Chambers Recognizes Graham Thompson as Leading Law Firm for High Net Worth FamiliesOctober 9, 2017
The Chambers and Partners’ High Net Worth (HNW) Guide has recently selected Graham Thompson as one of the world’s leading law firms for wealthy individuals and families in the area of offshore trusts. Graham Thompson received a BAND 1 Ranking, the organization’s highest level of recognition, for the expertise and professionalism of the Firm’s Partners who work in this highly specialized sector.
Chambers HNW features listings and information about many of the top accountancy and tax firms, private banks, wealth management firms and multi-family offices acting for high net worth individuals. It is expected that the HNW Guide will be used by family offices and professional advisers to wealthy individuals, providing objective guidance on an international scale, making it a key reference point for such a mobile market. The HNW Guide covers private wealth management work and related specialisms in key jurisdictions around the world, featuring in-depth editorials about the leading lawyers and law firms for wealthy individuals and families.
The 2017 Guide contains the following information about the Firm:
This pre-eminent Bahamian law firm is recognised for its long history in the Bahamas, and is considered one of the big players in the trusts area by local practitioners. The firm’s private client, trusts and estates group represents banks and trust companies, as well as high net worth individuals and families. The private client team handles the preparation and amendment of wills and powers of attorney for Bahamas clients or those with Bahamian assets. Graham Thompson also deals with complex cross-border trust matters, representing both domestic and offshore banks and international families.
Sean McWeeney QC heads up the firm’s private client, trusts and estates group, and has decades of experience in Bahamian trust law. He represents institutional clients, as well as high net worth individuals and families that have settled in the Bahamas. McWeeney is known for handling both contentious and non-contentious trust matters; his work includes the creation of structures and the resolution of family disputes. One source observes that McWeeney “has a very, very good reputation on the advice side.”
Tanya Hanna has a recognised speciality in trusts law. Her clients include trust companies and private individuals, whom she advises on trust and corporate matters. Hanna also handles sophisticated estate planning for high net worth individuals and families, including will preparation, and the creation of foundations, trusts and private trust companies. She is “well recognised on structuring” within the community, and she takes an active role as a speaker and author on trusts-related matters.
Ryan Pinder was recently made a partner at Graham Thompson. He was formerly Bahamas Minister of Financial Services and Trade and has also worked in the banking industry. His practice focuses on planning for individuals and families, both internationally and domestically. Pinder handles trusts, structuring, estate planning and wealth management for his clients, as well as dealing with their various businesses and companies across the world. Recognised for the cross-border elements of his practice, Pinder works with Latin American and US clients in particular.