Cone Marshall Middle East

Joy Lahoud

+ 971 50 224 7108 (UAE)
+ 41 79 107 7338 (Switzerland)

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Joy joined the Cone Marshall group following 14 years’ experience as an attorney in the Middle East. Primarily a lawyer specialized in corporate law, Joy holds an LLB in civil law from Saint Joseph University in Beirut and an LL.M. from Cornell University in New York.

He has held positions in Lebanon, Washington DC (the “World Bank”), Dubai and Qatar and has worked for clients across GCC and Levant jurisdictions. He is a member of the Beirut Bar Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Planners.

Joy is Fluent in English, Arabic and French and enjoys identifying and resolving complex situations for his clients.

Gerard Aquilina

+33 607 935 097 (Monaco)

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Gerard Aquilina has had an extensive career spanning over 44 years in law, investment and private banking and he has worked in the US, Europe, Saudi Arabia and Brazil. He has held senior leadership positions at four global private banks including: CEO Merrill Lynch International Trust Company, CEO HSBC Private Bank for the Americas, Barclays Wealth Regional Head (and later Vice Chairman) for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, and most recently Vice Chairman UBS Global Emerging Markets where he was relationship manager for key clients.

He earned his BA at Columbia University, a JD from The American University in Washington, DC and an LLM from the University of London. Gerard is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Planners, the International Tax Planning Association.

Sean Breslin

Managing Director
+41 22 566 26 09 (Switzerland)

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Sean joined our Swiss office in 2019 as Managing Director. He began his career in the fiduciary sector in 2003, and has since worked for international private Banks and held senior roles at reputed independent Trust companies. Sean has considerable operational and technical experience, servicing UHNW families from the Middle East, Africa, the United Kingdom and Latin America. Sean holds a degree in Finance and Business Law from Stirling University in Scotland, is a certified Trust and Estate Practitioner and holds the SACTM. He excels at resolving challenging international issues for his clients, whatever they might be. Sean was brought up in Geneva and is bi-lingual in English and French. Sean has a passion for beautiful cars, science and technology, and enjoys mountain climbing and skiing.

Ziyad Matti

Barrister & Solicitor New Zealand
+64 9 909 1892 (NZ)

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Ziyad is a lawyer admitted to practice law in New Zealand. Fluent in English and Arabic, he counsels high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and families as they accumulate assets, experience life changes, seek to preserve their wealth, and ultimately pass it on to future generations. Ziyad also counsels clients on cross-border planning and provides strategic advice on planning opportunities upon immigration into New Zealand and various other jurisdictions. His clients include multinational families whose members, businesses and assets span the globe, and for whom he sets up and administers trusts and a range of different entities and arrangements. His broad range of expertise extends to tax, business, and commercial law.

Ziyad also assists trustees, multi-family offices and financial institutions to manage fiduciary risk and regulatory compliance. He is experienced in global tax and money laundering regulations such as FATCA, CRS, AEOI, and AML/CFT.

Mohanned Al-Kharafi
LLB, BA (Hons), MSc  

Associate (UAE)

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Mohanned joined Cone Marshall in 2023 following 5 years’ experience in private equity based in London. As an Associate he specialised in commercial acquisitions & disposals, investment analysis, capital raising and early stage VC investment.

After graduating with a joint degree in Law & Business from the University of Warwick he went on to complete an MSc in Real Estate & Finance from Cass Business School. He is a member of the Coutts Client Council & a graduate of the Wharton Business School future leader programme.

Born in the UK with a background in the GCC Mohanned offers a unique blend of cultural and professional understanding.

Geoffrey Cone

Founder, Cone Marshall Group+ 1 510 935 8897 (US)

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Geoffrey Cone is a leading international trust and tax planning attorney, and the founder and Senior Principal of Cone Marshall Limited. Cone is a respected authority in his industry, and as such, has shared his vast knowledge and expertise in publications such as Trusts & Trustees, Rothschild Trust Review, New Zealand Law Journal, among many others.

Additionally, he has been a contributing author to the World Trusts Survey and International Trust Disputes (both Oxford University Press), Law of Offshore Jurisdictions, International Trusts Guide, and Trident Guide to International Trusts. Cone began practicing commercial litigation as well as tax and trust advisory work in 1980.As Partner and Chairman of Partners at a leading Christchurch law firm, his tenure was marked by cases at all levels of the New Zealand courts as leading counsel and the Privy Council in London.

Later, Cone took his comprehensive litigation and advisory experience and further applied it by serving as a litigator in the British West Indies for two years. In 1998, he returned to New Zealand to establish his own firm, Cone and Co., which would later be transformed to Cone Marshall Limited in 2007. Cone’s long and illustrious career has made him a foremost international trust and tax planning figure, which is why some of the world’s wealthiest families, most prominent banks, and respected lawyers and advisors entrusted his firm their work and assets.

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