Michael Wells-Greco, Partner
Michael advises individuals, banks and other organisations on cross-border private client and international family law matters.
Michael advises on cross-border private client and international family and child law matters. Able to approach both common law and civil law issues from a practical perspective, Michael advises on international succession planning, with a particular focus on advising on asset protection aspects and resolving cross-border inheritance disputes.
Michael deals with a wide range of cross-border family work including nuptial agreements, financial claims, and cohabitation issues. He advises trustees and beneficiaries caught up in divorce proceedings. He has considerable experience in disputes relating to children (custody, child abduction (Hague and non–Hague)), both within and outside of the Court forum. Michael is highly sought after to advise on international surrogacy arrangements, co-parenting agreements and adoption matters. His work usually has an international perspective, often involving inherited wealth, tax and trust implications, substantial assets or income.
Michael works between Geneva and London. Michael is an Assistant Professor in private international law and international family law at Maastricht University and is a consultant lawyer to the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Michael is an active member of Resolution’s International Committee.
Michael is ranked in the Chambers HNW and Legal 500 directories. In 2018 he was shortlisted for the award of International Family Lawyer of the Year (Jordans).
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.
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+44 (0)20 7427 6763 (UK)
- Advising on cross-border nuptial and separation agreements requiring specific expertise in complex financial cases
- Acting in Anglo-Swiss maintenance enforcement proceedings
- 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
- Providing wealth planning advice with a commercial edge for entrepreneurs with assets in multiple jurisdictions
- Advised an international family on succession and governance issues, creating a PTC structure to implement the family’s long term succession plans for their personal assets and business interests
Untangling the UK/Swiss Knot: Getting married: Do they need a pre-nup? What is a matrimonial property regime?
Before they tie the knot, Henry’s parents want him to have a ‘pre-nuptial agreement’, to protect family money in case of a divorce.
Michael Wells-Greco quoted by the Daily Mail on the need for changes to the law around transgender parents
Michael Wells-Greco quoted in The Telegraph, the Daily Mail and Yahoo on the Court of Appeal's decision in the transgender parent case
Time for resilience, reflection and re-building focus
Although estate planning may not be your first focus at this time, the current circumstances offer a time for reflection.
International surrogacy arrangements and planning for the unexpected
COVID-19 is worrying for everyone but especially those who are expecting a child and unable to travel.
Brexit and Family Law
Michael Wells-Greco has been quoted by The Times on the need for reform to the Gender Recognition Act
Modern families in Switzerland
Building a family as an LGBTI+ parent takes planning.
Michael Wells-Greco quoted in The Guardian, The Times and the Press Association on the judgment in which a transgender man lost his battle to be registered as father
Changes to UK surrogacy law for single parents
As of 3 January 2019, single parents will see a change to UK surrogacy law.
Collecting Evidence in Switzerland – Dos and Don’ts
A number of States, including Switzerland, have enacted blocking statutes which may hinder or prevent the taking of evidence
Wills for Brits living in, or with assets in, Switzerland
If you are British and live abroad the jurisdiction governing the execution of your Will may be more unclear than you would expect.
Britain votes to leave the EU: The implications for your business and your sector
Today is a historical milestone: The UK has voted to leave the European Union in a country-wide referendum.
Charles Russell Speechlys expands with new Swiss law services and senior hires
Charles Russell Speechlys has expanded its practice in Switzerland by appointing three Swiss-qualified partners to its Geneva office.