Family Office Legal Services at Advomi Singapore

Advomi stands at the intersection of traditional values and modern legal innovation, offering a suite of comprehensive legal services tailored exclusively for family offices. 

Family Office In Singapore

In the vibrant business ecosystem of Singapore, family offices have emerged as a robust vehicle for wealth preservation, intergenerational wealth transfer, and strategic investments.

Setting up a family office in Singapore

Singapore is regarded as one of the most prominent financial centres in Southeast Asia and the world. With its transparent and stable regulatory environment, Singapore is a gateway for asset managers and investors. This, along with many other factors like political and economic stability, a robust wealth management ecosystem and an attractive tax regime, have prompted many affluent families, HNWIs and UHNWIs from Asia and abroad to invest wisely with the ultimate goal of assuring, protecting and managing a family’s legacy for generations by setting up a family office in Singapore.

Why Choose Advomi?

Our panel of lawyers is dedicated to ensuring that your wealth legacy is structured optimally, safeguarded, and continues to flourish. 

Deep Expertise

Our panel of lawyers has years of experience in providing valuable insights, specifically for family offices, throughout each project.

Agile Approach

As boutique-size firms our panel of lawyers are able to provide the agility and flexibility you need.

Transparent Pricing

Our clarity in pricing, leaning towards fixed-fee models, prioritizes your interests over all else.

Secure Your Legacy with Advomi

Interested in expertly navigating the world of family offices in Singapore? Let Advomi’s unmatched expertise guide you.

Our Spectrum of Services

At Advomi, our panel of  lawyers can provide you with the following services for family offices:  

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Frequently asked questions about setting up a family office in Singapore

The business advice lawyers will assess the problems that you are experiencing while running your organisation and help resolve them so that you can focus on your company and its operations.

Managing an organisation as an entrepreneur can be very challenging at times. Our consultants are well-placed to resolve any complex legal issue that you face and will also be able to alert you to any issues beforehand so that you will be able to make the best business decision.

What are family offices / Why set up family offices?

Family offices are private wealth management advisory firms that provides a range of services (e.g. investment management, family administration, estate planning, management of luxury assets, philantrophy, consolidation of family’s accounts, tax filing / planning, facilitation of the day-to-day management of a family assets, avenue for families to discuss their private investment matters and strategies) to high-net-worth (“HNW”) clients and their financial needs.

The assets and wealth of HNW clients would be managed by a team of professionals (e.g. legal compliance, financial planning) employed by the family office, ensuring the safe management of the HNW clients’ resources.

A single family office (“SFO”) is one that provides services to members of the same family. This is contrasted with a multi-family office (“MFO”) which provides services to members of different families.
  • Unit trusts
  • Special limited partnerships
  • Limited liability partnership
  • Company limited by guarantee (“CLGs”)
  • Variable capital companies (“VCCs”)

There are various considerations for families to consider when deciding where to locate their family office, including the jurisdiction of choice.

Singapore has quickly become the jurisdiction of choice to set up a family office due to the following reasons:

  • Leading financial hub – access to a wide range of financial services and expertise
  • Politically stable environment where many HNW individuals and their trusted advisors are happy to live
  • Robust legal framework / strong regulatory environment
  • Favourable tax regime for family offices
  • SFOs can be used as part of the personal planning of HNW family members – Singapore SFO may sponsor employment passes and may even be used as part of an application for permanent residency by HNW family members under the Global Investor Programme.

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Family offices can be considered under these tax incentive schemes –

Section 13U of the Income Tax Act – Enhanced-Tier Fund Tax Incentive Scheme Requirements:

  • Minimum asset under management (“AUM”) of S$50 million at the time of application.
  • Family office would be required to employ a minimum of 3 investment professionals (at least 1 investment professional has to be a non-family member. 1 year grace period for firms to implement this).
  • Scheme must be approved by MAS.
  • Changes in the family office’s investment strategy must be approved by the MAS.
  • Subject to a tiered framework for minimum local business spending as follows:
    • S$500,000 for AUM of S$50 million and above but less than S$100 million.
    • S$1,000,000 for AUM of S$100 million and above.
    • Invest at least 10% of AUM or S$10 million, whichever is lower, in local investments (with 1 year grace period)

Section 13O of the Income Tax Act – Singapore Resident Fund Scheme

  • Minimum AUM of S$10 million at time of application with a commitment to increase fund size to S$20 million within a 2-year period.
  • Family office will need to employ a minimum of 2 investment professionals (1 year grace period for firms to employ the 2nd investment professional)
  • Scheme must be approved by MAS.
  • Changes in the family office’s investment strategy must be approved by the MAS.
  • Subject to a tiered framework for minimum business spending as follows:
    • S$200,000 for AUM of S$50 million.
    • S$500,000 for AUM of S$50 million and above, but less than S$100 million.
    • S$1,000,000 for AUM of S$100 million and above.
    • Invest at least 10% of AUM or S$10 million, whichever is lower, in local investments (with 1 year grace period)
  • Subject to ownership restrictions, otherwise financial penalty restrictions apply.
  • Legal form must be a Singapore company and must not have previously carried on business in Singapore.

No capital gains tax

  • No capital gains tax on the sale of financial assets (e.g. stocks and bonds) in Singapore. Family offices can sell their investments without incurring any tax liability on the capital gains earned.

Financial sector incentive – fund management scheme (“FSI-FM”)

  • Family offices can apply for the FSI-FM scheme, where the fee income derived by a fund manager from managing a fund is subject to a tax rate of 10%, instead of the usual corporate rate of 17%.

No withholding tax on dividends

  • Singapore does not impose withholding tax on dividends received by individuals or companies. Family offices can receive dividends from their investments without incurring any withholding tax.

No estate duty

  • Legal form must be a Singapore company and must not have previously carried on business in Singapore.

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The SFOs in Singapore are typically designed to be exempt from regulation under local securities law – allowing the SFO to avoid the need to obtain licence / become registered to provide fund management services to the investment vehicles held by a HNW family.

We will be able to advise you on the exemptions in detail.

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