Alana Petraske

Partner | New York

Secretary Liya Ali


Alana is a partner in the charities team.

She advises both charities and their donors on a wide range of legal, fiscal, and regulatory issues. Her practice focuses on tax-efficient giving by corporate and individual donors, including advising on the structuring of philanthropic giving vehicles, the terms of direct funding, venture philanthropy, social investment and a range of operational matters. Alana was selected by the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners as the People's Choice - Trusted Advisor of the Year at the 2019/20 Private Client Awards.

Alana also focuses on international issues facing both donors and charities, including cross-border giving and fundraising, tax and fiduciary issues connected to overseas operations, UK regulation and recognition of foreign organisations, and the establishment of ‘dual qualified' charity structures which enable tax-efficient giving in the US and the UK.

In addition, Alana has experience advising trustees, companies, royal charter bodies, CICs, and associations on a variety of operational matters including: fundraising, sponsorship and trading, constitutional reorganisations, campaigning and elections, and social enterprise.
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Me in a minute

Getting private money into public benefit space is what gets me out of bed in the morning

I am privileged to be able to devote 100% of my practice to philanthropists and charitable institutions (including family foundations, donor advised funds, community foundations, universities and others).

I have a particular interest in families - involvement of children and succession issues in family philanthropies, as well as the interplay with the family business. As an 'expat' myself, I've always focused on the international issues facing both donors and charities.