Inside Liechtenstein: Are Trustees Misappropriating Assets When Clients Die & What Are The Remedies?
In the early 1990s, Information Technology specialist Klaus Lins claimed to have discovered evidence that Liechtenstein's biggest fiduciary was misappropriating the assets of wealthy clients when they died, instead of distributing them to beneficiaries. Lins turned whistleblower but the only person who went to prison was him, for data theft. He also lost his home and his wife and he has since passed away. When one German beneficiary turned up at the fiduciary's office in Liechtenstein, she was allegedly fobbed off with lies.
More recently, the family of Israeli tycoon Israel Perry has been waging a bitter legal war against a trust company in Liechtenstein in a so-far vain attempt to gain access to the deceased's vast fortune.
This session will look at allegations of impropriety against Liechtenstein-based fiduciaries, whether a culture of criminality exists in the jurisdiction, and potential legal remedies for beneficiaries who suspect they have been swindled.
Steven Kay QC
Head of Chambers, 9 Bedford Row
Founder & CEO, Financial Intelligence & Processing (Switzerland)
Partner, Schwärzler Attorneys at Law