Marieke Kopinsky advises family businesses, their owners and managers, taking into account the needs of both the family and the business. Whether it’s about growing the company, business succession, capital restructuring, privacy protection, or philanthropy.
She studied fiscal law and notarial law at VU Amsterdam and has been working at EY since 2005. In addition to her work at EY, she is the executive of a charitable organization which organizes debates to help students learn to speak more persuasively, listen more carefully, and remain interested in other people’s ideas.
“It’s the family dynamics that color and shape our advice. It all begins with the client’s story. It’s fine to say that donating is financially advantageous, but if donating does not meet the family’s wishes, then it stops. You first need to ask questions, listen and then advise. And do so in simple terms, so that all family members understand what it’s about.”
How Marieke is building a better working world
“I very much enjoy the personal contact in my work. Moreover, at EY, you get to work for great family businesses and interesting wealthy families and private individuals. The fact that we work together in a team with very experienced and specialized colleagues means that I come across all kinds of advisory issues. It’s a great challenge.”