The branch committee

The committee of the STEP-Geneva branch is elected at the Annual General Meetings of the branch and its principal functions are to arrange events in furtherance of the society’s objects and to expand membership of the society. Details of the committee’s functions and election process are in sect. 2 and 6 of the branch regulations.

Committee members

David Wallace Wilson
David Wallace Wilson
Chairman

David is a partner at Schellenberg Wittmer, where he advises private clients on international estate planning, trusts and other succession vehicles. He is admitted to the Geneva Bar as well as to the New York Bar. He is a graduate of the Geneva University (lic.jur.) and holds a Masters in Comparative Jurisprudence from New York University. David is fluent in English, French and German.

Justine Markovitz
Justine Markovitz
Vice-Chairwoman

Justine joined Withers London office in 1999 and became a principal in 2004, before becoming head of the Geneva Office in 2005. She specialises in trusts, tax and estate planning for high net worth individuals, with emphasis on planning for UK resident non-domiciliaries. She is a graduate of the Manchester University (BA Hons) and is admitted in England & Wales. Justine is a contributor to Tolley’s Planning and Administration of Trusts. She is also a member of the British Swiss Chamber of Commerce, the British Israel Law Association, the Charity Law Association and the Law Society of England and Wales.

Stephanie Jarrett
Stephanie Jarrett
Officer

Stephanie is a partner at Baker & McKenzie. She advises families and financial institutions on trusts, estate and tax planning, and business and family governance issues. She is a graduate of the University of London (LLB Hons) and was called to the English Bar at Lincoln’s Inn. Stephanie is fluent in English and French and has a good knowledge of German, Italian and Spanish.

Andrew McCallum
Andrew Mc Callum
Treasurer

Andrew is a partner at Rawlinson & Hunter, Geneva, is a UK qualified Chartered Accountant and is a registered auditor in Switzerland, the UK and Ireland. He specialises in the accounting and audit of trust and corporate structures, as well as managing a portfolio of trust structures. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Andrew Cleeton
Andrew Cleeton
Branch & Membership secretary

Andrew is an experienced international Independent Trust & Fiduciary Specialist, with particular knowledge gained working at senior levels with leading Asia based Private / Family Offices; International Private Banks; independent professional firms and Trust Companies. He has acquired over 30 years of multi-cultural global corporate and private client structuring experience, providing him with great insights into understanding and successfully wealth planning entrepreneurial client families, including from both common and civil law perspectives. Andrew has lived and worked in the Asia-Pacific region, continental Europe and UK/Channel Islands. Andrew has previously served on numerous professional bodies, educational and charitable institutions.

Cécile Civiale Vuillier
Cécile Civiale Vuillier
Sponsorship officer

Cecile has enjoyed a varied career working with small and large trust companies alike, such as Bedell, Alpadis, Corpag, Dominion or Zedra, earning a solid reputation for her work on international trust & foundation administration/corporate services. Prior to moving in Geneva, she worked in the UK and France before relocating to Switzerland heading up a trust company. Cecile is a member of several significant professional bodies; The International Tax Planning Association, Association of International Business Lawyers. She has been named as a prominent figure in the leading trustee’s category by Citywealth Magazine in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She is currently Co-Chairwoman of the STEP Swiss & Liechtenstein Federation. Cecile has qualifications in company law and practice, international trust management, trust administration and accounts, and trust creation.

Philippe Pulfer
Philippe Pulfer
STEP Council Member

Philippe Pulfer is a private client partner at Walder Wyss in Geneva. With more than 15 years of experience in his field, both in Geneva and London, he has developed a reputation as a leading expert advising individuals and families, trustees, banks, and lawyers from other jurisdictions, particularly UK solicitors, in wealth structuring and estate planning with an international focus. He also acts in complex, often multi-jurisdictional, succession and trust disputes. He advises charities and charity donors in all areas of philanthropy and sits on the board of non-profit organisations focusing on art and humanitarian causes. Philippe graduated from the University of Geneva in 1992 and has been admitted to the Geneva bar since 1995. He speaks French and English.

Olivier Sigg
Olivier Sigg
Student Liaison Officer

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.

Edward Lavelle
Edward Lavelle
Education Leader

Edward Lavelle is an experienced trust practitioner having worked in the industry for over twenty years during which time he has held senior roles internationally in both bank owned and independent trust companies. Edward is currently the Head of Trust and Fiduciary Services at CISA Trust Company (Switzerland) SA. Edward is a graduate of the University of Birmingham where he took Law with Business Studies (LLB Hons).

Nathalie Chaix
Nathalie Chaix
Speakers

Nathalie is a partner at Ming Halpérin Burger and Inaudi. Before joining the firm, she worked in the international litigation department of the New York firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She advises individuals and multinational families on all aspects of estate planning. She also assists family offices in relation to administrative matters and legal proceedings. Nathalie is admitted to the Geneva Bar since 1995. She is a graduate of the Geneva University (lic.jur.) and holds a a Magister Juris in International Trade Law of the University of Heidelberg. Nathalie is fluent in French, English, Spanish and German.

Philippe de La Debutrie
Philippe de La Debutrie
Recording Secretary & Website Liaison

c/o Rawlinson & Hunter SA
34, rue de l’Athénée
P.O. Box 393
1211 Geneva 12
Switzerland

.
Nicholas Pell
.

Nicholas Pell is a Partner and Group General Counsel at Rhone Trust, an international group providing succession planning structures through its offices in Geneva, Nassau and Singapore. He is a qualified English solicitor and a specialist in estate planning, trusts, UK tax, philanthropy and automatic exchange of information. Before joining Rhone he spent eight years working in the private client team of Macfarlanes LLP in London.