To our knowledge, Peter Cotorceanu is the only lawyer in private practice who has actually implemented an AEOI regime while working in-house for a fiduciary. Until mid-2014, Peter led UBS’s implementation of FATCA for its offshore trust companies located in the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Jersey, and Singapore. It was there that Peter developed a deep expertise in the practical AEOI implementation issues facing fiduciaries. Since leaving UBS, Peter has devoted himself to sharing his hands-on knowledge with trust companies and other fiduciaries struggling with how to implement CRS and FATCA. Peter owns and operates www.gatcaandtrusts.com, where fiduciaries can find all the practical tools they need to implement FATCA and CRS.
In addition to being CEO and Founder of G&TCA, Peter was Of Counsel to the Zurich Office of Anaford Attorneys from August 2014 to June 2020. At UBS, Peter was Head of Product Management for Trusts and Foundations and, before that, Head of Wealth Structuring Consulting for UHNW clients. Before joining UBS, Peter practiced law for over 20 years, both in Switzerland and the U.S., most recently at Baker & McKenzie Zurich. His practice concentrated on U.S-related trust and estate planning and transfer taxes. Peter was also a law professor for a number of years at Washburn University School of Law, Topeka, Kansas and (as an adjunct) at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Peter is a former member of the Board of Governors of Virginia State Bar’s Trusts and Estates Section, as well as the Kansas Judicial Council’s Probate Advisory Committee and Estate Tax Advisory Sub-Committee. Peter is a New Zealand barrister and solicitor and an attorney licensed in Maryland and Virginia. He has an LL.B. (Hons) from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, a J.D. (With Distinction) from Duke University Law School, Durham, North Carolina, and an LL.M. (Tax) from the New York University School of Law. Peter is certified as a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) by STEP.
Peter has written numerous articles on the challenges fiduciaries face in fulfilling their CRS and FATCA obligations (the articles are available here). In addition, Peter is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe (please click here for a full list of conferences), and has been interviewed numerous times by the media for his views on CRS and FATCA (please click here for more details). Peter also authored the chapter on the fiduciary industry in the LexisNexis Guide to FATCA Compliance (please click here for more details). Peter is considered by many to be the world’s leading expert on CRS and FATCA implementation for fiduciaries.