Eli Akhavan
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K. Eli  Akhavan


International Tax
Domestic Tax, Trusts & Estates
Accounting & Tax Compliance


  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Columbia College, B.A. (Magna Cum Laude)


  • New York
K. Eli Akhavan
Tel: (332) 232-1631
Fax: (212) 682-1850
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Eli Akhavan is a Partner at GHSK and focuses his practice on tax and estate planning for high net-worth US and non-US clients. He advises domestic and international individuals and families with respect to tax and estate planning for their US assets and beneficiaries and incorporates dynasty trust planning for his clients. Eli also advises cross-border clients on all aspects of international estate matters, including foreign trusts, pre-immigration and expatriation planning, and on structuring investments in US real estate and US financial assets. Eli has considerable knowledge of the reporting requirements applicable with respect to foreign financial accounts and assets and with respect to FATCA and its global equivalent, the Common Reporting Standards (CRS), as well as the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA). Eli's practice also includes advising clients on the formation of private trust companies for purposes of wealth management and privacy.

Eli prepares sophisticated wills and trusts and forms closely-held entities to enable ultra-affluent clients to transfer their wealth and minimize tax. He also counsels US and non-US individuals and families on implementing foreign and domestic asset protection structures, including domestic and foreign asset protection trusts in jurisdictions such as the Cook Islands, Nevis, Delaware, South Dakota, Nevada and Wyoming. Eli also integrates innovative domestic and international private placement life insurance planning into estate and asset protection plans for his high net-worth clients.  Eli advises on the individual and corporate tax benefits of relocating to Puerto Rico under Puerto Rico Act 60.  Additionally, Eli advises US clients who obtain alternative residencies and citizenships in Europe, the Caribbean and other jurisdictions as part of their safe-haven planning and investment migration.
Eli’s client base comprises the spectrum of high net-worth individuals and families, including Fortune 500 executives, real estate developers, hedge fund and private equity principals, celebrities, physicians, business entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, athletes, and international families.    

In addition to his professional responsibilities, Eli is a thought leader in the field of estate planning.  He serves as an adjunct professor of law at St. John's University Law School teaching International Taxation and is a recognized authority on tax and estate planning matters having been quoted by the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business and Bloomberg News. Eli lectures around the world on asset protection and cross-border planning matters. Eli has written numerous articles that appear in legal publications in the US and abroad. Eli is the Co-Chair of the International Tax Planning Committee of the American Bar Association, and is an active member of the following organizations:
  • New York City Estate Planning Council (Executive Board Member)
  • Private Client Global Elite
  • Academician, International Academy of Estate and Trust Lawyers
  • International Bar Association (Private Client Committee, Taxation Committee)
  • STEP (Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners)
  • Investment Migration Council
  • New York State Bar Association, Estate Planning Committee, International Estate Planning Committee
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Fellow