Dates: April 17 - 19, 2024
Location: Barcelona, Spain
This Forum is an annual meeting for a select international group of 44 preeminent legal advisors, trustees, private client bankers and CPAs, who advise HNW & UHNW international families on estates, trusts and tax law, to explore common concerns, exchange ideas and resolve challenges faced on behalf of clients. All those invited have over 25 years of relevant experience.
Using candid, seminar-style discussion, the group identifies trends and developments in their varied jurisdictions for meaningful dialogue on the most interesting and provocative issues of the day.
This elite group, comprised of experts in the field, personally nominates all invitees and develops the Agenda, which forms the basis of our discussions.
Christopher Potter was born in Geneva, Switzerland, and was educated in England and France. He has an LLB from King’s College London as well as a Master of Law degree and a DEA post-graduate degree from the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
Chris was formerly a tax partner with Jones Day’s Paris office, specialising in French and international taxation, cross-border investments and leveraged acquisitions. He also advised clients on real estate investments and the formation and structure of investment funds. Chris has extensive experience in the international taxation issues faced by high net wealth individuals, including the taxation of trusts in France.
Chris is currently senior counsel at SETE in Geneva.
Kathryn McCarthy has extensive, worldwide experience managing the financial affairs of wealthy families and individuals, and for the last 15 years has acted as an independent advisor to families and family offices.
She advises families on a variety of issues relating to their family offices, governance and organizational needs, including strategic planning, family office performance assessment, establishing family oversight committees, creating family offices and integrating family office services with family-owned operating businesses.
In addition to her advisory work, Ms. McCarthy serves on family office boards of directors, private trust company boards, investment committees and protector structures of global families. She is a director of The Rockefeller Trust Company, N.A., serving also on its audit committee.
Ms. McCarthy is a frequent lecturer on topics related to the structure, management and governance of family offices, family investment companies, private trust companies, and global family protectorships and trusteeships. Her industry participation includes both global family office/family business forums and associations as well as lecturing at academic institutions including the Columbia University and New York University Graduate Business Schools in New York and Imperial College in London.
Ms. McCarthy is a member of the board of directors of SEI Investments (NASDAQ: SEIC). Is the lead independent director and serves on the audit, nominating and compensation committees.
Ms. McCarthy is on the editorial advisory board of Trusts & Estates magazine. Her not-for-profit activities include serving as a Trustee of the Greenacre Foundation founded by a member of the Rockefeller family to operate Greenacre Park in New York City and to support other green spaces and community parks in Manhattan.
Prior to advising family offices, Ms. McCarthy founded and managed family offices. She was the founding President of Marujupu, LLC, the family office of the Sulzberger Family (The New York Times Company), and started the multigenerational family office. She was also a member of the board of directors, the investment committee, and the manager of the Sulzberger Foundation.
Ms. McCarthy was a managing director, a member of the management committee, and the Director of Client Advisory Services at Rockefeller & Co., Inc. Prior to this role, she was the Senior Financial Counselor at Rockefeller & Co., Inc., where she advised members of the Rockefeller and other families on asset allocation, personal financial planning and strategic wealth management.
Earlier in her career, Ms. McCarthy was the President and co-founder of a wealth advisory firm in New York City and began her professional career in the personal financial planning division of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. and Alliance Capital Management Corp.
Ms. McCarthy holds an M.B.A in Finance from New York University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, and a J.D. (with honors) from New York Law School. She earned her B.A. from Rosemont College.
In 2020, the Family Firm Institute (FFI) awarded Ms. McCarthy the Richard Beckhard Practice Award to recognize her outstanding contributions to family wealth and enterprise advising.
Paul is Executive Vice Chairman of Sequent (U.K.) Ltd (formerly Rothschild Trust) and former Co-Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Global Wealth Management Practice. Paul specialises in family wealth succession issues. He graduated from Cambridge University and INSEAD (MBA). He completed an Islamic Law Diploma at the Islamic College. He received STEP’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Address: Sequent (U.K.) Ltd, 1 King William Street, London EC4N 7AF, United Kingdom
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 3196 1299
Kristina is a graduate of the University of Toronto and is accredited as a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), a globally recognized badge of excellence in the meeting and event industry. Prior to joining Cambridge Forums, Kristina worked for the Toronto International Film Festival where she successfully planned and hosted events for high-level donors, corporate clients and film stars. Outside the office, Kristina is passionate about learning new things, being outdoors, trying new cuisines and exploring the world one country at a time.
Built on meaningful interactions and genuine connections, the Forum is the premiere gathering for preeminent leaders who advise international HNW/UHNW families.
"As a repeat attendee of the Forum, I cannot recommend the meetings enough. The attendance is always top quality, the topics relevant and well prepared, and the venues outstanding. Above all, the format is ideal for a free-flow of ideas and shared experience which make the forums unique in their concept."Phillippe Pulfer Partner Walder Wyss Ltd. Geneva, Switzerland
"Very Special. A meeting place for professionals with different backgrounds and nationalities who are pursuing the common goal of providing the best advice to their clients – highly recommended. Invitation of qualified practitioners guarantees the quality of the conference."Chris Potter Group General Counsel SETE SA Geneva, Switzerland