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Jordan Ellis

T: +971 56 793 1798 Email Jordan Office: Dubai

Jordan Ellis Managing associate

Contact details

Jordan Ellis

Jordan Ellis
Managing associate

T: +971 56 793 1798 Email Jordan Office: Dubai

Jordan is a managing associate within the private wealth team based in our Dubai office. Jordan assists high-net worth individuals and families, family offices and trustees with the structuring of their investments, international estate and tax planning and family governance. Jordan has significant experience in advising on international succession structures including regional and international trusts and foundations.
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Jordan works across the MENA region advising on all aspects of regional and international private client issues, succession planning, wealth holding structures, family governance and cross-border taxation.

His expertise and experience enables him to take account of Sharia compliance within the framework of English Law and when implementing local structures in the Middle East.

Since the introduction of the new Foundations laws in DIFC and ADGM Jordan has developed significant expertise in this area, including drafting precedent Foundation documents for a leading corporate service provider in DIFC and utilising DIFC and ADGM foundations within complex cross-border succession and governance structures for private and business assets.

Jordan is well versed in preparing various types of UAE Wills including DIFC Wills and Wills for registration at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department. He also advises on Sharia compliant Wills and worked on local and UK estate administration matters.

Jordan is a qualified member of the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners (STEP) and often contributes to articles and provides know-how sessions to families, private banks and other private wealth practitioners on an array of topical wealth, succession and tax planning issues.

For two successive years Jordan has been acknowledged as the sole "Associate to Watch" in Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law within the UAE, clearly demonstrating his reputation as one of the standout private wealth lawyers within the region.

"Jordan Ellis is also acknowledged as being the only associate to watch in the region with one commentator adding that Jordan is very clever, very talented and he is really technically strong."

Chambers and Partners High Net Worth Guide 2021 for Private Wealth Law, United Arab Emirates

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Advising a GCC family on the restructuring of their significant UK property portfolio, transferring the properties held through a family trust out to multiple family branches, advising from a tax and succession perspective.

Advising a prominent family on the relocation of their family office from London to the UAE. This included establishing new structures locally, advising on immigration issues, local real estate issues and preparing local DIFC wills and English Wills.

Advising a businessman who is the CEO of a commodities group based in the MENA region on the structuring of their international wealth, establishing a DIFC foundation, preparing a DIFC Will and advising on the succession of their UAE business.

Assisting numerous clients of a major regional financial institution on UK tax and succession planning issues when investing in UK real estate and advising them on estate administration matters in the UK.

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