STEP-Geneva Past Events

Luncheon meetings are held in Geneva each month (except in August) addressed by experts in the many areas of interest to trust and estate professionals.

Past meetings
4-5th May 2022 – 5th ALPINE CONFERENCE 2022

7th April 2022 – ONLINE event at 14:00

Topic: U.S. Estate Planning for Multinationals.
Speaker: Paula M. Jones, Esquire at Jones Estate Group, Inc (International and Domestic Estate Law)

The Description:
The upward trend of multinationals – people with a connection to more than one country – requires practitioners to expand their knowledge of estate planning in the international context. This addresses the main areas in which estate planning for multinationals is unique – application of the federal estate tax, differences in the exemption amounts, marital deduction, gifting allowances, determination of residency, asset situs and the application of tax treaties are explained. Estate planning techniques that address the differences in these concepts are illustrated with client examples, so attendees can directly apply the concepts to their own clients.

24th March 2022 at 17:00 – TECHNICAL EVENT at the hotel Metropole

h1. The event will start at 17:00 (doors open from 16:45) and will end at 19:15. The presentation be followed by a cocktail reception during which you will be able to discuss the subject further with the speakers.
h1. This technical event will comprise a panel discussion by experts from Switzerland, the BVI, [and] Guernsey [and Jersey] followed by time for questions. You will be invited for drinks and canapés following the panel discussion during which time you will have an opportunity to discuss further directly with the panel participants. In times of cross border information exchange, such requests for administrative assistance are increasingly relevant to the trust industry where trustees are regularly confronted with requests to provide information about structures they manage to foreign tax authorities. The panel will consider the procedural requirements for requests for administrative assistance and will examine recent cases and practice which demonstrate how the industry is reacting to such requests.
h1. The panel participants will be Fabien Liegeois (CMS, Geneva), Jonathan Addo (Harneys, BVI) and Laila Arstall (Carey Olsen, Guernsey). Justine Markovitz (Withers, Geneva) will moderate the discussion.

10th February 2022 at 12:00 – Luncheon at the hotel Metropole

Topic: Gaining protection under international investment treaties as part of estate planning

The Speakers: Sandrine Giroud – Partner and Jaime Gallego – Partner at Lalive

27th January 2022 at 14:00 – ONLINE event

Topic: Blessings from on high: A practical guide to trustee decision making and blessing applications.
The speakers: : Justin Briggs – Partner and Caroline Emslie- Senior Associate at Burges Salmon.

16 December 2021 at 14:00 – ONLINE event

Topic: Blessings from on high: A practical guide to trustee decision making and blessing applications.
The speakers: : Justin Briggs – Partner and Caroline Emslie- Senior Associate at Burges Salmon.

13-14th December 2021 – An Introduction to Trusts

2 day training course.

The course is designed to provide practical instruction for persons working in the banking, financial, trust and fiduciary sectors in Switzerland. It will be of interest to people with relatively little or no experience of trusts, who wish to gain a more comprehensive knowledge of the subject. It will also be of interest to those who have become involved with trusts in some capacity, perhaps as a protector or in a family office.

The course will be run by experienced STEP members who will concentrate on the practical aspects of trust formation and administration and related estate planning issues. Comprehensive documentation will be supplied and there will be plenty of opportunity for participants to interact with the trainers and each other. The language of the course will be English but questions and answers may also be in French.

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The programme

2nd December 2021 – ONLINE event at 14:00

Topic: US Transparency Legislation and Related Issues
Speakers: Elliott Murray (CH) and Dani (Danilo) Santucci (US) from Baker & McKenzie and Ropes & Gray LLP

25th November 2021 at the Hotel Metropole – Luncheon in English

Topic: Trusts Taxation in Italy: turning point of a new season
Speaker: Raul-Angelo Papotti – Partner, Head of Chiomenti Tax Department with particular emphasis on international tax law.

11th November 2021 – Luncheon at the Metropole

Topic: Unit-Linked Life Insurance for Latin American Clients

The speaker: Pablo Peciña, Associate Director Wealth Planning, Lombard International Assurance S.A.

Description: The sanitary and economic crisis, and the many elections occurred in the region in 2021, have led to public debate in many countries around changing tax systems and introducing succession taxes, wealth taxes, etc. Wealthy clients in the region seek stable solutions which can deal both with these new challenges and the many other wealth planning needs these clients traditionally have. The speaker will go through some solutions built around unit-linked life assurance in other parts of the world where these changes have already been implemented in the past and will analyse how this experience might prove useful for LatAm clients.

30th September 2021 at 14:00 – Online event in English

Topic: Important new trust and estate legislation in the British Virgin Islands.

Speaker: Christopher McKenzie – the partner who heads up O’Neal Webster’s BVI trusts and estates team from its London office and was the founding chair of STEP in the BVI.

16th September 2021 – AGM +Luncheon at the hotel Metropole at 11:30 in English

Topic: The Economic Substance Rules – Where Are We Now?
Speaker: Ian Perrett – Owner of the Law Office of Ian Perrett.

26th August 2021 – ONLINE event at 14:00 (English)

Speakers: Jeremy Robertson- Partner and Alfred Liu – a Senior Associate in the Private Client team at Forsters LLP

1st July 2021 – ONLINE event at 14:00 (English)

Topic: Insolvent Trusts
The speakers:
1. Jeremy Wessels is a Partner at Mourant Ozannes (Guernsey) ,
2. Justin Harvey-Hills is a Partner in the Jersey litigation and dispute resolution practice of Mourant Ozannes (Jersey) LLP

10th June 2021 at 14:00 – ONLINE event in English

Topic: “Beneficial ownership registers: An update as to the status of beneficial ownership registers in each of the BVI, Cayman Islands, Jersey and Guernsey. Who’s in and who’s out? What is available already, to whom and how? When will these registers be publicly available?”

The Speakers:
1. Dave Sherwin – Partner at Ogier (Cayman Islands),
2. Simon Schilder – Partner at Ogier (BVI),
3. Katherine Neal -Counsel at Ogier (Jersey),
4. Chris Hards – Managing Associate at Ogier(Guernsey).

20th May 2021 at 14:00 – ONLINE event in English

Topic: “UBO REGISTERS UNDER THE EU 5TH AML DIRECTIVE – General principles and their application in some selected Member States.

The Speaker: Mr.Paolo Panico, Law Chambers, Private Trustees SA.

29th April at 14:00 – ONLINE event in English

Topic: “Public Registers of Beneficial Ownership – Here to Stay?”
This conference forms part of a series. The next conferences in the series will be “UBO Registers – EU Jurisdictions”, which will take place on May 20th, 2021, and “UBO Registers – Jersey, Guernsey, Cayman Islands and BVI”, which will take place on June 10th, 2021.

The Speaker: Filippo Noseda is a Partner at Mishcon de Reya in London

15th April 2021 at 14:00 – ONLINE event in English

Topic: Providing Private Wealth/Trust Services to Chinese Families: Issues, Opportunities and Challenges


  1. Ms Yumei Zhang (Executive Director, Head of Private Clients at Vistra (Hong Kong)
  2. Mr Michael Olesnicky (Baker & McKenzie (Hong Kong office)

25th March at 16:00 – ONLINE event in French

Sujet: Comment aligner philanthropie et gouvernance familiale?”
Conférenciere: Delphine Bottge (Avocate au Barreau de Genève Academic Fellow – Center for Philanthropy – Université de Genève)

11th March 2021 at 16:00 – ONLINE event in English

Topic: Cross-border estate settlement with UK interests
Speaker: Edward Reed – Partner at Macfarlanes LLP.

25th February 2021 – ONLINE in English

Topic: Cross-Border Estate Settlement with US Interests
Speaker: Paula Jones – Paula M. Jones Law Offices, Inc.

4th February 2021 – ONLINE at 16:00

Topic: Trustee Investment Complaints and Litigation – A selection of Case Studies.
The speaker: James Day, Peritus Investment Consultancy

14th January 2021 – ONLINE at 16:00

Topic: Automatic Exchange of Information in Switzerland: Recent Developments and Frequently Asked Questions by Swiss Trustees.
Speakers: Ksenia Iliyash – Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd and Nicholas Pell – Partner at Rhone Trust.

10th December 2020 – ONLINE event at 16:00

Topic: UAE Foundations in practice
Speaker: Yann Mrazek – Managing Partner at M/HQ

12th November 2020 – ONLINE event in French at 16:00

Topic: Echange automatique de renseignements en Suisse: nouveautés et protection individuelle.
Speaker: Ksenia Iliyash – Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

8th October 2020 – ONLINE at 16:00

Topic: Recent Developments in Offshore Trust Law

Speakers: Edward Devenport (Partner) and Fred Milner (Counsel) from Mourant Ozannes

17th of September 2020 (ONLINE) – AGM + the Conference via Zoom

Topic: U.S. beneficiaries of Foreign Trusts
Speaker: Maria-Soledad Otero – Partner of Karlin & Peebles LLP

15th of September via Zoom – Student event Q&A

Welcome to all our current STEP students and those considering enhancing your professional qualifications with STEP in Geneva. We may be pursuing different careers, sitting at different levels and embarking on different routes, but we are united in our end goal of achieving career development with STEP. As we become increasingly familiar with the ‘new-normal’ world, it can easy to forget that there are a network of others pursing the same pathway. We are therefore hosting an informal Q&A and Connection Session for all our students to touch base with one another, say hello and discuss the impact our qualification routes can have on career progression. Whether you are on your first exam or your tenth, or considering a different route, drop by on Tuesday 15 September for our ‘meet and greet’ session (online, on Zoom) to introduce yourself to the network and to our Committee Members, and ask any questions you may have on career development with STEP

2nd of July 2020 – ONLINE (17:00-18:00)

Topic: Recoveries in markets and economies.
Speaker: Philip Shaw – Chief Economist of Investec Bank plc

11th of June 2020 – ONLINE event (17:00-18:00)

Topic: Substance requirements – Guernsey, Jersey, Cayman and the BVI.

Speaker: Chris Hards (Guernsey) , Emily Haithwaite (Jersey), Fraser Allister (Cayman) and Simon Schilder (the BVI) of Ogier LLP

14th of May 2020 – Luncheon Online 17:30-18:30

Topic: Dealing with the issues that cause sleepless nights
Speaker: Lisa Cornwell – Director in PWC-Zurich

24th March 2020 (18:00-19:00) – Technical Event (ONLINE)

Topic: French blacklist development
Speaker: Alain Moreau – Partner (FBT Avocats SA.
This event was ONLINE, all participants have received the link to join the conference.

Topic “Substance requirements – BVI, Luxembourg and Jersey” is pushed back to later date due to (i) breaking news – entry in force of new FR regime on 1st April and
(ii) substance legislation not yet finalized in all jurisdictions.

12th March 2020 – Luncheon (In French)

Topic: Le holding d’héritiers avec les nouvelles règles fiscales applicables dès le 1.1.20
Speaker: Mr. Nicolas Merlino (Associé, Avocat- Poncet Turrettini)

6th February 2020 – Luncheon

Topic: Swiss developments on trusts and stepping down.
Speaker: David W. Wilson-Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

16th and 17th January 2020 – Alpine Conference

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12th December 2019 – Luncheon

Topic: : Changes to the taxation of UK real property
Speaker: Mr. Jeremy Robertson (Senior Associate) and
Mrs. Kelly Noel-Smith (Partner)-Forsters LLP

2nd and 3rd December 2019 – An Introduction to Trusts

An Introduction to Trust
Hotel Metropole (the course for 2 days)

14th November 2019 – Luncheon

Topic: L’appréhension des trusts en droit fiscal français : éclairage sur les obligations déclaratives des trustees.

Speakers: Me Benoît Philippart (Avocat Associé) et Me Nicolas Cys (Avocat Associé ) – La Tour International Sàrl

31st October 2019 – JUMP

Venue: Hotel Mandarin
Speaker: Mr. Gregory Perdon
Topic: A day in the life of a CIO

10th October 2019 – Luncheon

Topic: Swiss Data Protection – new developments
Speaker: Roland Mathys ( Partner / Attorney at Law – Schellenberg Wittmer)

19th September 2019 – Lucheon +AGM

Topic: Financial Services Act and Financial Institutions Act (LSFin & LEFin)
Speaker: Leonard Vijverberg – Lenz & Staehelin

4th of July 2019 – Luncheon

Topic: Trustees and AML: Current practice and regulatory developments.

Speaker: Me Taulant Avdija (BDO SA – department Regulatory & Compliance

13th June 2019 – Luncheon

Topic: Transmission d’une trust company: valorisation, vente, succession.
Speaker: Edgard Brandt

16th May 2019 – Luncheon

Topic: Modification de La Loi fédérale sur le droit international privé en vue de l’harmonisation du droit suisse avec le Règlement européen en matière de succession
Speaker: Florence Guillaume (Professeure)

7th May 2019 – Trust accounting and auditing seminar

Speaker: Amdrew McCallum

11th April 2019 – Luncheon

Topic: New Zealand trust case law: how to use it.
Speaker: Geoffrey Cone

14th March 2019 – Luncheon

Topic: EU substance requirements on companies based in the British Overseas Territories (including the Cayman and British Virgin Islands) and Crown Dependencies (including Jersey and Guernsey)

Speaker: Mr. Ian Perrett (Partner / Withers LLP)

7th February 2019 – Luncheon

Topic: Reconciling trustee obligations and GDPR
Speakers: Deborah Pennington and Alan Baker

17th and 18th January 2019 – Alpine Conference

Alpine Conference – Interlaken

13th December 2018 – Luncheon

Topic: UK trust registers
Speaker: Fillipo Noseda

3rd and 4th December 2018 – An Introduction to Trusts

An Introduction to Trusts

27th November 2018 Seminar – Seminar

Event: Trust Accounting and Auditing
Speaker: Andrew McCallum

15th November 2018 – Luncheon

Toipic: Data hacking- Risks specific to professional services companies. Lessons learned from the Panama and Paradise papers.

6th November 2018 – Technical Event

Topic: The regulation of trustees: a comparison with Guernsey and the BVI
Speakers: Rashid Bahar and Marcus Leese

11th October 2018 – Luncheon

Speaker: Nicholas Hochstadter
Topic: Transparency, what do client expect ?

5th July 2018 – Luncheon

Topic: Art in trust . pratical and legal issues
Speakers: Richard Bagnall-Smith
Willem-Joost de Gier

14th June 2018 – Luncheon

Topic: Jurisprudence genevoise en matière de trusts.
Speaker: Sophie Thorens-Aladjem

17th May 2018 – Luncheon

Topic: Successions et régimes matrimoniaux suite aux nouveaux règlements européens

Speaker: Me Nathalie Thevenet-Grospiron (Notary)

19th April 2018 – Luncheon

Speaker: Frédéric Baldini
Topic: New Trends in Philanthropy

8th March 2018 – Luncheon

Speaker: Fabianne De Vos Burchart
Topic: Regulation of Trustees in Switzwerland

8th February 2018 – Luncheon

Speaker: Luigi Belluzzo
Topic: Italian non-dom regime. One year of experience

31st January and 1st February 2018 – Alpine Conference

Alpine conference – Interlaken

14th December 2017 – Luncheon

Speaker: Fred Milner
Topic: Jersey and Guernsey structures: technical issues and practical guidance

2nd November 2017 – JUMP

Speaker: Rasmus Ankersen
Topic: Hunger in Paradise
Venue: Hotel Mandarin

12th October 2017 – Luncheon

Speaker: Thierry Boitelle
Topic: Projet fiscal; the new Swiss corporate tax reform

21st September 2017 – Luncheon

Speaker: Professeur Audrey Leuba
TopiC. The new Swiss equivalent to living wills

6th July 2017 – Luncheon

Speaker: Bruno Santiago
Topic: Golden Visa Program associated with a special tax regime for foreigners in Portugal

15th June 2017 – Luncheon

Speaker: Jay Rubinstein
Topic: Planning for an American-Swiss succession: tax and legal aspects

18th May 2017 – Luncheon

Speaker: Daniel Paserman
Topic: Aliyah, Pre-Immigration Planning, Tax, Trusts and Succession under Israeli Law

06th April 2017 – Luncheon

Speaker: Nicholas Bennett
Topic: Anglo-Swiss pre-nuptial agreements

9th March 2017 – Luncheon

Speaker: Alexandre Brodard
Topic: Avant-projet de révision du droit des successions

7th May 2019 – Trust accounting and auditing seminar

Event: Trust accounting and auditing
Speaker: Andrew McCallum

Venue: Hotel Métropole

9th February 2017 – Luncheon

Speaker: Pablo Pecina.
Topic: Consequences of CRS when structuring wealth for Latin American clients.

15th December 2016 – Luncheon

Speaker: Yann Mrazek
Topic: Estate planning for expatriates in Dubai

28th and 29th November 2016 – An Introduction to Trusts

An Introduction to Trusts

15th November 2016 – Technical event

Topic: CRS
Speakers: Nicholas Pell, Stefano Lembo and David Wilson

3rd November 2016 – JUMP Lecture & Champagne

Speaker: Nigel Farage
Topic: Brexit

Venue: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Geneva

20th October 2016 – Luncheon

Speaker: Richard Manyon
Topic: Removing troublesome trustees and protectors

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15th September 2016 – Luncheon

Speaker: Nicolas Capt
Topic: Digital legacy and planning

7th July 2016 – Luncheon

Speaker: Sonia Velasco
Topic: Spanish CRS, tax and legislative novelties.