Timothy Burns > Withers > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

30/F United Centre
95 Queensway
Hong Kong

Work Department

Private Client and Tax




He has been a leading US tax and private client lawyer for over 10 years. He acts as a trusted advisor to a number of high net worth individuals, family offices and fund principals with a primary focus on US tax and cross-border issues that may arise. Timothy also assists clients on a broad range of issues including relinquishing US citizenship, pre-US immigration tax planning, family wealth structuring, structuring for inbound US investments, and addressing historic non-US tax compliance issues.

Timothy has been quoted in the media numerous times (including South China Morning Post, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal) in relation to various US federal tax issues. In addition, Timothy is a regular speaker at many wealth planning conferences in Asia. He is named as a leading individual for private client/wealth management in the Chambers Asia Pacific Directory 2020 and has won a number of industry awards (ie. Citywealth and WealthBriefingAsia).




Tulane University, BA
The University of Connecticut School of Law, Certificate in Taxation
The University of Connecticut School of Law, JD

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Private Client and Family

(Leading individuals)

Timothy BurnsWithers

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.