Withers boosts private client and corporate tax expertise in Singapore with three new hires

International law firm Withers welcomes three senior hires to its private client and corporate tax practice in Singapore to support the growing demand for advice on the deployment of private capital. They comprise Partners Yeoh Lian Chuan and Koh Chin Chin, and Special Counsel Wong Wei Ling. Lian Chuan and Wei Ling join from Deloitte Legal (Sabara Law), where they were Managing Director and Counsel, respectively. Chin Chin joins Withers from EY, where she was an Associate Partner.

Lian Chuan and Chin Chin have over 20 years of experience in private client and corporate tax advisory. Lian Chuan focuses on tax, financial regulation, corporate law and compliance for private and corporate clients. He is widely known as a thought leader on tax issues, writes regularly and was a co-author of the Singapore Tax Academy’s The Law and Practice of Singapore Income Tax (2nd edition). Chin Chin specializes in succession planning for family businesses, family governance and family office set-up, advising on tax, legal and governance matters. Wei Ling has over 15 years of experience in a broad range of corporate law, securities law and funds related matters, including experience gained while working in China and Singapore.

Fernando Gandioli, Head of the private client and tax practice in Singapore, comments, “Wealth in Asia continues to grow despite the pandemic. At the same time, Singapore’s rule of law, stable political and economic environment, and connectivity to Asia make it an ideal home and neutral launchpad for private wealth and family offices to invest regionally. Lian Chuan, Chin Chin and Wei Ling’s depth of expertise advising private capital will provide our clients with a unique perspective on both their wealth planning and commercial needs.”

Lian Chuan adds: “Withers’ market-leading reputation in private client and corporate tax is synergistic with my practice and expertise. As the financial, business and tax regulations get increasingly complex, clients require sophisticated and seamless solutions around the globe and across multiple areas of practice. Withers’ international footprint and deep expertise allow me to co-create leading-edge solutions for our clients.”

Chin Chin adds: “Withers’ practice aligns with my focus and expertise. As we sit on the cusp of an unprecedented intergenerational wealth transfer in the coming decade, Withers’ strong global track record advising private wealth for over a century provides me with an unmatched platform to develop innovative solutions for our clients in the years to come.”

With the team’s joining, Withers extends its lead as the most significant international private client and tax practice in the region with 25 specialist advisors in Singapore and almost 50 in the region.