Christina Santana Hammervold


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  • Vanderbilt University Law School, JD, Dean's List, 2012
  • Miami University, BA, magna cum laude, 2009
  • Spanish

Christina Santana Hammervold focuses her practice on counseling families, trustees and financial institutions on a wide range of international and domestic tax-planning matters.  She has broad experience in assisting global private clients in navigating the United States legal system, generally from a tax perspective, but also with respect to the various other considerations that arise when families move to, or invest in, the United States.  Christina has extensive experience with a wide range of global family structures and prides herself on delivering efficient, strategic and results-oriented solutions for her clients.

International Tax Planning

Christina regularly advises high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices and trustees in the analysis, structuring and negotiation of tax-efficient business and personal wealth transactions, as well as planning for the creation, preservation and transmission of wealth among generations.  She has extensive experience designing and implementing holistic financial and estate planning structures that solve for global taxation challenges, wealth transfer and succession, asset protection, corporate governance, privacy and family office compliance.  She provides guidance to global private clients (generally located outside the United States) in connection with various reporting obligations arising within and outside the United States, including FATCA, CRS, FBARs, income tax reporting, information reporting and various other reporting requirements.

Family Direct Investing

Christina has significant expertise representing high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices and the financial services firms that serve these clients, in connection with their global legal needs, including cross-border direct investing activities.  She regularly coordinates the advice of practitioners from McGuireWoods’ highly-ranked Corporate, Tax and Private Wealth Services practices to provide global private clients with a broad spectrum of sophisticated legal services as they invest in and operate businesses globally.  She works closely with banking relationship managers, financial planners and domestic and foreign lawyers to tailor solutions for global private clients’ individual needs.

Global Acquisitions and Divestitures

Christina counsels clients on transactions that touch every corner of the world, including China, India, Central and South America, Europe and Canada.  She has broad experience assisting her clients in navigating the global landscape and the complex cultural, legal, tax and business challenges posed by cross-border transactions.  Christina has been active in transactions involving a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, hospitality, chemicals, technology, energy, health care and real estate.

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Representation of a Fortune Global 100 company in its disposition of a global manufacturing division conducting business in over 25 countries, coordinating a cross-border legal team of over 20 lawyers.

Representation of a Fortune Global 100 company in its acquisition of a water treatment business conducted in 15 countries.

Representation of the family office of an ultra-high-net-worth family in its acquisition of a Manhattan hotel and its redevelopment into a mixed-use project.

Representation of an ultra-high–net-worth family in its acquisition of Manhattan residences.

Representation of ultra-high–net-worth families with respect to "institutionalization" of their wealth over multiple generations and jurisdictions, including establishment of trust companies and related structures facilitating the clients’ needs.

Representation of high-net-worth US and non-US families in their worldwide organizational and tax structures designed to reduce the incidence of worldwide income, capital, gift, estate, and generation skipping taxes, including the establishment of foreign trusts for the benefit of US family members.