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Leading law firm for 12 areas in 3 jurisdictions in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

15 January 2021

While change has been the one constant throughout our current period of uncertainty, the role we play in supporting our clients in their businesses and at home remains unwavering.

In the latest release of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific legal directory guides, we have been recognised as a leading firm across 12 practice areas throughout the region, with 7 lawyers ranked amongst the best in their field. This recognition is a testament to the continued support from our clients and peers who have taken the time to give thoughtful feedback.

Your invaluable feedback is greatly appreciated, as we remain steadfast in our resolve to assist businesses, high-net-worth individuals, families and philanthropists in all your legal needs though whatever challenges that may lay ahead.


Banking & Finance

'The firm exhibits keen knowledge and fast turnaround times in banking transactions including real estate related financing matters'.

'The firm has demonstrated that it can punch above its weight'.

Corporate & M&A

'The team is commercial and knows the industry well, especially in the hotel space'.

'Practical advice and solutions are paramount to any good legal service. Withers KhattarWong stands out by providing sound advice with usable solutions'.

'I have known Leong Chuo Ming for some time now and I am very impressed with his passion and drive in corporate matters. Through discussions, I can see that he has very strong commercial acumen, is very smart, analytical, articulate, and has excellent people skills which are all very important qualities for a good corporate lawyer. His strength is in his ability to dissect the situation quickly, identify the key issues and explain his strategy clearly'.

Intellectual Property

'They are exceptionally good in this field of practice and do not have clear rivals. Withers is able to dominate this field of arbitration'.

'I really appreciate the fact that despite the minimal business we probably bring in terms of their IP practice, they still treat us as if we’re one of their major clients. They never fail to send regular updates regarding our applications and filings in Singapore and elsewhere which makes us always feel secure. Competence, consistency, and service quality is what keeps us going back to Withers'.

'They have profound know-how and always see the big picture. They also give proactive advice instead of waiting for clients to ask specific questions on strategy'.

Private Wealth

'Withers is by far the most outstanding private client law firm in Singapore if the client work involves issues relating to Singapore, HK, US, and UK laws. The depth of talent in the firm is reassuring to clients with multi-jurisdictional nexus'.

'Stacy Choong is a stand-out advisor in the realm of Singapore tax and trust work'.

'The practice has a range of specialists to support our needs in moving our family office to Singapore. They have particular expertise in EDB applications, wealth structuring, tax planning, transaction support, and estate planning. We have a high level of trust and working efficiency with the team'.

Real Estate & Construction

'Outstanding strength in all areas related to real estate transactions. Always gives clients precise advice and has a substantial experience in this industry'.

'I would like to mention that Toshihiko Tsuchiya has helped us out with all of our transactions. He is very friendly, always very confident with his work, and has exceptional communication skills, which I think is one of the most important skills necessary to expand and maintain relationships with clients'.

Restructuring & Insolvency

'Responsive, commercial-minded, and technically sound'.

'Justin Yip is friendly, approachable, and provide advice taking into consideration the practical aspect'.

Private Client and Tax

'Withers has a team that has very strong technical skills. They are very experienced in advising on Singapore tax matters including fund formations and Singapore concessions. They also have multi-jurisdictional tax capability and experience in the formation of regional fund vehicles. Unlike many of their competitors, when you deal with Withers you are dealing with very senior tax professionals (usually partners). They are the go-to firm in Singapore'.

'Outstanding. Not only are they very strong technically, but they are very commercial'.

'Mahesh Kumar is very professional and understand our company requirements. Point of contact and he will work with other associates in his firm to provide the most comprehensive advice covering all possible areas the decision can and will have an impact. Very good knowledge of other countries’ legislation. You can trust that advice given has gone through deep thoughts'.

'The firm’s Hong Kong-based US tax team is very experienced in dealing with the US tax issues regarding PRC private clients who are US tax persons'.

'Withers has a Hong Kong-based US tax team that is in high demand because of its strong technical skills, its ability to provide commercially practical advice, and its Chinese-speaking capability. They have worked with many PRC private clients and are highly regarded'.

'Wei Zhang is my go-to-person for my clients’ US tax-based estate planning needs. I have found her very pleasant to work with'.

White-Collar Crime

'They give bright advice to solve problems'.

'They will go all the way to get things done'.

This document (and any information accessed through links in this document) is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from any action as a result of the contents of this document.


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