Firm Profile > Withers KhattarWong LLP > Singapore, Singapore
Withers KhattarWong LLP Offices
80 RAFFLES PLACE
UOB PLAZA 1, #25-01
Withers KhattarWong LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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 1Praised 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.
‘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’
Pacific Alliance Group
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.
Other key lawyers:
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.
‘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.’
Wipro Unza Group
Mediacorp Pte. Ltd.
Global Schools Holdings Pte. Ltd.
DKSH Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Coffee Club Pte. Ltd.
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.
Diasham Resources Pte. Ltd.
Skylab Networks Pte Ltd
Allies Group Pte Ltd.
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.
‘Responsive, commercial-minded, and technically sound.’
‘Justin Yip – Friendly, approachable, and provide advice taking into consideration the practical aspect.’
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
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.
Other key lawyers:
‘They give bright advice to solve problems.’
‘They will go all the way to get things done.’
Tay Kim Hock (former CEO at Keppel FELS Brasil)
Liu Mei Ying
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)
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
DBS Bank Ltd.
Bank of Singapore
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation
United Overseas Bank
Standard Chartered Bank
JP Morgan Chase Bank
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
‘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.’
PT PLTG Celukan Bawang
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.
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 > Firm Profile
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
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’.
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
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
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
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|Deborah Barker SC||Managing Partner, Litgation and Arbitration||View Profile|
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|Ivan Cheong||Partner, Divorce and family||View Profile|
|Tania Chin||Partner, Criminal Litigation||View Profile|
|Stacy Choong||Partner, Private Client and Tax||View Profile|
|Leong Chuo Ming||Partner, Corporate||View Profile|
|Fernando Gandioli||Partner, Private Client and Tax||View Profile|
|Amarjit Kaur||Partner, Litigation and Arbitration||View Profile|
|Jonathan Kok||Partner, Intellectual Property and Technology||View Profile|
|Mahesh Kumar||Partner, Private Client and Tax||View Profile|
|Leon Kwong Wing||Partner, Private Client and Tax||View Profile|
|Shaun Leong||Partner, Litigation and arbitration||View Profile|
|Alvin Lim||An intellectual property specialist since 2007, Alvin was recognized as a leading…||View Profile|
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|Sharon Lin||Partner, Litigation and Arbitration||View Profile|
|Eric N. Roose||Partner, Private Client and Tax||View Profile|
|Shashi Nathan||Partner, Criminal Litigation||View Profile|
|Ushan Premaratne||Partner, Litigation and Arbitration||View Profile|
|Winston Seow||Partner, Corporate||View Profile|
|Joel Shen||Special Counsel, Corporate||View Profile|
|Gretchen Su||Partner, Intellectual Property and Technology||View Profile|
|Kenneth Szeto||Partner, Banking, Finance & Property||View Profile|
|Erlene Tan||Partner, Corporate||View Profile|
|Spring Tan||Partner, Litigation and Arbitration||View Profile|
|Chua Yee Hoong||Private Client and Tax||View Profile|
|Justin Yip||Partner,Restructuring and Insolvency||View Profile|
|Daniel Yong||Partner, Corporate||View Profile|