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Withers
30/F United Centre
95 Queensway
HONG KONG
Hong Kong

Private Client (tax, trusts, wealth management and contentious probate) Tier 1

Withers is trusted by an eclectic mix of clients, including family offices, families, trustees, and high-net-worth individuals, to advise on estate and succession planning, by virtue of its deep-rooted expertise in the sector and its 'commercial and real-world experience' across geographies. The firm excels at helping wealth creators, often with assets dissipated across many global locations, achieve effective wealth preservation through complex tax advice and trusts structures. Team head Katie Graves exemplifies the firm's expertise at handling complex cross-border mandates and has a particular strength advising on UK tax issues for non-resident clients in the region, as well as Asian families with a connection to the UK. Other complementary areas of strength include Graves' expertise in relation to structuring family offices, as well as on the establishment of private trust company structures. The 'very friendly and pleasantTim George is another key member of the team and is noted for his skill at advising high-net-worth individuals and families in relation to succession planning, particularly those with complex international affairs. The office also has a particular strength advising on US tax issues, an area that Timothy Burns has vast experience on behalf of high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and fund principals. Wei Zhang also has substantial US tax, wealth planning, and succession expertise, both in terms of clients expatriating from the US, as well as for PRC and Hong Kong-based clients (including many business founders) on complex tax and trusts matters, including as it relates to the establishment of Hong Kong and US charitable foundations.

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Testimonials

‘The firm’s Hong Kong-based US tax team is very experienced in dealing with the US tax issues regarding PRC private clients who are US tax persons.’

‘Withers has a Hong Kong-based US tax team that is in high demand because of its strong technical skills, its ability to provide commercially practical advice, and its Chinese-speaking capability. They have worked with many PRC private clients and are highly regarded.’

‘Wei Zhang is my go-to-person for my clients’ US tax-based estate planning needs. I have found her very pleasant to work with.’

‘Tim George is very friendly and pleasant.’

The firm: 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’.

In 2008, Withers established its Hong Kong office to offer on-the-ground support in Asia for the firm’s international client base. Today, its multinational team of lawyers and legal professionals offers one of the most comprehensive arrays of client services in relation to UK, US and Hong Kong law.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial: The corporate and commercial team in Hong Kong combines international deal execution capabilities with PRC regulatory expertise for a varied client base including listed and private companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs, families and high net worth individuals and not-for-profit organisations. The team is very experienced in all corporate-related matters, including M&A, capital markets, private equity, corporate finance, banking & finance, tax, real estate and investment funds.

Withers continues to expand its expertise and capability in the Greater China region, with Mabel Lui leading the Greater China corporate and commercial practice. With significant experience in China-focused corporate matters, her team continues to bring a well-rounded Greater China corporate background, complementing the firm’s other practices.

Partners: 5 in Hong Kong, 6 in Singapore, 5 in Tokyo
Other fee-earners: 13 in Hong Kong, 12 in Singapore, 3 in Tokyo
Contact: Mabel Lui
Tel: +852 3711 1638
Email: mabel.lui@withersworldwide.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 assets sectors. The Hong Kong dispute resolution team focuses on complex corporate commercial disputes, joint venture and shareholders’ disputes, contentious insolvency proceedings, arbitration, compliance and regulatory issues, including investigations, enforcement and disciplinary actions. The team is adept at providing client-tailored strategies and solutions.

Partners: 3 in Hong Kong, 19 in Singapore
Other fee-earners: 2 in Hong Kong, 23 in Singapore
Contact: Soo Khim Keoy
Tel: +852 3711 1688
Email: sookhim.keoy@withersworldwide.com

Family: Withers is widely regarded as one of the best and largest family and matrimonial law firms in Hong Kong. Our clients receive specialist advice on all aspects of family law, from divorce and finances, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, family wealth protection, asset management, trusts, mental health proceedings and elder law, to children custody, international child abduction, maintenance and child support, tax and immigration advice post-divorce. The team forms part of the firm’s leading global divorce and family practice and is well-equipped with the right set of skills to handle clients’ cases in the most effective and efficient way possible and to secure the best outcome.

Partners: 5 in Hong Kong
Other fee-earners: 11 in Hong Kong
Contact: Sharon Ser; Rita Ku
Tel: +852 3711 1674 (Sharon Ser); +852 3711 1670 (Rita Ku)
Email: sharon.ser@withersworldwide.com ; rita.ku@withersworldwide.com

Private client and tax: Withers has the largest private client and tax team on the ground in Hong Kong and Asia. It has a wide range of clients, including but not limited to family offices, charities, families, financial institutions, high net worth individuals, and trustees. What sets Withers apart from its peers is that the team typically acts for the creators of wealth and their families, and focuses on developing long term relationships with those clients across its international offices. Withers’ multi-disciplinary capabilities cover issues on immigration, philanthropy, matrimonial, cross-border investments, litigation, real estate and pre-IPO planning, providing clients with a fully integrated, one-stop service that other law firms cannot match.

Partners: 4 in Hong Kong, 9 in Singapore
Other fee-earners: 11 in Hong Kong, 9 in Singapore
Contact: Katie Graves
Tel: +852 3711 1636
Email: katie.graves@withersworldwide.com

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets Mike Suen mike.suen@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1686
Corporate and Commercial Mabel Lui mabel.lui@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1638
Corporate and Commercial Daniel Tang daniel.tang@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1668
Corporate and Commercial Polly Chu polly.chu@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1633
Corporate and Comercial Junko Shiokawa junko.shiokawa@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1628
Corporate and Commercial Mike Suen mike.suen@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1686
Dispute Resolution Soo Khim Keoy sookhim.keoy@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1688
Family Sharon Ser sharon.ser@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1674
Family Rita Ku rita.ku@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1670
Family Billy Ko billy.ko@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1656
Family Jocelyn Tsao jocelyn.tsao@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1609
Family Samantha Gershon samantha.gershon@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1606
Immigration Mark Lanning mark.lanning@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1669
Investment Funds Junko Shiokawa junko.shiokawa@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1628
Joint Ventures and M&A Mabel Lui mabel.lui@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1638
Joint Ventures and M&A Daniel Tang daniel.tang@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1668
Philanthropy Michelle Chow michelle.chow@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1640
Philanthropy Mimi Hutton mimi.hutton@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1611
Private client and Tax Mimi Hutton mimi.hutton@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1611
Private client and Tax Katie Graves katie.graves@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1636
Private client and Tax Timothy Burns timothy.burns@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1615
Private client and Tax Wei Zhang wei.zhang@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1644
Probate Polly Chu polly.chu@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1633
Real Estate Mabel Lui mabel.lui@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1638
Real Estate Polly Chu polly.chu@withersworldwide.com +852 3711 1633
Photo Name Position Profile
 Timothy Burns  photo Timothy Burns Partner
 Polly Chu  photo Polly Chu Partner
 Deirdre Fu  photo Deirdre Fu Senior Associate
 Tim George  photo Tim George Tim advises high net worth individuals in relation to tax, trusts and…
 Samantha Gershon  photo Samantha Gershon Partner
 Katie Graves  photo Katie Graves Partner
 Mimi Hutton photo Mimi Hutton Of Counsel
 Soo Khim Keoy  photo Soo Khim Keoy Partner
 Billy Ko  photo Billy Ko Partner
 Rita Ku  photo Rita Ku Partner
 Mabel Lui  photo Mabel Lui Head of Greater China Commercial
 Sharon Ser  photo Sharon Ser Partner
 Junko Shiokawa  photo Junko Shiokawa Partner
 Mike Suen  photo Mike Suen Partner
 Daniel Tang  photo Daniel Tang Partner
 Jocelyn Tsao  photo Jocelyn Tsao Partner
 Sherlin Tung  photo Sherlin Tung Partner
 Wei Zhang  photo Wei Zhang Partner
Number of Partners (Firmwide) : 160+
Number of Lawyers (Firmwide) : 450+
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Website : www.withersworldwide.com
Tel : +852 3711 1600
Fax : +852 3711 1601
Email : enquiries.hk@withersworldwide.com
Chairman : Justine Markovitz
Chief Executive Officer : Margaret Robertson
Managing Partner (Hong Kong office) : Sharon Ser