We are proud to announce Henry Brandts-Giesen’s appointment to Partner in the Private Wealth practice of Kensington Swan.
With the transition of former partner, Tim MacAvoy, into a consulting role with the firm, Henry also takes on the role of head of the Private Wealth practice. He leads a team which assists private clients, families, professional trustees, other law firms, banks, accountants and financial institutions with succession planning, trust governance, resolution of disputes between family members, and managing the increasing compliance burden for trustees and directors.
Henry commenced his career at Kensington Swan and, after over a decade practising internationally, returned to us in 2016. He is recognised for his expertise in relation to trusts (both domestic and international), residency by investment, estate planning, relationship property arrangements, family business governance and succession planning, employee share schemes and regulatory compliance regimes such as FATCA, AEOI and AML/CFT. Henry also has significant experience of helping clients to resolve contentious matters either through the courts or otherwise.
Henry is a member of the Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners, a regular conference speaker and a co-author of the New Zealand Master Trusts Guide (2011, 3rd Edition, published by CCH) as well as numerous published articles.
Charles Spillane, Kensington Swan’s chief executive officer, says, “We are proud to bring someone of Henry’s calibre through to partnership and it’s great that we have that opportunity now with Henry who started out here. Henry’s promotion is recognition of his talent, and signals the value we place on assisting clients to manage and protect their wealth, now and for future generations.”
About Kensington Swan
Kensington Swan is one of New Zealand’s leading full-service, commercial law firms with offices in Auckland and Wellington. The Private Wealth practice specialises in preserving and enhancing family wealth for clients around New Zealand. The team also acts as an interface to other specialist areas for the firm’s full service offering.
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