Michael represents high net worth individuals and family offices in the design, implementation, and administration of domestic and international trust, investment, and life insurance structures, including the tax planning and compliance aspects of such structures.
Michael Ripp advises non-U.S. individuals regarding the tax and legal issues involved in pre-immigration planning, temporary residency, and planning for gifts to their U.S.-resident families, both during lifetime and at death. A significant portion of his practice involves advice regarding mechanisms for deploying leverage in the acquisition or monetization of assets, including real estate. In addition, he counsels major financial institutions and boutique financial service providers on matters of interest to the ultra high net worth marketplace, including advice to hedge fund and fund of funds managers regarding the establishment and operation of insurance dedicated funds (IDFs), including an IDF’s legal and business relationships with domestic and international insurance carriers. Michael’s practice also includes counseling fiduciaries with respect to the administration of trusts and estates, and he is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Michael is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Michael graduated from Washington University School of Law in 1997 after receiving his B.B.A. in Business Analysis (Management Information Systems) from Texas A&M University in 1994.
- INTERNATIONAL ESTATE AND ASSET PROTECTION PLANNING
- U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL TAX PLANNING
- TAX COMPLIANCE
- COMPLEX REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS AND LENDING
- PRIVATE PLACEMENT LIFE INSURANCE PLANNING AND INSURANCE DEDICATED FUNDS
- COMPLEX STRUCTURE ADMINISTRATION
- PROBATE, TRUST AND ADMINISTRATION
- FAMILY OFFICE SUPPORT
- INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO PLANNING (LEGAL AND TAX MATTERS)