Elena Argyropoulou Sakka LL.B., LL.M.

Elena Argyropoulou is our exclusively recommended Trusts & Estate Law expert in Cyprus on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Elena directly using the contact details listed above.

Elena is highly acquainted with providing private client specialised services to high-net-worth individuals and families concerning the accumulation, management and transfer of their personal wealth and she is highly regarded for her professional skills both locally and internationally.

She has strong experience in the setting-up and administration of Trusts and the re-domiciliation of Trusts to and from Cyprus.

Having previously gained experience as a corporate and trust lawyer with two of the largest firms in south-east Europe and the Middle East, during her twelve years of experience, she has been extensively involved in multimillion corporate and financing transactions.

Elena has written on topics within her areas of practice and expertise and has been invited as a keynote speaker at STEP Israel and other industry events both locally and overseas and has lectured for trusts to the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus and to a number of major banking institutions.

Firm’s Overview:

Elena Argyropoulou & Associates LLC is a boutique law firm based in Limassol, Cyprus.

With a significant international outlook Argyropoulou & Associates has a diverse client base ranging in nature and size from large multinational publicly owned companies to privately held businesses, high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs.

With common commitment to bestow its expertise, know-how and manpower, Argyropoulou & Associates maintains a local and international network of reliable and highly entrusted professional associates including lawyers, tax consultants, bankers, accountants/auditors and investment advisers, which enables the firm to offer its clients balanced and versatile advice from a multijurisdictional outlook.

The Firm’s profoundly educated and dedicated team composed of talented and experienced lawyers, each in their areas of practice, enables Argyropoulou & Associates to provide streamlined first-class legal services to its rather diversified Cypriot and overseas clientele.

More information about the Firm and the services offered can be found at https://www.argyropouloullc.com/.

Josue Kitenge

Josue Kitenge is our exclusively recommended Trade & Customs Law expert in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Josue directly using the contact details listed above.

Josue joined the International American Relief Society IARS in January 2019 as Country Director for the Democratic Republic of Congo, and he is overseeing the country program.

As Attorney and Lawyer in DRC, Josue Kitenge graduated with honours from the Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, Georgia, a master’s in leadership and Good Governance. Josue has been an active community leader, serving on a few national and local organisations.

Josue is an adviser at the Constitutional Course of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Josue Kitenge is also an adviser to the D R Congo Minister of Foreign Trade, Coordinator of the civil society lawyer KKF S.C; deputy Bishop of the Evangelical Community CREC / VIE and Board chairman of the Centre pour les enfants abandonees et orphelins CEDO -Vie Meilleure, he was school superintendent in Katanga DR Congo.

Dr. Sylvia Freygner, LL.M.

Sylvia Freygner is our exclusively recommended Trusts & Estates Law expert in Liechtenstein on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sylvia directly using the contact details listed above.

Sylvia has been a licensed attorney in Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland since 2007 and is an expert in European competition and international tax law. For more than ten years, Dr. Freygner has specialised in trademark law, vertical distribution channels, as well as concession and licensing models. Further, Dr. Freygner focuses on tax arrangements regarding assets, companies and international licensing systems. She also lectures in the Masters Program in International Tax Law at the University of Vaduz.

As a certified expert in fiscal criminal law, Dr. Freygner provides clients with professional and empathetic support in sophisticated and challenging fiscal criminal cases.

For the last five years, Dr. Freygner has led an independent research institute in Vienna that addresses topics related to European competition, liberalisation, and privatisation of state services.

In establishing the first Public Social Responsibility Institute for government services in Europe, Dr. Freygner initiated a new school of thought in the field of European business, competition, and procurement law. The resulting Public Social Responsibility Charta and the Public Social Responsibility Code provides the impetus for a European dialogue with all stakeholders. Furthermore, Dr. Freygner supports the Committee of the Centre of Excellence for the Public Economy, Infrastructure and Public Service e. V. at the University of Leipzig.

In 2017, she completed the Course on Strategic Leadership held by the Austrian Ministry of the Interior.

Mervin Messias JD, BA, LLB, TEP, MTP

JD (Juris Doctor) / BA, LLB (Wits) / TEP (Trust & Estate Practitioner) / MTP (Master Tax Practitioner – S.A)

Mervin is a trust specialist, solving trust matters, including wills, estate planning and tax. He has over forty years plus experience in the legal profession.

His experience includes matters such as:

• Trusts that do not meet legal requirements
• Incorrectly drafted trusts
• Trust disputes
• Tax issues related to Trusts
• Succession Trust matters in Estate Planning
• Tax and Trusts in Deceased Estates
• The drafting of wills
• Will disputes
• Probate
• Probate disputes

Qualifications:

• Law qualifications in seven countries (South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, America, Israel, England and Lesotho)

Achievements:

• Admitted Attorney, Solicitor and Barrister
• Registered as a Master Tax Practitioner with the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners
• Member of the Law Society of South Africa’s committee on Trusts and Estates
• Admitted as a member of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
• Admitted as a member of the Association of practicing Attorneys in the United States of America, specializing in Estate Planning and awarded a JD (Juris Doctor)
• Former Chairperson of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Johannesburg Branch, South Africa (STEP)
• Admitted as academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
• Former member of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces Deceased Estates Committee
• Appointed as trustee, protector and executor in numerous trusts and estates, participating in the structuring, administration, interpretation and resolution of disputes in regard to trusts and administration of estates
• Past Chairperson of the committee on Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning) of the Gauteng Law Council
• Past Convenor of the Trusts and Estates Committee of the Life Underwriters Society of South Africa (LUASA)
• International trusts and estates- attended to the creation and administration of trusts, advising on investments of wealth in the trust structures and acting as an executor
• Extensive experience in creating Estate Plans, advising on Trust tax issues, administering trusts, conducting trust litigation and generally solving Trust matters
• Practising attorney and head of law firm specializing in Estate Planning from 1980-2018
• Former Member of FISA (Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa)
• South African Trust & Estates law expert for Global Law Experts (GLE)
• Award winning Trust Disputes Lawyer of the Year in South Africa – 2018 by Global Law Experts (GLE)
• Received the Best Lawyers awards as a best Trust Lawyer in South Africa for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
• South African Trust & Estates law expert for Advisory Excellence.

Presentations:

• Convenor and presenter of seminars on Trusts and Estates for Attorneys
• Conducted seminars for Financial Planners on Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills and Estates
• Lectured for L.E.A.D (Legal Education and Development) to attorneys on Trusts and Tax in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and East London
• Designed an Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates course for Financial Planners accredited by the Financial Planning Institute in South Africa

Articles & Letters:

• Contributing columnist on legal articles, including Trusts and Estates, for the Gauteng Law Councils publication
• Appointed as the lead editorial member for the South African Johannesburg branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
• Contributing columnist on articles on Trusts and Estates for “ AVANTI” the international publication of Europe, Mediterranean, Africa & Indian Ocean region committee of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
• Contributing columnist on articles on Trust and Estates published in “Insight”, the journal of the Association of Professional Financial Planners
• Contributing columnist on legal articles for the Financial Intermediaries Association of South Africa
• Contributing columnist for De Rebus, the South African Attorneys Journal.

Television Appearances For:

• Red Pepper Productions regarding Wills and Trusts
• Summit TV regarding Essentials of Estate Planning, Reducing Taxes through proper Estate Planning & Offshore diversification.

Radio Interviews For:

• 702 station.

Karen Perreira LL.B (Hons) TEP CAMS ACIArb

Karen Perreira has over 22 years’ experience as a practicing Attorney at Law, in the Caribbean. She spent her first seven years in the field of law in her native country, Guyana, South America at the law firm deCaries Fitzpatrick and Karran where she became a partner. In the year 2000, she migrated to Barbados and joined the law firm Aequus Chambers in Bridgetown Barbados where she specialized in banking, property, offshore and trust and estate matters. She then merged with Hastings Attorneys at Law until 2011 when she started her own firm, Perreira Law that in 2015 rebranded and is now known as InterCaribbean Legal.

Karen has developed a very large commercial litigation and international business practice. She has attracted a clientele of individuals, family businesses and private and public companies. She works for various financial institutions advising on banking law and loans for both domestic and offshore borrowers and private investors. Her portfolio of clients includes international insurance companies, large construction companies, property developers, and HNWIs seeking investment opportunities in Barbados.

Her area of specialties are Trust and Estate Planning, Compliance (AML), Securities; Private Banking; Loan Documentation; Mergers & Acquisitions; Real Estate Transactions and Construction Contracts; Intellectual Property; Commercial Contracts; Procurement; Commercial and Trust Litigation; Licensing (regulatory and compliance); Maritime Law and Arbitration and Mediation.

She obtained a Diploma in International Trust and is currently the only practicing Attorney in Barbados who can boast of holding a STEP Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes. This invaluable qualification has equipped her with the expertise to advise and safeguard international clients and investors in the preparation of trust instruments, structuring and administration of trusts.

She is also a certified anti-money laundering specialist with the Association of Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (ACAMS) and has obtained a CIArb Certificate in the Introduction to International Arbitration.

She is a member of the International Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and an executive Committee member of the Barbados Branch. She joined the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists and The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2015 she also became a member of the Barbados International Business Association and the Barbados Bar Association.

Education:

– Certificate in Foundations (STEP)
– Certificate in Anti Money Laundering (ACAMS)
– Certificate in Introduction to Arbitration (CIArb)
– Step Advanced Certificate in Trust Disputes (STEP/CLT)
– Step Diploma in International Trust Management (STEP/CLT)
– Legal Education Certifcate, Hugh Wooding Law School
– Bachelors of Law (with Honours), The University of the West Indies

Memberships:

– Chartered Institute of International Arbitrators (CIArb)
– Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
– Barbados International Business Association (BIBA)
– Member, Barbados Bar Association (BBA)

Law Firm:

We are a full-service Barbados Law Firm and Trade Mark Agent located in Bridgetown, Barbados, with affiliates throughout the Caribbean. We also offer company formation (domestic and international), regulation and maintenance through our Corporate Service Division, InterCaribbean Corporate Services.

Kenneth G. Porter

Kenneth G. Porter regularly provides practical and insightful advice to a wide portfolio of local, regional and international clients. Advising on commerce, communications & technology, intellectual property, labour relations and real estate development, WTR 1000 describes him as “quick and comprehensive with valuable business acumen”.

It is these qualities that have seen many of Anguilla’s real estate development transactions fielded in his capable hands. He has guided clients through the process from the property purchase, licence approval, planning and concession negotiations with Government to construction. Also at the vanguard in Anguilla’s IP sphere, Kenneth is active in INTA and IPCA and is an overseas member of CITMA.

Kenneth practiced in one of Anguilla’s leading law firms for over 20 years, and prior to that, at the private bar in Jamaica. He is currently the Deputy Chairperson for the Anguilla branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). He has previously been a Government appointed Labour Tribunal Chair and is a Member of the Board of Governors of the Anguilla Community College.

Education:

– University of London (LLM) Commercial & Corporate Law 2001
– Norman Manley Law School (Legal Education Certificate) 1995
– University of the West Indies (LLB) (Hons) 1993

Bar & Court Admissions:

– Bar of Jamaica – 1995
– Bar of Anguilla – 1997
– Bar of St. Kitts & Nevis – 2004

Specialization:

His areas of practice include Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Resort Development, Commercial and Corporate Law, Trusts & Estates and Dispute Resolution. He is a Notary Public.

Professional Affiliations:

Member, Anguilla Bar Association; Member, St. Kitts and Nevis Bar Association; Deputy Chairman, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Anguilla Branch; Member, Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA); Firm designee, International Trademark Association (INTA); Director, Intellectual Property Caribbean Association (IPCA).

About Us:

Sagis LP, is a departure from convention. We aim to help our clients navigate ebbs and flows of life and commerce. We work closely with each client to understand their goals, culture and business to deliver specific and effective legal solutions.

While legal intricacies ignite our passions, our focus is on helping you, our clients, resolve issues through strategic thinking and skillful negotiation. Managing the bottom line to realise your ambitions in a cost effective way however does not compromise quality. Our process concentrates on acquiring an in-depth understanding of all the issues followed by careful consideration and thorough assessment. This lets us present options that are legally sound and sensible.

With a combined post-qualification experience level of over 70 years, our team brings a range of skills gathered in various jurisdictions and practice areas. Indeed, having represented developers, entrepreneurs, indigenous institutions, employers, and various individuals, one or all of our team members is likely a postscript in some significant Anguillian commercial or personal activity.

Whether your need is an idea still to be realised; a personal issue that requires private client considerations; a decades old family business seeking to advance to the next level; or a large corporation with complex structures, let us at Sagis LP help you.