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Our Team

Walid S. Chiniara is the founder of Chiniara & Co.

He is an international finance lawyer, an activist, and a thought leader in the field of governance, its history, and philosophical foundation.


His objective is to create 50 million jobs, over the next twenty years, one family business at a time.

To achieve this, he is supported by a multi-disciplinary team of experts with complementary skills.
He worked alongside a large number of 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 NextGen. He still acts as a trusted advisor to many of them.
Over the years, he 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 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 a published author and a regular guest speaker at a number of regional and international forums, and once a year, he facilitates the Family Governance Module, Cercle des Dirigeants, at École Supérieure des Affaires, Beirut. He also contributes to The Henley Family Office Program, Henley Business School, University of Reading, United Kingdom.

He recently shared his experience in a book titled: Dynastic planning: a 7-Step Approach to Family Business Succession Planning and Related Conflict Management.

For additional information, you may consult:

Our Achievements
The 7-Step Methodology™
The Book – Dynastic Planning

The Chiniara Foundation

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