Bermuda: Appleby Lawyers To Attend International Private Client Conference In Italy
Last Updated: 15 November 2016

Legal Week International Private Client Forum 2016 to focus on 'Wealth in the Age of Extremism'

David Pytches, a leading lawyer at Appleby's Isle of Man office, along with Senior Associate Ashley Fife from Appleby's Bermuda office, will be attending the Legal Week International Private Client Forum 2016 in Lake Como, Italy on 10–12 November. Appleby is pleased to be represented at these world renowned forums.

The conference, entitled 'Wealth in the Age of Extremism', will include talks from respected legal, financial and political commentators, and discussions and breakout sessions on topics ranging from Offshore Firewall Legislation to the Future of Trusts.

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats Menzies Campbell, now Lord Campbell of Pittenweem, will be keynote speaker at the Forum, which is attended by leading senior private client advisors from around the world. He will speak on 'The Age of Extreme Politics'.

David, Counsel (Solicitor, England & Wales) in Appleby's Private Client and Trusts department in the Isle of Man, will have the opportunity to listen to the presentations, engage in discussions and meet colleagues from other international law firms.

He explained: "There are many challenges and opportunities in the private client industry as economies around the world go through periods of uncertainty and change, such as in Europe following the Brexit vote. In addition, there are frequent regulatory variations in multiple jurisdictions to be aware of, and an apparent growth in what is termed 'extreme politics' as campaigning in many nations becomes more polarised and confrontational, as we are seeing the US presidential race. These may all have an impact on the affairs of private clients around the world.

"Attending conferences like this provides an opportunity to understand the latest developments and their implications, hear from experts and ensure we are in the best position possible to continue delivering the excellent client services Appleby is internationally renowned for."

David added: "The Forum provides a diverse programme of presentations, discussions and breakout sessions ensuring a lot of important ground is covered during the three days. Topics include managing client affairs in the most volatile nations, cross-jurisdictional court actions, rapidly emerging jurisdictions and dealing with the 'leaking' of a client's financial affairs to the media. There are many vitally important issues due to be raised during the conference, allowing delegates to return better informed and equipped to manage challenges and opportunities on behalf of their clients."

David, who has attended several international conferences since joining Appleby in October 2015, previously headed up the Conyers Dill & Pearman trust team in the Cayman Islands. He advises institutional and private clients on all aspects of the formation and administration of complex trust and foundation structures, the powers and obligations of trustees, the rights of beneficiaries and the functions of protectors and enforcers.

Mr Fife, whose practice focuses on private and commercial trusts with a particular emphasis on family office structures, added, "I am excited to be representing Appleby and it is an honour to be speaking at the STEP Italy meeting. Bermuda excels in the offshore private client and trust industry and is ideally placed to provide services that facilitate the planning and investment objectives of high net worth families and entrepreneurs who are globally mobile. I look forward to presenting on a topic that continues to gain relevance as more and more people with connections in civil law jurisdictions and emerging economies choose to utilise the flexible trust structure for succession planning."

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