12 Nov 2021

Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill adds JP Morgan assistant general counsel as private wealth practice co-head

Eng Cher Goh joins as after a decade at the banking giant in New York and Asia

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Singapore Big Four firm Allen & Gledhill has added Eng Cher Goh from JP Morgan to co-lead its private wealth practice.

Goh has joined the firm, the largest in Singapore by lawyer headcount, after more than a decade in various leadership roles at JP Morgan in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Most recently serving as assistant general counsel and executive director of international trust services, her work involved supporting trust companies operating in multiple jurisdictions including the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Switzerland and Singapore. She also worked on cross-jurisdictional trust issues involving changing regulation and legislation.

Prior to JP Morgan Goh had a stint as a partner at Rajah & Tann and earlier as a senior associate at Drew & Napier, both fellow members of Singapore’s Big Four, having begun her career at Baker McKenzie’s Singapore member firm Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow.

At Allen & Gledhill, her work will include advising clients in the areas of trust, private wealth and tax.

“I’m grateful for all the opportunities JP Morgan has given me and I look forward to leveraging that experience in my new role at Allen & Gledhill,” Goh said, adding: “I am excited to have the chance to go back into private practice in my home country and to continue to build up my expertise as a trust lawyer.”

International law firms have also looked to build their private wealth offering in Singapore recently, including top 25 US firm McDermott Will & Emery, which regained an on-the-ground presence in Asia when it set up shop there in September to advise on various matter including private wealth and tax.

Indian firm Khaitan & Co also launched an office in Singapore in April that advises high-net worth Indian families based in the city-state on issues such as tax and success planning, while London firm Mishcon de Reya opened a private client-focused office there last May to advise high-net-worth families across Southeast Asia.  

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