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Private Client Group Hosts Popular Seminars in London

June 20, 2008

Bryan Cave got the chance to show off the firm’s new London offices recently when the Private Client Group held two days of seminars at 88 Wood St. in London. About 130 clients and potential clients attended the event, which featured presentations by private client attorneys from across the firm.

Estate planning for U.S. family members of international families was the topic from 3 to 5 p.m. June 4. The seminar focused on the pitfalls and planning opportunities for these family members. Topics covered included strategic estate administration, inbound and outbound marital trusts, tax sensitive investments and U.S. and foreign pensions.

Day two, Bryan Cave presenters tackled how best to structure real estate investments by U.S. and foreign persons when acquiring real estate located in the U.S. From 9 to 11 a.m., attendees learned about the benefits and burdens of LLCs, Family Limited Partnerships, S and C corporations, five options for minimizing tax on foreign investors in U.S. real estate, U.S. private trust companies and how international families can use U.S. entities without paying U.S. taxes.

Each seminar included question-and-answer time and audience discussion. Presentations were given by London Partner Dyke Arboneaux (who organized the seminars), Santa Monica Partner Larry Heller, DC Partner and Private Client Group Leader Mary Ann Mancini, Santa Monica Counsel Melissa Rawlins, London Associate Shannon Ryser, St. Louis Partner Kathy Sherby and DC Associate Jordan Ware.

“We have received a huge response from those who attended saying how useful and informative the seminars were,” Mancini said. “As a bonus, it was a wonderful chance for the Private Client Group to get together and share ideas.”