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Firms To Watch: Private wealth and family law – Foreign firms

Mishcon de Reya LLP's Singapore private wealth team has been operating since 2021 and is led by two managing associates, Stephanie Lim Pierce and Vincent Sim. The group is building its standing in setting up family offices in Singapore, compliance and disclosure requirements, and the structuring of investments. The team also advises Asian families on succession planning and governance issues.

Private wealth and family law – Foreign firms in Singapore

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Pinsent Masons MPillay has an illustrious background in creating and structuring family offices, succession plans, and family governance for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families. In this regard, the Singapore office has a lengthy background in tax, trusts, regulatory issues, and funds. It continues to be active in the creation and anchoring of asset holding structures. It is also known for advising founders and their companies on pre and post-IPO succession planning requirements. Valerie Wu is a leading figure in the market and leads the Asia tax and private wealth practice.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Wu

Other key lawyers:

Zhu Lin


‘Technical, practical, and excellent lawyers that are very responsive.’

‘Even though Valerie Wu is a high-profile lawyer, she is abundantly approachable, down-to-earth, and friendly.’

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Stephenson Harwood LLP has entered the Singapore private wealth arena with considerable success thanks to the efforts of Suzanne Johnston, who has previous experience of working for a magic circle law firm and a private bank. Her Singapore team now works closely with colleagues in Hong Kong, mainland China, Dubai, and London, with a focus on trusts, estates, family offices, multi-jurisdictional tax, and compliance issues. It frequently advises high-net-worth clients on their relocation to the UK and relevant structures for holding wealth and assets. The firm is also building its presence in crypto and digital assets, as well as ESG matters. Along with a range of high-net-worth individuals, the team also has numerous institutional clients, including trustees and insurance brokers. Yi Lee provides further senior expertise at the managing associate level.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Johnston

Other key lawyers:

Yi Lee


‘Suzanne Johnston in particular has been outstanding in being able to understand, explain, navigate and advise me throughout the engagement. There was no single instance I felt she was not a leading expert in her field and her up-to-date knowledge of relevant cases and issues and recent working examples have genuinely impressed me. I would gladly recommend Suzanne and her team to others.’

‘Overall, I have been incredibly impressed by the team at Stephenson Harwood, with their can-do attitude and understanding, and their efficient and knowledgable team.’

‘There was never an occasion during our engagement that I felt they did not have the wealth of experience, knowledge at hand or access to knowledge and as a result never doubted the advice I received nor think that I would have received better advice elsewhere.’

‘An excellent team with a good track record of understanding client needs and providing customised and holistic advice.’

‘Stephenson Harwood has a dedicated and knowledgeable team of professional.’

‘Suzanne Johnston is a strong trust and tax lawyer who gives sound practical advice.’

‘Yi Lee is excellent to work with, with a great work ethic and very comprehensive advice.’

‘In my case, the practical experience of their professionals made a big difference.’