Optional Bar & Clubbing





Informations pratiques


Please book your room at the Warwick Geneva prior to October 31 2019

Hotel address: Rue de Lausanne 14, 1201 Geneva, Switzerland

Room rates: 250 CHF/150 CHF (Thursday/Friday - single room)




Seminar : Business Casual

Thursday evening, Home Hospitality Friday dinner and Saturday optional program: Casual


AIJA Registration Cancellation Policy

Up to 6 weeks before the event: Refund of 100% of the registration fees paid
deducted by an administrative fee of 50 EUR

Up to 2 weeks before the event: Refund of 50% of the registration fee paid
deducted by an administrative fee of 50 EUR 

Less than 2 week before the event: No refund

Comité organisateur

Nicolas HERREN
Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd (SWITZERLAND)

Henrietta MASON
Pennington Manches LLP (UNITED KINGDOM)

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd (SWITZERLAND)


Julien TRON
Meyerlustenberger Lachenal (SWITZERLAND)