Michael Shine & Partners is one of the leading and most well-established law firms in Israel in the Private Client field, specialising in international taxation and asset protection, the establishment and administration of trusts, trust taxation and reporting, multi-jurisdictional asset protection, family wealth preservation and cross-border estate planning, as well as acting as general legal counsel for HNW families. The Firm is also a leader in the areas of AML and compliance.
By analysing the client’s multi-faceted needs, we are able to provide bespoke services and care through our multi-disciplinary offering. Additionally, benefitting from an extensive, long-established global network of financial institutions, and legal and accounting firms, we are able to cater for every jurisdiction relevant to the particular client situation.
The Firm specialises in the establishment of family structures for the purposes of wealth management, estate planning, asset protection and family business organisation. For these purposes the firm can provide the services of in-house foreign trust companies in a number of alternative jurisdictions, which are fully licensed and provide exclusive services to the firm’s clients.
Furthermore, the firm has extensive knowhow and experience in the areas of commercial law, real estate (with a specialisation in representing foreign residents), foreign investments and transactions, and wills and estate matters, where the main representation in these areas is of foreign residents.
The Firm also has a large compliance team dealing with the growing needs of clients in the local and international banking spheres. In recent years, the firm has become a specialist in advising its clients on banking and compliance issues, including FACTA, CRS, and AML compliance.
In addition to representing private clients from all over the world, including high net worth individuals and families, as well as family wealth funds, the firm’s clients include many international companies, international financial institutions and foreign trade risk insurers, as well as a large number of real estate companies controlled by foreign residents that hold commercial properties in Israel.
The firm has won numerous awards and is regularly rated, both in Israel and overseas, as a leading firm in its main field of expertise being Private Client. Furthermore, it is regularly ranked by Dun & Bradstreet as a leading firm in the areas of Private Client, Trusts and Family Wealth.
In 2010 the partners of the firm established what is today called “The Shine Group” which comprises:
1. M.S.A. Shine Global Family Office Ltd. – which manages and administers the affairs of multi-national families, providing professional and corporate advice and investment management services.
2. Alphen Asset Management A.G. – a fully licensed, independent Investment Advisory and Asset Management Company based in Zurich, Switzerland.
3. Alphen Trust Company A.G. – in-house licensed Trust Company in Zurich.