Timothy S. Burns

Registered foreign lawyer

Tim is a partner in the private client and tax team.

He has been a leading US tax and private client lawyer for over 10 years. He acts as a trusted advisor to a number of high net worth individuals, family offices and fund principals with a primary focus on US tax and cross-border issues that may arise. Timothy also assists clients on a broad range of issues including relinquishing US citizenship, pre-US immigration tax planning, family wealth structuring, structuring for inbound US investments, and addressing historic non-US tax compliance issues.

Timothy has been quoted in the media numerous times (including South China Morning Post, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal) in relation to various US federal tax issues. In addition, Timothy is a regular speaker at many wealth planning conferences in Asia. He is named as a leading private wealth practitioner in Chambers’ HNW Guide 2020-2022 and is also recognised as a leading individual in tax and trusts in Legal 500 2020-2022. His clients describe him as a lawyer who "gives all the options and researches all the work before [making] any decisions. He gives a lot of attention to detail and makes sure that any actions [his clients do] will have better long-term outcomes". Furthermore, he has won a number of industry awards (ie. Citywealth and WealthBriefingAsia).

Segretaria Janet Lau


Timothy Burns is very practical, easy to work with and helpful. He is very clear and flexible with clients and very good technically, creative with tax planning and great with challenging issues.

Chambers HNW 2018, China

Timothy Burns is ‘one of the pre-eminent authorities on the (very grey!) area of residency claims under double taxation agreements’.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2020

Tim is a valuable resource for complex tax issues requiring in-depth analysis. Another source remarks that Tim quickly grasps the issues and does not try to fit them into a cookie-cutter approach.

Chambers HNW, 2020

Tim is very prominent in the US tax space.

Chambers HNW, 2021

Tim is very direct and straightforward. He gives all the options and researches all the work before we make any decisions. He gives a lot of attention to detail and makes sure that any actions we do will have better long-term outcomes.

Chambers HNW, 2021

Timothy Burns is responsive and generous with his knowledge.

Chambers HNW 2022, China




State of Connecticut, 2007

State of New York, 2008

‘Becoming a US Person amid Coronavirus’ - Mondaq / Withers, Apr 2020, co-author

FAQs For Founders Or Controlling Shareholders Of Companies Considering A HK IPO’ - Mondaq, Oct 2018; Martindale, 3 Oct 2018, co-author

The Countdown Has Begun - Long-Standing US Tax Amnesty Program Ends September 2018’ - Mondaq, Apr 2018; Martindale, 8 May 2018, co-author

‘Global Positioning Service (GPS) Webinar: Your guide to global mobility issues and considerations’, Apr 2022



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