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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

WWL says

Maud Udry-Alhanko is hailed as a “rising star”, and is a specialist in handling complex divorce and estate issues as well as cross-border matters. 

Questions & Answers

Maud Udry-Alhanko, TEP, is partner in MLL’s private client group in Geneva. She has an LLM from Duke University and is admitted to the Swiss and New York bars. As a certified specialist (SBA) in family law, Maud has considerable experience in family law matters, with an emphasis on divorce and estate issues – most often with a strong international component. She also advises affluent clients in their relocation to Switzerland and in all related matters.
What attracted you to a career in law?

The opportunity to confront arguments, devise elaborate strategies and face challenges – and, last but not least, the human aspect.

What qualities make for an effective private client lawyer?

The ability to listen and inspire trust; rigour; and empathy.

To what degree do cross-border issues feature in your private client work?

On a daily basis, due to Geneva’s very international position.

There has been a lot of debate among practitioners and scholars with regards to introducing Swiss trusts – how would the Swiss legal system benefit from this development?

It would be one more estate-planning tool in our box. I see it being mainly for the use of Swiss residents, who have no other choice than to use a foreign jurisdiction at the moment. It may, however, not be a good step for political reasons.

What impact has the global push for greater transparency had on clients, and therefore lawyers?

It has heralded the dawn of the “real trust”, and of robust, long-term structuring and planning.

How do you anticipate the Swiss legal market changing in the next five years? How might this affect your practice?

I foresee consolidation, and more complex cross-border matters for international families.

What makes Meyerlustenberger Lachenal stand out from its competitors in the market?

We have a unique team.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career as a private client lawyer?

Broaden your horizons in order to know your clients better – and be patient in building their trust.

WWL says

Maud Udry-Alhanko is renowned for her detailed understanding and handling of family law matters including international divorce and estate issues.

Questions & Answers

Maud Udry-Alhanko, TEP, is partner in MLL’s private client group in Geneva. She has an LLM from Duke University and is admitted to the Swiss and New York bars. As a certified specialist (SBA) in family law, Maud has considerable experience in family law matters, with an emphasis on divorce and estate issues – most often with a strong international component. She also advises affluent clients on their relocation to Switzerland and on all related matters.

What attracted you to a career in law?

The opportunity to confront arguments, devise elaborate strategies and face challenges – and, last but not least, the human aspect.

What qualities make for an effective private client lawyer?

The ability to listen and inspire trust; rigour; reactivity; open-mindedness; creativeness; and empathy.

To what degree do cross-border issues feature in your private client work?

On a daily basis, due to Geneva’s very international position.

There has been a lot of debate among practitioners and scholars with regards to introducing Swiss trusts – how would the Swiss legal system benefit from this development?

It would be one more estate-planning tool in our box. I see it being mainly for the use of Swiss residents, who have no other choice than to use a foreign jurisdiction at the moment. It may, however, not be well perceived politically.

What impact has the global push for greater transparency had on clients, and therefore lawyers?

It has heralded the dawn of the “real trust”, and of robust, long-term structuring and planning.

How do you anticipate the Swiss legal market changing in the next five years? How might this affect your practice?

I foresee consolidation, and more complex cross-border matters for international families.

What makes Meyerlustenberger Lachenal stand out from its competitors in the market?

Our private clients team is truly unique and I am proud to be a part of it. We are a highly dedicated group of passionate lawyers with a very international background. We all take particular pride in the trust individuals and families place in us, sometimes over many generations. Also, the fact that our private clients team is part of a leading Swiss law firm covering virtually all practice areas of law is beneficial to our clients – we can quickly and simply have access to cross functional expertise, for example, to our specialised tax experts.

What advice would you give to someone starting their career as a private client lawyer?

Broaden your horizons in order to know your clients better – and be patient in building their trust.

Has covid-19 presented any challenges to your work in the private client sector?

Not being able to travel has been a big change to adapt to. We have not seen clients that we would usually meet up with while they are in Geneva as well as people whom we would usually meet on business trips around the world. Luckily we have technology that allows us to be fully operational, using phone, Skype, Zoom, e-mail… Nevertheless it would be great to be able to travel more freely again in order to meet clients and attend various industry events; meetings in person are more enriching than communications over technological devices.

Global Leader

Private Client 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Maud Udry-Alhanko is regarded as a top-notch private client practitioner by market commentators and is well known for her expertise on a range of matters including family law and art law.

Biography

Maud Udry-Alhanko is partner in the private client group of MLL, which she joined in 2008 as an associate.

Holder of an LLM from Duke University (2005), she is admitted to the New York bar (2006) and the Swiss Bar (2008).

Qualified by the Swiss Bar Association as a certified specialist SBA family law, Maud Udry-Alhanko has considerable experience in this field with an emphasis on divorce and estate issues, most often with a very strong international component. She also advises entrepreneurs and affluent clients in their relocation to Switzerland, often involving complex cross-border aspects, in particular with regard to immigration, real estate matters, fiscal affairs and to art law.

Maud Udry-Alhanko is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She also regularly advises Swiss charitable foundations, sitting on the board of several foundations.

National Leader

Switzerland - Private Client 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Maud Udry-Alhanko is identified as “a true private client specialist” who is “excellent at what she does” particularly when it comes to family and divorce matters. 

Biography

Maud Udry-Alhanko is partner in the private client group of MLL, which she joined in 2008 as an associate.

Holder of an LLM from Duke University (2005), she is admitted to the New York bar (2006) and the Swiss Bar (2008).

Qualified by the Swiss Bar Association as a certified specialist SBA family law, Maud Udry-Alhanko has considerable experience in this field with an emphasis on divorce and estate issues, most often with a very strong international component. She also advises entrepreneurs and affluent clients in their relocation to Switzerland, often involving complex cross-border aspects, in particular with regard to immigration, real estate matters, fiscal affairs and to art law.

Maud Udry-Alhanko is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). She also regularly advises Swiss charitable foundations, sitting on the board of several foundations.

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