An English barrister and head of Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers, London. He has written a number of books about tax, of which the most recent are More Essays in International Tax Planning (Keyhaven 2007), (with Aparna Nathan) Offshore Business Centres, 8th Edition (Sweet & Maxwell, 2008) and Six Fiscal Fables (ITPA, 2010). He is a founding member and Chairman of the Association.
Paolo is Chairman and Managing Director of Private Trustees SA, an independent trust and corporate service provider with its head office in Luxembourg, where it is a regulated financial intermediary (“professionnel du secteur financier”) under the supervision of the CSSF, and a branch in Geneva, which is in turn affiliated to the FINMA. Alongside his professional commitment to the trust industry, Paolo has a keen academic interest in cross-border trust and company law. He has written numerous articles in such journals as Trusts and Trustees, Offshore Investment, Trusts e attività fiduciarie and the books: I nuovi modelli di corporate governace (2004, in Italian), Luxembourg: a new trust jurisdiction? (Key Haven, London, 2005) and, most recently, International Trust Laws (Oxford University Press, 2010). Paolo is currently a lecturer at the University of Sassari (Sardinia), Italy and he is in charge of the international wealth module of a master programme at the University of Luxembourg in cooperation with the Luxembourg banking association. He has also lectured in some Italian Universities (“Bocconi” Milan, Bergamo, Modena) as well as at the Centre for Banking Studies in Vezia (Ticino), Switzerland. Paolo is currently a member of the STEP Luxembourg branch and he served as Treasurer of the Milan branch from 2006 to 2010. He is a member of the Italian trust society (“Associazione Il Trust in Italia”), where he served as council member from 2008 to 2011, and he holds a diploma as Certified Islamic Finance Expert.
Francis Hoogewerf FCA, UK chartered accountant and Luxembourg tax specialist. He set up Hoogewerf & Co in Luxembourg in 1970. He is a founding member of the ITPA.
James Howes is both an English chartered accountant and a French expert comptable. He has practised in France for over thirty years and founded James Howes & Co in Paris in 2010. He specialises in tax planning and compliance for individuals and families coming to live in France who have significant assets overseas. A founder member of STEP France, he regularly assists lawyers from common law jurisdictions with issues arising out of the interface between France and the offshore world.
Niklas Schmidt is a tax partner at the Vienna office of WOLF THEISS Attorneys at Law. He has been admitted both as a lawyer and as a tax adviser in Austria. Before joining WOLF THEISS, Niklas worked for several years at a “Big Four” accounting firm and held the post of research assistant at the University of Vienna. He has published more than 90 articles in Austrian and international tax journals, including a number of books. Niklas is frequently engaged as a speaker at tax conferences. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Vienna, at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg and at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, as well as a member of the working group on tax reform at the Federation of Austrian Industry. Currently, he is a member of the examination commission of the “Certified Financial Planner” exam in Austria and an officer of the Individual Tax and Private Client Committee at the International Bar Association (IBA), and he sits on the editorial board of the “taxlex” magazine. Furthermore, Niklas is a member of the International Fiscal Association. He has been named one of Austria’s top ten tax lawyers according to the Austrian magazine FORMAT (most recently in the 2011 edition).
Herman Troskie (B Juris, LLB, LLM) is the Managing Partner of M Partners, the Luxembourg law firm in the Maitland network of law firms. Maitland is an international firm providing wealth services to private and institutional clients, and has over $125 billion in international assets under administration. Herman has extensive experience in international structuring for corporate entities, with a particular focus on European cross-border investment and financing structures. His practice also includes advising on the listing of companies and investment funds on different European stock exchanges. Herman is a non-executive director of a number of private and public companies and investment funds. He qualified as a South African Attorney in 1997, and as a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2001. Herman is a member of the Luxembourg Bar.
Marshall J. Langer (emeritus)
An American-trained lawyer, Marshall has returned to Florida after living and working in Europe and the Caribbean for over 20 years. He writes and lectures extensively on the use of tax havens, tax treaties, tax information exchange agreements, and how to acquire a new residence and citizenship. Co-author for 30 years of Rhoades & Langer: U.S. International Taxation and Tax Treaties (6 volumes, LexisNexis Matthew Bender). Also founding author of Langer on Practical International Tax Planning (2 volumes, Practising Law Institute). He is currently a Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, teaching online courses in international taxation to students from all over the world.
Richard Pease (emeritus)
Richard Pease is a consultant based in Geneva, where for over thirty years he was a partner in the Swiss law firm of Lenz & Staehelin. He continues to provide tax and estate planning advice to international families. He is a member of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law and is a Vice-President of STEP Worldwide, having served as Chairman of STEP in 2006-2007. He is a founding member of the ITPA.