Dawn Quek

Associate Principal
Wong & Leow LLC

Biography

Dawn Quek has many years of experience in corporate tax and international tax planning. She has co-authored articles on wealth management issues, which have been published in newspapers such as the Business Times. She has also co-written articles on international tax planning issues in various tax and legal journals published by CCH and BNA. Dawn has been quoted extensively in publications such as the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Reuters, the Financial Times, the Straits Times, the Business Times and Asian Private Banker on issues and developments affecting the wealth management industry in Singapore.

Practice Focus

Dawn advises on tax and wealth management. She assists high net-worth families with their tax, trust and estate planning issues on a multijurisdictional basis, focusing on setting up family offices and using onshore and offshore trust structures and other vehicles to help clients hold and transfer wealth through generations. She advises financial institutions serving such families on issues and regulations that affect their business. She also provides and coordinates regional tax advice for multinational corporations and financial institutions on cross-border transactions and tax restructuring. She has extensive experience in advising on tax issues in respect of mergers and acquisitions, and has assisted many clients in resolving tax disputes.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Setting up pre- and post-IPO trusts for wealthy families with connections in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, India and the United States.
  • Advised on estate and succession planning for a wealthy Singaporean family in respect of the founder's block of shares in a Singapore-listed company, involving a trust vehicle and a shareholders' agreement.
  • Advising single family offices on the legal, regulatory and tax issues in respect of setting up in Singapore including assisting an established European family office on the set-up of a Singapore family office presence and working with a Singaporean family on professionalising their family office operations.
  • Setting up structures for privately held businesses, involving estate and succession planning and tax planning for the underlying businesses, including obtaining tax incentives in Singapore.
  • Advising financial institutions in Singapore on legal issues that affect their business (such as changes to anti-money laundering legislation and exchange of information for tax purposes).
  • Advising trustees in respect of trust disputes and assist in crafting strategies to minimise trustee exposure.
  • Assisting trustees in Singapore on conducting a general review and update of standard trust deeds.
  • Providing trustees in Singapore with advice on tax issues with respect to the trusts that they administer.
  • Assisting clients in dealing with and resolving disputes with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Singapore - Member
  • Singapore Trustees Association - Technical Committee
  • Singapore Academy of Law - Member

Admissions

  • England & Wales (non-practicing)~United Kingdom (2009)
  • Singapore (2003)

Education

  • New York University School of Law (LL.M. Taxation) (2005)
  • National University of Singapore (LL.B.) (2002)

Languages

  • English
  • Mandarin

Previous Offices

  • Hong Kong