Ani Hovanessian

Partner

New York
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019-6099

Ani Hovanessian is a partner in the Private Clients Group, focusing on estate planning, business succession planning and charitable gifting. She serves as personal general counsel to high-net-worth families and individuals, including private equity, hedge fund, and venture capital principals; executives of privately and publicly held businesses; family business owners; entrepreneurs; real estate investors; and art collectors. She advises her clients on the complexities of strategic wealth transference, business succession, and asset protection planning, which includes premarital and postmarital planning.

Ani works with her clients and their investment advisors, accountants, business managers and insurance consultants to provide fully integrated solutions. She serves as a resource and legal sounding board, ensuring that the client team understands and advances a sophisticated planning approach and is responsive to changes in the law.

Ani also advises executors and trustees on their fiduciary duties and on the administration of estates and U.S. and offshore trusts.

Additionally, Ani implements family governance structures to educate and involve successive generations on the stewardship of wealth. Her clients not only value her legal guidance; they also appreciate her focus on developing long-term, meaningful relationships with successive generations to create a lasting legacy.

Ani has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and in leading tax publications including Accounting Today and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for her keen insights on topical estate planning issues.

Ani Hovanessian is a partner in the Private Clients Group, focusing on estate planning, business succession planning and charitable gifting. She serves as personal general counsel to high-net-worth families and individuals, including private equity, hedge fund, and venture capital principals; executives of privately and publicly held businesses; family business owners; entrepreneurs; real estate investors; and art collectors. She advises her clients on the complexities of strategic wealth transference, business succession, and asset protection planning, which includes premarital and postmarital planning.

Ani works with her clients and their investment advisors, accountants, business managers and insurance consultants to provide fully integrated solutions. She serves as a resource and legal sounding board, ensuring that the client team understands and advances a sophisticated planning approach and is responsive to changes in the law.

Ani also advises executors and trustees on their fiduciary duties and on the administration of estates and U.S. and offshore trusts.

Additionally, Ani implements family governance structures to educate and involve successive generations on the stewardship of wealth. Her clients not only value her legal guidance; they also appreciate her focus on developing long-term, meaningful relationships with successive generations to create a lasting legacy.

Ani has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and in leading tax publications including Accounting Today and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for her keen insights on topical estate planning issues.

Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law, New York, 2020 - 2021
  • Crain's New York Business, Notable Women in Law, 2020

Recognition, Honors & Awards

  • Chambers High Net Worth, Private Wealth Law, New York, 2020 - 2021
  • Crain's New York Business, Notable Women in Law, 2020
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