Madeleine has more than 20 years’ experience in the tax, commercial, philanthropy and fiduciary fields. She is well-versed in setting up a family office, and she was involved in the creation of the first donor-advice fund in South Africa. Her main focus areas are creating local and international structuring options for high net-worth individuals; implementing a family office; estate planning locally and internationally; offshore structuring; technical tax matters; philanthropic structuring advice; and tax, legal and BBBEE philanthropy models for clients. She is also an independent trustee of many trusts. Madeleine studied law at the University of KZN and is an admitted attorney. She subsequently completed a master’s degree in commerce at the University of KZN and has a higher diploma in tax from the University of KZN. She is a member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and FISA (Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa)
Sentinel International is a fiduciary services company with global reach and expert knowledge on cross-border trust, tax and estate-planning affairs. We have offices throughout South Africa and a network of international associates in the Channel Islands, Geneva, Switzerland and Mauritius.
We preserve the wealth of our families – who often have both assets and heirs in multiple jurisdictions – by formulating Legacy Plans which ensure that wealth is preserved for future generations and succession planning and tax mitigation strategies are correctly implemented. We pride ourselves on our after-sales service and are not afraid of having the difficult conservations others shy away from.
We’ve gone to great lengths to assemble a top-notch team of Specialists to cater for the myriad situations our families find themselves in. No firm is better equipped to deal with the many challenges of preserving generational wealth for South African families in today’s globalised world.
Our clients already understand the immense value we add to their families. But we will not rest until all South Africans appreciate that while an estate plan is a vast improvement on a will, the only way to preserve one’s wealth from one generation to the next is to implement a carefully thought out Legacy Plan.