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The Top 100 Family Influencers – Lawyers 

Late last year, Family Capital sent out a survey to its readers asking them to nominate who they felt were the most influential individuals in the world of family enterprises. We were looking for a wide gambit of names from different backgrounds, both linked directly to family enterprises and those in an advisory role in the sector. We received more than 2000 responses. 

Through these responses and our own knowledge of the world of both family businesses and family office – indeed, the world of family capital – we were able to draw up a list of the Top 100 Influences. These are the individuals who our readers and Family Capital believe are the most influential people in the family enterprise world. No doubt some readers might think others merit inclusion and some on the list might not, but Family Capital believes the 100 names represent a pretty good cross-section of the Top Influencers in the sector. 

Given the length of the 100, we have broken them down into eight categories: Financiers; Businesses; Executive Search; Consultants; Investors; Fictional Characters; Academics; and Lawyers – which is our sixth group to feature in our weekly series to run over the next month and a bit. To see our first list – Investors please click here. To see our second list – Academics please click here. To see our third list – Fictional Characters please click here.  To see our fourth list – Executive Search please click here. To see our fifth list – Consultantsplease click here

In alphabetical order

Ryan Harris

Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Private equity and private market specialist, Harris is among a handful of lawyers who really understand the direct-deal/family investment group ecosystem. From his base in Chicago, Harris heads up Kirkland & Ellis’s private investment and family office practice where he is often called upon to help structure complex deals for family offices. A big believer in the growing importance and the dynamics of family offices and direct deals, Harris gained accolades among those who nominated him for his work with family offices in the private equity sector. 

William Kambas

Partner, Withers Bergman

Withers has a host of top lawyers who deal with family enterprises, many of them family offices. But Kambas came up as the top nomination from our survey. The US-based lawyer, whose expertise is centred on tax planning, has advised many family office clients in the US and abroad. Given the increased complexity of multi-jurisdictional families and family-owned assets, Kambas is one of the top legal experts offering advice in this area. Those who nominated him say the Withers lawyer is one of the few who truly understands the issues for family offices and their principals when it comes to tax planning and regulatory issues.

Irwin Latner

Partner, Troutman Sanders

Irwin Latner counsels many family offices on private equity transactions and is an expert in structuring complex investment strategies for many of them. A partner in the New York law firm Troutman Pepper, Latner helps many family offices in their relations with fund managers, hedge funds, and private equity groups to maximize best outcomes from these groups when it comes to their dealings with family offices.  

Jozef Lievens

Partner, Roots Advocaten

Jozef Lievens has spent most of his professional life honing his skills to better advise family enterprises. A partner in the Belgian law firm Roots Advocaten, Lievens was the co-founder of the FBN in Belgium and has had a long association with the Family Firm Institute, where he is a fellow. He also lectures on family enterprises at various business schools and has become one of Europe’s top advocates for the importance of family businesses, as those who nominated him have given testament to. 

Andreas Soffing

Partner, Flick Gocke Schaumburg

Soffing understands family investment groups, particularly in the context of Germany, better than most. A partner in Flick Gocke Schaumburg, which works with many of the country’s biggest family businesses and family investment groups, he advises many family offices and foundations on tax and investment structuring, regulatory issues, and governance. He gains accolades from many due to his skills working with family offices and businesses in Germany. 

Valérie Tandeau de Marsac

Founder, VTM Conseil 

Few lawyers know the family business world better than Paris-based Valérie Tandeau de Marsac. The family business lawyer works with many of France’s best-known family businesses and is a big advocate of the model, but also knows much about the challenges the sector faces. Tandeau de Marsac has also authored a number of books on family businesses as well as teaching on the subject at two top French business schools. Acknowledged by many as one of Europe’s most knowledgeable lawyers working with family enterprises. 

 

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