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Charles Russell Speechlys opens Singapore office

Charles Russell Speechlys opens Singapore office


London-headquartered firm Charles Russell Speechlys today opened an office in Singapore, which will be led by Hong Kong partner, Jeffrey Lee.

Hailing from Singapore, Lee moved to Hong Kong in March 2019 after spending several years practising in London. He advises on complex international structuring for international clients, including their establishment for estate and succession planning, asset protection and personal tax mitigation. Lee also specialises in tax planning and advising non-UK domiciled persons moving to the UK.

“Internationally, Singapore continues to rapidly climb the rankings as a hub for global business and there is so much going on in the country for businesses across all sectors,” Lee says. “We have a number of long-standing friends and contacts in the region; indeed, many of our existing clients have had a presence in Singapore for years, so it is tremendously exciting to now be establishing a physical presence there, so we continue to ensure we can provide all our clients – old and new – with the best possible service.”

Lee will be supported by the firm’s Asia head, Simon Green, whose main areas of expertise are large-scale mixed-use development and redevelopment projects, commercial and residential property investment, real estate management, as well as real estate finance – both Islamic and conventional. Green also has a significant hotel and hospitality practice.

In a press release, the firm says that Lee and Green will continue to grow their respective teams, the majority of whom are based in Hong Kong. 
Managing partner Simon Ridpath says: “Understanding how global wealth affects families and people is at the heart of what we do as an international law firm. Singapore is one of the leading private banking and wealth management centres globally. Given our areas of specialism in private client, dispute resolution and transactional services, its strong capital market and international arbitration offerings make Singapore a natural move for us.”