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Dr. Michael Wells-Greco



FamilyPrivate Wealth


Private Client

Michael advises individuals, banks and other organisations on the issues which can arise for wealthy families.  Able to approach both common law and civil law issues from a practical perspective, he has advised on all aspects of complex international succession planning and wealth structuring, with a particular focus on advising on the EU Succession Regulation, trust planning and bilateral investment and tax treaty structuring. Michael works closely with our UK and international tax teams.

In the field of family law, Michael advises on all aspects of domestic and international family law and the international movement of children. He has particular expertise in advising on cross-border family work including divorce, financial claims, cohabitation issues, and surrogacy and adoption arrangements with an international element and co-parenting agreements.

His work usually has an international perspective, often involving tax and trust implications, substantial assets or income. Michael has developed a niche practice in negotiating international nuptial and civil partnership agreements.

Michael has a doctorate degree in European and International Law. He is a lecturer at Maastricht University. He serves on the International Committee of Resolution (the family law association in England), and has contributed chapters to Resolution’s online Guide to International Family Law.

Michael’s book, The status of children arising from inter-country surrogacy arrangements, has been published by Eleven International. Michael is a co-author of Horspool, Humphreys and Wells-Greco’s textbook, European Union Law (9th edition).

Michael is admitted to practise in England and Wales, the British Virgin Islands and is admitted to the EU list of the supervisory commission of lawyers for the canton of Geneva (Switzerland).


  • Advising on cross-border pre-nuptial, matrimonial contracts, post-nuptial and separation agreements requiring specific expertise in complex financial cases
  • Acting in stay proceedings for a high-net-worth individual whose spouse had issued divorce proceedings in England;  a non-EU jurisdiction was more appropriate in the circumstances of the case
  • Advising on international surrogacy and adoption (Hague and non–Hague) matters
  • Advised an international family on succession and governance issues, creating a structure to implement the family’s long term succession plans for their personal assets and business interests
  • Providing wealth and estate planning advice with a commercial edge for entrepreneurs with assets in multiple jurisdictions