Private wealth and family law – Foreign firms in Singapore

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Valerie Wu heads the private client department at Pinsent Masons MPillay, where she known for her adeptness in the structuring of family offices, succession planning, private trusts, and in the tax implications of inbound importation and exportation from the APAC region. Also in the tax domain, Wu is able to assist clients tax in regards to incentive schemes, capital gains tax, inheritance tax, and stamp tax mitigation.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Wu

Withers KhattarWong LLP

One client lauded Withers KhattarWong LLP as 'the most outstanding private client law firm in Singapore', and its specialists demonstrate breadth and depth in estate planning, wills and probate, and immigration, as well as in dispute settlement involving family and inheritance law. The team is valued for its 'combination of local and international expertise in private client matters' and is particularly active in the tax sphere, where it regularly assists clients from the region in the setting up of family offices in Singapore, investments using trusts, and other vehicles, and tax issues arising from divorce, marriages, and death. Fernando Gandioli is recommended for US and international tax planning, while Stacy Choong is 'one of the industry leaders' in relation to wealth planning and family governance.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Gandioli

Other key lawyers:

Stacy Choong


‘Withers is by far the most outstanding private client law firm in Singapore if the client work involves issues relating to Singapore, HK, US, and UK laws. The depth of talent in the firm is reassuring to clients with multi-jurisdictional nexus.’

‘Stacy Choong is a stand-out advisor in the realm of Singapore tax and trust work.’

‘The practice has a range of specialists to support our needs in moving our family office to Singapore. They have particular expertise in EDB applications, wealth structuring, tax planning, transaction support, and estate planning. We have a high level of trust and working efficiency with the team.’

‘Stacy Choong (Partner) provides exceptional client support. She is practical, succinct, and very client-oriented. She and her team are timely and detailed in their advice and implementation. We know we can rely on them to get the job done.’

‘The Withers Private Clients team has very experienced lawyers in most of the global financial centres and can truly provide clients with complex global issues with global cross-border advice. The different teams and offices of Withers cooperate very effectively.’

‘The combination of local and international expertise in private client matters.’

‘Experience of dealing with Ultra High Net Worth clients and their requirements which are often very complicated. Advice is high quality and straight to the point. Stacy Choong is one of the industry leaders in this space and she is supported by an excellent team. Fernando Gandioli is the go-to person for structuring with a US angle and is very personable. ‘