Wei Zhang > Withers > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile
30/F United Centre
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Private Client and Tax
Wei focuses on sophisticated tax and wealth planning matters for high net worth individuals, their families and fiduciaries.
In cross-border planning contexts, she often advises individuals with residences, assets and connections, and wealth planning vehicles in multiple jurisdictions.
In addition, she also advises companies on the structuring and implementation of employee share trusts. In relation to US connection planning matters, she advises individuals who are either migrating to the US, expatriating from the US, investing in the US, or looking to come into compliance with US tax and reporting obligations. She also provides advice in relation to the creation and administration of wealth planning structures to protect and grow wealth in a tax efficient manner while reflecting the long term goals in the protection and succession of wealth in multi-generational families.
Wei has been quoted in the media numerous times (including WealthBriefing Asia, South China Morning Post, and the Hong Kong Economic Times). She is a regular speaker at wealth planning conferences in Asia, especially in Hong Kong and China, and provides training to financial institutions on wealth planning and tax related issues.
Wei has been nominated as an ‘Ones to Watch’ individual in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite ranking in 2019 and has also won and mentioned in a number of industry awards (Wealthbriefing Asia, China Law & Practice). She is also recognised as a leading individual in tax and trusts in Legal 500 2020, and an ‘up and coming’ private wealth practitioner in Chambers’ HNW Guide 2020.
Tsinghua University School of Law, LL.B
Boston University School of Law, JD
Lawyer Rankings(Next Generation Partners)
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.
- Next Generation Partners - Hong Kong > Private Client (tax, trusts, wealth management and contentious probate)
- Private Client (tax, trusts, wealth management and contentious probate) - Hong Kong