Tax chief joins WongPartnership

Singapore firm WongPartnership has poached the country’s inland revenue chief legal officer Leung Yew Kwong for its tax practice.

Yew Kwong is set to join the firm after 30 years at the Singapore Inland Revenue Authority. During his time at the organisation, Yew Kwong held a number of positions, including chief legal officer, chief assessor and chief valuer.

WongPartnership managing partner Alvin Yeo said Yew Kwong’s experience would enhance the firm’s tax, capital markets and corporate departments.

He said: “The uniqueness of our practice lies in tax practitioners having legal expertise coupled with other qualifications, such as in accounting and valuation, and whose experience covers transactional, advisory and contentious tax matters.”

Yew Kwong has been involved in several high-profile tax cases, appearing before the Income Tax Board of Review, the Valuation Review Board, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. His appointment is the latest in a line of lateral hires for the firm, which last year raided Lee & Lee for real estate partner Tan Choo Leng and banking and finance partner Susan Wong.