Karen Marshall and Geoffrey Cone are the principals in the New Zealand law firm Cone Marshall an international tax and trusts law firm. Established in 1999 the firm is located in Auckland, at the Parnell House, Level 3, Auckland 1151, New Zealand and can also be contacted at tel: +64 9 307 3950 and http://www.conemarshall.com.
Prior to joining the law firm in 2005 Karen Marshall worked in London for 10 years at a law firm in its Commercial Litigation department. She has worked at Cone Marshall since 2005 and has been a principal since 2006. She is an advisor to statutory trustee companies and has wide experience managing trusts in general.
Since 1980 Geoffrey Cone has provided international trust and tax planning, and trustee and trust management services.
Cone Marshall Limited works with international families and their advisors by assisting them in establishing New Zealand trusts, partnerships and companies, and providing global wealth and tax planning advice.
Geoffrey Cone has been described as the Quintessential Tax Lawyer in a May 2016 article that serves as a Law Firm & Experts Directory.
In a 2012 article posted on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn entitled: New Zealand – A Model of Tax Transparency, Mr. Cone debunked the notion that New Zealand was somehow a tax haven with a highly secretive private banking industry. Instead, he pointed out that New Zealand is a charter member of, and subscribes to the principles embodied in the gold standard for transparency, the 2002 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Model Agreement on Exchange of Information on Tax Matters.
Addressing the reason why New Zealand has seen an increase the number of foreign trusts Mr. Cone stated:”The reason that there has been such strong recent growth in the number of foreign trusts administered [here] is that New Zealand is internationally recognised as a safe, stable and high quality jurisdiction with good laws, a well-regarded judiciary and substantial legal and professional infrastructure. Our reputation as a safe place to base one’s assets is positive for New Zealand’s global reputation.”
Cone Marshall adheres, and has always adhered, to the highest principles of tax and trust transparency and assures that their clients are afforded the most trusted advice on international tax and trust law.