Stephen is a partner in the private client and tax team.Stephen provides individuals, families and family offices with advice on US taxation and succession planning. He also advises trustees (both private and professional), settlors and beneficiaries on US taxation and the exercise of their powers, duties and rights under all forms of trust structures, both onshore and offshore.
He lives in London and has experience in assisting clients located in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the UK. All of his clients are international in nature, but with a connection to the United States in some shape or form. A typical client (if such a thing exists) would receive assistance with respect to the issues that arise where there is a diversity of fiscal statuses amongst family members including both US and non-US citizens or residents; however, he also assists entirely non-US families or family offices but who need advice in relation to the ownership of assets in the US.
In addition to providing advice on US taxation matters, Stephen specialises in the establishment of structures (typically including trusts, foundations, companies and partnerships) for the protection and preservation of assets across multiple generations. Stephen advises clients on complex governance issues, including structures with family involvement in the ownership, decision-making, and succession planning. Stephen also supports families and family offices in making direct investments, typically when they are buying companies, funds, or real estate, but also with personal use assets and collectibles.
Stephen has an abundance of experience assisting individuals on changes of residency. Whether it is pre-arrival planning, departure strategies, the renunciation of US citizenship or the acquisition of a new citizenship, Stephen assists these internationally mobile individuals and families mitigate the tax and legal issues that arise when moving.
The team is quite unique in London to the extent that they have both UK and US private client lawyers closely working together as one team for clients who are subject to both tax systems.
Stephen is an approachable and practical lawyer, and has done a lot to cement his US practice in London. He's got a lot of talent.