Valerie Wu

Valerie Wu

Partner, Head of Tax and Trust Asia  |  Pinsent Masons LLP
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Singapore
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family business governance
Family office
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

To grow a tax and private wealth practice from scratch for Pinsent Masons in Asia.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Take a long term view in everything you do.

What is your favourite quote?

“Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad,” Friedrich Nietzsche.


Choon Leng Tan

Choon Leng Tan

Partner  |  JurisAsia LLC
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Singapore
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Asset holding structures
Family business governance
Other – M&A involving Family Businesses

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Founding the new law firm JurisAsia LLC in early 2017. This is a dynamic group of young and very smart lawyers who are able to expertly advise clients, comprising mainly of successful entrepreneurs, as they expand their businesses regionally and internationally. This is especially in new and developing areas such as blockchain & DLT related ventures, applying digitization initiatives to old industry companies and social enterprises and impact investing. Few aspects of the world are not capable of being impacted by these technological & ideological changes and our objective is to help our clients navigate through the legal and practical implications of these changes. This mission gets me up in the morning and keeps me going.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

You are in a privileged role of advising some of the most successful families and individuals in the world. So respect that privilege by staying on top of your game and be so good, they can't ignore you.

What is your favourite quote?

"The great trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist" Roger "Verbal" Kint


Gurbachan Singh

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 |  GSM LLP


Vikna Rajah

Vikna Rajah

Partner  |  Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Singapore

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Family office
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Our practice has consistently been ranked Tier1 in multiple specialised areas of law and we are one of the largest local law firms with an integrated private client practice. Our head of the practice and partner of the firm, has in the past 12 months won numerous awards including being ranked as 2017 Private Client Lawyer of the year in Asia by Asia Law Awards and is recognised by Prestige as one of the “Top 40 under 40” movers and shakers to watch across all industries including the legal sector.

Our private practice acts for the top tier private banks, trust companies, offshore law firms and the region’s wealthiest and highest profile families.

The private client team has seen a growth in matters over the past 12 months involving the set-up of family offices and funds structuring on top of the traditional wealth, business, estate and succession planning. We have acquired new ultra-high net worth clients and seen an increase in quantum of deals.

Our team has also grown in strength over the past 12 months with the hiring of a new lawyer from a Top Tier 1 private wealth firm with 4 years’ experience in the Private Client field.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Be passionate about your work and enjoy the journey of guiding your clients through the intricate web of succession planning.

What is your favourite quote?

“Never go into business purely to get money. If that’s the motive, you’re better off doing nothing,” Richard Branson.


Kurt Rademacher

Kurt Rademacher

Partner, Director of International Tax Practice  |  Butler Snow Singapore LLP
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

United States

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Tax

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Completing our Singapore office and launching our Hong Kong office. Both offices have allowed us to offer "in person" US tax advice to clients in the north Asia and South Asia markets. The most interesting legal project I have completed this year is completing pre-IPO restructuring for a large PRC-based family with US connections.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Listen to your clients, and try to find answers to the questions they are actually asking - not just the questions you think they should be asking. Our clients in this practice area have generally experienced great financial success through hard work.

What is your favourite quote?

“There is no limit to what you can achieve if you don't care who gets the credit,” Ronald Reagan.


Dawn Quek

Dawn Quek

Principal  |  Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Singapore
England and Wales

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Tax
Trust and estate planning
Tax restructuring

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Over the past 12 months, I have worked closely with regional UHNW clients to simplify issues and provide clients with practical and sensible advice. Chambers Asia Pacific and Legal 500 directories have consistently identified me as one of the leading practitioners in the wealth management space in Singapore. My recent win as the Private Client Lawyer of the Year 2018 by Asia Legal Awards further highlights my stellar wealth management practice and reputation in the legal sphere.


Stacy Choong

Stacy Choong

Partner  |  Withers KhattarWong (Singapore)
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Singapore
United States (NY)

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Succession planning
Family office

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Setting up many single family offices in Singapore for the most elite private clients in the region and also for European and American clients setting up Asian family offices.
Applying tax exemptions for the family offices and the funds managed by the family offices.
Setting up multi-family offices in Singapore.
Assisting clients to participate in the Indonesia tax amnesty and post-amnesty structure and compliant reporting.
Advising on CRS compliance.
Advising on family governance.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

Develop not just your client's trust but have a trusted team of advisers in the regions in which you practice in. Keep in touch regularly with your trusted team, as it is critical to keep abreast of all relevant developments.


David Chee

David Chee

Director, Private Client Services  |  Drew & Napier
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Singapore

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Personal and estate planning
Philanthropy and charitable giving
Succession planning

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

Advising a prominent Singapore company on the establishment of a philanthropic trust which has, to date, donated more than S$1 billion. Continue to advise the company in connection to the activities of the trust. Recognised by Chambers and Partners as one of the leading lawyers in Private Wealth Law in the 2018 High Net Worth Guide. A client praised David for his “very well-rounded set of skills”; another said he is “technically excellent,” and “always up-to-date on what's happening financially in the area, because he's worked for trust companies.”


Vicki Loh

Vicki Loh

Senior Associate  |  Kennedy’s
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

Singapore

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

What is your favourite quote?


Henno Boshoff

Henno Boshoff

Senior Associate  |  Harneys
JURISDICTIONS QUALIFIED IN

British Virgin Islands
England and Wales
South Africa

TOP 3 AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Private Wealth and Trusts
Succession Planning
Family Office

Q&A

What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

What is your favourite quote?