Speaking Engagement

Show Me the Money: Asset Protection in High-Net-Worth Global Divorce Cases

NYSBA International Section 2022 London Global Conference

Goodenough College
Mecklenburgh Sq
London WC1N 2AB, UK

Blank Rome Matrimonial & Family Law partner Brett S. Ward will serve as a panelist at New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) International Section’s 2022 London Global Conference, being held November 30 through December 2, 2022, at Goodenough College in London, England.

Brett’s session, “Show Me the Money: Asset Protection in High-Net-Worth Global Divorce Cases,” will take place on Friday, December 2, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.


High-net-worth divorce clients tend to have assets located across the globe especially considering the rise of cross-cultural marriages. When the spouses seek to divorce, a court may have limitations on compelling information on overseas assets, valuing those assets, or mandating a disposition of those assets. Given that courts are limited in addressing division of marital assets located outside of their reach, it is important to work with high-net-worth clients at the time of marriage to employ an asset protection plan should a divorce be an eventuality.

Panelists will discuss the selection of marital property regimes and memorializing asset division in a valid and enforceable global prenuptial agreement, as well as strategies to shield assets and employ sophisticated tax strategies. They will also touch on topics of international evidence and discovery concerning international assets as well as various approaches in dividing international marital assets.


  • Peter R. Stambleck, Mosberg Sharma Stambleck Gross LLP, New York, NY
  • Brett S. Ward, Blank Rome LLP, New York, NY
  • James Riby, Charles Russell Speechlys, London, UK
  • James Heathcote, Sanctoras Private Wealth and Tax Advisory, London, UK
  • Lois Langton, Howard Kennedy, London, UK
  • Dr Markus Zwicky, Zwicky & Partner, Switzerland

Other sessions include:

  • Ukraine and the Legal Frameworks for Justice and Accountability 
  • Law in War: The Role of Law in Conflict and Post-Conflict Matters
  • The Emperor Has No Clothes: Reimaging DEI Initiatives in the Legal Industry through Mindfulness
  • Asset Tracing/Freezing: ‘Tracing the Untraceable’
  • From The Ground Up—Taking A Pre-Emptive and Holistic View of International Arbitration Clauses in Order to Avoid the Pitfalls of International Arbitration
  • How Should We Deter Lawyers from Being Professional Enablers of Kleptocracy and Grand Corruption?
  • Cross-Atlantic Estate Planning: Wealth Transfer Planning and Administration in an Internationally Challenging Time
  • Shareholder Litigation
  • Technology, Cybersecurity and Ethics: What’s a Lawyer to Do?
  • “S” IS THE ESSENCE OF ESG: Psychosocial Risks, Mental Health &Wellbeing at Work
  • Financial Regulation/ Money Laundering Hot Topics
  • Transatlantic Antitrust Class Actions
  • Data Security in Times of War
  • Digital Assets—Not A Virtual Reality Anymore?
  • All the World Is Trade
  • Legal Technology & Innovation
  • Fighting Modern Day Slavery: The Role of the Consumer
  • Art at War
  • Is Remote Working Remotely Possible? The Impact of COVID on the Remote Working Legal Landscape: Practical Considerations
  • Dealing with Crisis and External Threats: Recognize, Ready, Respond, Recovery
  • Managing “Behavioural Risk” in The Context of Corporate Culture and ESG
  • Court Orders for Oral Evidence and Disclosure by Non-Parties in Support of Foreign Arbitration Proceedings: The Changing Picture in England and the US
  • Market Manipulation
  • The Future of Justice: Young Lawyers and Their Impact in the Profession


Each year, NYSBA’s International Section hosts a conference in a different city outside of the United States to provide American and foreign colleagues the opportunity to meet, network, and expand their international practices. This year, the conference will consist of three days of Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) panels and plenaries, including various hot topics in international law. The meeting also offers networking opportunities in the form of extended breaks, luncheons, receptions, dinners, including our traditional gala dinner, and social and cultural events.

To learn more or to register to attend, please visit the event webpage.

Brett Ward at NYSBA International Section 2022 London Global Conference 120222
Brett Ward (far left) serves on panel at NYSBA International Section 2022 London Global Conference, December 2, 2022.