Affiliations / Mediation PanelsQuebec Bar / Professional Associate of Outer Temple Chambers / American Bar Association (Mediation section) / Fellow at the Institute for Corporate Governance, ESCP Business School, Paris, France / Family Firm Institute (FFI) / Society of Trust and Estate Planners (STEP) / The International Academy of Trust and Estate Law (TIAETL).
Areas of Mediation ExpertiseFamily Business Succession Planning and Related Conflict Management
Countries Active inThe GCC, the Levant, and Canada
Other Mediation ExperienceWalid S. Chiniara, Esq. is the founder of Chiniara & Co. He is an international finance lawyer, an artisan, and a thought leader in the field of governance, its history, and philosophical foundation. He is an accredited mediator and has spent the last 25+ years serving families in business, looking to preserve and grow their Wealth in the hands of future generations.
He worked alongside over 165 iconic families from around the world, building family offices, managing conflict, and devising family-specific tools, tailored to address their needs and those of the rising NxGn. He still acts as personne de confiance to many of them.
Over the years, Walid forged himself a reputation as the go-to person for mission impossible family business succession planning, and the 7-Step Methodology™ he has developed has been recognized by his peers as a game changer. For many, it has become the family business succession planning tool par excellence.
In September 2020, he was recognized by Family Capital Publishing, as one of The Top 100 Global Family Influencers. The only one from the Middle East.
Walid is the recipient of many prestigious awards, a published author, and a regular guest speaker at a number of regional and international forums. He recently shared his experience in a book titled: Dynastic planning: a 7-Step Approach to Family Business Succession Planning and Related Conflict Management.
Other Dispute Resolution ExperienceConciliation, Expert Witness, Dynastic Planning and Governance for families in business.
Conflict management within a family business context, includes, inter alia: Intergenerational (Seniors vs. Juniors); Sibling rivalries; Cousin rivalries; Conflicts between NxGn GCC nationals and NxGn foreign partners.