Our Private Banking and Wealth Planning practice group offers legal assistance both to the private banking departments of financial institutions and to Argentine wealthy families and individuals. We also offer counsel to service providers in the fiduciary industry with their Argentine and foreign clients.
We handle the legal and regulatory advice needs of the private banking departments of a variety of foreign institutions, assisting them in the structuring of products for their Argentine clientele. Our regulatory advice encompasses the fields of banking, securities, foreign exchange and other regulations affecting their day-to-day operations.
The ample spectrum of Argentine regulations that have an impact on wealth planning (such as marital community property and forced heirship principles, local taxation and tax treaties, anti-money laundering rules, foreign investment and exchange regulations, etc.) have made the involvement of local counsel with a significant understanding of both the country’s legal environment and the common law principles that govern fiduciary structures, not only advisable but unavoidable. We regularly advise settlors, founders, heirs, beneficiaries, private banking departments of financial institutions, professional trustees, and legal and investment advisors in connection with the design and implementation of wealth management structures.
Our expertise range in the planning field covers from basic contractual and testamentary arrangements to more complex trusts, foundations and family corporate and partnership structures. We also assist in the establishment of foreign private investment funds designed to meet clients’ needs. We regularly team up with firms in common law jurisdictions and in continental Europe to implement multi-jurisdictional structures that will help our clients accomplish their goals. In addition, we contribute to international publications focused on the fiduciary industry notes and articles on legal and tax issues relevant for Argentine clients.
Finally, due to the firm’s strong presence in the tax litigation field, this practice area also assists our tax department in high profile cases in the fields of trusts and charities. Likewise, we have successfully defended, in cooperation with our corporate law and general litigation areas, the fiduciary ownership of Argentine assets against the attack of disgruntled heirs.