3rd Annual Wealth Management Forum
14 September 2022, London

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Wednesday 14 September

Start Finish Session
11:45 12:45 Registration, lunch and networking
Venue: The David Lloyd George Room, The Law Society
12:50 13:00

Co-Chairs Welcome

Andrew Penney, Head of Wealth Planning, Sequent, UK
Michael Fischer, Partner, Fischer Ramp Buchmann, Switzerland
Venue: The Bayes Reading Room, The Law Society 
13:00 13:40

The state of the world: are we optimists or pessimists?

• A personal view of geopolitical and macroeconomic developments in the last couple of years.

• Positive trends for the private wealth industry that will increase client wealth, and make both clients and wealth more mobile.

• Worrying trends that may make clients poorer and suppress business opportunities with cross-border families and capital flows.

Andrew Penney, Head of Wealth Planning, Sequent, UK

13:40 14:30

UBO registers and asset ownership transparency
An effective curb on kleptocracy or a pointless bureaucratic nuisance?

• Each EU country collects different & inconsistently targeted information about settlors, beneficiaries, protectors, owners of trust service providers.

• Now the US CTA imposes another layer of complexity and another set of requirements.

• The UK Economic Crime bill will collect info on foreign owners of UK real estate on top of UBOs of corporate entities and the UK Trust register.

• Where you have a corporate group in 80 different countries compliance with this legislation is now a full-time job and makes any structure unviable.

• The information collected is pointless and meaningless (show by case study).

Andrew Penney, Head of Wealth Planning, Sequent, UK

Humberto Sanches, Partner, Humberto Sanches and Associates, Brazil
Inbal Faibish Wassmer, Partner, Goldfarb, Seligman & Co., Israel
Matthew Sperry, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenmann, USA
Elizabeth Bruwer, Director / Senior Wealth Planner, Sequent, UK 

14:30 14:45 Networking break in The Bayes Reading Room
14:45 15:35

New assets: crypto and NFTs 
Taxation of CC, transfer of wealth on death

• Uses of blockchain by wealthy/mobile super rich at a time of great geopolitical uncertainty.

• Use of NFTs/crypto as an alternative to gold (contrast the 1930s and 2020s).

• Use of NFTs in the art world.

Michelle Neville-Clarke, Partner, Lennox Paton, The Bahamas

Bruno Boesch, Consultant, UK
Christine Bourron, Pi-eX Limited, UK
Matthew Gardiner, Founder, Catch London, UK
Charlie Maydon Grace, Partner, Macfarlanes, UK

15:35 15:50 Networking break in the same room (Bayes Reading room)
15:50 16:40

What do we want from a modern trust (or foundation) jurisdiction?

Increasingly, jurisdictions incorporate structures into to their domestic law that would previously have been thought alien. The Channel Islands and Dubai promote foundations and Switzerland proposes to introduce a new trust law. Variety is the spice of life, or so they say. But what are we really looking for when selecting the right place to organise a structure?

Michael Fischer, Partner, Fischer Ramp Buchmann, Switzerland

Matthew McKim, Partner, Loeb & Loeb, USA
Georgina James, Partner, Farrer & Co., UK
Alexa Saunders, Partner, Carey Olsen, Jersey
Line-Alexa Glotin, Partner, UGGC, France 

16:40 17:10 Networking break in the David Lloyd George Room
17:10 18:00

1st Roundtable Session

Art as an asset class 

•  How can an investor (who may or may not also be a very well informed collector) invest in art?

  -  Direct investments/private managed accounts
  -  Co-investment and fractional ownership
  -  Art investment funds

•  Is art failing under many “investment grade” criteria?! (e.g. High cost of: acquisition, up-keep,
   and disposal. No return, poor liquidity, problematic use as security, not to mention whims of taste,
   and even of attribution – a paradise for art advisors.)

•  The art of pricing the priceless. How is art valued/priced in the context of art investment?

•  Art as security in non-recourse lending.

•  The challenges of preserving collections, especially in succession.

•  How do export restrictions, such as those in Spain and Italy, impact the value of art and the
   assessment of such art for investment purposes?

Bruno Boesch, Lawyer, CollectionsLegal.art, UK
Giovanni Cristofaro, Partner, Chiomenti, Italy
Carlos Ferrer, Partner, Cuatrecasas, Spain
Freya Stewart, CEO & Group General Counsel, The Fine Art Group, UK

The impact of illiberal democracies and dealing with an international emergency

Dirk Kolvenbach, Partner, Heuking Kuehn, Germany
Nuno Barnabe, Partner, Abreu Advogados, Portugal
Johann Espiritu, Partner, Romulo, Philippines 

The evolving definition of 'The Family' and how it impacts Wealth Management

Catherine Watson-Coles, Partner, McInnes Cooper, Canada
Sarah Hutchinson, Partner, Farrer & Co., UK

Tax: New Developments. Unshell Directive

Rosanne Bonnici, Partner, Fenech & Fenech Advocates, Malta
Eric Fort, Partner, Arendt, Luxembourg
Ineke Koele, Founder, Koele Tax & Legal Perspecta, The Netherlands

18:00 18:05 Short break in the same room to change tables
18:05 18:55 2nd Roundtable Session  
18:55 19:40 Drinks Reception in the David Lloyd George Room
19:40 22:00

Closing Dinner in The Bayes Reading Room