Private wealth and family law – Foreign firms in Singapore

Pinsent Masons MPillay

Pinsent Masons MPillay has a well established private wealth practice in Singapore, which represents a range of high net-worth individuals, family offices and trusts. Much of the practice centres on tax and trusts structuring, family asset holding structures, fund structuring (including under Singapore’s VCC regime). In this regard, Valerie Wu is a prominent figure in the market with an excellent client base.

Practice head(s):

Valerie Wu

Withers KhattarWong LLP

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a global leader in private wealth and family law. It has made a big investment into this field in Singapore, growing a substantial team of sector specialists. The Singapore team represents a vast array of high net-worth individuals and family offices. The firm has extensive experience in setting up family offices in Singapore through trusts structures and other vehicles. The Singapore group is also noted for contentious tax matters in the private wealth segment. Fernando Gandioli is a leading figure in US and international tax and estate planning for high net-worth individuals, trusts and estates. Stacy Choong is noted for estate planning engagements and Deborah Barker SC provides further senior-level experience in trusts disputes.


‘There’s a wide range of international expertise within the firm in Singapore.’

‘Strong technical capability and knowledge of cross border, cross-jurisdictional matters. Well placed to advise global clients across the three main regions of US / Europe / Asia. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, able to effectively use video calls to gather information and implement proposals.’

‘The team has very senior and experienced lawyers in multiple fields and jurisdictions. You find an expert for most matters at hand. Our global Group works very closely with multiple offices of Withers and the collaboration has been excellent for many years.’

‘Exceptional breadth and depth in the expertise in dealing with issues confronting globalised families. Culturally the team is curious and interested in the world beyond legal issues. This translates to empathy which is very helpful for private client matters. I think newsletters and events of Withers including the Singapore office are always on point and practical. Not many firms devote resources to this but the events and content allow for me to get an indication of whether a firm is in touch with the issues / have expertise in an area. Also, it is nice that the firm gives back to the community by sharing insights.’

‘Strong interpersonal communication skills, deep understanding of clients’ unique needs and requirements. Very clear client orientated and focused execution.’

‘I commend Fernando Gandioli and his team Connie Yik Kong and Diane Yu. They are comprehensive and careful in their approach to a client’s US tax planning situation.’

‘Fernando Gandioli and Stacy Choong are powerhouses at the firm. In particular, Fernando is exceptional in being an excellent listener and being able to put clients at ease, bringing humour to a discussion that can get very dry.’

‘Connie Yik Kong is an approachable and knowledgeable person, prompt in her replies. Flexible in her service and very service oriented.’