2018 Private Client Forum Asia

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with over 150 lawyers servicing private and corporate clients in Switzerland and around the world. Our core business includes advice on innovative, complex transactions and representation of clients in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. Bär & Karrer was repeatedly awarded ‘Switzerland Law Firm of the Year’ by the most important international legal ranking agencies in recent years.
The firm’s private client team has unparalleled expertise in the key legal issues high net worth individuals and their families as well as entrepreneurs, family offices, professionals and charitable foundations are facing. Bär & Karrer is proud of its long-standing client relations, some of which have existed over three generations.

Butterfield Trust has been in the business of establishing and administering fiduciary structures for our clients since the advent of international trust legislation more than 75 years ago, and delivers services to international clients through six independent companies based in Bermuda, The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Guernsey, New Zealand and Switzerland. Our teams of highly professional and respected specialists are experienced in administering both complex and more straightforward solutions in partnership with clients and their advisers around the globe. We offer a flexible approach to holding a wide variety of financial and other assets under administration. We pride ourselves on providing a service that is focused on the needs of our clients and, to this end, have dedicated teams who administer solutions for private and institutional clients, family enterprise groups, charities, and philanthropic endeavours. 

Labuan IBFC

Labuan International Business and Financial Centre (Labuan IBFC) offers global investors and businesses the benefits of being in a well-regulated midshore international business and financial centre, which provides fiscal neutrality and certainty, in addition to being an ideal location for substance creation.
Located off the North West coast of Borneo, Labuan IBFC provides access to Malaysia's network of more than 80 double taxation agreements and boasts Asia’s widest range of business and investment structures for cross-border transactions, international business dealings and wealth management needs.

Well-supported by a robust, internationally recognised yet business-friendly legal framework, Labuan IBFC operates within clear and comprehensive legal provisions and industry guidelines, enforced by its single regulator, Labuan Financial Services Authority.
With a focus on enabling cross-border transactions, providing risk management structures, Islamic financial services, commodities trading incentives and wealth management vehicles, we offer solutions to regional businesses going global or global businesses looking at penetrating Asia’s burgeoning markets.
Solutions and Services

Labuan IBFC is also the only common law jurisdiction in the region to offer both civil and common law solutions, for example the Labuan private Foundations is based on civil law provisions and Labuan IBFC is the first jurisdiction in Asia to provide for it.
Labuan IBFC also offers solutions and services in areas such as:
• wealth management
• commodities trading
• banking
• insurance
• Islamic business


Pillsbury is a leading international law firm with over 700 lawyers located around the world. Our firm has been recognized as one of the Most Innovative Law Firms by Financial Times three years running, and is one of the 25 law firms most frequently recommended by general counsel according to a 2016 BTI Consulting Group survey. Our lawyers are highly regarded for their forward-thinking approaches, their enthusiasm for collaborating across disciplines and their unsurpassed commercial awareness. That’s why Pillsbury leads AmLaw 100 firms with the 12th-highest percentage of Chambers-ranked lawyers. When our FinTech practice was hailed by Delaware’s governor as “the gold standard” for its work in the Delaware Blockchain Initiative, it was merely the latest example of Pillsbury playing a central role in the advancement of groundbreaking technologies. From its founding in the 1800s, the firm has stayed at the forefront of innovation. Be it with the first telephone lines, the first nuclear energy practice, or the first trademark for a dotcom, Pillsbury has guided clients through economic and societal transformations throughout our history.