Wong Kai Yun graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the National University of Singapore in 1994, and was called to the Singapore Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor in 1995.
In legal practice for the past 23 years, Ms Wong’s areas of practice include civil & commercial litigation, company law, corporate debt recovery, corporate litigation, directors & shareholders’ disputes, insolvency, matrimonial law matters, property disputes, advisory work on company and commercial matters, agency and distribution agreements, asset and wealth management (trusts structuring), banking and finance matters, business development and structuring, corporate / company agreements, corporate governance & compliance issues for private & listed companies, estate and succession planning, franchising and licensing agreements, joint venture & cross-border transactions, loans and securities documentation, partnership agreements, registration & incorporation of businesses and companies, shareholders’ agreements, tenancies and leases.
With a niche focus on matrimonial law matters, Ms Wong’s clients comprise largely high net worth individuals with especial concerns over financial settlements, as well as expatriates with cross-jurisdictional issues. Ms Wong is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and expert matrimonial law specialists in their respective countries.
Ms Wong deals extensively with estate & succession planning, and acts for private banking clients in structuring trusts and other mechanisms for wealth preservation. Ms Wong handles both contentious and non-contentious probate, having handled trials involving the division of sizeable estate properties. Ms Wong is a registered practitioner of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a leading worldwide professional body for practitioners in the fields of trusts, estates and related issues.
In line with judicial efforts to help resolve disputes outside of the courtroom, Ms Wong is an accredited Singapore Mediation Centre (SMC) Associate Mediator for civil and commercial disputes and an accredited Mediator on its Family Panel for family disputes. She also sits on the panel of SMC’s Collaborative Family Practice. Ms Wong is also a Mediator on the panel of Cross-Border Family Mediators of Mediation bei Internationalen Kindschaftskonflikten (MiKK), Berlin, Germany.
In 2013, Ms Wong was honoured as part of the inaugural Top 100 IFC (International Financial Centre) Power Women list of the most powerful women in government, private wealth, private client advisory and philanthrophy across the world’s financial centres. She was again listed on the Top 200 IFC Power Women list from 2014 to 2016. In the last 4 years running from 2013 to 2016, Ms Wong was included as one of a select few of Singaporean lawyers listed on the Citywealth Leaders List, the guide to leading global wealth managers and advisers who are nominated to the List by their peers. She was also named in the Doyles Guide for Family & Divorce Lawyers from 2015 to 2017. Her practice has earned the firm the honour of being named as the Editor’s Choice in the Global Law Experts 2015 Practice Area Awards as the Boutique Family Law Firm of the Year in Singapore.
Ms Wong’s publications include writing the Singapore chapter for International Comparative Legal Guide to: Family Law 2017, co-writing an article titled ‘Singapore Sling’ for Family Law Week, the leading UK website dedicated to family law news, and Continuing Professional Development, contributing an article, titled ‘Why it pays for the wealthy to divorce in Singapore (and not Hong Kong)’ by Mark Harper and Mark Ablett published in Trusts & Trustees, 2016, and presenting a paper, ‘The 5Cs of Child Maintenance in Singapore’ at the 30th LAWASIA Conference in September 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.