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Geoffrey Cone
LLB, DP L (Hons), TEP, CTA

President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors
+ 1 510 935 8897

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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.

Karen Marshall
LLB, TEP, Notary Public

Partner at Cone Marshall Limited
Director at Cone Marshall HK Limited
+ 64 21 506 732

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Karen Marshall is a Principal at Cone Marshall New Zealand where she serves as Director of the firm. Her experience at the firm dates back to 2004 when she joined Cone at what was then, Cone & Co.

Prior to Cone Marshall, Marshall specialized in commercial litigation at a prominent law firm in London for ten years. Marshall has extensive experience managing and administering trusts, addressing issues relating to settlors and their families and advising on same and all aspects of international wealth planning.

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.

Claudia Shan
LLB, BCom, TEP

Partner at Cone Marshall Limited 
Head of Legal and International Compliance
+64 9 967 2608 or +64 9 307 3950

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Claudia 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 specialises 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, Tax Planning International and Trust & Trustees. 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).

Claire Cooke
BA, LLB, TEP

Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand

+64 9 307 3950

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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.

Cone Marshall Ltd

Auckland, New Zealand

ASSOCIATES

Alexandra Neal
BA, LLB, TEP

Associate
Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand
+ 64 9 967 2614

Dinesh Menon
LLM (Hons), LLB, B Econ, TEP

Senior Associate
Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand
Barrister & Solicitor NSW, Australia
+ 64 9 300 5103

Ziyad Matti
LLB, BA

Associate
Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand
+ 64 9 909 1892

SOLICITORS & LAW CLERKS

Jaya Muthu
LLB

Solicitor
Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand

+ 64 9 967 2617

May Cheah
LLB (Hons), BCom

Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand
Barrister & Solicitor Malaysia
+ 64 9 909 1899

Brent Wicks
BSoc Sc, LLB, LLM

Attorney (South Africa)
+ 64 9 967 2606

Louisa Yockney
LLB

Solicitor
Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand
+ 64 9 394 8765

Marijke Taylor
LLB

Attorney (South Africa)
+ 64 9 300 5106

Simon Barber
LLB (Hons), BCom

Solicitor
Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand

COMPLIANCE OFFICERS

Pulkit Agrawal
MBA, PGDipBus

Head of Global Compliance
+ 64 9 967 2604

Dale Singh
Cert Financial Crime, Dip Bus

Senior Compliance Officer

Richa Shah
BBA, MBA Int Mgmt

Compliance Officer

Shamali Nageswaran
BBA (Finance), Pg Dip Bus

Compliance Officer

Kana Yamaguchi
BPol Sci

Compliance Administrator
+ 64 9 300 5017

TRUST OFFICERS

Jennifer Ruffley
BSc (Hons), TEP

Senior Trust Officer
+ 64 9 307 0042

Tani Gogia
LLB, Pg Dip Bus, BA (Economics), Advocate India

Senior Trust Officer
+ 64 9 394 8764

Cone Marshall Services Ltd

Auckland, New Zealand

David Apfel
BCompt, ACA

Director & Chief Financial Officer
+ 64 9 967 2605

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Anna-Marie Schoultz
BCom, Professional Accountant (SA)

Senior Manager
+ 64 9 909 1895

Ian Taylor
BCom, Professional Accountant (SA)

Senior Accountant
+ 64 9 909 1895

Chantell Taylor
BCom (Accounting)

Senior Accountant
+ 64 9 300 7377

Stephanie Tam
B.Comm (Accounting)

Senior Accountant
+ 64 9 300 7380

Cone Marshall (Suisse) Trustee SÀRL

Geneva, Switzerland

Sean Breslin
TEP

Managing Director
+41 22 566 26 09

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Sean joined our Geneva office in Switzerland in 2019. He began his career in the fiduciary sector in 2003, has worked for the bank owned Trust companies of Barclays Private Bank and Deutsche Private Bank and most recently has held senior management positions with Intertrust and IQ-EQ. Sean has considerable experience managing teams and complex Trust structures for families based in the Middle East, Africa, United Kingdom and Latin America. He has a diploma from the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and holds the Swiss Advanced Certificate in Trust Management (SACTM). Sean also holds a degree in Finance and Business Law from Stirling University in Scotland, UK. Sean is bi-lingual in English and French, and enjoys mediating to resolve complex international issues for his clients.

Giancarlo Cereghetti
TEP

Senior Trust Officer
+41 22 566 28 64

Read more about Giancarlo

Giancarlo is a fully qualified Trust Officer with more than 18 years of experience in the trust industry.

Prior to joining Cone Marshall in July 2019, he worked as Senior Trust officer/ Relationship Manager for various international banks (Kleinwort Benson, Dresdner Bank, Merrill Lynch) and other independent trust companies based in Geneva. Giancarlo is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian (mother tongue). He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the university of Fribourg (Switzerland) and is TEP qualified (full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

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Nida Khakwani
TEP

Trust Officer
+41 22 566 11 73

Catherine Blanjot
TEP

Trust Officer
+41 22 566 28 65

Susan Bianchi

Assistant
+41 22 566 28 72

Cone Marshall Group – Representative Office

Athens, Greece

Gerard Aquilina
BA, JD, LLM, STEP, ITPA

Partner
+30 69 879 06713 (Greece)
+41 79 107 7338 (Switzerland)

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Gerard Aquilina has had an extensive career spanning over 44 years in law, investment and private banking and he has worked in the US, Europe, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. He has held senior leadership positions at four global private banks including: CEO Merrill Lynch International Trust Company, CEO HSBC Private Bank for the Americas, Barclays Wealth Regional Head (and later Vice Chairman) for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, and most recently Vice Chairman UBS Global Emerging Markets where he was relationship manager for key clients.

He earned his BA at Columbia University, a JD from The American University in Washington, DC and an LLM from the University of London. Gerard is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Planners, the International Tax Planning Association.

Cone & Company SA

Montevideo, Uruguay

Ivan Martini
MCJ, TEP

Managing Director
+ 598 2518 2321

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Ivan Martini is the Managing Director of Cone & Company in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Martini is a STEP certified Argentine lawyer with a Masters Degree at NYU. Before joining Cone Marshall in Uruguay Martini worked as a Wealth Planning Advisor specializing in Latin America for the private banking divisions of Coutts & Co., Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Barclays and Julius Baer. He has held said positions in the Cayman Islands, Uruguay, the US and Switzerland, travelling regularly to all of Latin America. Martini´s working relationship with his clients’ legal and tax advisors provides him with extensive and updated knowledge of the Latin American regulatory framework, which proves vital at the time of finding the right estate planning solution for his clients.

Martini speaks five languages including Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian and French.

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Luis Alberto Lussich
Cr, LLM, CPA

Finance Manager
+598 99 146 065

Agustina Loinaz
Dra, LLM

Associate
+ 598 99 414 312

Ligia Sosa

Billing Manager
+598 99 795 184

Juan Ignacio Miraglia
Ugrad (Econ)

Administration Manager
Compliance Officer
+ 598 99 143 921

Damian Kutner

Solicitor/Trust Officer
+ 598 99 143 921

Alexandra Caballero

Debt Recovery
+ 598 99 143 921

Gaston Lariau

Financial Officer
+ 598 99 143 921

Federico Galceran

Compliance Assistant
+ 598 99 143 921

Franco Moline

Solicitor/Trust Officer
+ 598 99 143 921

Rodrigo Posada

Financial Assistant
+ 598 99 143 921

Teton Trust Company LLC

Jackson, Wyoming Representative Office – New York, NY, USA
Representative Office – Miami, FL, USA

Katrina Robinson
Bar Admission: State of New York

CEO & Executive Director, Member, Board of Directors
+ 1 917 331 3695

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Katrina Robinson is responsible for business operations in the U.S., business development, and acting as a liaison with the Cone Marshall group. Robinson is an attorney admitted to practice in New York. She has worked with family offices and private clients. Prior to law school, she worked as a portfolio manager with an international wealth management team at the Royal Bank of Canada in New York City. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she is a graduate of Princeton University, University of Cambridge and Cardozo School of Law. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Martin Calatrava
LLM in International Tax

General Manager
+1 307 699 9755

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Martin has worked with the Cone Marshall group since 2013, and most recently transferred to TTC, in March 2018. Previously, he was Director at Cone Marshall’s office in Geneva, involved in wealth planning matters, including trusts and estate. Originally from Argentina, Martin graduated from law school at the University of Buenos Aires, and further studied trusts law in New Zealand where he became a member of the Society of Estate and Trusts Practitioners. In June 2017, he finished a two-year program LLM in International Tax at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Martin speaks Spanish, Italian, and English with native proficiency.

Abbie Flaherty
LLB, BA, TEP

Director of Trustee Services
+1 307 699 9755 ext. 5

Read more about Abbie

Abbie Flaherty has worked for the Cone Marshall Group since 2012. In early July 2019, she transferred from Cone Marshall Limited in Auckland, NZ, where she was a Legal Associate, to Teton Trust Company to take on the role of Director of Trustee Services. Abbie completed her conjoint degrees BA/LLB at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, spending her final semester at the University of Copenhagen Denmark. Abbie is a Barrister and Solicitor in New Zealand where she holds a current practicing certificate and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society. Abbie is also a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Abbie’s experience includes setting up and managing structures in both New Zealand and Wyoming, and providing advice on trusts, companies and limited partnerships.

Board of Directors

Geoffrey Cone

President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors

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Prior to forming TTC, Geoffrey Cone founded the law practice Cone Marshall Limited (“Cone Marshall”), then known as Cone and Co., in Auckland, New Zealand in 1998. Cone continues to serve as Principal of Cone Marshall and practices in the area of trust and tax planning.

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. Cone graduated from University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand with an LLB and honours, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Tax and Trust law with distinction.

David Harris

Chairman, Board of Directors

Read more about David

David Harris has over 40 years of practical experience in both law and investment banking, specializing in UK private and international business clients, as well as public companies. Early in his career, he practiced law for 12 years and became a partner in the London law firm of Nabarro Nathanson focusing upon taxation and property law.

After leaving Nabarros in 1982 he joined NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd., London investment bankers, where he pioneered the development of the Bank’s international trust business and lead this for the next 26 years. In 1985 he became a Fellow of the Institute of Taxation by thesis on the taxation of private companies.

In 1987 David was appointed to the main board of NM Rothschild & Sons Limited in London. He also served as a director of many other Rothschild Group companies outside the UK and worked with senior members of the Rothschild family.  In the same year David was appointed the London CEO of the Rothschild Trust Group which became successful in Europe, the USA, Latin America, Asia and South Africa.

David became non executive in 2005 and was later appointed Chairman until his retirement in 2008.

Paolo Panico

Member, Board of Directors

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Paolo Panico has experience in law and business as the Chairman of Private Trustees SA, an independent and regulated trust company based in Luxembourg. Panico, who speaks eight languages, is qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and as an avocat in Romania, and on such basis is a member of the Luxembourg Bar. He also serves as an adjunct law professor at the University of Luxembourg and the University of Liechtenstein, where he teaches international and comparative trust law.

In May 2016, Panico was appointed Deputy Chair of STEP, Benelux branch, and he had served as Treasurer of the Milan branch from 2006 to 2010. Panico is a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trusts Law (TIAETL), Vice Chairman of the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA), and a member of the Italian Trust Society (Associazione “Il Trust in Italia”) where he served as a council member from 2008 to 2011.

His publications include Private Foundations. Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 2014) and International Trust Laws (Oxford University Press, 2010; second and entirely revised edition, 2017).

Douglas Barnes

Member, Board of Directors

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Douglas Barnes is an attorney and member of the New York Bar. He has a focus on corporate law practice on early-stage companies and technology-related transactions. Before embarking on a career in law, Barnes had a fifteen-year career in the IT field that progressed from developing banking and accounting software to co-founding the security software company C2Net (now part of Red Hat). Prior to launching his own law firm in 2015, Barnes practiced corporate and technology transactions law at Sullivan and Cromwell, Milbank, and Gibson Dunn. Barnes grew up very close to Wyoming, in Fort Collins, Colorado, and maintains close connections to the area. Barnes received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and also has a B.S. in Computer Science from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Brynn Powell

Trust Officer
+1 307 201 5225

Ivar Brock-Utne

Trust Officer
+1 307 201 5275 ext 3

David Bertsch
J.D

Legal Associate
+1 307 201 5275

Ryan Hayden

Junior Trust Officer
+1 307 201 5275

Mattie Hagerty

Administrative Assistant
+1 646 326 4172

Nancy Sanchez

Administrative Assistant
+1 307 201 5275

Allison McLuskey

+1 307 201 5275

Lea Joannis

+1 307 201 5275

Cone Marshall HK Ltd

Hong Kong

Leping Zhang
LLB, JD, LLM (Taxation)

Associate, Business Development, Fiduciary Services
+852 6706 0576

Read more about Leping

Leping joined Cone Marshall in Hong Kong to work closely with our Asian clients where his background and language skills enable him to understand their needs and address their concerns. Leping received his LL.B. from China Foreign Affairs University. Upon graduation, he continued his legal study in the United States, where he pursued his Juris Doctor (J.D.) at SMU Dedman School of Law.After graduating with honors, he further grew his expertise by receiving his LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law. Leping is an attorney admitted to practice in Texas and New York. Born and raised in Beijing, Leping is fluent in both Mandarin and English.

Shanna Chen

New Zealand Qualified Solicitor
+852 3622 2192

Claudia Shan
LLB, BCom, TEP

Partner at Cone Marshall Limited 
Head of Legal and International Compliance
+64 9 967 2608 or +64 9 307 3950

Read more about Claudia

Claudia 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 specialises 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, Tax Planning International and Trust & Trustees. 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).

Karen Marshall
LLB, TEP, Notary Public

Partner at Cone Marshall Limited
Director at Cone Marshall HK Limited
+ 64 21 506 732

Read more about Karen

Karen Marshall is a Principal at Cone Marshall New Zealand where she serves as Director of the firm. Her experience at the firm dates back to 2004 when she joined Cone at what was then, Cone & Co.

Prior to Cone Marshall, Marshall specialized in commercial litigation at a prominent law firm in London for ten years. Marshall has extensive experience managing and administering trusts, addressing issues relating to settlors and their families and advising on same and all aspects of international wealth planning.

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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Agnes Mok

Executive Assistant/Office Manager
+852 3622 2192

Ciemme Trustees Srl

Milan, Italy

Sam Cleps

Managing Director
+ 39 02 800 123 79

Read more about Sam

Sam has joined the Cone Marshall group following a lengthy career in London, Italy, Switzerland and the US. Primarily in Real Estate development in London and Italy, he was also Financial Director of Stainless Steel International controlling all the finances of a stainless steel plant and sales group in Romania. He headed a NY based group buying substantial portfolios of NPL’s (Non-performing loans) and has worked closely with several UHNW individuals and families.

Sam is Fluent in English, Italian and French and brings many years of experience in identifying and resolving difficult and delicate situations.

Davies Street Trustees Limited

London, UK

David Harris

Chairman Davies Street Trustees Limited
+44 (0) 008 4369

Read more about David

David Harris has over 40 years of practical experience in both law and investment banking, specializing in UK private and international business clients, as well as public companies. Early in his career, he practiced law for 12 years and became a partner in the London law firm of Nabarro Nathanson focusing upon taxation and property law.

After leaving Nabarros in 1982 he joined NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd., London investment bankers, where he pioneered the development of the Bank’s international trust business and lead this for the next 26 years. In 1985 he became a Fellow of the Institute of Taxation by thesis on the taxation of private companies.

In 1987 David was appointed to the main board of NM Rothschild & Sons Limited in London. He also served as a director of many other Rothschild Group companies outside the UK and worked with senior members of the Rothschild family. In the same year David was appointed the London CEO of the Rothschild Trust Group which became successful in Europe, the USA, Latin America, Asia and South Africa.

David became non executive in 2005 and was later appointed Chairman until his retirement in 2008.

Kate Verry
LLB, BA

Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand
+41 22 566 1173

Read more about Kate

Kate received an LLB/BA from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In 2014 she joined the Cone Marshall Group where she specialised in foreign trusts in the group’s Auckland office. She moved to the Swiss office in 2016 and now splits her time between London and Geneva where she advises on international trust creation, management and administration.