The latest discussion from our Greater China Series, sponsored by Asiaciti Trust.
During the discussion, our panel will highlight the wealth structuring advantages of 3 key jurisdictions for business owners and families in China and across the region: New Zealand; Cook Islands and Hong Kong. We will hear from Asiaciti Trust’s team on the ground in each of the locations in presenting the options available, and associated benefits, and a case study.
We will also illustrate the legal protections available to clients in each jurisdiction, with Marcus Dearle discussing issues related to international trusts and family law
Full biographies of our panellists are provided below:
Cally Ching – Managing Director, Asiaciti Trust, Hong Kong. Cally, who joined Asiaciti Trust in early 2016, commenced her professional career as a tax professional with a Big 4 accounting firm in Hong Kong. Subsequently, Cally worked for 18 years with two international trust companies assisting both private and corporate clients to structure family trusts, corporate trusts, and corporations for inbound/outbound investments between Hong Kong and China. From 2007 to 2010, Cally was based in Shanghai and was responsible for developing and managing BPO services and international trust services in the China market. Cally is an Australian CPA, a Certified Tax Adviser in Hong Kong, and a member of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong.
Tine Ponia – Managing Director, Asiaciti Trust, Cook Islands & Nevis. Tine is a New Zealand lawyer and Managing Director for Asiaciti Trust Pacific Limited and is a full member of STEP. She is admitted to practice law in New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Prior to joining Asiaciti Trust in April 2013, Tine worked in commercial litigation in New Zealand and had significant experience in the Cook Islands offshore trust industry.
Kate Weiss – Managing Director, Asiaciti Trust, New Zealand. Kate joined Asiaciti Trust in April 2020. She holds a law degree and a post-graduate certificate in Law and Economics from the Nottingham Trent University, England. Kate has over 15 years of professional experience in trust and fiduciary services across the UK, BVI and Switzerland and has also spent time in private client legal practice. Most recently she was head of a trust and fiduciary services company based in Zurich, Switzerland. Kate is a member of STEP.
Marcus Dearle – Partner, Miles Preston & Co., London. Marcus advises clients on all aspects of family law. He is Chair of the International Bar Association, Family Law Committee and a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
He uniquely advises on Hong Kong, as well as English law, from London. He acted for the successful American husband (JEK) residing in New Jersey USA (instructing Deepak Nagpal QC) in the Hong Kong High Court classic forum-shopping case of LCYP v JEK  HKCFI 1588.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 reported that Marcus’ “family asset protection team has quickly become recognised in the market for its prowess at handling complex, high-profile matrimonial cases for high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients. Recognised as ‘one of the pre-eminent practitioners of family law in Hong Kong’, Marcus Dearle leads the team by example and has a ‘unique expertise in the really big cases, which stems from his having worked in London for many years doing such cases’, including in relation to a recent precedent-setting pre-nuptial matter. ‘When it comes to international trusts and family law cases, Marcus Dearle is in a class of his own. He regularly represents not only spouses in divorce and trust cases, but also offshore trustees’.”
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