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Rethinking traditional asset planning in NZ

Rethinking traditional asset planning in NZ
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Trusts are often the centrepiece of a New Zealand family’s asset plan, however, quite often they provide only limited benefits and sometimes they cause more problems than they purport to solve. This seminar will take a practical approach in helping you advise your clients on the various benefits of and applications for trusts, some of the disadvantages, the associated governance and compliance obligations, and some alternative asset planning devices.

This seminar will include discussion about:

  • The reasons for asset planning
  • The traditional approach to asset planning in New Zealand
  • Some of the challenges faced by the modern asset planner
  • Alternative and additional approaches to asset planning.

Learning objectives

By attending this seminar you will be able to:

  • Guide your clients to determine their wants to their needs.
  • Understand the critical appreciation of historic asset estate planning.
  • Assess risk award with respect to different ownership structures.
  • Implement asset and estate planning tools.

Who should attend

Civil litigation, company/commercial, family, property, trusts & estates and accountants.


A short paper, in PDF format, together with a copy of the powerpoint presentation will be emailed out prior to the seminar.


  • 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Fee (incl GST)

In Short

  • $145 - NZLS members and Associate members
  • $195 - Non-members
  • Live web stream group pricing available! Click here

Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Use the Multiple Registration button below or Click here
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Live Web Stream 13 May
Auckland 13 May


Henry BG 2021 Henry Brandts-Giesen
Partner, Dentons Kensington Swan, Auckland

Henry is the Head of Private Wealth at Dentons Kensington Swan. His advisory practice involves family office design, family business succession planning and governance, family trusts, foreign trusts, charitable trusts, residency by investment, estate planning, relationship property, superannuation trusts, private funds, energy trusts, employee share schemes, fiduciary risk management, captive insurance, FATCA/CRS, and AML/CFT. He is also frequently involved in applications to court and disputes concerning trusts, estates, and relationship property. Henry’s private clients include family offices, athletes, performers, and captains of industry but for the most part he advises ordinary New Zealand families and their businesses. He is often retained by law firms, regulators, banks, accountants, financial service providers, and professional trustees.

Vicki A 2021 Vicki Ammundsen
Director, Vicki Ammundsen Trust Law, Auckland

Vicki is a trust practitioner. She has an appreciation of the issues that confront older clients in the context of and interaction between estate planning, residential care subsidy concerns, relationship, family and trust related issues.


Cancellation and refund policy

You may cancel your registration eight working days in advance of an event, and you will receive a refund less a 25% administration fee. If you cancel less than eight working days in advance of the event, no refund is payable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your registration to another person. If you wish to do so you must advise CLE in writing of the change. NZLS CLE Ltd reserves the right to close registrations, and, cancel or reschedule an event as necessary. Where an event is cancelled by CLE, a full refund is payable.

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