From Tax Haven to Safe Haven: A Look at Singapore's Tax System

Edmund Leow is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate practice group and Head of the Tax practice.

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Podcast: From Tax Haven to Safe Haven – A Look at Singapore’s Tax System

Edmund Leow is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Corporate practice group and Head of the Tax practice. He is also Co-Head of the Trust, Estates & Wealth Preservation/Family Office practice. He has three decades of experience in advising multinational organizations on cross-border tax planning, transfer pricing, and tax disputes. He also advises on international trade issues such as customs, WTO, and free-trade agreements.

Key Highlights

[00:07 – 07:14] Opening Segment

  • Singapore is a key financial center in Asia and has been attracting entrepreneurs and family offices for years
  • Singapore’s government has made efforts to attract capital and enhance tax incentives to keep families in the country
  • There are several reasons why people are moving to Singapore

[07:15 – 18:59] From Tax Haven to Safe Haven: Tightening Tax Exemptions for Family Offices

  • Traditionally, a tax haven was a place that offered secrecy, convenience, and tax savings
  • There is a fine balance to be struck when it comes to the regulation of the crypto industry
  • The government is keen to promote the fund management industryIncentives were originally targeted at hedge funds, PE funds, and venture funds 

[19:00 – 29:31] Aligning Singapore’s Migration to the State

  • The number of family offices in Singapore has doubled since 2019
  • Part of the job of a family office in Singapore is to advise patriarchs on how to set up a governance structure
  • There has been a lot of activity in the local family office culture during Covid, but it’s still limited because people can’t travel
  • Singapore has benefited from managing the covid pandemic relatively well, and its reputation has grown globally

[29:32 – 32:54] Closing Segment

  • Edmund shares about his love for traveling 
  • Connect with Edmund on the links below


Additional Links:

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/edmund-leow-sc-4a8a5022a/?trk=public_profile_browsemap&originalSubdomain=sg 

Brian’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-c-adams/

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