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Tax: Local firms
Billed as the ‘first port of call for tax advice’, Baker & McKenzie.Wong & Leow’s team is ‘commercial and practical’. Led by Edmund Leow, it is well placed to offer corporate tax and wealth management advice in Singapore, and draws on the firm’s global network to provide cross-border tax structuring assistance. Clients include global brand names, pharmaceutical companies, and major software businesses. Allen Tan is ‘prodigiously responsive’, ‘incredibly focused’ and ‘proactively looks out for clients’ best interests’.
Leading individual Ong Sim Ho heads the widely respected tax and private client group at Drew & Napier LLC, which offers tax litigation, transactional advisory and enterprise tax risk management services. The group represented a Singapore subsidiary in an appeal to the High Court regarding the application of the general anti-avoidance provision of the Income Tax Act, and advised a US logistics giant in resolving a protracted GST matter with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). Ong Ken Loon and Seah Ching Ling are recommended.
WongPartnership LLP’s practice head Tan Kay Kheng deals with contentious, advisory and transactional work relating to income tax, stamp duty, property tax, and goods and services tax. The team represented ATG in an income tax dispute with the Comptroller, and advised a wholly owned subsidiary of UOL Group on the tax aspects of the purchase of the St Patrick’s Garden development. Tan Shao Tong is a well-respected name.
At Allen & Gledhill LLP, Sunit Chhabra acted for Cheung Kong Bond Securities, as guarantor, in relation to complex tax matters arising from the issue of S$500m senior perpetual securities. The team also advised DBS Bank, CapitaCommercial Trust Management and Hitachi. Key team members include Nand Singh Gandhi, Lim Pek Bur and Tang Siau Yan.
Rajah & Tann LLP’s Ronald Choo is ‘very approachable and professional, with peerless knowledge’. He works closely with the firm’s M&A department to advise big-name trusts and financial institutions on cross-border stamp duty, income tax and withholding tax matters.
At KhattarWong, tax specialist Leon Kwong Wing acts in audit and investigation cases, pursues objections against IRAS assessments, and appears in review board and court hearings.
Fang Theng Chee at Pan Asia Wikborg Rein advises on corporate taxation, personal tax and trust planning, and has advised multinational corporations in the shipping, aviation and oil industries, as well as financial institutions. She also handles litigation matters before the Board of Review, High Court and Court of Appeal.