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Geoffrey Cone is a leading international trust and tax planning attorney, and the founder and Senior Principal of Cone Marshall Limited. Cone is a respected authority in his industry, and as such, has shared his vast knowledge and expertise in publications such as Trusts & Trustees, Rothschild Trust Review, New Zealand Law Journal, among many others.
Additionally, he has been a contributing author to the World Trusts Survey and International Trust Disputes (both Oxford University Press), Law of Offshore Jurisdictions, International Trusts Guide, and Trident Guide to International Trusts. Cone began practicing commercial litigation as well as tax and trust advisory work in 1980. As Partner and Chairman of Partners at a leading Christchurch law firm, his tenure was marked by cases at all levels of the New Zealand courts as leading counsel and the Privy Council in London.
Later, Cone took his comprehensive litigation and advisory experience and further applied it by serving as a litigator in the British West Indies for two years. In 1998, he returned to New Zealand to establish his own firm, Cone and Co., which would later be transformed to Cone Marshall Limited in 2007. Cone’s long and illustrious career has made him a foremost international trust and tax planning figure, which is why some of the world’s wealthiest families, most prominent banks, and respected lawyers and advisors entrusted his firm their work and assets.
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Karen Marshall is a Principal at Cone Marshall where she serves as Director of the firm. Her experience at the firm extends to acting as director of trust companies in the role of trustee. Prior to Cone Marshall, Marshall specialized in commercial litigation at a prominent law firm in London for ten years.
Marshall has extensive experience managing trusts, addressing issues relating to settlors and their representatives, providing information where trustee is a company, drafting documentation to action needs of trust, providing trust deed precedents for clients, advising generally and assisting clients in relation to their needs. In 2006, Marshall’s track record of success, dedication to her craft, and dedication to her clients drew the attention of Cone Marshall founding Principal, Geoffrey Cone.
Together, supported by a carefully-assembled international team, Cone and Marshall have built one of the most respected international wealth planning and advisory firms in the world.
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Claudia Shan is Head of Legal and International Compliance at Cone Marshall Limited.
She completed her conjoint degrees BCom/LLB at the University of Auckland. Prior to entering practice in a leading New Zealand law firm in 2004, she worked in the Auckland office of Ernst & Young, focusing on tax. She has also worked in the Island of Guernsey, the Channel Islands, for almost 6 years for two leading offshore law firms and was at the time enrolled and admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
Claudia specializes in all aspects of trust, private client and international wealth planning. Claudia has advised a wide range of clients, both residents and non-residents, on local and foreign trusts, tax residency, asset protection, FATCA, Common Reporting Standards, international tax and trust law issues. She advises clients in respect to asset protection, establishment, administration, restructuring and winding up/termination of clients’ personal, investment and business structures including trusts, companies and limited partnerships. She also advises clients in respect to their compliance, regulatory and anti-money laundering obligations.
She has advised many of the leading international trust companies, high net worth individuals, private companies, family businesses, multi-national banks, and globally renowned financial services organisations.
Claudia is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She has published a number of articles in Private Client Practitioner and Tax Planning International. Since 2013 she is also one of two contributing New Zealand authors to Baker & McKenzie’s LawInContext and the New Zealand chapter of The Private Wealth & Private Client Law Review (the content of which is being licensed to Bloomberg Law and to LexisNexis).
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Claire Cooke was born, raised and educated in South Africa and is fluent in both English and Afrikaans. She completed her BA at Rhodes University and her LLB at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and converted her qualifications when she emigrated to New Zealand. Claire holds a practicing certificate issued by the New Zealand Law Society and is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Claire joined Cone Marshall in 2009 and has been mentored by both Karen Marshall and Geoffrey Cone in the area of international trust and tax planning. During her time at the firm, Claire has developed into a competent and skilled advisor who builds a rapport with clients and pays careful attention to their particular circumstances and needs.
Claire is a director of trust companies in the role of trustee. She has a wealth of experience in the trust and tax planning area, particularly with regards to the settlement and management of trusts, companies and limited partnerships in New Zealand and abroad and the migration of companies to and from New Zealand. Claire particularly relishes the challenges associated with the restructuring of existing structures which span over several jurisdictions.
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