Andrew Vergunst - McDermott Will & Emery


Andrew Vergunst draws on his extensive experience to help high-net-worth individuals, multinational families and their businesses, executives and entrepreneurs with matters related to international and cross-border trust, tax, estate and strategic planning. He advises clients on integrated international tax planning and structuring, including income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance/estate tax, employment benefit and migration planning, with a particular focus on the UK, the United States and South Africa.

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  • Advised wealthy families and individuals on their international tax, trust and migration planning, particularly in relation to the UK, the United States and South Africa
  • Acted as lead international advisor on complex international trust and corporate restructuring of family interests
  • Represented clients in respect of enquiries and disputes with revenue services/authorities

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  • Chambers High Net Worth 2021 and 2022, ranked in London Firms: Private Wealth Law and Foreign Expert for South Africa
  • The Legal 500 UK, Recommended Lawyer in Private Client: Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate, 2010, 2013, 2016 – 2017 and 2021 – 2023
  • The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2022, Trusts & Personal Tax Law

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  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Law
  • Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (UK), trustee


University of Cape Town, LLB, Law, 1993
University of Cape Town, LLB, 1991

The Law Society of England and Wales, 2001
The Cape of Good Hope Law Society, 1996

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