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Private Clients
Private Clients

Private Clients


We assist high net worth individuals and families worldwide with the accumulation, management, transfer and protection of personal wealth.  We are a recognized leader in the fields of trusts and estates and estate litigation, representing many of the world's leading families, Fortune 500 executives and corporate fiduciaries.  Our experience stems from our founding, when J.P. Morgan himself selected White & Case to create Bankers Trust Company in 1903.

We are one of the few major law firms with a sophisticated world-wide Private Clients practice.  Our unparalleled global resources allow us to provide one-stop, comprehensive service to meet all of our clients' planning needs, wherever in the world their assets or family members may be.  They also make us uniquely qualified to handle complex, multi-jurisdictional estate disputes and why clients have selected us to handle some of the largest cases in this field.

Our primary practice areas are:


Tax and estate planning for individuals; succession planning for closely-held businesses; compensation and retirement planning for executives; immigration and tax planning for multi-national families.

Estate and trust administration

We advise executors and trustees in all aspects of estate and trust administration, including probate; forced heirship; estate, inheritance and generation-skipping tax; fiduciary income tax; post-mortem tax planning; investment,valuation and liability issues; accountings and related court proceedings.

Fiduciary litigation

We represent fiduciaries and beneficiaries in will contests and in disputes involving the administration of estates and trusts, including high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional estate litigation.

Corporate fiduciaries

We advise the trust departments of some of the world's leading financial institutions, including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and UBS, on administration and regulatory issues, including new product development.

Tax exempt organizations

We advise on the creation and administration of charitable and other tax-exempt organizations around the world.


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Tier 1 Ranking in Trusts & Estates and Tier 1 Ranking in Trusts & Estates Litigation
US News/Best Lawyers

Partners Michael Kavoukjian and John Olivieri listed among the Top 100 Lawyers in the United States
Robb Report

"A tower of strength when it comes to trusts and estates matters"; "practical and tactical"; "an excellent litigator with superb judgment"; "incredibly smart and efficient"; "extremely thorough and creative"; "I want him to shepherd my family through the generations"; "its client service and responsiveness are outstanding"; "demonstrate particular strength in estate planning and related litigation, and in sophisticated cross-border transactions."
Chambers USA

"Offers seamless coverage throughout CEE and Western Europe thanks to key tax teams in Russia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France and the UK."
Chambers Europe 2014 (Europe-wide)

Tier 1: Company Succession and Trusts/Advice to High Net Worth Individuals
JUVE Handbook (Germany)

White & Case Ranked First Among the Top 20 Global Firms
Law 360