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Withers KhattarWong LLP
80 RAFFLES PLACE
UOB PLAZA 1, #25-01
SINGAPORE 048624
Singapore

Private wealth and family law – Foreign firms Tier 1

One client lauded Withers KhattarWong LLP as 'the most outstanding private client law firm in Singapore', and its specialists demonstrate breadth and depth in estate planning, wills and probate, and immigration, as well as in dispute settlement involving family and inheritance law. The team is valued for its 'combination of local and international expertise in private client matters' and is particularly active in the tax sphere, where it regularly assists clients from the region in the setting up of family offices in Singapore, investments using trusts, and other vehicles, and tax issues arising from divorce, marriages, and death. Fernando Gandioli is recommended for US and international tax planning, while Stacy Choong is 'one of the industry leaders' in relation to wealth planning and family governance.

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‘Withers is by far the most outstanding private client law firm in Singapore if the client work involves issues relating to Singapore, HK, US, and UK laws. The depth of talent in the firm is reassuring to clients with multi-jurisdictional nexus.’

‘Stacy Choong is a stand-out advisor in the realm of Singapore tax and trust work.’

‘The practice has a range of specialists to support our needs in moving our family office to Singapore. They have particular expertise in EDB applications, wealth structuring, tax planning, transaction support, and estate planning. We have a high level of trust and working efficiency with the team.’

‘Stacy Choong (Partner) provides exceptional client support. She is practical, succinct, and very client-oriented. She and her team are timely and detailed in their advice and implementation. We know we can rely on them to get the job done.’

‘The Withers Private Clients team has very experienced lawyers in most of the global financial centres and can truly provide clients with complex global issues with global cross-border advice. The different teams and offices of Withers cooperate very effectively.’

‘The combination of local and international expertise in private client matters.’

‘Experience of dealing with Ultra High Net Worth clients and their requirements which are often very complicated. Advice is high quality and straight to the point. Stacy Choong is one of the industry leaders in this space and she is supported by an excellent team. Fernando Gandioli is the go-to person for structuring with a US angle and is very personable. ‘

Tax: local firms Tier 1

Praised for its multijurisdictional tax expertise and with a team of tax specialists knowledgeable in the tax regimes across the Asia Pacific as well as the US and UK, Withers KhattarWong LLP is a popular choice for transactional and contentious tax. Of note is Eric Roose who is experienced in the tax implications of cross-border M&A transactions and investments; Leon Kwong Wing and Mahesh Kumar for personal tax.

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‘Withers has a team that has very strong technical skills. They are very experienced in advising on Singapore tax matters including fund formations and Singapore concessions. They also have multi-jurisdictional tax capability and experience in the formation of regional fund vehicles. Unlike many of their competitors, when you deal with Withers you are dealing with very senior tax professionals (usually partners). They are the go-to firm in Singapore.’

‘I mainly work with Eric Roose […] outstanding. Not only […] very strong technically, but very commercial. ‘

‘Mahesh Kumar – Very professional and understand our company requirements. Point of contact and he will work with other associates in his firm to provide the most comprehensive advice covering all possible areas the decision can and will have an impact. Very good knowledge of other countries’ legislation. You can trust that advice given has gone through deep thoughts’

Key clients

Pacific Alliance Group

Labour and employment: local firms Tier 2

Withers KhattarWong LLP's employment practice is headed by Deborah Barker SC, an experienced litigator with varied courtroom experience representing corporates and senior executives in employment disputes. The team maintains an active workload supporting local and international business in all aspects of non-contentious employment and HR support. Amarjit Kaur advises both employers and employees on contract negotiation and benefits, transfer of employees in M&A deals, and post-termination issues.

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Taiger Singapore Pte Ltd

GetIT Pte Ltd

Seriously Keto Pte Ltd

Travelodge Hotels (Asia) Pte Ltd

Dimerco Express Singapore Pte Ltd

JP Nelson Equipment Pte Ltd

Thermax Singapore Pte Ltd

Phui Thai Group JSC

Match Move Pay

William KW Leung & Co.

Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 3

Withers KhattarWong LLP advises clients in a range of sectors on the registration and protection of intellectual property, as well as the use of IP in commercial agreements. The intellectual property team was strengthened in February 2020 by the addition of Jonathan Kok, senior associate Joyce Lee, and patent executive Eileen Ng from RHT Law. Kok is particularly active in the technology and media sectors. Practice head Jim Lim is experienced in the management of IP portfolios as well as transactional IP work. Gretchen Su is another key contact in the team.

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‘They are exceptionally good in this field of practice and do not have clear rivals. Due to the narrow nature of their fields of practice (IP and Trusts) in Singapore and due to the lack of attention by other leading Singapore and international law firms on the area of IP arbitration, Withers is able to dominate this field of arbitration.’

‘I really appreciate the fact that despite the minimal business we probably bring in terms of their IP practice, they still treat us as if we’re one of their major clients. They never fail to send regular updates regarding our applications and filings in Singapore and elsewhere which makes us always feel secure. Competence, consistency, and service quality is what keeps us going back to Withers.’

‘They have profound know-how and always see the big picture. They also give proactive advice instead of waiting for clients to ask specific questions on strategy.’

Key clients

Wipro Unza Group

Sea Group

Mediacorp Pte. Ltd.

Global Schools Holdings Pte. Ltd.

DKSH Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Coffee Club Pte. Ltd.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.

Diasham Resources Pte. Ltd.

Faber-Castell AG

Skylab Networks Pte Ltd

Delfi Limited

Allies Group Pte Ltd.

Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 3

Justin Yip leads the restructuring offering at Withers KhattarWong LLP, which also undertakes a significant amount of work in Indonesia and is well regarded for representing large Indonesian corporate borrowers on complex debt restructurings. Yip is the lead partner for corporate rescues, distressed and special situation transactions, and contentious work.

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‘Responsive, commercial-minded, and technically sound.’

‘Justin Yip – Friendly, approachable, and provide advice taking into consideration the practical aspect.’

Key clients

PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk

PT Bakrie Sumatera Plantations Tbk

PT Bakrie Telecom Tbk

PT Bumi Resources Tbk

Top Capital Securities Pte Ltd

United Overseas Bank Limited

White-collar crime - Local firms Tier 3

Withers KhattarWong LLP has demonstrated a deep commitment to the white-collar crime segment, acting for corporates and individuals in a series of headline and complex investigations; the team is particularly well known for representing individuals. This includes corruption, market misconduct, and fraud cases. Shashi Nathan and Tania Chin are highly specialised in criminal defence work and impressed with their representation of the former CEO of Keppel Fels Brasil in an ongoing criminal investigation in Brazil linked to the headline allegations of corruption between Petrobras, the state-controlled oil company, and construction firms.

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‘They give bright advice to solve problems.’

‘They will go all the way to get things done.’

Key clients

Tay Kim Hock (former CEO at Keppel FELS Brasil)

Liu Mei Ying

Noble Group

Joseph Chai (former director at Joerik Financial)

How Soo Feng (former director of The Gold Label)

Yee Kok Siong

Ace Lai (managing director of an IT company)

Then Feng (former counsel at a law firm)

Banking and finance: local firms Tier 4

Withers KhattarWong LLP is widely recognised for its work in the private capital segment, including facilities for high net-worth individuals and their businesses. In addition, it has a fine record in real estate finance, including acquisition and development-related facilities. Distressed debt, project finance, and receivables finance are also core fortes. It represents a range of Singapore, regional and international lenders. The team enhanced its cross-border banking and finance as well as restructuring and insolvency expertise following the recent recruit of  Guan Feng Chen who joined from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLC in August 2021.

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‘The firm exhibits keen knowledge and fast turnaround times in banking transactions including real estate related financing matters. Although smaller in size than the largest local firms, the firm has demonstrated that it can punch above its weight.’

Key clients

DBS Bank Ltd.

Bank of Singapore

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation

United Overseas Bank

CIMB Bank

Malayan Banking

Standard Chartered Bank

Credit Suisse

JP Morgan Chase Bank

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 4

Withers KhattarWong LLP continues to leverage its private wealth expertise and standing to further build its corporate practice. The firm is achieving a greater share of larger and headline deals. Notably, it advised PT PLTG Celukan Bawang, the Indonesian power plant owner, on its joint venture and cooperation with Shanghai Electric Group to develop, build and own a gas-fired power plant in Indonesia valued at over $1.3bn. Real estate, hotels and leisure, financial services, technology, sports and fitness, media, and construction are also buoyant sectors for the firm. Daniel Yong now leads the practice having joined from Morgan Lewis Stamford LLCWinston Seow is another highly experienced practitioner.

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‘The team is commercial and knows the industry well, especially in the hotel space.’

‘Practical advice and solutions are paramount to any good legal service. Withers KhattarWong stands out by providing sound advice with usable solutions.’

‘I have known Leong Chuo Ming for some time now and I am very impressed with his passion and drive in corporate matters. Through discussions, I can see that he has very strong commercial acumen, is very smart, analytical, articulate, and has excellent people skills which are all very important qualities for a good corporate lawyer. His strength is in his ability to dissect the situation quickly, identify the key issues and explain his strategy clearly.’

‘Leong Chuo Ming is known to be very commercial and progressive and seeks solutions during a stalemate.’

Key clients

Grab

DKSH Group

PT PLTG Celukan Bawang

The Sufferfest

JustCo

Ninigo Investments

Tikehau Capital

Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 4

Withers KhattarWong LLP multi-disciplinary sizeable team is comprised of highly experienced litigators in managing partner Deborah Barker, SC and Amarjeet Singh, SC; criminal litigator Shashi Nathan; and Sharon Lin in the insurance sector, specialising in professional indemnity. The firm is known for its strong private client representation, and also frequently acts for top management executives in their commercial and personal claims. The team recently welcomed the arrival of divorce lawyer Ivan Cheong and senior associate Shaun Ho, both joined from Harry Elias Partnership.

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AREF Holdings Limited, Adalene Limited, Bellaven Limited, Baguera Limited

Innovative Corporation Pte Ltd

Abdul Rashid Mohamed Ali @ Abdul Rashid s/o Mohd Ali and Goh Kok Guan

United Overseas Bank Limited

Lian Kok Hong (Executor of the Estate of Lian Seng Peng, deceased)

Tan Ho Sung @ Taufiq Tan

Anil Singh Gurm

Joo Toon LLC

William KW Leung & Co.

Benzline Auto Pte. Ltd.

Eng Soon Auto Pte. Ltd.

Best Demo Deal Trading Limited

Morelastic Green Resources Pte. Ltd.

Arki-Tech International Pte Ltd

Pan-United Concrete Pte Ltd

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 and 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: Fernando Gandioli
Tel: +65 6535 6844
E-mail: fernando.gandioli@witherskhattarwong.com

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 two 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: Shashi Nathan
Tel: +65 6535 6844
E-mail: shashi@witherskhattarwong.com

Corporate: 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: Daniel Yong
Tel: +65 6535 6844
E-mail: daniel.yong@witherskhattarwong.com

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and project finance Kenneth Szeto kennethszeto@witherskhattarwong.com
Corporate and civil litigation Deborah Barker SC deborahbarker@witherskhattarwong.com
International arbitration Shaun Leong shaun.leong@witherskhattarwong.com
Corporate tax Eric Roose eric.roose@witherskhattarwong.com
Corporate tax Leon Kwong Wing leonkwongwing@witherskhattarwong.com
Construction and engineering Spring Tan tanspring@witherskhattarwong.com
Investment funds Daniel Yong daniel.yong@witherskhattarwong.com
Corporate and commercial Winston Seow winstonseow@witherskhattarwong.com
Corporate and commercial Leong Chuo Ming leongchuoming@witherskhattarwong.com
Corporate Joel Shen joel.shen@witherskhattarwong.com
Criminal law/white-collar crime/fraud Shashi Nathan shashi@witherskhattarwong.com
Criminal law/white-collar crime/fraud Tania Chin taniachin@witherskhattarwong.com
Employment Deborah Barker SC deborahbarker@witherskhattarwong.com
Employment Amarjit Kaur amarjitkaur@witherskhattarwong.com
Immigration Leon Kwong Wing leonkwongwing@witherskhattarwong.com
Insolvency and restructuring Justin Yip justinyip@witherskhattarwong.com
Insurance and professional indemnity Sharon Lin sharonlin@witherskhattarwong.com
IP, technology, media and entertainment Jim Lim jimlim@witherskhattarwong.com
IP, technology, media and entertainment Gretchen Su gretchensu@witherskhattarwong.com
International arbitration Deborah Barker SC deborahbarker@witherskhattarwong.com
Mediation and adjudication Deborah Barker SC deborahbarker@witherskhattarwong.com
Probate and administration Leon Kwong Wing leonkwongwing@witherskhattarwong.com
Probate and administration Fernando Gandioli fernando.gandioli@witherskhattarwong.com
Probate and administration Stacy Choong stacy.choong@witherskhattarwong.com
Private client and wealth planning Fernando Gandioli fernando.gandioli@witherskhattarwong.com
Private client and wealth planning Stacy Choong stacy.choong@witherskhattarwong.com
Real estate Kenneth Szeto kennethszeto@witherskhattarwong.com
Divorce and family Ivan Cheong ivan.cheong@witherskhattarwong.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Deborah Barker SC  photo Deborah Barker SC Managing Partner, Litgation and Arbitration
Mr Guan Feng Chen photo Mr Guan Feng Chen Guan Feng has more than 25 years of experience in successfully executing…
 Ivan Cheong photo Ivan Cheong Partner, Divorce and family
 Tania Chin  photo Tania Chin Partner, Criminal Litigation
 Stacy Choong  photo Stacy Choong Partner, Private Client and Tax
 Leong Chuo Ming  photo Leong Chuo Ming Partner, Corporate
 Fernando Gandioli  photo Fernando Gandioli Partner, Private Client and Tax
 Amarjit Kaur  photo Amarjit Kaur Partner, Litigation and Arbitration
 Jonathan Kok  photo Jonathan Kok Partner, Intellectual Property and Technology
 Mahesh Kumar  photo Mahesh Kumar Partner, Private Client and Tax
 Leon Kwong Wing  photo Leon Kwong Wing Partner, Private Client and Tax
 Shaun Leong  photo Shaun Leong Partner, Litigation and arbitration
 Alvin Lim  photo Alvin Lim An intellectual property specialist since 2007, Alvin was recognized as a leading…
 Jim Lim  photo Jim Lim Partner, Inellectual Property and Technology
 Sharon Lin  photo Sharon Lin Partner, Litigation and Arbitration
 Eric N. Roose  photo Eric N. Roose Partner, Private Client and Tax
 Shashi Nathan  photo Shashi Nathan Partner, Criminal Litigation
 Ushan Premaratne  photo Ushan Premaratne Partner, Litigation and Arbitration
 Winston Seow  photo Winston Seow Partner, Corporate
 Joel Shen  photo Joel Shen Special Counsel, Corporate
 Gretchen Su  photo Gretchen Su Partner, Intellectual Property and Technology
 Kenneth Szeto  photo Kenneth Szeto Partner, Banking, Finance & Property
 Erlene Tan  photo Erlene Tan Partner, Corporate
 Spring Tan  photo Spring Tan Partner, Litigation and Arbitration
 Chua Yee Hoong  photo Chua Yee Hoong Private Client and Tax
 Justin Yip  photo Justin Yip Partner,Restructuring and Insolvency
 Daniel Yong  photo Daniel Yong Partner, Corporate
Number of Partners (Firmwide) : 160+
Number of Lawyers (Firmwide) : 450+
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Website : www.withersworldwide.com
Tel : +65 6535 6844
Fax : +65 6534 4892
Email : enquiries.sg@withersworldwide.com
Chairman : Justine Markovitz
Chief Executive Officer : Margaret Robertson
Managing Partner (Singapore) : Deborah Barker, Senior Counsel
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