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Allen & Gledhill

Sunit Chhabra and Lim Pek Bur are the key tax practitioners at Allen & Gledhill. They specialise in tax advisory and dispute resolution. The other main practitioner is Cheong Swee Ying, a former senior officer with the Ministry of Finance and IRAS. Its practice includes tax advisory, structuring and planning, and dispute resolution. In addition, the team assists clients with complex legal, commercial and financial arrangements. Its clients cover a wide range of sectors such as financial institutions, business trusts, real estate investment trusts, private equity and hedge fund managers. 

Sunit Chhabra helped one client on a general corporate tax issue, which was the first debt issuance programme established by a Singapore company. 

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Allen Tan and Dawn Quek are two key practitioners at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow. It is the Singapore branch of the Baker McKenzie network. Its practice includes international tax planning, tax controversies, wealth management and indirect tax and trade. The team is supported by more than 200 tax lawyers, economists and financial analysts thanks to its global network. It also helps clients ensure compliance, manage tax audits and avoid costly tax provisions. 

Tom Roth joined the firm as a senior associate in 2018. The firm also hired Yvette Chew as a tax consultant in 2019. Benchi Klaver, Junwei Han and James Choo left the firm. 

Client feedback 

“The firm delivers the work on time and is of a consistent high standard.” 

BDO Tax Advisory

BDO Tax Advisory has almost 70 professionals and six tax executive directors. Evelyn Lim leads the tax practice and she has more than 20 years of experience in Singaporean and international tax. The GST practice is led by Eu Chin Sien. She has more than 18 years of GST specialist experience as regulator with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and adviser. Wong Sook Ling leads the M&A service. She has a strong capability in M&A and international tax. Kylie Luo leads the private client service. She assists clients with international tax, succession planning, wealth and asset structuring, trust law and family business advisory. 

In the last year, Eu Chin Sien helped a client on a GST review and advisory matter. Wong Sook Ling is assisting a client with a transaction matter. In this case, the team also advises on the tax complications and transfer costs for the two groups and the shareholders. 

Wu Soo Mee and Eils Tan joined the firm as an executive director in 2018. Wu Soo Mee has more than 35 years of experience in the field of people tax advisory.  

Deloitte

The team is comprised of more than 380 tax professionals at Deloitte Singapore. Low Hwee Chua is the key practitioner at firm. He has strong capabilities in various tax practices such as corporate income tax, international tax and the structuring of inbound and outbound investments. Other key professionals include Wong Meng Yew, Jill Lim, Lee Tiong Heng, Shantini Ramachandra and Richard Mackender. 

The team provides services covering indirect tax, M&A and tax controversy. It is a member of Deloitte’s centres of excellence in Asia, offering services such as international financial reporting standards, tax compliance and data analytics. In addition, Berry Appleman & Leiden Singapore’s operation joined Deloitte Singapore in order to provide the best immigration service for global employers. 

In the last year, the firm hired 10 professionals to increase the depth and breadth of its tax services. 

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

Edmund Leow is the key practitioner at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson. He specialises in tax, trust, estates and wealth preservation services. The firm provides services including individual and corporate income tax, GTS, stamp duty and international tax. Its clients come from various sectors such as finance, real estate, technology, manufacturing and shipping. The team also assist clients with private client issues. Its clients include high net-worth individuals, families, business owners, trust companies and private banks. 

The tax team is helping a client on a general corporate tax issue. In this case, the team is advising on the changes to the tax incentives and also the impact on the client’s business. It also provides services for an Indonesian high-net-worth family on a family trust. 

Drew & Napier

Ong Ken Loon leads the tax practice at Drew & Napier. She assists clients with the tax aspects of corporate transactions, involving income tax, GST, stamp duty and property tax. She also services private clients by providing solutions to complex tax, succession and private wealth management matters.  

The firm has a very strong capability in its tax litigation practice as Ong Sim Ho and his team joined the firm in 2019. It represents clients before the tax tribunals and the Supreme Court. In addition, its practice covers corporate tax advisory, enterprise tax risk management and private wealth planning. Regarding its private wealth planning, the team helps clients deal with wealth succession and asset protection. 

Ong Sim Ho, Yang Shi Yong, Keith Lam and Emma Gan joined the firm in 2019. 

KPMG

Tay Hong Beng leads the tax practice at KPMG. Its practice includes international tax, global indirect tax, tax risk and dispute management. The team has organised its various practices in order to meet external market and client demands. Teo Wee Hwee leads the real estate and asset management practice and Alan Lau leads the financial services practice. The M&A practice is led by Agnes Lo, which is able to help clients avoid transaction downsides. 

Leonard Ong advised a client on tax due diligence and tax structuring regarding acquisitions in Europe by a listed Singapore REIT. 

Teo Wee Hwee joined the firm as the head of real estate and asset management. It also hired Alia Lum as a seconded partner. Partner Ooi Boon Jin retired in 2018. 

Rajah & Tann

Vikna Rajah is the head of the tax department at Rajah & Tann. He specialises in tax and trust practice. The tax team has been engaged by sovereign wealth funds, multinationals, Big Four accounting firms and Fortune 100 companies. It has built a strong connection with the firm’s M&A and banking and financial departments in cross-border transactions. The tax group advises multinationals and high-net-worth individuals on income tax, GST, stamp duty and tax treaties regarding various transactions, including tax efficient Singapore-based holding structures for the worldwide operating subsidiaries of multinationals. 

The team assisted M17 entertainment with a transactional tax matter. It prepared and reviewed the taxation portions of the filings. 

Linda Bai Lu joined the firm as a senior legal executive in 2019. Peter Tan has also been hired as a senior tax advisor at the firm.  

RSM

The tax team is managed by 13 tax partners and directors. It has more than 70 professionals with diverse backgrounds such as from IRAS and big four. Cindy Lim and William Chua are two key tax practitioners. Others are Koh Puay Hoon, Hsu Chong Hoe, Richard Ong and Rajnish Singh. The team provides a wide range of tax practice such as cross-border investments and tax planning, corporate tax compliance and personal tax services, tax investigation and audit. Its practice covers various sectors, including financial services, private equity, real estate and construction, minerals, oil and gas, food and beverage. 

William Chua is helping a client on international tax advisory issue. It advises on the  Indonesian corporate income tax implications related to an Indonesian mining venture. 

Hsu Chong Hoe, who specialises in international tax, joined the firm as a director in 2018. Director Cheah Paik An left the firm in 2018. 

Withers KhattarWong

Eric Roose leads tax practice at Withers KhattarWong. He has more than 30 years of experience in international tax planning and corporate tax advisory matters. Other key practitioners include Fernando Gandioli, Leon Kwong Wing and Stacy Choong. The team specialises in tax, trust and regulatory services. It has strength in various sectors such as funds and trusts, technology and blockchain, real estate, energy, natural resources and infrastructure. 

In 2018, the tax team helped DKSH Group on the tax aspects of transaction. Joanna Yap is advising a client on Singapore tax due diligence and a tax advisory matter.