Kurt is a seasoned professional in international wealth transfer planning. He represents ultra high net worth families and family controlled businesses throughout the world with respect to US federal income, gift and estate tax issues.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2000

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Tax Law, 2013-2019
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, 2013
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Wealth Management: Central Region – Nationwide, 2015-2016
    • Ranked in Chambers HNW 2018-2019
  • Chambers Asia
    • Leader in the Fields of Private Client and Wealth Management, 2009
  • Citywealth, Leaders List
  • Legal Week, Private Client Elite Listing

Education & Honors

  • New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 2000
  • University of Notre Dame, J.D., cum laude, 1999
  • University of Mississippi, M.Tax., 1996
  • University of Mississippi, B.Accy., magna cum laude, 1995

Experience

  • Formerly a partner with a large, international law firm based in London and was a founding partner of that firm’s Hong Kong office.  
  • Represents ultra high net worth families and family controlled businesses throughout the world with respect to US federal income, gift and estate tax issues.
  • ​Maintains a strong emphasis on the tax issues faced by families and businesses based in the Asia-Pacific region and in the United Kingdom.

In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Speaker, “The Treatment of Trusts in Divorce,” Private Client Forum Asia, Singapore, December 2018.
  • Speaker, “TCJA Impact on US Real Estate Structures,” STEP Asia Conference, Hong Kong, November 2018. 
  • Quoted, Getting snagged in new US tax net,” The Straits Times, March 23, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Trumponomics and Its Impact on the World and Private Clients: Apocalypse or a Brave New World?”, STEP Asia Conference, Singapore, November 2017.
  • Speaker, “US Tax Considerations for Asia-Based Families”, Cross Border Planning for the Private Client Conference, Singapore, August 2017.
  • Speaker, “International Variables in the Estate Planning Relationship”, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel Summer Meeting, Seattle, June 2017.  
  • Moderator, “Trump and Taxes”, Butler Snow Panel Discussion with Governor Haley Barbour and Senator Trent Lott, Hong Kong, May 2017.
  • Contributor, “Complexity is the Biggest Issue for US Taxpayers Overseas”, Bloomberg Radio Interview, May 2017.  
  • Contributor, "Trump's Tax Plans are Betting on 'Trickle-down' Economics", CNBC’s Squawk-Box Television Interview,  November 2016.
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