Withers boosts international family law expertise in Asia


International law firm Withers has welcomed Ivan Cheong to its Singapore office, bringing an experienced family law advisor to the team. Ivan, alongside senior associate Shaun Ho, joins Withers from Singapore practice Harry Elias, formerly allied with Eversheds.

Ivan is an in-demand divorce lawyer in Singapore, representing clients in all aspects of family and divorce matters including divorce proceedings, custody disputes, Mareva Injunctions, maintenance, division of assets and family violence matters, as well as advising and assisting clients on the drafting of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Ivan also achieves his clients’ objectives via alternative dispute resolution solutions as a qualified mediator, representing them in the Family Justice Court and at the Singapore Mediation Centre.

Shashi Nathan, Disputes partner in Singapore, comments: “Ivan will be a pivotal part of our Asia family law team, spearheading the development of our family and divorce practice in Singapore. Our clients are often dealing with complex situations which require tailored, strategic advice, and we know Ivan will deliver this expertly. They frequently also have international family issues and, working with our market-leading teams in Hong Kong and London, Ivan will help to protect our clients and achieve their objectives.”

Ivan adds: “I have very much enjoyed building up my practice in Singapore and am excited to join Withers which allows me to expand the practice onto an international platform. I believe Withers with its strong focus on private client and achieving the objectives of clients is a great fit in addition to being a one-stop solution for my clients’ needs. Advising high net worth families often involves international issues and assets, and working with skilled colleagues across the Withers’ worldwide network, I will be able to offer my clients a complete service.”

Ivan was named by the Singapore Business Review as one of Singapore’s top 20 ‘Most influential lawyers aged 40 and under’ for 2018 and is also identified as Future Star in the Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2020. Ivan has been listed as a Leading lawyer in the Doyle’s Guide for leading family and divorce lawyers in Singapore since 2019.

Withers’ international family law team is one of the largest and has been top ranked for many years. The team works at the cutting edge of family law, developing new approaches to divorce such as the Withers Separation Model and new case law.

Pictured (Left to right): Shaun Ho, Ivan Cheong and Shriveena Naidu.

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