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Ian Devereux

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Ian is the head of our private wealth team in Greater China and has been a partner at Stephenson Harwood since 1988. He has extensive experience with real estate transactions as well as with private client work.

Ian specialises in real estate work, including acting for developers, investors, landlords and tenants in commercial, industrial and residential developments.

He has advised individuals and families in Hong Kong on a variety of issues ranging from wills to complex trust structures to achieve family succession and estate planning objectives.

Ian has been ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific consecutively from 2009 to 2015 in the real estate sector. He has also been recommended by The Legal 500 in 2015 and the Tax Directors Handbook in 2014 for his private client work. He is a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

Ian has received FFI Certificates in Family Business Advising and Family Wealth Advising and recently contributed to the Private Wealth & Private Client Review. Ian also co-authored the Hong Kong chapter in “The Private Wealth & Private Client Review, Sixth Edition”.


English, Cantonese

Hong Kong

Tax and trusts

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Ian Devereux - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Tax and trusts

Recently strengthened by a number of high-profile additions, including the arrival in November 2017 of Laurence Ho from Withers, and in May 2018 of Kevin Lee from Zhong Lun Law Firm, Stephenson Harwood is widely regarded as having the 'strongest private wealth-focused team in Asia'. With experts providing tax and trusts advice across different topics and jurisdictions, clients appreciate the firm's ability to provide 'a one-stop-shop service to wealthy individuals in the region'. The 'resourceful and practical' Lee is 'commercially aware'; his 'natural sense of curiosity' ensures he provides 'very strong service' to clients on Hong Kong and Canadian tax and private wealth issues. Able to 'explain very complex matters in an understandable way', Ho excels at advising high-net-wealth clients and families with connections to the US and bolsters an already strong team in that regard, given the credentials of the 'very approachable' Erik Wallace, who has 'a comprehensive grasp of US tax law and is always on top of the constant changes'. 'Experienced across all areas of Hong Kong and international trusts, estate planning, and charities', Silvia On provides 'intelligent and highly professional' guidance to high-net-wealth clients on their succession and estate planning needs. Consultant Peter Hodson excels at trusts matters and is 'able to compare the legal considerations for trust issues in cross-border situations, concerning many Asian jurisdictions and the main trust centres'. Team head Ian Devereux has 'vast experience' and impresses clients with his 'in-depth knowledge' and ability to 'identify and mitigate the risks and issues'.

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