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Client Alert January 4, 2024

Ultra-High-Net-Worth Individuals Should Prepare For the End of Privacy in Offshore Jurisdictions

  • The United Kingdom is pushing its overseas territories, including offshore centers such as the British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands, to publicly identify ultimate beneficial owners of corporate structures.
  • This loss of privacy for ultra-high-net-worth individuals with legitimate needs could see their reputations and interests threatened by unwarranted scrutiny.
  • Proper preparation can help individuals and their advisors to not only limit potential damage, but also allow them to react expediently if a crisis arises.

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Client Alert December 15, 2023

Politically Exposed Persons Should Preemptively Manage Risks from Change in Government in Argentina

  • The new administration of Javier Milei in Argentina marks a shift away from the political establishment, with his promises to purge the “political caste.”
  • Politically exposed persons may be at risk – new authorities around the world often engage in politically motivated investigations.
  • At-risk individuals and businesses should take proactive steps to protect their assets, liberty and reputation.

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Client Alert August 9, 2023

How SPAC Sponsors and De-SPACed Companies Can Protect Themselves as Valuations Plunge

  • After the SPAC boom of 2020 and 2021, many de-SPACed companies are now facing cash constraints and even bankruptcy.
  • Companies and their sponsors could face increasing scrutiny and disputes from shareholders, creditors or regulators as a result.
  • We explain how sponsors can be best positioned to prepare for the legal, financial and reputational risks that follow.

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Client Alert April 12, 2023

Politically Exposed Persons Should Preemptively Manage Risks from A Regime Change

  • The tumultuous power transfer in Brazil has sparked investigations into the new administration’s political opponents.
  • This is an example of a larger global trend where regime change may result in politically motivated investigations, threatening a politically exposed person’s liberty, reputation and assets.
  • Our team walks through proactive steps those at risk can take to protect themselves.

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Client Alert February 8, 2023

Stopping the “Snowball Effect” of a Reputation Under Attack

  • Reputation is both a highly valuable and sensitive asset for ultra-high net worth individuals (UHNWIs), and is constantly at risk.
  • A strategically placed narrative aimed at undermining an individual’s commercial or political objectives can “snowball” to impact many aspects of their personal and professional lives.
  • We explain how defensive and proactive strategies can be deployed to defend an UHNWI’s reputation, demonstrate their source of wealth and protect their freedom of movement around the world.

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Client Alert October 24, 2022

The Upcoming Brazil Election and Risks for Politically Exposed Persons

  • Brazil’s looming election could lead to a sharp shift in government and potentially, as part of a global trend, result in politically motivated investigations against rivals and their businesses.
  • These investigations can involve misconstrued allegations or undermined due process, and can threaten even overseas assets.
  • Our International Private Client team explains how politically exposed individuals can take proactive steps to protect their assets, liberty and reputation.

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Client Alert October 21, 2022

Global Crisis Management For Targets of Large-Scale Crypto Fraud

  • When crypto and blockchain companies, funds or exchanges find themselves the target of a sophisticated, large-scale fraud or cyber attack, speed through global reach is key.
  • Companies often make impulsive decisions that imperil their recovery chances and business interests.
  • The pseudonymous and borderless nature of cryptocurrency means companies need to take a cross-border and nontraditional approach to maximize success.

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Client Alert May 26, 2021

How SPAC Sponsors Can Protect Themselves and their Investments in a Cooling Market

  • Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (“SPACs”) can provide sponsors—often high-net-worth individuals—with large returns.
  • However, SPACs are not without their risks—there are growing signals the market may be cooling, which could lead to litigation and government enforcement.
  • SPAC sponsors and advisors should prepare early in order to reduce their potential exposure.

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