Grace Gao

Grace Gao

T: +[852] 2833 4975

Grace is a Solicitor in Hong Kong. She advises high-net-worth families on international estate and asset protection planning, the use of tax-efficient structures for investment and the development of family governance structures to facilitate the succession of wealth from generation to generation. She designs appropriate asset protection plans for high-net-worth clients and works with professional advisers in various jurisdictions to implement and assist in the administration of such plans.

Grace’s practice is global in nature and she collaborates with counsels in foreign jurisdictions to address cross-border issues, international wealth transfer issues and financial regulatory compliance issues in connection with the set-up and operation of complex investment and asset protection structures. Grace is a TEP and serves as a member of the STEP Wills & Estates Sub Committee in Hong Kong.

Prior to joining Tiang & Partners, Grace practiced private client and estate planning as a Solicitor at Ahern Lawyers and as a Consultant at Haldanes.

Grace holds an LLB and PCLL from the University of Hong Kong and previously studied at the Fudan University School of Law (Shanghai). Grace speaks native Mandarin and Shanghai dialect, as well as fluent Cantonese and English. She speaks conversational Spanish.

Areas of expertise

  • Hong Kong trusts and corporate management
  • Hong Kong wills and succession planning
  • Global asset preservation planning
  • Private wealth management
  • Hong Kong tax planning

Representative experience

  • Advising on the will drafting and succession planning for high-net-worth individuals with cross-border estates.
  • Advising Hong Kong-based trust corporations on drafting trust deeds and ancillary documents and local licensing and compliance matters.
  • Advising international high-net-worth families in probate disputes and potential disputes involving family trusts and family chapters.
  • Advising wealth management companies on the design of private trust companies and underlying corporate structures.
  • Advising PRC companies at pre-IPO stages on trust arrangements between shareholders.
  • Advising Hong Kong-based charities on local tax matters including obtaining local tax exemption.
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