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Eli Akhavan

Partner at Steptoe

Eli Akhavan focuses his practice on tax and estate planning for high-net-worth US and non-US clients. He advises domestic and international individuals and families with respect to tax and estate planning for their US assets and beneficiaries. Eli also advises cross-border clients on all aspects of international estate matters, including foreign trusts, pre-immigration and expatriation planning, and on planning for the purchase of US residential and investment real property. Eli has considerable knowledge of the reporting requirements applicable with respect to foreign financial accounts and assets and with respect to FATCA and its global equivalent, the Common Reporting Standards (CRS). Eli's practice includes advising clients on the formation of private trust companies for purposes of wealth management and privacy.

Eli employs sophisticated wills and trusts and closely-held entities to enable ultra-affluent clients to transfer their wealth and minimize tax. He also counsels US and non-US individuals and families on implementing domestic and foreign asset protection structures, integrates innovative private placement life insurance planning into estate and asset protection plans, and advises US clients on Puerto Rico's Act 60.

Eli has served as professor of International Taxation at St. John's University Law School. He is a recognized authority on tax and estate planning matters having been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, and Bloomberg News. Most recently, he has lectured in the Caribbean and the Middle East on asset protection and cross-border planning matters. Eli has written numerous articles that appear in legal publications in the US and abroad.

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