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McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP
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Work Department

International private client.


Andrew Vergunst is a partner in the London office of law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Andrew is part of the firm’s international private client group, where he specialises in international and cross-border trust, tax, estate and strategic planning for high-net-worth individuals, multinational families and their businesses, executives and entrepreneurs. He advises clients on integrated international tax planning and structuring, including income tax, capital gains tax, inheritance/estate tax, employment benefit and migration planning.


Trained at University of Cape Town, South Africa; qualified 1996. Partner McDermott Will & Emery 2009. Publications of note: co-author of the chapter on South Africa in the treatise ‘International Estate Planning (author Terry Christensen). He has also led a number of seminars in the UK and South Africa on pre-migration planning for high-net-worth individuals and executives relocating for business and personal reasons.


Afrikaans, Dutch, English.


Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (co-founder of South African branch in Cape Town); International Academy of Estate and Trust Law; trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (UK).


University of Cape Town (LLB, Law Degree, 1993); University of Cape Town (BA, 1991).


Skiing, golf.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP represents multibillion-dollar-net-worth families, structures and fiduciaries from around the world. The team specialises in complex cross-border matters. Its London team includes US-qualified lawyers who have expertise in US trusts, estate planning and tax. It acts for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families, some of them in the Top 20 on the Sunday Times rich list, and some of the wealthiest people on the Forbes 100 billionaires list. Simon Goldring attracts a diverse client base of very wealthy individuals, family offices, entrepreneurs and multinational corporates both in the UK and internationally. Astrid Owen has immense cross-border expertise. Andrew Vergunst is another key figure and he continues to attract clients with significant financial interests in Africa.