Cone Marshall boasts as one of the top global law firms in matters pertaining foreign trusts and tax law. Since its inception in 1999, the Auckland, New Zealand-based legal firm has maintained a high adherence to the top principles of transparency on trust and tax matters. Further, Cone Marshall has strived to assure all its clients and potential clientele that they will be accorded top notch as well as trusted counsel on global trust and tax law.
The Cone Marshall law firm leverages the experience and skills of its two principals, Geoffrey Cone and Karen Marshall. Karen Marshall joined Cone Marshall in 2005 after serving a London-based law firm for about a decade. In the London-based law firm, Karen specialized in commercial litigation. Karen is not only a principal at Cone Marshall but also a trusted advisor to statutory trustee entities or companies. On the Other hand, Geoffrey Cone boasts of a vast experience that spans more than thirty years in various legal fields such as international tax and trust planning, as well as trust and trustee management services.
Statements by Geoffrey Cone
In an article dubbed as New Zealand-A model of Tax Transparency, Geoffrey demystified a long-held notion that New Zealand resembled a tax haven, which has a very secretive private banking sector. According to Mr. Cone, New Zealand is not only a charter member but also subscribes to the codes or principles held in the in the gold standard for transparency. The gold standard is advocated highly by the 2002 Model Agreement on Exchange of Information on Tax Matters, which was created by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Geoffrey Cone attributes the high increment in the number of international trusts in New Zealand due to the country’s reputation as high quality, stable and safe jurisdiction, which is accompanied by a qualified judiciary and professional infrastructure. The positive reputation held the by the country bolsters that of its law firms such as Cone Marshall.
Cone Marshall Limited
Cone Marshall Limited is a prominent New Zealand-based law firm that has built a reputation of working closely with global families as well as their advisors. It is popularly known for offering international wealth planning guidance as well as creating New Zealand companies, trusts, and partnerships. Instead of seeking for private clients, Cone Marshall aims its services to private banks, family advisors trustees, attorneys and other entities located outside New Zealand in a bid to help them make appropriate plans for their clients. It offers full New Zealand trust, tax structuring and succession advice, which can also be accompanied by administrative services.