Stephanie advises families with cross-border connections on their family and business governance, legal and tax issues, succession planning, asset protection and charitable planning, typically involving trusts or other suitable tools. Stephanie advises and provides training/coaching to UHNW families, private investment offices, and related institutions on strategic, protective, tax and legal issues. Stephanie is at ease working with families from all geographical regions and cultures.
Stephanie was previously a principal with Baker McKenzie for nearly 20 years, serving as Managing Partner of the Geneva office of the Firm in 2018/19 and also served variously as chair or member of the European Wealth Management Steering Committee of the Firm, the Global WM Steering Committee, and the European Tax Steering Committee.
Stephanie is a Committee Member of the Geneva branch of STEP (twice former chair) and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Swiss Association of Trust Companies. Stephanie is a STEP Council member-elect for Switzerland, taking office in 2020.
Stephanie lectures on tax and estate planning for post-graduate university programmes at the universities of Lausanne and Fribourg in Switzerland.
Stephanie also writes on current legal and tax topics and was editor of Baker McKenzie’s Private Wealth Newsletter for over ten years.
Olivier Sigg is a counsel in the private client team at Walder Wyss in Geneva. He has more than ten years of experience in this area of practice. He is known, both in Geneva and in London, where he worked for one year, as an expert in complex cross-border matters and is regularly instructed by foreign lawyers, in particular from common law jurisdictions. Olivier specialises in trusts, foundations, last wills and testaments. He provides advice to international high net worth individuals on estate planning, asset protection, relocation and philanthropy (in particular, advice to international charities). His practice involves international succession litigation and trust disputes. He graduated from the University of Geneva in 2002 and has been admitted to the Geneva bar since 2005. His professional languages are French, Italian, English and Spanish.