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Our Team

Walid 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.


After 15 exciting years practicing law across several jurisdictions, Walid 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 NxGen. He still acts as homme 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.


He is an accredited Mediator and a member of the Quebec Bar. He is also, an associate member at Outer Temple Chambers, in the UK, a fellow at the Institute for Corporate Governance, ESCP Business School, Paris, France, and a member of the Family Firm Institute (FFI), the Society of Trust and Estate Planners (STEP), and The International Academy of Trust and Estate Law (TIAETL).​


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.

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