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Allen & Gledhill LLP 's tax team covers a range of corporate transactions and disputes, including capital markets issuances, M&A and restructuring engagements. It also acts for private equity funds looking to invest in the region through Singapore's tax regime. The team has built an impressive body of experience in acting for clients in disputes with Singapore's Inland Revenue Authority. It advised Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation on the tax aspects of its agreement to acquire the retail finance business of National Australia Bank. Sunit Chhabra covers both transactions and disputes, while Lim Pek Bur specialises in transactional work and wealth management issues.

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow's multi-disciplinary team in Singapore (part of the firm's extensive global practice) has market-leading expertise in International tax planning and tax controversy matters, and includes a number of economists that support the work it does in the tranfer pricing field. The team advises a range of US, European and North Asian multinationals, along with a multitude of Singapore and South East Asian corporates. The team provides 'a high level quality service and demonstrates a deep understanding of the industry that clients are in'. Allen Tan leads the tax, trade and wealth management team in Singapore and Dawn Quek provides further senior level international tax planning and corporate tax expertise. Local principal James Choo is also singled out.

WongPartnership LLP's 'service-minded' team handles a balanced mix of advisory and contentious work and attracts a high market share of big-ticket M&A-related engagements. The team is rated for its 'excellent response times' and ability to 'calibrate the work and level of detail based on the requirements of the project'. Clients include Ascendas Real Estate Investment Trust, UOL Group, Hyflux and Olam International. The team advised Parkway Pantai on the tax aspects of its issuance of $500m senior perpetual securities. The 'excellent' Tan Kay Kheng heads the team and is recognised for his contentious expertise. Partner Tan Shao Tong is recommended for capital markets-related tax issues and Senior associate Jeremiah Soh is also singled out. Senior associate Novella Chan has left the firm.

Dentons Rodyk is a growing force in tax, most notably in cross-border tax planning. The tax team has a mix of transaction support and standalone work with Edmund Leow SC  having an outstanding reputation. He and the team advised TenX, the Singaporean fintech company, on the tax and structuring aspects of its pre-initial token sale and the initial token sale of cryptographic tokens.

Drew & Napier LLC handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious work, from tax investigations to tax disputes and private wealth planning, with real estate-related tax issues a particular strength. On the contentious side the practice is active in tax disputes with the IRAS and in appeals before the tribunals and courts. It is 'very responsive, quick on the uptake and provides in-depth and relevant legal advice that works in real life'; 'its lawyers have sharp business acumen and provide commercially practical advice'. Ong Ken Loon is a 'go-to person for any tax dispute work' and particularly rated for her 'professionalism and knowledge'.

Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP is regularly called on to act in tax disputes, as well as providing tax advisory and planning advice to a range of Big Four accounting firms, Fortune 500 companies and sovereign funds. The practice is singled out for its work representing multinationals in cases against the IRAS. Vikna Rajah, a former senior legal counsel at the IRAS, is 'commercially astute, legally sharp and very client oriented'.

Withers KhattarWong has a sizeable Singapore tax practice comprises six partners that cover a wide range of international and domestic tax issues. The firm is at the forefront of investment funds tax structuring and has a fine record in restructurings and investments for multinationals and family offices. It advised PT Bumi Resources on the tax aspects of its $4.5bn debt restructuring. Eric Roose leads the international corporate tax practice in Asia and has a strong focus on Japan; he splits his time between Singapore and Tokyo. Leon Kwong Wing heads the Singapore tax and private client practice, and Mahesh Kumar is noted for India-related matters.

Ong Sim Ho is a highly respected tax boutique in Singapore led by eminent founder Ong Sim Ho. The firm is a standout name for tax litigation and has a solid presence in transactional advisory, investigations, audit, and trust and private client work. The team represented the joint venture vehicle of two major property developers in a dispute with the tax authority before the Court of Appeal, concerning the tax deductibility of interest expenses from a bond issue. Yang Shi Yong provides further senior-level firepower in tax risk management, tax audit and investigations work.

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