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Maud Udry-Alhanko

Maud Udry-Alhanko

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)65 rue du RhôneCase Postale 3199GenevaGenevaSwitzerlandCH-1211 Geneva 3

Thought Leader

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.

Global Leader

Private Client

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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. 

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 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

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

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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