Global Insights| Discussing Spencer West Switzerland with Gregory Walsh

In this interview with Gregory Walsh, the founding Partner of Spencer West Switzerland, we learn about his background as a US-qualified lawyer specialising in international tax and wealth management. Greg discusses with International Business Director, Michael Parker, his decision to join Spencer West, highlighting the firm’s global reach and unique proposition in the Swiss market. He emphasises the focus on cross-border legal services, outlining key areas such as trust structures, compliance matters, and corporate law. Greg envisions Spencer West Switzerland as a hub for collaboration across jurisdictions, offering tailored solutions for clients navigating international complexities. The interview reveals the firm’s strategic priorities, its role in Zurich’s financial landscape, and Greg’s excitement for the future of Spencer West in delivering top-notch legal services worldwide.

Michael: Greg, thank you for taking the time to chat with us today. Let’s dive right in. Could you share a bit about your background and what drew you to join Spencer West? 

Gregory: Absolutely, Michael. I’m a US-qualified lawyer based in Switzerland, specialising in international tax, wealth management, and regulatory matters. My focus has been on advising private wealth clients, including family offices, and financial institutions on navigating the complexities of international tax planning, compliance and related matters.  

Joining Spencer West was an exciting move for me. I was drawn to the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from around the world, delivering top-notch solutions for clients operating across borders. Zurich indeed stands as a global financial centre, serving the needs of a diverse array of clients. Spencer West brings a unique proposition to the Swiss market, with expertise spanning common-law and civil-law jurisdictions. This positions us well to cater to the demand for cross-border legal services from private clients, financial institutions, and enterprises based here.  

In today’s business and legal landscape, a global outlook is essential, and Spencer West embodies that approach. 

Michael: That’s fantastic to hear, Greg. Zurich is known for its strong financial sector. How do you see Spencer West contributing to the Swiss market for international legal services? 

Gregory: Our priorities in these early stages include establishing a core offering here in Switzerland, making introductions to our colleagues in various jurisdictions, and facilitating cross-border solutions. The US, UK, and other jurisdictions are on our radar, and we’re eager to collaborate across borders to serve our clients effectively. 

Michael: It sounds like an exciting time for Spencer West in Zurich. Could you highlight some of the key services and areas of focus for the new office? 

Gregory: Absolutely. At Spencer West Switzerland, we’re focused on providing a comprehensive suite of services tailored to the needs of our clients. This includes advising on trust and company structures, FATCA/CRS compliance, US withholding tax compliance, OECD tax initiatives, tax treaty matters, and more. 

We’re also attuned to the needs of private clients and financial institutions seeking guidance on diverse corporate law and regulatory issues. Our goal is to offer a one-stop solution for clients navigating the complexities of cross-border transactions and wealth management. 

Michael: Finally, Greg, what excites you the most about the future of Spencer West in Zurich? 

Gregory: The potential for growth and impact is truly exhilarating. Zurich offers a dynamic environment for international legal services, and Spencer West is poised to make a significant contribution. I’m excited about the opportunity to work closely with our global colleagues, leverage our combined expertise, and deliver exceptional results for our clients. 

We’re here to support clients as they navigate the complexities of cross-border transactions, regulatory changes, and evolving legal landscapes. The future is bright for Spencer West in Zurich, and I look forward to the journey ahead. 

Michael: Thank you, Greg, for sharing your insights. It’s clear that Spencer West Switzerland is poised for success in Zurich, and we’re thrilled to have you leading the way. Here’s to an exciting new chapter of collaboration and growth! 

Gregory: Thank you, Michael. I’m excited for what’s to come. 

Michael Parker
Partner – Commercial Dispute Resolution
Michael Parker is a Partner Solicitor at Spencer West. He specialises in insurance, commodities and logistics.
Gregory Walsh
Partner - Tax, Private Wealth and Financial Services
Gregory Walsh Founding Partner at Spencer West Switzerland