About the Author

Alvina H. Lo

Chief Wealth Strategist

As part of the Wilmington Trust Emerald Family Office & Advisory team, Alvina is responsible for wealth planning, family office services, and thought leadership development for Wilmington Trust’s Wealth Management division. She oversees a national team of wealth strategists, family office services professionals, and thought leadership experts, who together, serve as advisors to high-net-worth individuals and families, business owners, entrepreneurs, and foundations.

Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Alvina was a director at Citi Private Bank where she served as an advisor to U.S. and international ultra-high-net-worth clients. Previous to that, she served as a wealth strategist with Credit Suisse Private Wealth and practiced law at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLP. Earlier in her career, she was a consultant for Deloitte Consulting and Scient Corporation.

Alvina holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia where she was a Thomas Jefferson Scholar. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif. She also holds a Professional Tax Certificate in Estate Planning from New York University School of Law.

Alvina has been named as a recipient of the 2021 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award by the Asian American Business Development Center. She also has been recognized by Crain’s New York Business as one of their Most Notable Women in Financial Advice in 2020. The honor recognizes leading women executives in New York City for their dedication to excellence in the financial industry and significant professional, civic, and philanthropic contributions. In addition, she was recognized as one of Worth’s Groundbreakers 2020: 50 Women Changing the World.

She is a published author and frequent lecturer at leading industry conferences for the American Bankers Association, American Bar Association, Delaware Trust Conference, Hawaii Tax Institute, and Barron’s Top Women Advisors Summit. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg, and Business Insider. She is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and Women In America, a professional mentoring group. She is active with the American Bankers Association as a Board member for Wealth Management and Trust and lecturer of the Trust School. She is currently Chair of the New York City Walentas Scholars Program for the University of Virginia. Alvina is bilingual and speaks fluent Chinese-Cantonese and basic Chinese-Mandarin.


By the Author

Life Insurance Needs for Business Owners

Alvina H. Lo and Brian Oard |
My Business
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Is your business set up to keep operating if you are not there to run it? Thompson Coburn LLP Partner Stephen B. Gorin discusses how life insurance for business owners is key in helping sustain business operations and cash flow, and pay taxes, in the event of your premature death with Wilmington Trust’s President, Western Region Brian Oard and Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo.Download Transcript >Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.

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Selling Your Business: Building the Right Team

Alvina H. Lo and Brian Oard |
My Business
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Do your clients have the right team in place to help maximize the sale proceeds of net income and estate taxes? William & Henry Associates Chairman, President & CEO David Iannini sat down with Wilmington Trust’s President, Western Region Brian Oard and Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo at the 2019 Hawaii Tax Institute to review what resources you need to help ensure things go smoothly when selling your business, with maximum benefit to you.

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Retirement Planning Implications of the Secure Act

Brian Oard and Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning
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What steps have you taken to help your clients update their estate plans with IRAs and other retirement plans? Henderson, Caverly, Pum & Trytten LLP Partner Steven E. Trytten sat down with Wilmington Trust’s President, Western Region Brian Oard and Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo at the 2019 Hawaii Tax Institute to discuss how to maximize your estate plan to take advantage of the Secure Act changes.Download Transcript >Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.

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Is an S Corporation Right for You?

Alvina H. Lo |
My Business
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One major benefit of an S Corporation for owners is that it provides limited liability protection regardless of tax status. Brian Jankowsky, counsel at Schiff Hardin and Olga Bogush, partner at Schiff Hardin, sat down with Wilmington Trust’s Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo, to review other advantages of an S corporation and what you should consider before making an election.Download Transcript >Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.

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The Virtual Private Trust Company

Brian Oard and Alvina H. Lo |
Wealth Planning
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What are the substantial tax planning and governance advantages of establishing a Virtual Private Trust Company in a jurisdiction like Delaware? Wilmington Trust’s President, Western Region Brian Oard and Chief Wealth Strategist Alvina Lo, sat down with Jonathan Lurie, partner at Venable LLP, at the 2019 Hawaii Tax Institute to delve into the world of Virtual Private Trust Companies.Download Transcript > Please see important disclosures at the end of the video.

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