2017 Private Client Forum Asia

Thursday 7 December 2017
Capella Singapore
Sentosa Island, Singapore


Private Client Forum Asia 2017: Riding the waves of the client life-cycle


Legal Week's Private Client Forum Asia unites the most senior and elite advisers to HNWIs and UHNWIs to discuss the most timely and concerning issues across Asia, with an outlook on the rest of the world. The forum will focus our minds on the pressing issues that we all face in our day-to-day roles when confronted with problematic and testing situations.

Our 2017 forum returns after a four year break and we are delighted to host the gathering at the Leading Hotel of the World - The Capella on Sentosa Island in Singapore. One of the best hotel experiences in Singapore begins as you approach Capella hotel on Sentosa Island. A private driveway meanders up to a Capella masterpiece, where old and new fuse together in luxury.

Curved, modern buildings gently intermingle with both colonial buildings and the verdant, vibrant rainforest spread over 30 acres of land.

Our location – just 20 minutes out of town - will create a perfect surrounding for great networking - creating and solidifying new relationships and friendships. Our sessions are interactive, dynamic and thought-provoking - a 'must-attend' for your 2017 calendar.

The forum prides itself on the quality of our speakers and the exceptional contributions by all that attend. We value the input and expertise of our attendees and welcome all suggestions and feedback.


The role of the private client adviser has always been to anticipate uncertainty and protect against it. Nevertheless, as we have witnessed globally over the past 18 months, the global exposure to uncertainty has become even more dramatic. Opening this year’s forum we are delighted to welcome Sharanjit Leyl, international news journalist, who will offer an 18 month outlook to the future and how we can prepare for the global unknowns.

Following Ms Leyls update we will look at Asia as a whole and where wealth is coming from and going to. As Asia’s wealth starts to change hands into a second generation, leading advisers are noticing that their conversations around succession planning have taken on more urgency in Asia.

New research finds Asia’s ultra-rich are expected to pass along nearly US$1 trillion in the next ten years and US$3 trillion in the next 30. While the category of “ultra-wealthy” is growing faster in Asia than elsewhere around the globe, the average age of Asia’s super rich is younger, particularly in countries that are still growing their wealth, like China.

Once we have set established where wealth growth is coming from in Asia, our 2017 programme will attendees with a structured playbook on how to ride the waves of a client life-cycle. A brief overview can be seen here:

1.      THE BEGINNING: What do clients expect from their lawyer as they are starting a business? How do you advise new money whether it is inherited or self-made wealth in Asia?

2.      THE ASPIRATIONS: As the client has established their wealth, they will then look to their personal life and require advice on pre-nups and marriage. Perhaps they are starting to get too adventurous with their business?

3.      THE MIDDLE: The journey continues with the integration of children. We will look at transferring wealth, tax planning, sustainability, values and continuing to grow a business and the wealth.

4.      THE STRUGGLE: A look at divorce will then come into play with a focus on how assets can be protected responsibly and effectively.

5.      THE END: Finally, succession planning begins. But, how do you advise in Asia where many Chinese patriarchs find it challenging to let go of the family business and transfer their wealth to their children.


To register to attend Private Client Forum Asia 2017, CLICK HERE or send a request to legalweekconference@alm.com

For sponsorship of Private Client Forum Asia contact James Baldwin-Webb on tel. +44 (0)20 3868 7520 or email legalweekconference@alm.com

We look forward to seeing you in Singapore.

Rhiannon Van Ross
Director, Strategic Projects