Valerie specialises in tax, trust and fund work, particularly in the context of private wealth transfer and succession planning matters.
Since joining Pinsent Masons, Valerie has set up the tax and private wealth practice for the Firm for Asia, based in Singapore. In this capacity she advises families and individuals as well as the services providers to such families and individuals, in tax, trust as well as regulatory matters, in the context of private wealth. She regularly advises and acts as counsel to many ultra-high net worth individuals and families, to tailor solutions and provide ongoing advice and strategies for succession planning and asset protection needs, balanced with their family dynamics and business continuity considerations.
Prior to joining the firm, Valerie held senior positions at law firms, trustees and wealth management funds. She is a well-known advisor in the industry and is often invited to speak at public events such as the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Legal Week Private Client Forums, as well as various industry seminars, panels and events.
She is on the panels of and works with many families / family offices, licensed entities such as trust companies, private banks, fund managers, wealth advisory teams. Valerie was listed in the 2017 as well as the inaugural Who’s Who Legal for Private Client, Citywealth’s IFC Power Women List 2017, Citywealth Leaders List 2016, 2017 and was also named in Legal Week's recent Global Private Client Elite 2017, and the International Trusts and Private Client Elite, a list of 100 private client lawyers and advisors worldwide tipped to be "at the top of their field."
Most recently, Legal500 has listed the private wealth practice setup by Valerie as Band 1. She has also been appointed to the Law Reform Committee of the Singapore Academy of Law since September 2016.
Valerie is called to the Singapore bar and also admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.