Mr Edmund Leow > Dentons Rodyk > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Rodyk
80 RAFFLES PLACE
#33-00 UOB PLAZA 1
SINGAPORE 048624
Singapore

Work Department

Tax, Trust, Estates and Wealth Preservation

Position

Edmund is a senior partner heading up the firm’s Tax practice with three decades of experience in advising multinational organisations on cross-border tax planning, transfer pricing and tax disputes. He also advises on international trade issues such as customs, WTO and free-trade agreements.

Edmund also leads the firm’s Trust, Estates and Wealth Preservation practice and advises high net worth individuals, private banks and trust companies in personal tax, as well as in trust and estate planning matters.

Edmund was invited by the government to serve as a Judicial Commissioner at the Supreme Court and served from 2013 to 2016. On stepping down, he was appointed Senior Counsel in 2017, making him the first and only Tax and Trust lawyer to be given this accolade nationwide.

Prior to his appointment to the Singapore judiciary in 2013, Edmund was named a Tier 1 lawyer by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Tax in 2012. His views on tax and wealth management were widely sought and publicised in the media, such as Bloomberg, BBC, Channel NewsAsia, Reuters, The Financial Times and The Straits Times. He was also a founding partner of a Singapore law firm that was associated with an international law firm, where he headed up the Tax and Wealth Management practices in Singapore.

Edmund is the President and an honorary member of the Singapore Trustees Association (STA). He is a co-founder of the STA, and previously served as its President from 2004 to 2008, then as Vice President from 2008 to 2013. The STA represents the interests of trust companies in Singapore.

In addition, he has been appointed Deputy Chairman of the Income Tax Board of Review, which is a statutory tribunal which hears income tax disputes between the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and taxpayers.

Career

Senior Partner – Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP (2017 – present)
Supreme Court of Singapore (2013 – 2016)
Baker & McKenzie – Singapore (1992 – 2013)
Baker & McKenzie – Hong Kong (1991 – 1992)
Baker & McKenzie – London (1987 – 1991)

Languages

English, Mandarin

Memberships

Member, The Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law

Education

BA (First Class Honours), Law, University of Cambridge, 1986

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Private wealth and family law – local firms

(Leading individuals)

Edmund Leow SC –Dentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has experienced a further influx of private wealth engagements in Singapore, in line with the additional flow of capital coming into the jurisdiction, including from China, Hong Kong and the rest of North Asia. The Singapore team has extensive experience in tax structuring for high net-worth individuals, along with trusts and family holding company structuring. Edmund Leow SC is an experienced figure in tax and estate planning for high net-worth individuals. Kia Meng Loh is a key name for contentious matters, including trusts and probate disputes.

Singapore > Tax: local firms

(Hall of Fame)

Edmund Leow SCDentons Rodyk

Dentons Rodyk has a burgeoning tax practice, mixing international tax planning for multinationals, with a growing pipeline of engagements from UHNW individuals that are moving wealth and assets to Singapore, often from Hong Kong and other parts of North Asia. In this regard, the Singapore team benefits from the firm’s extensive office network across Asia Pacific. The Singapore team is also at the forefront of tax disputes thanks to the presence of department head Edmund Leow SC, who frequently represents multinationals in disputes with IRAS and other dealings with the Singapore tax authorities. Seow Jia Xian provides further senior-level support in both transactional and advisory matters.