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
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals)
Withers offers extraordinary experience across the spectrum of private client and family matters, having established themselves as a pre-eminent firm in this sphere. As well as a dominating presence in Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region, the firm draws from a particularly impressive international network to enhance their cross-border capacity. On the private client side, the team guides high-net-worth individuals and family offices through all their personal and business needs, utilising the firm’s multidisciplinary capabilities to offer advice on overlapping areas such as immigration, litigation real estate and pre-IPO planning. The team is led by Katie Graves , who offers specialist expertise when establishing private trust company structures and handling relevant fiduciary and governance issues. The depth of the team is illustrated by the presence of two leading individuals notably Timothy Burns and Tim George . Burns is a highly experienced tax and trusts lawyer, especially as it relates to the US market, assisting clients with complex tax, investment and citizenship issues. George is especially adept at advising clients on business needs, ranging from continuity and succession to investment treaty planning. Wei Zhang utilises her PRC background to explain intricate offshore trust and US tax concepts to Chinese individuals and families. Jocelyn Tsao is a strong presence on the family side, appearing pro bono in groundbreaking cases on same-sex partnerships and the future of LGBTQ rights in Hong Kong.