DLA Piper strengthens wealth management and private client services in Asia

DLA Piper today announces the appointment of Todd Martin Beutler, as partner in the Hong Kong office. With over 15 years of experience with firms in Hong Kong, Singapore and the US, Todd represents high net worth private clients with multinational interests as well as US, Asian and European companies with global operations. In addition to counselling and planning, Todd regularly represents clients in tax controversy matters and fiduciary litigation.

Todd's international private client practice focuses on tax, trust, estate and business succession planning for high-net-worth individuals and families, and their companies, foundations and family offices. Todd has significant experience implementing trust, foundation and company structures to optimise a family's international tax position, providing for succession planning and asset protection, as well as meeting charitable and other personal goals. Todd has advised families and companies throughout the region with respect to pre-IPOs, US inbound and outbound investments, and other trust and company structures designed to protect and grow their wealth.

Daniel Chan, Head of Tax for Asia, commented: "wealth management and private client is a growth area in the region and key to servicing the needs of family-owned companies in Asia. The addition of Todd has added significant strength to our US tax and trust capabilities in Asia and will enable us to further integrate with our already strong tax team in the US and globally."

"DLA Piper has assembled a top international tax and private client team in China as well as Asia over the years and will continue to expand on its position as a leading advisor to high net worth individuals and families throughout Asia," continued Daniel.

Todd added, "DLA Piper has a leading tax and private client and wealth management practice, with a strong reputation in the region and in particular mainland China and Hong Kong. I am delighted to become part of the global team. I believe that the firm's expertise and geographic coverage will enable me to further grow my practice and offer enhanced services to clients."

DLA Piper has a strong team of over 50 tax lawyers in Asia and has won numerous accolade in the industry including the winning of "International Tax Law Firm of the Year 2011" at the China Law & Practice Awards; "China Transfer Pricing Team of the Year 2011" at the European CEO Awards. The team and its leading partners are also being ranked top tier regularly by clients in tax/ wealth management and private client practice among reputable publications including City Wealth Magazine, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific and the International Tax Review.