Maria Arthur

Maria Arthur is our exclusively recommended Private Client Law expert in the Dominican Republic on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Maria directly using the contact details listed above.

Maria has more than fifteen years of legal practice, advising national and international clients in their business operations and commercial and financial transactions in the Dominican Republic.

Maria is counsel in the area of private client and local and international tax planning for persons and businesses, including the purchase and sale of existing business, corporate reorganisations, business restructuring, special tax regimes, strategic representation in tax litigation, ruling requests and other processes before the Tax Authorities.

Maria has been a lawyer and advisor in the tax department of local and international law firms, in the Legal Affairs Office of the Dominican Tax Administration (DGII), and in the International Tax Services Department of a Big Four Firm.

Firm Overview:

Arthur & Castillo is a full service law Firm in Dominican Republic providing excellent representation and highest standards legal services to businesses and individuals. Our team of attorneys and consultants are integral professionals who think strategically.

Our goal is to be our clients’ best business partner by providing them with the essential tools for reaching their objectives.

Our lawyers and consultants provide representation in business, corporate, foreign investment, free zones, international trade, private client, real estate, tourism, litigation and government law.

Interdisciplinary practice groups and industry-based teams provide clients with access to attorneys and consultants throughout the Firm, regardless of location.

Hélène Anne Lewis

Hélène Anne Lewis is our exclusively Private Client Law expert in the British Virgin Islands on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Hélène directly using the contact details listed above.

Hélène is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and English qualified lawyer of more than twenty-five years who has been practising in the BVI since 1990. She is the Founding Partner of SimonetteLewis a boutique law practice that serves as BVI legal advisers to private banks in Europe and Asia as well as to private wealth advisers and high net worth individuals onshore. Mrs Lewis’ practice includes advising on property, trust, probate and corporate matters involving BVI structures. With her Litigation Partner, she has also appeared in several high value trust and civil litigation matters in the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands and the OECS Court of Appeal. She has presented to several conferences on Trust, Compliance and Corporate issues and is a member of the organising committee of one of the trust industry’s most successful conferences – the STEP Caribbean Conference which she has chaired twice in her capacity as Chairman of the BVI Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (“STEP”).

After admission to the Bar at Gray’s Inn the former Hélène Anne Simonette returned to Trinidad where she was at various times, State Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers, Legal Advisor to the Ombudsman and to the Leader of the Opposition. After having been the Senior Crown Counsel and sometimes Acting Attorney General of the Turks and Caicos Islands, she joined a prominent BVI law firm but established her own practice (SimonetteLewis) in February 2007. Mrs Lewis has served as President of the B.V.I. Bar Association, of which she was previously Secretary for seven years and has also served as Vice President and Treasurer of the OECS Bar Association, a regional association of the Bar Associations of the nine countries which comprise the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. She has served as a member of the STEP Worldwide Council and Board of Directors and had the distinction of being elected in November 2012 to be Chairman of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She was re-elected to the post in November 2013 and stood down in November 2014. She currently services as a Vice President of STEP Worldwide and Chairman of the Branch Development Committee. Mrs. Lewis is also admitted to practice in St. Kitts & Nevis.

Mark Chudleigh

Mark Chudleigh is our exclusively recommended Private Client Law expert in Bermuda on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mark directly using the contact details listed above.

He maintains an international practice and frequently represents clients on multi-jurisdictional matters, particularly involving the United States, having been admitted as an attorney in the State of California in 1998. After practicing at two leading firms in London he established the Bermuda law firm, now known as Kennedys Chudleigh Ltd., in 2006.

Mark’s commercial litigation practice includes corporate, insolvency, trusts, professional liability, contract disputes and insurance matters.

Firm Overview:

At Kennedys we’re here to make a difference for our clients, and each other, every day.

We empower our people to deliver the very best work and reach their full potential. We do this by putting our values centre stage. They define the way that we behave and interact with one another, and they run through every strand of our firm.

Our culture and values are at the core of who we are and what make us a great firm to work with and for, and we take them very seriously. We make a difference by being approachable, straightforward, supportive and distinctive. We deeply value the relationships we build with our clients and we know that they value our warm, friendly human approach.

Todd Beutler

Todd Beutler is co-head of DLA’s global private client practice group and leads the international private client practice from Hong Kong and Singapore with frequent travel to the Middle East and Europe, as well as the Americas.

He represents wealthy individuals and families, along with their family-controlled businesses, trusts, foundations, and family offices, as well as the global financial institutions, private banks, and corporate and individual fiduciaries who assist them with wealth management. His practice focuses on family business governance and transition, international tax and business planning, cross-border investment structuring, estate and trust planning and administration, charitable planning, and tax and fiduciary litigation. While many of his clients come from a family business background, other clients include executives leading a company to an IPO or M&A transaction, entrepreneurs creating new technologies and building new industries, as well as athletes, entertainers and artists, all of whom require bespoke, individually-tailored solutions to their tax and business issues.

Given the global scope of his practice, Todd has significant experience implementing complex, multi-jurisdictional structures for family businesses and the families themselves, ranging from setting up private trust companies, family offices and onshore and offshore trust structures and other vehicles to help clients safeguard wealth for generations, to establishing private equity and hedge fund structures and implementing cross-border sales and acquisitions, to implementing pre-IPO and exit structures to optimise the after-tax return from an investment and to secure pre-immigration and expatriation benefits. Recent projects have included working with mature family businesses to ensure succession and growth from the first through the fourth generations, to taking a technology start-up from its inception in a founder’s basement to the boardroom of the Global 50 company that acquired the developed technology, to assisting the founders of a large private company with their charitable goals in the various countries where the company operates.

For clients with US tax issues, Todd advises on corporate, partnership and individual income, estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax matters, as well as on the special rules affecting persons with connections to the US and other jurisdictions, including persons married to non-US citizens, US beneficiaries of foreign trusts and foreign persons owning US assets. He has also focused on intrastate residency and trust planning, with an eye to reducing the burden of state level income tax as well as state death taxes. He has also advised hundreds of clients on participation in the US tax amnesty programmes, helping many avoid significant criminal and civil penalties.

Firm Overview:

DLA Piper is a multinational law firm located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. It is regarded as one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world, in terms of revenue and lawyers.