Katie Graves > Withers > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile
30/F United Centre
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Private Client and Tax
She moved from the London office to Hong Kong in 2010. Her practice involves tax, trust and estate planning for wealthy international families.
She has particular expertise in assisting clients with the establishment of private trust company structures and related fiduciary and governance issues. Katie has advised a number of families in relation to the creation and ongoing running of single family offices.
In addition Katie advises UK expatriates and Asian families with UK connections on their personal tax issues and trustees on a range of matters including the consequences of holding UK assets or having UK resident beneficiaries.
Katie is named as a leading individual for private client/wealth management in Chambers HNW 2016-2020, Citywealth’s 2016-2018 IFC Powerwomen Top 200 list and Citywealth’s 2018 and 2019 Leading Private Client Lawyers list. She is recognised by Chambers HNW as an expert in UK tax issues for non-resident clients in the region as well as Asian families with connections to the UK. She “really understands the fabric of the private client market in Hong Kong”.
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
University of Birmingham, LL.B (Hons) Law
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 pleasant‘ Tim 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.