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Ross Davidson

T: +852 2533 2868 Email Ross | vCard Office: Hong Kong

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Recommended lawyer for Private client and family (International tax and trust law) - Hong Kong

Recommended lawyer for Private client and family (International tax and trust law) - Hong Kong

Ross Davidson Registered foreign lawyer (England and Wales)

Contact details

Ross Davidson

Ross Davidson
Registered foreign lawyer (England and Wales)

T: +852 2533 2868 Email Ross | vCard Office: Hong Kong

Ross is an experienced private wealth lawyer based in Stephenson Harwood's Hong Kong office. He has expertise in international tax, trust law and cross-border estate planning.  
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Ross is qualified in England and Wales and has completed the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Advanced Certificates in UK Tax for International Clients, Advising the Family Business, and Family and Business Governance.

Drawing on his experience working at leading corporate firms, Ross works with private clients requiring coordinated advice on their personal and business affairs. This typically involves combining with other lawyers to serve their tax planning, immigration, transactional, commercial, and dispute resolution needs.

His clients include high and ultra-high-net-worth families, investors, executives, their businesses, as well as their professional advisers and service providers, such as family offices, trustees, private banks, and charities.

He is a multilingual lawyer (English, Mandarin, and Italian) who often acts as a single point of contact for internationally mobile families requiring coordinated global advice, for instance, when relocating or investing abroad.

Ross frequently deals with the establishment or restructuring of asset-holding structures, ranging from several million to billions of pounds in value, to achieve objectives such as succession planning, asset protection and tax efficiency. In particular, he works closely with settlors, beneficiaries, and trustees of offshore trusts to develop effective strategies for managing, preserving, and protecting their assets. He is currently appointed as an executive committee member of the Hong Kong Trustee Association. 

In 2020, he was seconded to the wealth planning department of a private bank based in Hong Kong, where he developed a good understanding of the estate planning issues relevant to families based in the Asia Pacific region. After years of travelling to the region for business, he relocated to Hong Kong in 2023.

  • Private client, trusts and fiduciary service

Advising a life insurance firm on the UK tax implications of insurance policies with UK connections.

Advising a Monaco based trust company in relation to the reorganisation of a trust structure with UK and Hong Kong connections.

Advising a Singapore national on his succession and legacy planning, including on the establishment of a Private Trust Company structure in Singapore.

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  • Family offices

Advising a Hong Kong based family office on its significant UK real estate transactors (including residential, commercial and development projects).

Advising a Chinese family on the establishment of a single-family office, including on the choice of jurisdiction and appropriate structures.

Advising a British national based in Hong Kong on his family's relocation to the UK.

Advising a UK based family office on a complex trust structure owning a listed business and on the acquisition of high-value real estate and art.

Advising an international family located in the UK, France and Switzerland on the worldwide estate planning and on family governance issues.

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Advising a Chinese business owner in anticipation or her relocation to the UK, including in relation to her personal and the corporate tax exposure.

Advising a Chinese family on the establishment of a single-family office, including on the choice of jurisdiction and appropriate structures.

Advising a Hong Kong based family office on its significant UK real estate transactors (including residential, commercial and development projects).

Advising a British national based in Hong Kong on his family's relocation to the UK.

Advising a Singapore national on his succession and legacy planning, including on the establishment of a Private Trust Company structure in Singapore.

Advising a Singapore based trustee on the implications of a beneficiary's UK tax residence and how to benefit the UK resident beneficiary in a tax efficient manner.

Advising an international family located in the UK, France and Switzerland on the worldwide estate planning and on family governance issues.

Advising a UK resident, dual French/Swiss national with US citizens amongst his descendants in relation to his cross-border estate planning. 

Advising a Monaco based trust company in relation to the reorganisation of a trust structure with UK and Hong Kong connections.

Advising a Malaysian family on the reorganisation of their UK real estate investments.

Advising a UK based family office on a complex trust structure owning a listed business and on the acquisition of high-value real estate and art.

Advising a British national based in Hong Kong on the structuring of his worldwide investments and in particular on his worldwide UK inheritance tax exposure.

Advising a life insurance firm on the UK tax implications of insurance policies with UK connections.

Awards

Recommended lawyer for Private client and family (International tax and trust law) - Hong Kong

Recommended lawyer for Private client and family (International tax and trust law) - Hong Kong

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