Tax

Key Partners

Ong Ken Loon

Head, Tax & Private Client Services
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Ong Sim Ho

Managing Director, Corporate & Finance / Director, Tax & Private Client Services
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Rahayu Ningsih Hoed

Partner / Energy / Real Estate / Dispute Resolution / Arbitration & litigation / Tax / Investigation & Crisis Management / Crime / Insurance
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Anand Raj

Partner / Co-Head, Competition Law & Antitrust / Tax Disputes
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Irene Yong

Partner / Tax & Revenue / Personal Data Protection & Privacy Laws / Private Wealth & Family Business / Technology, Media & Telco
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Accolades

Singapore | Drew & Napier

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Tax 2021 – Leading firm for 12 consecutive years

Ong Ken Loon – Leading Individual for 7 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho – Band 1 Leading Individual for for 11 years

  • “Very experienced team. The lawyers are also accountants, so they are familiar with the financial workings. They are knowledgeable and you don't have to explain much.”
  • “They are professional and highly responsive, even on small matters.”
  • The team is praised for their quick turnaround time. They are prompt and responsive. A client said: When auditors are questioning and matters are urgent, we can always call them for detailed legal advice.
  • Interviewees also noted that the team is well connected and successful in the marketplace. Another said: They are spot-on in providing us with relevant tax advice.
  • They are a very strong dispute resolution firm, not just in tax disputes. They continue to do well in this space.
  • Clients also described Ken Loon as technically strong and praised her ability to empathise with clientsneeds.
  • She is sought after for her depth of experience in handling tax disputes initiated by the tax authorities. One client revealed: She is a lawyer I would go to for technical matters.
  • Ong Sim Ho wins a lot of praise for his flexible approach and depth of knowledge in the tax area, with one client emphasising: “The most important thing is his technical understanding and how creative he is. No one in Singapore can cut through the issues like him. He is very, very strong.”
  • He is praised for coming up with “very constructive ideas.” Sources also note that “his wealth of knowledge on precedents allows him to give an immediate response to any kind of question.”

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Tax 2021 – Leading firm for 15 consecutive years

Ong Ken Loon – Leading Individual for 10 consecutive years, also the sole lawyer to be recognised in Hall of Fame for Singapore for 2 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho – Leading Individual for for 12 years
Yang Shi Yong – Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years

  • The team is “very responsive, quick on the uptake and provides in-depth and relevant legal advice that works in real life.
  • “Its lawyers have sharp business acumen and provide commercially practical advice.
  • Practice head Ong Ken Loon has impressed clients with her “strong technical skills.” She is a “go-to person for any tax dispute work” and particularly rated for her “professionalism and knowledge”.
  • Ong Sim Ho is described as a “tax lynchpin” at the Singapore tax bar, and he is recommended for his “critical thinking”, “analytic skills” and “truly superior knowledge.”

Indonesia | Makarim & Taira S.

Makarim’s tax practice was officially established in 2019 in response to the market demand for trusted advisers who can guide and steer clients through the complexities of Indonesian tax law. The team has quickly gained the trust and respect of clients and been instructed on significant matters, including:

  • Acting as advisor of an international hotel chain in the tax dispute with the Tax Authority;
  • Acting as advisor of a foreign representative office in oil and gas in the tax dispute with the Tax Authority;
  • Acting as advisor of a luxury car dealer in the tax dispute with the Tax Authority; and
  • Advising clients in various taxation matters such as shareholders loans and structuring nominee arrangement and construction contracts.

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “Good teamwork.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
  • “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
  • “Resourceful.”

Asia Business Law Journal
Lia Alizia – Listed as one of the A-List / Top 100 Lawyers (2018-2020)
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Listed as one of the A-List / Top 100 Lawyers (2018-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Listed as one of the A-List / Top 100 Lawyers (2018-2020)
Kurniawan Tanzil – Listed as one of the A-List / Top 100 Lawyers (2018-2019)

Malaysia | Shearn Delamore & Co.

International Tax Review: World Tax
Tax Controversy 2021 – Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years

Anand Raj – Highly Regarded Tax Controversy Leader for 9 consecutive years
Irene Yong – Highly Regarded Tax Controversy Leader for 9 consecutive years

General Corporate Tax 2021 – Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years

Indirect Tax 2021 – Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years

Anand Raj – Highly Regarded Indirect Tax Leader for 5 consecutive years
Irene Yong – Highly Regarded Indirect Tax Leader for 5 consecutive years

Women in Tax 2021

Irene Yong – Highly Regarded Women in Tax Leader for 7 consecutive years

Foong Pui Chi – Recognised as Tax Counsel for 3 years

  • “Shearn Delamore & Co can offer clients the range of advice on direct and indirect tax, structuring, planning, litigation, audit and investigation matters. They are particularly well equipped to advise the oil and gas, and financial services industries.”

International Tax Review: World Transfer Pricing
Transfer Pricing 2021 – Tier 2 Firm for 3 consecutive years

International Tax Review
Top Tier Firm for Tax in 2020 (14 consecutive years)
Best Tax Transactional Firm (2019 and 2020)
Tier 1 Leading Tax Advisory Firm (8 consecutive years)

International Tax Review: Asia Tax Award
Malaysia Tax Controversy (Litigation) Firm of the Year (5 consecutive years)
Malaysia Tax Disputes and Litigation Firm of the Year Award 2018 (3 consecutive years)
Asia Tax Awards Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year 2018
Asia Tax Awards Asia Transactions Firm of the Year 2018
Asia Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year 2017 — Anand Raj 

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Tax 2021 – Band 1 Firm for 12 consecutive years

Anand Raj – Band 1 Leading Individual for 11 consecutive years
Irene Yong – Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years

  • "Diligent in ensuring that our tax matters are attended to and we are constantly kept in the loop about any updates."
  • "strength in strategising its approach."
  • Sources are pleased with the service received by the firm, one stating: “They provided good advice on how we should strategise in terms of the tax settlement process with the local authority.
  • Sources note: “They are very responsive and knowledgeable.
  • Clients extol the firm's tactical approach to tax litigation, with one highlighting: “They were innovative in helping with arguments - they started putting strategies together, which was very helpful and enabled us to win all arguments.
  • “Superb client service, commercial and practical advice and technical soundness.
  • Sources say: “A very good group; we always feel comfortable when they represent us.
  • An interviewee indicates that the team is "diligent in ensuring that our tax matters are attended to and we are constantly kept in the loop about any updates."
  • Another interviewee praises the team's "strength in strategising its approach."

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Tax 2020 – Top Tier Firm for 14 consecutive years

Anand Raj – Leading Individuals for 3 consecutive years, previously a Recommended Lawyer for 8 years
Irene Yong – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years

  • “The tax and revenue practice at Shearn Delamore & Co attracts praise for its 'strong prowess as tax and legal practitioners in all aspects, whether legal, practical, procedural'. The group is instructed by a range of domestic, multinational and international companies, with particular expertise advising oil and gas sector clients. The team, which are 'all very hands-on' in their approach,  include practice head Goh Ka Im,  Anand Raj, and Irene Yong who all have experience handling a full range of contentious and non-contentious tax matters.”
  • “The team has the immense ability to understand a lot of new information within a very short period of time related to a business they were previously not familiar with.”
  • “Shearn Delamore & Co's ‘excellent’ practice provides ‘very practical advice’, and is especially well known for its contentious work.”