Cone Marshall Middle East CSP Ltd

Joy Lahoud
Director, Cone Marshall Middle East+ 971 50 224 7108 (UAE)

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Joy joined the Cone Marshall Group in 2022 after 14 years as an attorney in the Middle East. He specialises in corporate law.

Joy has held positions in Lebanon, Washington DC (at the World Bank), Dubai, and Qatar and has worked for clients across Gulf Cooperation Council and Levant jurisdictions. 

Joy is a member of the Beirut Bar Association and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). 

Joy completed an LLM at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and an LLB in civil law at Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

In addition to his native Arabic, Joy is fluent in English and French.

Mohanned Al-Kharafi
Associate, Cone Marshall Middle East+971 50 687 7355 (UAE)

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Mohanned joined Cone Marshall in 2023. His experience includes asset disposals and acquisitions, portfolio management, planning and redevelopment, financial modeling, investment due diligence and capital raising. He has expertise in commercial real estate development.

Mohanned has an MSc in Real Estate & Finance from Cass Business School in London, UK.

In addition to his native English, he is fluent in Arabic.

Sean Breslin
Managing Director, Cone Marshall Swiss Trustees+41 22 566 26 09

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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.

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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