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Peter Hodson

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A private wealth planning expert with a particular focus on wills, trusts and estate planning.

Peter has extensive experience in the trust industry in Hong Kong, Singapore and Guernsey, advising high net worth individuals, family offices and financial institutions in the area of wealth planning, including the use of companies, trusts, wills, foundations and other fiduciary structures. He has broad experience in banking, finance, wealth management and fiduciary services spanning 35 years. He has worked as legal counsel in the legal departments of the Jardine Matheson Group, Standard Chartered Bank Trustees and has been the managing director of two bank owned trust companies in Hong Kong.

Peter also has experience as a mediator and facilitator in trust and finance related disputes, and has acted as an expert witness in trust cases. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Hong Kong University teaching the wills, trusts and estate planning module on the Hong Kong PCLL and equity and trusts to Faculty of Law LLB students.



Hong Kong

Tax and trusts

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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  • Companies should plan now to minimise their pension protection levy

    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
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