Private wealth and family law – local firms in Singapore

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow is distinguished by its ability to advise individuals on on their estate and succession planning, asset structuring and tax considerations on onshore and offshore trusts across Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the US. Tax specialist Dawn Quek  highlighted for her work in international tax planning and in the set up of family offices.

Practice head(s):

Dawn Quek

Drew & Napier LLC

Sitting within the tax department, Drew & Napier LLC assists individual clients on all aspects of wealth succession and asset protection, and draws on its tax expertise to advise on tax-efficient structures for estate planning, provision for minors and descendants, as well as tax considerations in the establishment of philanthropic foundations and trusts. As a tax lawyer and chartered accountant, Ong Sim Ho is able to bring in his legal, finance, risk governance, and accounting perspectives to assist on various private client matters. Also of note is Seah Ching Ling who is 'very experienced and knowledgeable in the area of trusts, taxation, and charities'.

Practice head(s):

Ong Ken Loon

Other key lawyers:

Seah Ching Ling

Testimonials

‘Seah Ching Ling is very experienced and knowledgeable in the area of trusts, taxation, and charities. She provides very pragmatic advice and does not over-complicate matters.’

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Tax lawyer and accountant Vikna Rajah is the key partner in Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP's private client practice, where he is sought after for his expertise in estate planning, particularly in structuring tax-efficient cross-border multi-generational family trusts.

Practice head(s):

Vikna Rajah

WongPartnership LLP

WongPartnership LLP 's 'extremely capable and commercially savvy team' have a breadth of expertise across the full spectrum of private client matters, from succession planning, estate and trust administration to matrimonial disputes and those between trust parties or estate beneficiaries. The team is also able to assist with tax incentives and residency issues. David Chee specialises in wealth planning with a cross-border element and is sought after for his expertise in international tax and trust structuring. Sim Bock Eng is the lead partner for contentious work.

Practice head(s):

SIM Bock Eng; HUI Choon Yuen

Other key lawyers:

David Chee

Testimonials

‘Extremely capable and commercially savvy team.’

‘The team is always available for formal advice and informal guidance, no matter what the subject matter. Sim Bock Eng has a high profile in our industry and is supported by an excellent team. They are good value for money given the high quality of advice and service given. They are also fun and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

HSBC Trustee (Singapore) Limited

DBS Trustee Limited

Trident Trust Company (Singapore) Pte. Limited

UBS Trustees (Singapore) Ltd.

Singapore Trust Company Pte. Ltd.

LGT Bank (Singapore) Ltd.

Asiaciti Trust Singapore Pte Ltd.

Zedra Trust Company (Singapore Limited)

Vistra Trust (Singapore) Pte. Ltd

Morgan Stanley

SG Trust (Asia) Ltd

Dentons Rodyk

At Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, the 'well-respected and very experiencedEdmund Leow leads the trust, estates, and wealth preservation practice where he has over 30 years' experience advising high-net-worth individuals, private banks, and trust companies in personal tax, as well as in trust and estate planning matters. Kia Meng Loh also assists with cross-border tax planning and is known for his work representation in disputes involving trusts, estates, probate, and real estate assets.

Other key lawyers:

Kia Meng Loh

Testimonials

‘I feel that they are reliable, consistent, and trustworthy as compared to other firms. They are prompt in their replies and always get their things done and done well! The team completed their work fairly, accurately, and on time. This is what I am exactly looking for and more than i expected. Brilliant work!’

‘I would like to give credit to Edmund and Kia Meng for always giving us appropriate advices and offer different kinds of services to us. I am proud and lucky to have them in putting extra effort when serving my company, and I can also feel the sincerity in them which make a difference as compared to other individuals we worked with.’

‘Edmund Leow is well-respected and very experienced in this area. He is able to explain complex concepts to clients in a simple and easy-to-understand manner and provide advice that is technically sound yet practical.’

Key clients

List Sotheby’s International Realty, Singapore

HSU Chen

Tiggo Advisory Pte Ltd

Sin Aladdin Pte Ltd

Prime Asia Asset Management Pte Ltd

RHTLaw Asia LLP

Offering full-service capabilities for the private client, RHTLaw Asia LLP, stands out for its knowledge of valuable art assets and in the establishment of charitable foundations, including its regulatory, tax, and governance considerations. The team is also able to assist in the set up of family offices, tax-efficient family trusts, and dispute resolution. Chong Huat Tan and Kaylee Kwok co-head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Tan Chong Huat; Kaylee Kwok

Shook Lin & Bok LLP

Comprised of funds specialists, Shook Lin & Bok LLP is instructed by local and foreign licensed fund managers, trustees, asset and wealth managers, and investors. Main contact Tan Woon Hum primarily advises on the set up of private trusts, family trusts and offices, wealth protection, and succession matters.

Practice head(s):

Tan Woon Hum