The tax practice of Allen & Gledhill LLP provides broad expertise across all areas of Singapore tax, with a particular focus on tax advisory, structuring and planning services for major corporate and institutional clients, as well as resolution of tax issues, controversies and disputes with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (“IRAS”). The firm also has experience seeking advance rulings and clearances from IRAS in relation to proposed schemes or transactions to be undertaken. Sunit Chhabra is practice head and specialises in tax and revenue law. Another key name in the team is Pek Bur Lim, who focuses on tax and wealth planning for ultra-high-net-worth clients.
Tax: local firms in Singapore
Other key lawyers:
- Advised Grab on various tax risk factors and other related issues to be highlighted to potential investors and shareholders in the offering documents and prospectus, related to its listing on NASDAQ.
- Advised SIA on the renounceable rights issue of mandatory convertible bonds (“MCBs”) to raise approximately S$6.2 billion (“Rights Issue”).
- Advised on tax issues related to the issue of US$2.5 billion guaranteed notes by Temasek Financial (I) Limited.
Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Combining ‘deep industry insight and tax knowledge‘ Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow‘s team is ‘well-organised and able to offer sound and detailed legal advice customised to the client’s strategy‘. Key names in the area are practice head Allen Tan and senior associate Jeremiah Soh.
Other key lawyers:
‘Team is well-organised and able to offer sound and detailed legal advice customised to the client’s strategy.’
‘Deep industry insight and tax knowledge.’
‘Empathy & thinking out of the box. Sometimes we need to work beyond the technicalities to solve the issue.’
Drew & Napier LLC covers the spectrum of tax law advisory work in Singapore, including corporate tax, enterprise tax risk management and private wealth planning. The firm’s particular strength is tax litigation and it represents clients before tax tribunals and the Supreme Court, in matters related to goods and services tax, property tax and stamp duties. Ong Ken Loon’s fortes area cross-border issues, handling tax disputes with the IRAS and representing clients in appeals to the tax tribunals and Singapore courts. She leads the team that includes Ong Sim Ho, who is dual-qualified as a lawyer and chartered accountant, as well as a barrister of England and Wales, and an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.
‘Very experienced tax team’
- Advised a major international oil and gas group on the tax considerations involved in designing a multinational group’s Intellectual Property (IP) holding structure.
- Advised a Chinese state-owned company in the shipping industry in a transfer pricing audit.
- Acting for the operator of one of the largest and busiest airports in Asia in respect of a property tax dispute.
Known for its international expertise, Withers KhattarWong LLP advises on a range of tax matters related to Singapore, UK, US, Japan, Hong Kong, BVI, Australia and India. Eric Roose leads the team and focuses on tax advice involving international M&A, cross-border transactions and investments. Another key name is Lian Chuan Yeoh, who joined in 2021 from Sabara Law LLC and is regarded as ‘technically strong and able to deal with the most complex of issues’.
Other key lawyers:
Yeoh Lian Chuan
‘Yeoh Lian Chuan is technically strong and able to deal with the most complex of issues.’
FLOW Digital Infrastructure
PAG Real Estate Property Fund III
Nuveen Alternative Living Fund
5Hr Energy Group
BCMG Bitcoin Fund
- Act as lead tax counsel for the overall tax structure FLOW Digital, whose objective is to become the largest Data Center business in Asia Pacific Region.
- Act as lead tax counsel for this US$2.8 billion APAC real estate fund, investing in commercial, logistics, infrastructure, residential and retail property in the APAC region.
- Act as lead tax counsel for this APAC fund developing and investing in alternative living projects.
Edmund Leow is the go-to name in Dentons Rodyk’s tax practice and his wide ranging experience covers corporate and individual tax, goods and services tax and stamp duty issues related to IRAS. The firm handles domestic and international tax matters for private clients and corporates, as well as being a seasoned actor in tax disputes, tax reporting and transparency issues.
Edmund Leow SC
‘Denton’s strengths are its highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyers who are able to provide sound tax advice not only for Singapore matters but also a growing number of countries in South-east Asia.’
‘Under the present leadership of the firm, Denton lawyers stand out in terms of their strong focus on building long-term client relationships.’
Full-service firm Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP brings multidisciplinary strength to its tax practice, enabling it to provide local and cross-border tax advisory, transactional tax and tax dispute expertise. Key areas of work include goods and services, stamp duty and property tax. Tax disputes specialist Vikna Rajah leads the team.
‘They are the best in the industry. Their ability to give complex advice in a simple manner is fantastic.’
‘Vikna Rajah is for sure the best tax advisor in Sinagapore.’
‘It is always the in-depth knowledge, solution provider and out of the box thinking that makes the day.’
‘Integrity, knowledge and speed of work.’
Boutique tax firm Taxise Asia LLC (WTS Taxise) specialises in interantional tax and transfer pricing matters for companies, families and high-net-worth individuals. The practice brings country specific expertise to its tax work, notably in China and Japan matters. International tax and trade expert Eugene Lim co-leads the team with Irving Aw, whose experience includes advising on direct and indirect tax exposures on private equity and debt and equity financing deals. Molvin Yiu left in March 2023.
Eugene Lim; Irving Aw
‘Irving Aw is definitely one of the top tax lawyers in Singapore. He is sharp, quick to spot issues, faster in providing work-around solutions which is effective and efficient for his troubled clients.’
‘Helmed by Irving Aw a partner with truly global expertise in tax law, their relatively small setup allows you to get high-quality partner-led work at a fair rate. The firm has provided us and our associates with extremely high-quality work across international tax, financial products and structuring. A superior option to many tax practices in large firms.’
‘Irving Aw is one of the foremost legal minds in the Singapore tax scene. He possesses a legal intellect that far surpasses his peers who head up tax practices in large local law firms and is always able to give workable options in all our tax dealings with him. Irving is always excellent to work with!’
‘This practice is unique in that it is at the forefront of digital assets like cryptocurrency. They are our go-to tax law firm for tax advice.’
‘Irving Aw leads a stellar team of tax lawyers. He is accommodating, sharp and to the point. His unique selling point is that he is creative and able to advise on new digital business models such as those involving cryptocurrency.’
‘A strong tax practice with practical insights and execution clarity and precision.’
‘Irving Aw has a deep knowledge on the principle of taxation. He has a global exposure on tax trends that is useful in helping clients navigate the current tax environment.’
‘The team is experienced with sound tax knowledge and industry insight’
WongPartnership LLP handles transactional and contentious tax matters, notably tax planning and advice, corporate and international tax, stamp duties, goods and services tax and property tax. The firm is also experienced advising on tax issues related to debt financing, restructuring, swaps, funds, securitisations and real estate deals. Spearheading the practice is Tan Kay Kheng whose strengths cover contentious, advisory and transactional tax work.
HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Ltd (trustee of Capitaland Mall Trust)
United Overseas Bank Limited
ESR Cayman Limited
Fraser Property Treasury Pte Ltd
Be Bright Limited
Keppel Corporation Limited
Pacific International Lines (Private) Limited
Shiseido Co., Ltd
- Advised Pacific International Lines (Private) Limited in relation to its restructuring in 2021.
Pinsent Masons MPillay
Tax, trust and financial services regulatory expert Valerie Wu spearheads the Pinsent Masons MPillay practice, which advises on a range of tax, trust and regulatory matters. The firm has particular strength in private wealth and succession planning for ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families.
‘We first dealt with Pinsent back in the UK when we had an issue with HMRC and as they had speacilist skills in the firm the HMRC tax issue was particularly complicated.The partner involved took complete ownership of the issue from day one and after several months came to a successful conclusion and well impressed with the individual involved and the Firm in general.’
‘Since my relocation to Singapore we have been working with the partner Valerie Wu a very astute lady in every sense. Valerie gives us confidence in her ability to get our queries answered in a timely manner at all levels.the strong aspect of her work is her sense of the bigger picture and reading the road ahead which is extremely important for our long term planning for our business and the individuals involved in the company.’