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 individual for private client/wealth management in the Chambers Asia Pacific Directory 2020-2021. 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).


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



State of Connecticut, 2007

State of New York, 2008



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