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Withers KhattarWong LLP
UOB PLAZA 1, #25-01

Private wealth: foreign firms Tier 1

Withers KhattarWong LLP provides 'client-focused, commercial and pragmatic advice' complemented by 'an international team of partners qualified in multiple jurisdictions'. Fernando Gandioli leads the team, which includes Stacy Choong, who advises on the set up of family offices, private trust companies, family charities and foundations. Mahesh Kumar, Chua Yee Hoong, Stephen Banfield and Joanna Yap are all noted for local and international tax-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Gandioli


Withers KhatterWong have some of the most experienced professionals in the market in particular fields.’

 ‘Its Singapore-based international private client cross-border experience is more extensive that the competition.’

‘The team at Withers KhattarWong LLP is very strong in this area and they frequently work on complex and cross-border structures. They are able to advise comprehensively and responsively given that they have partners qualified in multiple jurisdictions all located in Singapore. They are also very client focused and very commercial and pragmatic in their advice.’

‘Stacy Choong is highly regarded in the industry and acts for many high-net-worth clients and families in the region. She frequently works on highly complex and cross border matters and is the go-to in the industry to resolve complex succession planning issues.’

‘Fernando Gandioli is very patient and personable, which makes him very well-regarded and liked by clients and intermediaries. His advice is very clear and practical.’

Tax: local firms Tier 1

Withers KhattarWong LLP is noted for funds and family office-related work. While having established Singapore corporate tax structuring expertise, the firm is also well-equipped in cross-border structuring, including engagements that have an India, Japan, UK, US, and Australia nexus. Moreover, the Singapore team has a fine record in landmark tax cases before the Singapore courts. Mahesh Kumar is recognised for funds-related work and engagements connected to India. Stephen Banfield is another prominent international tax expert, as is Eric Roose who splits his time between Tokyo and Singapore. Leon Kwong Wing has a fine record in tax disputes before the Singapore courts.

Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 3

Withers KhattarWong LLP acts for household brands including Renault F1, Valentino and Vivienne Westwood, as well as charities, artists and galleries in multi-jurisdictional intellectual property disputes and also assists with IP exploitation and arranging tax-efficient licensing. Jim Lim's practice spans copyright, designs, patents, trade marks and trade secrets matters.

Practice head(s):

Jim Lim


‘Withers KhattarWong LLP provided the answers and solutions in advance. They are pro-active and review all angles.’

‘The lawyers work as a team leveraging off each other to provide a comprehensive overview of the advice. Having seen them work as a team, I can see the difference in the results and outcomes. Withers KhattarWong LLP has a logical way of operating. We were able to present the outline of a complex case and it was completely understood and digested. ‘

Key clients

Sea Group (Formerly Garena Group)

Raffles Medical Group Limited

Wipro Unza Group

Eurostar Group (Dubai, UAE)

Global Schools Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Labour and employment: local firms Tier 3

Withers KhattarWong LLP has strengthened its capability in employment with the hire of Amarjit Kaur from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC. Kaur is particularly experienced in guiding corporate clients through complex employment issues arising out of investigations, reduction in workforce exercises, business transfers and M&As. The practice acts for employers and employees alike in breach of employment contract disputes, including wrongful dismissal cases, termination of employment, retrenchment exercises and business immigration. Deborah Barker SC heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Barker, SC

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

State Bank of India

TMF Singapore Pte Ltd

GetIt Pte Ltd

Match Move Pay

Cambridge Analytics

Ficofi Partners Holding Pte Ltd

Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 3

Tahirah Ara leads the debt restructuring group at Withers KhattarWong LLP, which fields 'a trusted team for good quality work and service' comprising of US, UK and Singapore-qualified banking, insolvency and dispute resolution lawyers. She has experience advising the borrowers on some of the largest debt restructurings in South-East Asia, particularly in Indonesia. Justin Yip handles corporate rescues and workouts, distressed and special situation transactions and related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Tahirah Ara

Other key lawyers:


The firm is an established name and holds a trusted team for good quality work and service.’

‘Justin Yip is knowledgeable, dependable, committed and responsive.’


Banking and finance: local firms Tier 4

Withers KhattarWong LLP is an established name in the banking and finance segment, with strong levels of activity in real estate finance, project finance, receivables finance and distressed debt transactions. The firm advises a range of Singapore, Asian and international lenders. Pearl Lim leads the six-partner banking, finance and property department. Kenneth Szeto is also highly rated.


‘Performance-wise, the firm exhibits keen knowledge and fast turnaround times in banking transactions including local real estate related financing matters. The firm has demonstrated that it can punch above its weight when compared to the larger firms out there.’

Key clients

DBS Bank

Bank of Singapore

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

United Overseas Bank


JP Morgan Chase Bank

Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 4

Withers KhattarWong LLP impresses in Catalist listings and transactions involving Catalist listed companies. The Singapore office is also able to tap into the resources and expertise of the global firm for deals involving overseas stock exchanges and foreign listed companies. Winston Seow and Leong Chuo Ming are the key partners.


‘The team worked very well together. Everyone in the team shares the same information. There is a very good synergy.’

Key clients

Silkroad Nickel

Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 4

Withers KhattarWong LLP's association with the private wealth sector has resulted in considerable growth in engagements from family offices, including those from Indonesia and China. Energy, mining and technology are the primary sectors for the team. Winston Seow is the primary partner in the team, along with Leong Chuo Ming and Erlene Tan who has joined the firm from RPC Premier LawFarhana Sharmeen has joined Latham & Watkins LLP. Private funds and cross-border investment specialist Daniel Yong has joined from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC alongside a team of two associates.


‘The team is value for money, commercial and always available.’

Great go-to firm for regional small to mid-size M&A deals. Good local network. Great value for money fee-structure.

‘Leong Chuo Ming is a very hands on partner who is always available for advice and is very commercial. He helps clients to solve issues.’

Leong Chuo Ming understands the ASEAN psyche and business practices, and therefore gives practical and commercial advice designed to ensure that deals that should close actually close.

Key clients


Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 4

Withers KhattarWong LLP has real dispute resolution pedigree through a number of senior and established practitioners within the team. It has an especially strong record in financial institutions disputes and is a growing presence in the broader commercial litigation sphere and in white-collar crime matters. Deborah Barker SC is hugely experienced, while Ushan PremaratneChia Ho Choon and Justin Yip are also key names

Practice head(s):

Deborah Barker SC


‘The practice takes time to understand and consider the best direction. They are thorough and diligent, whilst meeting deadlines.’

‘Deborah Barker SC has strong logic and cross-examination skills.’

‘Chia Ho Choon Chia is very professional and thorough.’

Key clients

Dr Ong Han Ling and Mrs Ong Han Ling

Interna Contract

Withers KhattarWong LLP is a full service Singapore Law Practice with an international outreach via its affiliation with Withersworldwide. Many successful individuals and businesses have relied on Withers’ quality advice for their complex legal needs, with clients including:

  • 48% of Forbes Singapore’s 50 Richest list
  • 35% of Forbes Asia’s Riches Families list
  • All local banks and 85% of major foreign banks in Singapore
  • 80% of insurance companies in Singapore
  • Over 30% of Fortune 500 companies with operations in Singapore

About Withersworldwide
Withers is one of the world’s first international law firms dedicated to the business, personal and philanthropic interests of successful people, their businesses, families and advisers. With over 160 partners and more than 850 other staff members in 17 offices across Europe, US, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean, Withers has unparalleled expertise in the key legal issues facing individuals, their businesses and their families. Its clients’ interests span 80 countries and the firm has acted for 63% of the top 100 UK ‘Sunday Times Rich List’, and a significant number of the US ‘Forbes List’ of Richest Americans and the Asian ‘Hurun Rich List’.

Practice Areas:

Private Client & Tax
Withers has one of the largest and most comprehensive global private client practices. The firm has been a trusted adviser to many successful individuals and families, providing sophisticated advice and tailored solutions on personal estate and tax planning, probate and trust administration, business succession planning and related legal services to meet clients’ specific needs. Withers KhattarWong LLP is also the exclusive Singapore member of Taxand, the world’s largest independent tax network.
Contact Name: Fernando Gandioli
Tel: +65 6535 6844

Dispute Resolution
Withers has an established international dispute resolution practice acting in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and is well known in the art, sport, luxury brands, fashion and luxury assets sectors. With over 30 lawyers and three Senior Counsels, the team in Singapore represents clients in various areas of dispute resolution ranging from commercial litigation, construction, insolvency, employment, insurance, intellectual property, tax and trust, international arbitration, mediation, matrimonial to white collar crime.
Contact Name: Shashi Nathan
Tel: +65 6535 6844

Clients benefit from the corporate team’s depth and diversity of knowledge when advising on issues that arise over the entire life cycle of a company, from incorporation, securing investment, fund raising (equities and debt), real estate acquisition, leasing, structuring executive pay, advising on strategic partnerships to completing mergers and acquisitions. Working with successful people and organisations around the world means that the team understands the unique legal issues surrounding private capital. Whether a public or private company, the team at Withers KhattarWong LLP provides guidance to clients on complex negotiations necessary to achieving their business goals.
Contact Name: Winston Seow
Tel: +65 6535 6844

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and project finance Pearl Lim
Corporate and civil litigation Deborah Barker SC
Corporate and civil litigation P E Ashokan
Corporate tax Eric Roose
Corporate tax Leon Kwong Wing
Construction and engineering Chia Ho Choon
Construction and engineering Spring Tan
Corporate and commercial Winston Seow
Corporate and commercial Leong Chuo Ming
Criminal law/white-collar crime/fraud Shashi Nathan
Employment Deborah Barker SC
Employment Amarjit Kaur
Family Sharanjit Kaur
Immigration Leon Kwong Wing
Insolvency and restructuring Justin Yip
Insurance and professional indemnity Patrick Yeo
Insurance and professional indemnity Lim Hui Ying
Insurance and professional indemnity Sharon Lin
IP, technology, media and entertainment Jim Lim
IP, technology, media and entertainment Gretchen Su
International arbitration Deborah Barker SC
Mediation and adjudication Deborah Barker SC
Mediation and adjudication Chia Ho Choon
Probate and administration Leon Kwong Wing
Probate and administration Fernando Gandioli
Probate and administration Stacy Choong
Private client and wealth planning Fernando Gandioli
Private client and wealth planning Stacy Choong
Real estate and infrastructure Pearl Lim
Hotels and hospitality Robert Williams
Hotels and hospitality Lada Shelkovnikova
Photo Name Position Profile
 P E Ashokan  photo P E Ashokan
 Stephen Banfield  photo Stephen Banfield
 Deborah Barker SC  photo Deborah Barker SC
 Tania Chin  photo Tania Chin
 Stacy Choong  photo Stacy Choong
 Leong Chuo Ming  photo Leong Chuo Ming
 Fernando Gandioli  photo Fernando Gandioli
 Chia Ho Choon  photo Chia Ho Choon
 Amarjit Kaur  photo Amarjit Kaur
 Jonathan Kok  photo Jonathan Kok
 Mahesh Kumar  photo Mahesh Kumar
 Leon Kwong Wing  photo Leon Kwong Wing
 Pearl Lim  photo Pearl Lim
 Jim Lim  photo Jim Lim
 Sharon Lin  photo Sharon Lin
 Eric N. Roose  photo Eric N. Roose
 Shashi Nathan  photo Shashi Nathan
 Ushan Premaratne  photo Ushan Premaratne
 Winston Seow  photo Winston Seow
 Gretchen Su  photo Gretchen Su
 Kenneth Szeto  photo Kenneth Szeto
 Erlene Tan  photo Erlene Tan
 Spring Tan  photo Spring Tan
 Chan Wai Chong  photo Chan Wai Chong
 Joanna Yap  photo Joanna Yap
 Chua Yee Hoong  photo Chua Yee Hoong
 Justin Yip  photo Justin Yip
 Daniel Yong  photo Daniel Yong
Number of Partners (Firmwide) : 160+
Number of Lawyers (Firmwide) : 450+
Bahasa Melayu
Bahasa Indonesia
Website :
Tel : +65 6535 6844
Fax : +65 6534 4892
Email :
Chairman : Justine Markovitz
Chief Executive Officer : Margaret Robertson
Managing Partner (Singapore) : Deborah Barker, Senior Counsel