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

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

Led by Katie Graves , Withers' six-partner team has the critical mass and depth of experience to advise a plethora of high-net-worth individuals on their wealth management concerns, both in the context of their personal and business needs. With numerous dual-qualified practitioners in its ranks, the firm is particular adept at utilising different planning tools in the context of international tax matters, including fund and trust structures. Graves is experienced in handling UK tax issues for non-resident clients in the region. The team is also recommended for US tax planning matters; a name to note in this space is the 'very technicalTimothy Burns , who is 'adept at taking on tough issues and searching for solutions', including as it relates to wealth preservation for high-net-worth individuals and family offices. English and Mandarin speaking partner Wei Zhang is also noted for her provision of 'very high-quality tax and trust planning advice to US clients' and her language capabilities also ensure she is particularly effective at meeting the demand from US immigrants who are from the PRC. The 'business-minded and collaborative' Tim George  excels in succession planning/wealth preservation for clients with particularly complex international affairs. 'Very knowledgeable and experienced' special counsel Deirdre Fu advises high-net-worth individuals and families on estate planning, wills, trusts and pre-marital wealth protection strategies.

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Testimonials

Withers has a multidisciplinary team, with expertise on tax in several key jurisdictions, as well as experiences with different planning tools such as fund and trust structures. They also have team members with different language abilities.’

Withers has obvious advantages in asset planning, trust and US taxation.’

Tim George has experience with corporate structures and brings a different dimension to private wealth planning. He is business-minded and collaborative. He is also very pleasant with clients.’

‘The very technical Tim Burns is adept at taking on tough issues and searching for solutions.’

‘Deirdre Fu is a very knowledgeable and experienced professional. She is a good listener and really does her best to offer a complete solution that addressed all our key needs and concern.’

‘Wei Zhang develops strong relationships with clients and a willingness to dig into issues.’

Wei Zhang provides very high-quality tax and trust planning for US clients.’

Hong Kong > Real estate Tier 3

Withers' varied real estate offering includes M&A, financing and leasing work and its practice covers a mix of commercial, residential and industrial properties. Polly Chu is regularly at the forefront of the most significant mandates handled by the group, including advice to internationally-renowned corporates on the retail leases for their flagship stores, branches, shops-in-shops and outlets. Chu co-heads the practice with Mabel Lui, who is noted for her experience of transactional real estate work in Hong Kong and mainland China.

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Testimonials

At times when the partner is not available, you can always count on the others for the necessary assistance and to ensure that follow-up action will be taken promptly. It is comforting from the client’s perspective to know that your problem will be dealt with professionally and without undue delay.’

‘Polly Chu is of course fully conversant with real estate matters and handles each and every assignment very professionally and with utmost efficiency. I can always count on her valuable counsel every time a particular issue comes up.’

Key clients

Hundred Gain International Holding Limited

BBMG Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Hundred Gain International Holding Limited on the real estate and tenancy aspects of its proposed acquisition of Cheung Mei Holdings Limited and Goal Eagle Limited.

Hong Kong > Asset finance (including aviation and shipping finance)

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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

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Capital markets Mike Suenmike.suen@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1686
Corporate and Commercial Mabel Luimabel.lui@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1638
Corporate and Commercial Daniel Tangdaniel.tang@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1668
Corporate and Commercial Polly Chupolly.chu@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1633
Corporate and Comercial Junko Shiokawajunko.shiokawa@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1628
Corporate and Commercial Mike Suenmike.suen@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1686
Dispute Resolution Soo Khim Keoysookhim.keoy@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1688
Family Sharon Sersharon.ser@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1674
Family Rita Kurita.ku@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1670
Family Billy Kobilly.ko@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1656
Family Jocelyn Tsaojocelyn.tsao@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1609
Family Samantha Gershonsamantha.gershon@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1606
Immigration Mark Lanningmark.lanning@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1669
Investment Funds Junko Shiokawajunko.shiokawa@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1628
Joint Ventures and M&A Mabel Luimabel.lui@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1638
Joint Ventures and M&A Daniel Tangdaniel.tang@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1668
Philanthropy Michelle Chowmichelle.chow@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1640
Philanthropy Mimi Huttonmimi.hutton@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1611
Private client and Tax Mimi Huttonmimi.hutton@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1611
Private client and Tax Katie Graveskatie.graves@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1636
Private client and Tax Timothy Burnstimothy.burns@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1615
Private client and Tax Wei Zhangwei.zhang@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1644
Probate Polly Chupolly.chu@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1633
Real Estate Mabel Luimabel.lui@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1638
Real Estate Polly Chupolly.chu@withersworldwide.com+852 3711 1633
Number of Partners (Firmwide) : 160+
Number of Lawyers (Firmwide) : 450+
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Website : www.withersworldwide.com
Tel : +852 3711 1600
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Email : enquiries.hk@withersworldwide.com
Chairman : Justine Markovitz
Chief Executive Officer : Margaret Robertson
Managing Partner (Hong Kong office) : Sharon Ser